A T T H E S U G G E S T I O N of the Reading Ornithological Club, the Reading Art Gallery has made its rooms available for an exhibition of contemporary bird paintings. This Exhibition was opened by Field Marshal Viscount Alanbrooke, K.G., G.C.B., O.M., on Saturday 26th November and will last until Saturday 24th December. It has been organised by a special committee, the members of which are Eric Ennion, Robert Gillmor (Hon. Secretary, Reading Ornithological Club), T. L. Gwatkin (Director, Reading Museum and Art Gallery), Peter Scott, Keith Shackleton and Maurice Bradshaw (Secretary, Art Exhibitions Bureau). The Art Exhibitions Bureau is handling the collection of the pictures (and, incidentally, will take part of the exhibition on tour next year). All are welcome and it is hoped that as many people as possible will visit the exhibition to make it a success. This is the first exhibition ever to bring together the work of living British bird painters; invitations were also sent to a number of American and Continental bird artists and, altogether, more than thirty artists are represented by up to six works each. The pictures exhibited cover a wide range of techniques from large oil paintings and watercolouts to original prints. There is also a separate documented section to show how the bird artist gathers his material with sketches, habitat studies and notes. It is not intended on this occasion to cover the fields of pure illustration, but that might well be a subject
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