Printed Portraits Opening Evening

Opening charity night was introduced by Dr Ellen Mcadam the Director of the Museum and Art Gallery and the High Sheriff of the West Midlands 2017 John Hudson OBE DL.

Before the speeches there was much networking and chatting to do.  The star of the show was Lara Ratnaraja’s Mother who had been excited about the event since Lara invited her as her +1. At every turn she was posing with another guest.

Steve Ball from the Birmingham REP and Lara’s Mum
Star of the night with Debbie Kermode CEO MAC
With Kelly from the Arts Council
MRs Ratnaraja with Jonnie Turpie

Dr Mcadam gave a warm welcome to the Shrieval gathering and the growing positive relationship between the West Midlands Shrievalty and the the Museum Trust as they both have historic value to the city and  region. She was also vey happy to encourage the purchasing of prints from the show as all proceeds will go to supporting the Museum Trust.  John Hudson gave a very warm welcome to the assembled audience and a brief insight into the role of the shrievalty in England and in the West Midlands. He pointed out that he was surprised to meet someone as well turned out as himself in black and silver. He was of course referring to Phil Hawkins from Hodge Hill who has a portrait in the exhibition as a worthy winner of the Bromford Estate local heroes.

High dressers Phil Howkins and the High SheriffWM 2017

We concluded with an acknowledgment that there had been another historic event the previous week – the election of the first ever Metro Mayor for the West Midlands – Mr Andy Street CBE – and that Mayor Street had made the time to attend the opening and come see his portrait.  We all joined him and went through the curtains to Gallery 16.

private viewers
Mayor Andy Street by Haseena Lockhat
Anita Bhalla OBE DL in action with her portrait
Ninder has assessed the number of hits on linked, facebook and Twitter of the ‘portrait’ is over 30,000
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close up detail go Greg Lowson portrait by FaminaB
Leading with undersheriff Greg Lowson
Mayor Street, HJJ Evand Gordon admire Undersheriff Lowson’s Portrait with Jo Lowson

Haseena with her portrait

Pictures were being sold with all proceeds being donated to the Birmingham Museums Trust.

Jon Andrews and Lucan Grey
Lucan Grey MBE
Lara Ratnaraja
Lalitha and Lara Ratnaraja
enjoying the pictures
High Sheriff 2016 catches up with HHJ Evans Gordon
Dr Keith Bradshaw reads his nameplate
final girls catch up
10 left wall Portraits Featuring Vanley Burke

There waere not many opportunities for visitors to get back from the walls to see the portraits in their ordered lines, however groupings gathered around pictures to cast judgement -all very positive. To see the portraits click the gallery below or actually  go to Gallery 16 in Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

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