On Saturday 16th July 2011 from 6:30 until 8:30pm I will be participating in an art exhibition and auction at Haddenham Galleries <http://www.haddenhamgallery.co.uk/>, raising funds for Cam-Mind and the Christina Noble Children’s Foundation. Over 25 local artists are participating by donating pieces to be auctioned off, and these include paintings, prints, jewellery, sculpture, ceramics, drawings and illustration. There will also be food, drink, a message from Keith Evans, the Chairman of Cam-Mind, and live entertainment, as well as the opportunity to explore the beautiful setting of Haddenham Galleries.
If you are unable to attend on the 16th July but would still like to bid on something from the collection, go to the I Think Therefore I Ambulance website which also supports online bidding. Simply enter your maximum bid for each item and we’ll do all the hard work for you on the night!
It’s less than 4 weeks to go to the Artists’ Marquee at Burwash Manor, Barton, Cambridge – my next major exhibition I am preparing for. I am part of a group of 10 artists from different visual disciplines who will be exhibiting in the Marquee. There will be a different selection of artists each weekend and I will be there for the first two – 2nd/3rd and 9th/10th July. We will be putting the marquee up on June 18th so things will start to take shape at Burwash. For more info go the News & Events section of www.burwashmanor.com.
Burwash Manor will also be hosting the AccessArt Festival of Making 2011 in the marquee next door.
Just been to St Ives whilst we are staying in Cornwall this week. We visited the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden. This was actually her home where she lived and worked from 1949 until her death in 1975. You come up the stairs and out into this wonderful garden overlooking the roof tops of St Ives. It was beautifully sunny in the garden, a peaceful oasis of green, bamboo and roses, as we walked around the foliage and the sculptures which had all been carefully positioned by the artist. The organic forms of mainly bronze sculptures create a wonderful synergy with the garden landscape.
Later we walked over to Porthmeor beach just a few minutes away. The wind was quite bracing with the full brunt of the Atlantic waves on this white sandy stretch of beach. I did some sketching whilst the girls were dancing in and out of the waves – getting rather wet in their jeans! The light really is amazing here, and of course, I love being by the sea! From the calm azur turquoise waters of the harbour to the powerful waves on Porthmeor beach – watching the movement and colours of the ocean, constantly changing and dynamic.
Artwork is everywhere in all the restaurants and many galleries – all makes for quite an inspiring mecca for artists.
There’s been an exciting new CAM exhibition at Williams Art – Beyond Words, an exhibition of artworks inspired by the written word. I submitted a painting inspired by the novel “Memoirs of a Geisha”. It was all rather last minute to get my work finished! Nothing like a tight deadline to focus you! It’s good to have a challenge and particularly as this work is a bit of a departure from the landscape and water themes of more recent work. The work is entitled “The Vanished World of Sayuri”, and here is some explanation of the work:
Sayuri tells the story of her life as a geisha. The word “geisha” means “artist” or “artisan” – an entertainer and performer of the arts. This extraordinary tale is set in the 1930’s and through the post-war years of Japan’s dramatic history. It reveals a half-hidden world of eroticism and enchantment – a world that is both formal and intimate. My response to this story is to evoke the vanished world in which Sayuri lives as a geisha. I am drawn to her unusual yet captivating eyes which are the translucent colour of water with it’s shimmering reflections.
I’ll post the image of this work very soon. In the meantime, this exhibition continues, displayed in the Williams Art corridor gallery at Addenbrooke’s Treatment Centre from 23 May to 14 July.