It’s been a busy and very rewarding few weeks with recent exhibitions. The Pre-Christmas season kicked off with the NSPCC Festive Autumn Fair. Here is a picture of my stand at this event in the beautiful setting of the Ballroom at Anstey Hall, Cambridge. There were lots of friendly visitors and several of Sue’s Originals were snapped up – these have certainly been a popular buy since I launched this new collection of ink & watercolour paintings earlier this year. Next up was the Rheebridge Open Art Exhibition at Cottenham Sixth Form Centre, Cambridge, 23rd to 25th November. With 300+ artworks both 2D & 3D and over 300 unframed artworks on show in the fantastic @theatrium space this has to be one of the biggest exhibitions in the Cambridgeshire area. The variety and high standard of artworks on show was amazing! Congratulations to the winners of the Best Traditional artwork and Best Contemporary artwork – well deserved.
Finally, last weekend, I had the opportunity to show a selection of paintings and cards with my friend, Sarah Palmer, at her Jewellery Exhibition held at her studio just outside Cambridge. We have been friends ever since we were both at St Mary’s School Cambridge. Sarah has been designing and making jewellery for many years and is an established and talented designer. Of course, I have been a big fan and collector of her silver and gold designs over the years. We both went to our prospective Art schools to study for our degrees, and whilst I pursued other career opportunities, Sarah built up her business into the success it is today. When I returned to my artistic roots about 5 years ago, she was on-hand with help and advice as a fellow artist. The weekend went really well, helping look after the stream of Sarah’s loyal customers coming to view her latest collections. There was some cross-pollination of customers both ways with some becoming new customers for me too! I think the weekend worked really well so I hope to continue our artistic collaboration.
Last week I had the pleasure of being the artist invited to showcase some of my paintings alongside the Art Scholars at St Mary’s Junior School, Cambridge. The Art Co-ordinator, Jane Freebairn, had thought of contacting me, following her visit to The Artists’ Marquee at Burwash Manor in July when I was exhibiting there for Cambridge Open Studios. It was not until I went to meet Matthew O’Reilly, the Scholars Officer, to discuss the planning of the exhibition, that I intimated I was an ex-student at St Mary’s. The junior school is now in the new location of Chaucer Road, in a beautiful large house.
On the day of the exhibition, the Art Scholars each set out their portfolio of work in the library and spoke to visiting parents and staff about the different techniques they used in their paintings and sculpture, including powerpoint presentations showing the creative process. For girls so young I was very impressed with how they have demonstrated such talent and creativity. I also met Cheryl Westley, Communications Officer at St Mary’s School, who came to take some photos and prepare a news item for their website. Then, yesterday Cheryl informed me that the Cambridge News were running the story so here is a copy of the article published on Tuesday 4th December. All very exciting to get a picture of me with the girls in the paper!
For me this has been such a rewarding experience to meet with and see the work of such talented young artists. I really enjoyed re-visiting my old school of St Mary’s to contribute to this exhibition. I hope the Art Scholars enjoyed the exhibition too and are inspired to develop their talents further. I have fond memories of my own time at St Mary’s School as this is where I too started on my artistic journey.