Ely artist Anthony Day returns to Old Fire Engine House for 51st exhibition - at the age of 96!

PUBLISHED: 14:33 16 November 2018

Ely artist Anthony Day, 96, pictured with Old Fire Engine House owner Ann Jarman at the restaurant and gallerys 50th anniversary celebration in December 2017.

Ely artist Anthony Day, 96, pictured with Old Fire Engine House owner Ann Jarman at the restaurant and gallerys 50th anniversary celebration in December 2017.

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A 96-year-old artist is to hold his 51st exhibition at The Old Fire Engine House in Ely later this month.

One of Anthony Day's pieces of art. One of Anthony Day's pieces of art.

Anthony Day was the first artist to exhibit when the restaurant and gallery opened in 1968.

Aged 96 he returns for his 51st exhibition with a mix of retrospective pieces and new work.

“Although last winter put a brake on production I still find the studio bracing, always promising better,” he said.

“But this and any future exhibition is likely to be retrospective, taken from bulging portfolios.

One of Anthony Day's pieces of art. One of Anthony Day's pieces of art.

“The earliest shown are from 1979, the latest a single work from May this year, with more in mind.”

Also exhibiting at the gallery in December is Suffolk-based wildlife artist and illustrator, Brin Edwards. “My interest in birds dates from a childhood spent in Singapore where I was captivated by the colourful tropical species in our back garden.

“Back in the UK, I am very fortunate to live and work in the beautiful Suffolk countryside and much of the inspiration for my paintings comes from close to home.”

Both artists will host a winter celebration preview at The Old Fire Engine House on November 28 where mulled wine will be served from 6-8pm.

Entry is free and the exhibition runs until December 23.

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