The exhibition in Gallery two is a tribute to Yusuf and Sarah Khan who were active members of the Art Society for many years. When he retired from his post as a psychiatrist, Yusuf took up painting as a hobby, producing the exquisite watercolours we have come to recognise and admire. He was always enthusiastic about his art and keen for new experiences. He and Sarah seldom missed an Art Society demonstration and would often support the summer sketching days. They also liked to paint in foreign climes such as Skopelos, France and India which really fired their imaginations.
As with everything he did, Yusuf applied his keen intellect and analytical mind to the art of picture making and on two occasions he delivered a scholarly presentation to the Art Society. Each was an insightful understanding of the elements and principles of composition, backed up by a slideshow of examples from his own sketchbook.
During the last few years, failing health has restricted his involvement in the art scene, but Yusuf continued to enjoy active discussion and participation when possible. His interest in people never waned and he liked to engage in philosophical debate at every opportunity whilst indulging another of his passions, music.
Sarah loved to paint colourful pictures in acrylic, but she was also a fine practitioner of ceramics which she enjoyed right up to the week before she was taken ill.