Sweep of Donald’s work in showcase

Winter in the Dale, picture by Donald Crossley
Winter in the Dale, picture by Donald Crossley

The late Donald Crossley was a well-known local figure, who loved the area where he was born and bred.

Over a long life he illustrated the landscape in a long series of his instantly recognisable watercolours featuring the sweep and dip of the moors, his archetypal man and dog and of course sheep.

Donald’s paintings have always been popular, selling for many years through Studio Seven and latterly at the Calder Gallery, both in Market Street, Hebden Bridge. Sue and Phil at the Calder Gallery were delighted when Donald approached them to show his watercolours when Studio Seven closed, as they had always admired Donald’s work.

Since his death early last year, Sue and Phil have received many enquiries about his work and so were delighted when Donald’s daughter Ruth leapt at the suggestion that they could mount a retrospective exhibition of Donald’s paintings.

All the works are being shown for the first time.

Executed in Donald’s inimitable style, the paintings cover a good range of his subject matter including farms on the moors, shepherds with sheep and dogs and winter on the tops. Most of the pieces are based on the local area but do also include other places that Donald knew and loved.

This exhibition will preview on Wednesday, March 25, at The Calder Gallery and runs until Sunday, April 19. More details and opening times from www.caldergallery.co.uk or 01422 843832.