Artist Alan has his own Independence day

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AN acclaimed watercolour artist is putting his work on show for charity in a new exhibition.

Alan Reed, who works and sells paintings from his home studio in Cheviot View, Ponteland, will present a collection of his work in aid of local charity Own It.

The scheme helps disengaged young people, aged between 14 and 16, to access work placements that suit their interests and encourages them into employment.

Mr Reed’s Independence exhibition at the CastleGate in Newcastle has been organised in support of the charity, which will receive a percentage of the proceeds from the sale of each painting.

“For the last 20 years or so I have been wanting to support different local charities in different ways, normally they are church-based, but that is not always the case,” he said.

“Three years ago we held an exhibition at the CastleGate to raise money for three charities, including Own It.

“Earlier this year my wife and I were talking about doing another charity exhibition and then the main organiser from Own It, Richard Davies, came to our house and asked if we wanted to do another one so that was the green light to do it this summer.

“The charity is great. We have been aware of it from its early stages. It helps children who were disengaged to fulfil their dreams.”

Mr Reed specialises in landscapes and cityscapes of the North East, as well as taking inspiration from his travels to Italy, the Middle East and across the UK.

The exhibition will run from Tuesday, July 5 to Friday, July 8, from 10am to 6pm, and on Saturday, July 9, from 10am to 4pm.