Wynsome’s in a class of her own with exhbition

Wynsome Douglass. Below, an art exhibit on show
Wynsome Douglass. Below, an art exhibit on show

THE stunning art and needlework of a former Hartlepool teacher is set to be shared thanks to an art gallery.

Miss Wynsome F. Douglass taught in Hartlepool for over 40 years. Now at 92 years old, her work has gone on show in the gallery at English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College in the town.

Some of the work on show at the English Martyrs school and Sixth Form college art gallery.

Some of the work on show at the English Martyrs school and Sixth Form college art gallery.

School headteacher Michael Lee hailed it as “amazing”. He added: “It is fantastic work.”

Miss Douglass’ friend June Markwell told the Hartlepool Mail more about the woman who gave decades to the world of education in Hartlepool – and created artwork throughout that time.

She said: “Her career began at Dyke House School at the beginning of 1940 and she stayed there until 1972.”

She rose to the rank of deputy head teacher and then transferred to Henry Smith School where she taught for 11 years.

June added: “She is a very talented artist and her needlework is phenomenal. She is known to a great many people for her accomplishments.”

June said: “As well as her accomplishments in needlework and art, Wynsome greatly enjoyed the card game of whist. She also played bowls.

“She enjoyed travelling and spent time in the USA. She is a very talented and accomplished lady and is well known and loved throughout our town.”

Her work went on show yesterdayat the school’s gallery and Mr Lee added: “We are very happy to host this exhibition and are always happy to support the work of artists in the Hartlepool community in our gallery.

“It is great for our students to see the work of Hartlepool artists.”

The school in Catcote Road, Hartlepool, became a specialist arts college in 2000 and has its own purpose built community art gallery, which has hosted many exhibitions since opening in February 2002.