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Remind you of anyone? Mayor caught on canvas.

Byline: MIKE BLACKBURN

THE Mayor of Ingleby Barwick has been immortalised, Andy Warhol style.

Bill Feldon came face to face with his own image seven times over after sitting for the Ingleby Barwick Art Group (IBAG) for their seventh anniversary exhibition.

He then got to pick his favourite portrait to hang in his home at a special presentation in Ingleby Barwick library.

Bill told the Gazette it was the first time he'd ever sat to be painted by anybody. "I sat patiently for about an hour," he said.

The mayor told the artists at the unveiling of their exhibition: "It's been a great honour to come here today and an even greater honour to be asked to sit for portraits by so many talented artists."

IBAG member Alan Austin, 68, from Kirklevington, painted Bill's favourite picture - but it wasn't the first time he's donated a winning portrait to a local mayor.

When the group was founded the then Mayor of Stockton, Jennie Beaumont, also sat for the artists - and also chose Alan's painting as her favourite.

Members of the public can check out the art group's exhibition, which includes other paintings, until the end of the week.

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THAT'S ME: Mayor Bill Feldon with the paintings, above. The picture he will hang at home is seen right in the picture right
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Jun 1, 2010
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