Fort Macleod artist Margaret Gosling has something extraordinary to share with Fort Macleod.
Ninety years ago, her grandfather, Alfred Wickham, began creating beautiful watercolours, inspired by the English seaside of North Devon.
All these years later, the community of Fort Macleod is invited to enjoy Gosling’s private collection of her grandfather’s works.
This is the “first time showing of these historic paintings since they were painted 90 years ago,” Gosling said.
Alfred Wickham (1872-1958), worked as the lawyer and town clerk in Staffordshire, England. His love of the sea, however, took him to Devon and Cornwall every summer.
Upon retirement Wickham and his wife, Winifred, bought a house in North Devon. It looked over the sea and his art studio soon filled up with pieces depicting the many moods of the ocean.
Margaret Gosling remembers her grandfather’s paintings hung in her parents’ home and for the last 35 years, Gosling has enjoyed them in her own home. They remind her of happy childhood memories of playing by the sea at her grandparents’ home.
Please join Margaret Gosling at the Allied Arts Building on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 2 p.m. for the opening reception of “My Grandfather’s Art.”