THE W3 Gallery in Acton celebrated the opening of its new exhibition, We Are W3, last Thursday evening.

Seventeen artists, all volunteers at the gallery, are showcasing up to three pieces of their work, from photography, painting, multimedia, drawing and graphic art.

Art lovers and artists, plus friends and family, took the opportunity to view and discuss the works on display and enjoy music provided by violinist Asuka Tsujimoto and flautist Kana Takahashi.

Peter Filbey, who curated the exhibition, creates oil paintings of many recognisable local scenes. On show are his paintings of Haven Green of yesteryear and Gunnersbury Park in late summer, as well as a brooding representation of the River Stour in Suffolk.

Alongside is the work of Chizuru Eagling, with her delicate paintings using traditional Japanese line-drawing techniques, including the intriguingly entitled Energy of Radish.

The boldness and dynamism of Bala Parmar’s abstract paintings also caught the eye. She is a self-taught artist who creates work by channelling her uplifting, positive spirit into her work. This is perfectly demonstrated by Flowing Colours, Ski Slope and an untitled work.

Alongside are Gilulia Baldorilli’s thoughtful photographs of Brick Lane, Konstantinos Vasileiou’s series of disquieting mixed media portraits, cheeky and amusing paintings from the Rear End Collection by Elise Colley and the work of many other volunteers.

The exhibition is open until August 17 at W3 Gallery, 185 High Street, Acton, W3 9DL. The gallery is open Tuesdays-Saturdays, 11am-7pm and Sundays, 2-5pm.

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