Paying musical and artistic tribute to Naomi

Naomi Lyth.
Naomi Lyth.

An exhibition of paintings, photographs and writing celebrating the life and work of late Ripon artist Naomi Lyth will be on display at Rural Arts at the Courthouse in Thirsk during the month of September.

The exhibition will be launched with an evening of music and song featuring singer-songwriter John Dawson Read and friends on the evening of Saturday, September 7 at 7.30pm.

John Dawson Read, a veteran English musician and songwriter, describes his work as “lyrical melodies and melodic lyrics - Songs of life, about life, from a lifetime of writing.”

John’s debut album on Chrysalis records in 1975, A Friend of Mine is Going Blind, was in the American charts for many months.

The title track to John’s latest album, One Life, was inspired by Naomi’s story.

A promising artist, after winning an art prize while at school, she completed an Art Foundation course at Harrogate College and then spent three years at Cumbria Institute of the Arts in Carlisle, graduating with a 2:1 degree in Fine Art.

Naomi, from Dallowgill near Ripon, was born with a liver disease called Alagilles Syndrome in 1985 and received a live-donor liver transplant from her father at St James’ Hospital in Leeds in 2011.

Sadly, although Naomi’s transplant was successful, complications resulted in her finally losing her battle six months after the operation, aged 26.

The exhibition has been organised by Naomi’s family with the generous support of Rural Arts, and proceeds from both the exhibition and concert will go to support young people born with liver disease in the transition from paediatric to adult care at St James’ University Hospital in Leeds.

Tickets for the evening costing £10 (£17 with pre-show platter at 6.30pm but booking essential) and can be booked at www.ruralarts.org or telephone 01845 526536 or email janice@ruralarts.org