Posthumous show of amateur artist’s work to aid charity

Ron Whitney
Ron Whitney

A posthumous exhibition of the work of a keen amateur artist from Rothwell is to be held in his home town to help raise money to fund research into the disease that took his life.

Ron Whitney was diagnosed with a brain tumour last summer and died in December at the age of 67.

His work, mostly watercolours and chalk pastels, will go on show at Rothwell Heritage Centre throughout June, with an open weekend on Saturday, June 6, from 10am-12.30pm, and Sunday, June 7, from 11am-2pm.

There will be an entry fee of £3.50 during that weekend and many of the paintings, plus prints and greetings cards, will be on sale.

Mr Whitney lived with wife Steph, 63, and the couple’s daughters, Joanne and Sam, have organised the event.

Sam said: “His pictures show his passion for life and travel and are inspired by the things around him. They are quirky and show his sense of humour. He was very private about his art and not many people knew about it.”

Money raised is being donated to Brain Tumour Research and donations can also be made at