Art on display

NILA 02-11-12 BE 7 Showcasing paintings by a local woman in the window of Camomile chiropody, South Street, Ilkeston.
NILA 02-11-12 BE 7 Showcasing paintings by a local woman in the window of Camomile chiropody, South Street, Ilkeston.

The windows of empty shops in Ilkeston are being put to good use in order to give the town a bit of an aesthetic boost.

The work of local artist Kathlyn Phillips is being showcased in the window of a shop premises on South Street after a business moved out, leaving it empty.

Window shoppers can now gaze on watercolours of rural Britain created by Kathlyn, instead of any potential eyesore created by a blank window.

Kathlyn, who has lived on West End Drive since 1987, retired in 2009 from a senior teaching post at George Spencer School, Stapleford.

She took up her brushes when she left the school after 24 years.

She said: “There are some gorgeous buildings around the town centre and I am grateful for the opportunity to have my paintings on display in such a lovely street.

“It looks much better than an empty shop window.”

Kathlyn has taken over the main window of Camomile Chiropody Clinic run by Sharon Flint, who has moved just across the road.

Ilkeston Chamber of Trade chairman Sharon said: “We hope this sort of thing will keep the town attractive and interesting.”

Chamber officials are hoping the idea could also be adopted by landlords of vacant stores in Bath Street - with some being used to promote the wares of shops open in other parts of town.