Monday 31 March 2014

RIP Kate O’Mara (1939 – 2014)

I grew up in the 1980’s and my parents watched both Dynasty and Howards' Way so naturally I knew who Kate O’Mara was. But when you consider that The Vampire Lovers and The Horror of Frankenstein are on my list of all time favourite Hammer movies and that I adored the Rani in Doctor Who, you will understand how saddened I was to hear of Kate O’Mara’s passing yesterday. Having been a fan of her for years I had the privilege of meeting her once at a convention in 2004. In what would prove to be an extremely rare moment I found myself to be the only one in her line and so able to have a nice chat with her without being ushered on. She was an amazing lady, genuine and friendly and she posed for a photo and signed an autograph for my daughter, “how old is she?” she asked. I told her that she was three, “so she won’t have a clue who I am then?” she said, “Oh she will” I said, “count on it!” she laughed and thanked me. That would be the last time I saw her, but I made good on my promise, my daughter knows who the Rani is and as soon as she’s a little older I will let her see the above mentioned Hammer movies too!

© Arfon Jones 2014. All images are copyrighted throughout the world.

Friday 7 March 2014

Bangor Museum & Art Gallery’s 2014 Open Art Exhibition

Just back from the official opening of Bangor’s Museum & Art Gallery’s 19th annual open art exhibition. This year I decided to take the plunge and submit some entries and I am delighted to say that both were accepted.  Both the Womble and Fingermouse are now on display amongst works of other local artists from the 8th of March to the 21st of April. Each year they offer artists living and working in the area the opportunity to showcase their work to the public. As a former Bangor student of art, I have visited the Museum & Art Gallery a few times over the years so I’m pleased to have this opportunity to display something within its walls before its relocation to Bishop’s Palace (The Town Hall that Beth and I were married in last year). So pop along to the 2014 open art exhibition and check out the work housed inside, and be sure to vote for your favourite in the ‘people’s choice award’ awarded when the exhibition ends in April.

© Arfon Jones 2014. All images are copyrighted throughout the world.


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