#301: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! The last time that Yours Truly KJS bumped into music legend Roy Wood - co-founder of The Move and ELO as well as founder of Wizzard - was at the 50th birthday bash in Wolverhampton for the much-missed Kelly Groucutt back in September 1995. Hence I was delighted receive an invitation from Australian artiste Debra Dee to the private viewing and opening of her much anticipated exhibition of Roy Wood portraits at St. Pauls Gallery in Birmingham last night thus:
It was also great to touch base with Jim Onslow [former band mate of Bev Bevan in Denny Laine and The Diplomats - amongst other notable 'Brumbeat' bands - and a fine solo artiste in his own right] who took the above photograph of Roy, myself and my daughter Rebekah], Martin Kinch of Cherry Blossom Clinic [who also displayed a selection of his fantastic Roy Wood, The Move, ELO and related memorabilia] and the helpful Jeff Cooper too. I would like also extend my thanks to Gemma Wilson [Events Manageress] and Symon Bland [MD] at the gallery for their time and the tremendous courtesy extended to us during our visit. Look out for further news pertaining to ELOBF and St. Pauls Gallery in the near future. In the meantime, here are a few photographs taken during what was a marvellous event for you to peruse thus:
Roy Wood centric art - which runs for just three  weeks up until Thursday 23rd February - features eight  paintings that are a credit to the artistry and talent of Debra Dee and her spotlight on one of THE most colourful and successful musical icons to ever come out of the Midlands and the UK - if not the world. ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] is proud to recommend Debra Dee. Please make the effort to visit the exhibition and, in doing so, support Roy Wood, Debra Dee and St. Pauls Gallery. See you there?
Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 03-Feb-2012