Had a good night on Monday opening our new exhibition at The Folly in Settle. It was a great honour to meet Margaret Walters and her family – Margaret is the daughter of the Harry Scott who founded the magazine back in 1939. Also present were former editors Bill Mitchell, David Joy and Terry Fletcher and local dignitaries. There are two main reasons for the exhibition – one to raise awareness of The Folly which houses the Museum of North Craven Life and the work of the North Craven Building Preservation Trust who are running an appeal to raise funds towards the upkeep and development of the Grade I listed 17th century house.
The second reason for the exhibition is – to show off. Dalesman has collected some fine artwork over the years but it has been locked away in drawers and cupboards for years. I thought it was time to share some of this remarkable work with our readers and the public.
On the second floor of The Folly is an exhibition by Settle artist Sam Dalby (see feature in April’s Dalesman). His portraits of local people – including one stunner of Alan Bennett – are well worth seeing. The exhibitions run from 3 April to 1 July. Opening times etc on www.ncbpt.org.uk/folly

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