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‘For the Love of Trees’ exhibition showcases local artists in Shap

Sonia Allen-Wall

‘For the Love of Trees’ is an exhibition showcasing fantastic works by local artists in celebration of the humble arbour.

The exhibition is organised by Sonia Allen-Wall, of Shap, who has a lifelong passion for trees and all that they represent.

Local Yoga Teacher and Reflexologist, Sonia, who trained as a Designer at the London College of Fashion, was inspired to return to her design roots by an ancient oak tree she drew for her daughters. The pictures featuring the different personality traits of her three girls, were such a success that it was suggested she continue to draw and hold an exhibition to showcase her work.

A great believer in passions being shared, Sonia made it her mission to gather works from likeminded local artists to create a true celebration of nature’s pillars to be shown at the new Exhibit ‘A’ Gallery at The Old Courthouse, Shap. The exhibition runs from 22nd September to 6th October. There will be fabulous photographs, paintings, prints and drawings by local artists as well as beautiful ceramics by Roma Short. Renowned Artist Peter Liddle will also feature some of his past work in the exhibition.

Talking of her love of trees, Sonia said, “Trees are sacred; they are beautiful, mark the seasons, improve air quality, water pollution, and soil erosion. They offer stability to the land, provide shelter, shade, food, fuel, medicine, timber for homes, furniture and habitat for wildlife. The list is endless, but above all they are a source of spiritual inspiration… and I just love them!”

The exhibition is open to the public and the artworks are available to buy. Sonia has also designed a collection of cards for sale, profits of which will be donated to The Woodland Trust; a charity who protect and campaign on behalf of this country’s woods, plant trees, and restore ancient woodland for the benefit of wildlife and people.

You can visit ‘For the Love of Trees’ at the new Exhibit ‘A’ Gallery at The Old Courthouse, Shap. The exhibition runs from 22nd September to 6th October.

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