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Did You Notice?
Did You Notice?
StowHealth is hosting an exhibition entitled Did You Notice from this Thursday, September 17th until early January. Suffolk Open Studios East of Bury artists: Rebecca Guyver, Annabel Ridley, Lucy Perry, Carol Saunderson, Emma Buckmaster, Brenda Reiss and Wendy Theobald will show their artwork at the practice along with Jane Lewis, another Suffolk painter. Poems by poet Michael Laskey will reflect on some of the themes of the exhibit: colour, mindfulness, wellbeing, sight, narrative and interpretation. The show aims to create a dialogue between the arts, medicine and patient recovery.
The Exhibition opening event date has changed and will now be on Wednesday October 14th 7 - 9pm at StowHealth, Violet Hill House, Violet Hill Road, Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP14 1NL. Visitors will have a chance to see the artwork, talk to artists and hear from Dr Sara Booth, from Addenbrookes, about her experience of the role visual arts can play in wellbeing. Michael Laskey will also read his poems. All welcome!
Individuals in the group have exhibited in the Royal Academy, The Mall Galleries, and have their work held in national and international collections.
Stowhealth has a long tradition and commitment to the visual arts.
Spotlight on Gallery Member - The Freudian Sheep
Blogger Rebecca Guyver wanted to know more about one of Suffolk Open Studios affiliated art galleries, so she asked Ian Moss of the Freudian Sheep some questions, here is their conversation....
You told me before that when you started up the Freudian sheep you went through a copy of the SOS booklet to search for artists. What year was that and how many artists did you start with?
We began in late 2013 with an exhibition that ran from mid-December ‘til the end of January. Not being Suffolk people ourselves (we’re from north Essex) and thus lacking a little knowledge of the county-wide art scene, we figured that trawling the Internet would be a good way to find the kind of artists we felt were right to launch with. As it transpired, after finding the SOS website and the list of artists there (not in the booklet), we were able to find quite a few that we then went on to invite to take part.
Our first exhibition was entitled ‘Counting Sheep’ and was basically that! We have always considered artists we work with to be a part of our creative flock, and thus we were literally finding out how many ‘Sheep’ there were out there. We offered the first exhibition free (with our now customary 25% commission) and emailed each artist with details in the hope that they’d participate. Despite our combined time working creatively together and apart running to many years, we still had to prove ourselves as gallery owners.
Exhibition number one had the following artists involved - not all from SOS by any means:-
Adrian Rumbles, Anna Boon, Belinda King, Anthea Eames, Craig Hudson, Dawn Hall, Elizabeth
James, Emma Johnson, Emma Withers, Eve Brinkley-Whittington, Jamie Limond, Ken Kempley,
Larain Briggs, Loisjoy Thurstun, Mark Ward, Nicola Atchley, Pam Winbolt, Patricia Colyer, Rhonda Whitehead, Stephanie Stow, Stuart A. Green, Val Jones, Robin Warnes, Jason Haye, and ourselves.
I’ve tried hard to recall who were members of what at that time - as there are artists from Asylum Studios, Cuckoo Farm, 49 & Rising etc. there too; and may have been a part of SOS at that time. I know that Liz James has now moved and has opened a gallery on the North Norfolk Coast since then. So I guess there were a few - but there have been more since.
Can you give me a rough number of SOS artists who have shown work at the Sheep?
Good Lord! Erm … around 20. Of those, about 10 are regular exhibitors. We’d like more - and expect to go seeking new talent again very soon. We have over 70 associated artists from various parts of the region - but our home is Suffolk.
How would you each describe your own work?
My art has developed from the usual graphic/technical approach one would expect on leaving school to the more conceptual place I am with it today - via spells at art school in the early 80s and more recently. Originally, my plan was to study to be a Graphic Designer (in the old hand-drawing way), but my early lecturers insisted (and they literally did insist!) that I should study Fine Art instead, due to the concepts I kept throwing their way, and the more Fine Art based technical pencil skills I had. I blame them entirely for years of not making any money!
I had (and still have) a love of the collage/assemblage work of Picasso, Schwitters, Tàpies, etc. and over the years picked-up influences from David Nash, Andy Goldsworthy, The Boyle Family, Nicola Hicks, Ed Keinholz, Yves Klein and others where that & my 3d work were concerned. I never expected to be a painter, although I have always painted. I prefer the hard point of things you draw with.
In painting, I was naturally drawn to stained-glass windows as a point of reference. I’d quite fancied being a maker of stained glass windows for at least 10 years from the 80s through to the 90s - but my imagination called for much more than my funds could ever achieve, so I instead developed a style of painting based on a technique known as ‘Cloissonism’ (from the Post Impressionists). Basically, I was semi-abstracting a variety of rural scenes from pastoral England and a few other themes, using fairly bright colours - but at that time not fully saturated (always with a good touch of white), and using Prussian Blue as a way to define evermore contained areas which eventually evolved into squares in later years.
That rather brings me to where I am with painting. My current and ongoing series ‘TRANSMISSIONS’ began in 2013. It’s based on digital television signal disturbance glitches. I’d been annoyed & delighted in equal measure by our terrible tv reception at that particular time and began to see the beauty in it, and the potential to develop it further. I worked out a technique to film the television screen during the worst of these glitchy spells and further enhance and morph it via film software. My TRANSMISSIONS series of paintings are the next stage of that process the paintings derived from the films I made from ‘happy accidents’ on the tv screen.
I now also take photographs which I deliberately alter using ‘happy accidents’ occurring during changes made by using the film-making software. I have begun to focus more on those as my new painting direction - and I’ve brought into it my love of collage by pasting various metal leaf into each composition. For me, it’s a bit of a return to the glorious early days of 20th century Modern Art (where I’m more at home) - Gustav Klimt, Paul Klee - I don’t think we should be finished with that, any more than I think we should be finished with landscape/portrait painting.
My paintings today have abandoned Cloissonism, and are now more colour saturated - but are still very much colourful little squares. As for my sculpture/assemblage/collage - I have grouped it together under the fairly suitable heading of ‘GRUNGE’, as I tend to be favouring the enhancement of objects we may find and reinventing them as art (with a twist of humour). And then there are my copper pipe clocks … but that’s another story.
I am one of those artists who has to make art even if no one ever sees it. I’ve been doing that and throwing much of it away (after photographing it) for over 30 years. I still do that, to some extent. Nothing should ever be that precious. I have the honour of being an artist who sold a brick (with a little added artistry, of course!). I do like people buying my art so I don’t destroy it!
Eleanor May’s art is more in tune with the traditions of painting. She’s not spent quite as much time in art school as me (2 years as opposed to over 5), so she hasn’t been as manipulated by the pesky push for overt minimal conceptualism and/or stripping back everything to basics.
Her love of the pure art of painting comes from life itself. Whilst she is alive, she has to paint. Eleanor began her creative adult life with the study of Textiles at college, and then went on to become a highly skilled restorer of fine Persian carpets with a well-respected Long Melford company. She developed her painting skills and became a painter of trompe l’oeil murals in homes throughout the country.
Realism - or ‘trick of the eye’ has always been there in her work; but although she is very capable of photo realism, she has moved away from that to a more expressive place in the past couple of years. Her combined love of nature/the natural environment with her need to expressively depict its calm or rage has carried her on a path to now largely concentrating on colourful scenes of rural idyll, and stormy seas. There’s a fair bit of meaning tied-up in her seemingly gentle art. There always has been where Eleanor’s concerned. Her messages are never meant to be obvious. The art sits there on the wall doing the job it was designed for - and that is what she enjoys most. Pure art.
Which was your favourite show and why?
That’s a hard one, as I’ve actually liked all of our exhibitions for very different reasons. They’ve been themed to be different each time, even though many of the artists are often the same. I suppose I’d always say that the last one we did was the best. I enjoyed our ‘Alternative Ipswich Museum’ theme from November last year, as it was great to see how the artists worked with the idea of making ‘museum exhibits’ based on their own concept of the town. It’s one I’d happily do again. We’re also enjoying the change that Borin Van Loon’s Retrospective has brought to us this month. It’s been nice to see how another person uses the space. He hung the whole show himself - it’s the first time we’ve not taken any part in curation/hang. It’s given us time to focus on the future too.
In what ways are you working for the sheep artists beyond the gallery?
We’ve been 100% dedicated from day one to the promotion of art and artists to a much wider audience than the one that a traditional gallery provides. We also want to help artists to avoid the endless circle of ‘community art projects’ that promise so much and indeed often serve a community well, but aren’t always that useful to artists trying to develop their careers, or indeed just trying to earn a living. Too many artists abandon art due to financial pressures - we want to help a few to avoid that. It’s not easy. Having a gallery isn’t enough, and we’ve long known that. That’s why we’ve been developing our ‘Art for Business Scheme’. It’s a way for artists we work with to have their art seen and for sale in places where an unconventional art audience will actually get to see them. Kerseys Solicitors are currently staging our first commission - themed ‘Art of the Law’.
Oh - and we network whenever & wherever we can, and speak about the artists we work with.
Networking in real life & virtually is how it’s done these days.
Do you have any exciting plans for the future?
Next year, our project goes up a notch. Our themed exhibitions at the gallery will be occupation related, and we’ll be actively inviting workers from those fields to the exhibitions each time in order to create a wider audience for our artists. As time progresses, we hope to build a non-conventional art audience that will go out of their way to visit art exhibitions wherever they are. Our Art for Business Scheme is designed to be financially fair to artists, to the businesses, and to us. We think it’ll work - but we’re actively seeking grant aid at present to put some wind in the sails. It’s very difficult to proceed with limited funds.
How can SOS artists get involved with the gallery?
SOS artists can visit our website: www.freudiansheep.co.uk to find out more about us, see if they think they’d like to be involved, and then perhaps make the first steps to becoming a ‘Sheep’. We’re quite informal, but we are a commercial gallery and have to consider what people might be excited to see.
We merely require 3 jpegs of art that represents the artist (or links to where we can find it), and a bit of a short art bio if possible and once we’re happy that the art suits our place and that the artist is happy with our simple terms, the artist is then free to respond to any of our calls for artists.
What’s your next show and why should people visit?
The next show is ‘TIME & TIDE’ and promises to be another corker! There’ll be around 20 artists exploring either or both of those themes, and one-or-two working off-theme in a separate part of the gallery (Saul Timothy’s fantastically colourful fantasy art includes a bit of Alice in Wonderland). For the main theme, we’ve got a few SOS artists involved already - Fabiana Di Mascio, Emma Garnham, Deborah Burrow, Rebecca Mansbridge, and Val Jones - along with some great art from some of our other regulars. We’re also putting the word out to specialist sea painters in the hope that they’ll jump aboard for this one. Eleanor’s staging a large display of her new ‘ALL AT SEA’ paintings of dramatic waves and shores to run alongside it all.
As ever, it’ll open with an ‘opening event’ to which everyone is welcome. It’ll be on Saturday 11th July from 3-6pm. Our place is much bigger than people think it is, so please do come along and be surprised. Our opening events are always well attended and thoroughly well received - and many of the artists attend. The exhibition details are on our website. Our Facebook page is useful for seeing what’s going-on too: www.facebook.com/freudiansheep.
Not forgetting that we have an SOS members only exhibition being curated by Val Jones - that’s coming-up in October this year.
A trip around Open Studios
A trip around Open Studios
Last weekend was my free weekend in June to explore a few Suffolk open studios. I wanted to visit people whose work I had never seen before, that looked appealing and was open on either the 6th or 7th since I would be busy with my own studio on the other weekends in June. I decided to choose two regions to focus on and to limit myself to 3-4 visits. I didn’t choose a trail, but chose one person’s art and then looked for others nearby as a ‘lucky dip’. On Saturday my husband Patrick and I visited: Toby Mayhew, Lisa Berry, Richard Dolan and Colin Slee.
From Battisford, where we live, to Chillesford which is between Woodbridge and Orford, took us about 45 minutes to drive. It was a beautiful morning and the route was rural and picturesque. We were Toby and Lisa’s first punters. They put us at ease immediately and we were able to get immersed in their artist worlds. They offered us tea and gave us time and space to pick up sketchbooks, thumb through canvases and ask lots of technical questions!
Toby had his work spread out in their garage. When we’d finished looking he showed us the studio where he works. Lisa has a studio in their house which we were invited to visit but didn’t in the end. She had her work on the walls and leaning against walls. We left feeling inspired, thinking we’d got off to a great start visiting studios.
At Richard Dolan’s studio we had a cup of tea. Richard had written some context for his pictures on labels below the work, and we really enjoyed understanding his process that way as we looked at his landscapes. He had quite a few visitors already, but found time to discuss his work with us too. He had affordable cards for sale as well as framed work.
We were pointed around the corner to Colin Slee’s studio. He was also busy with visitors and I think he had just sold a piece as we arrived, but like all the artists, he made himself available to talk to us which was terrific. Colin’s studio has many personal objects. He seems to be a collector of beautiful, interesting, textural and tonal things. His work has these same characteristics. He had lots for us to look at, stacked up in frames in both his studio and in the conservatory.
Including the drive back, our outing took about four hours but it was absolutely worth it! We discovered artists that we will follow from now on, and I got some ideas for my own Open Studio!
Rebecca Moss Guyver
Art Exhibition at St. Mary's Church, Higham
Art Exhibition at St. Mary's Church, Higham
St Mary’s Church, Higham, has been holding it’s annual art exhibition for the past ten years and this year it will be transformed into a gallery with the work of 86 Artists exhibiting a total of 246 paintings. Suffolk Open Studios artists are among those exhibiting. The exhibition will run from Friday the 19th – Sunday the 21st of June.
The hamlet of Higham is located in the beautiful Dedham Vale, and is just a few miles from John Constable’s home in East Bergholt and Flatford Mill.
Higham Church, which has sections that are of 13th Century origin, is one of Churches in the area that are visible in a Constable Painting.
All proceeds from the exhibition and sale are used to maintain the fabric of the Church which will ensure its survival for future generations to see and enjoy.
The exhibition features work by well known local artists both professional and amateur, with works of a high quality, covering a range of prices.
There is a £1 charge for admission but this includes a catalogue of paintings
Children under 14 are free. The exhibition kicks off on Friday 19th from 7:30-9:30 pm and resumes on Saturday morning from 9:30-7:00 and again on Sunday 9:30-5:00.
The church is near Colchester and can be found at: CO7 6JZ
Maureen Jordan at Arlington's Brasserie
Maureen Jordan at Arlington's Brasserie
Suffolk Open Studios artist, Maureen Jordan has been invited by Liz Ambler the owner of Arlington's Brasserie, Museum Street, Ipswich, to display seven pastel pictures in the Henslow Room from now until the end of June. Maureen is well known for her vibrant pastel pictures of Flowers and Gardens. Her one-woman show in New York led to many of her flower images being reproduced on cards, calendars and prints by well known Publishers, so you may recognize her work!
Liz (from Arlington’s) is very involved with all arts, including music, and is committed to promoting them. The Brasserie is supportive of the arts and artists, and is a possible exhibition space for other SOS artists in the future.
Arlington’s is a unique venue, rescued by Liz and Ken Ambler from the ‘at risk’ register and lovingly restored before its opening in 2008. Why not visit the brasserie, have a bite to eat, enjoy the atmosphere and Maureen’s art.
Maureen Jordan’s Studio will be open for the Suffolk Open Studio weekends of 6/7 June and the 20/21 June. 11am –5pm
Exhibition at the Dark Horse Restaurant, Stowlangtoft
Exhibition at the Dark Horse Restaurant, Stowlangtoft
Adrian Rumbles and SB Fleming will be exhibiting as part of Art about Town, a Suffolk Open Studios initiative to get more art into the community, throughout May and June in the Dark Horse Restaurant, Stowlangloft.
The restaurant, owned by Cathy and Paul, formerly of the Hare in Long Melford, is set in the stable block of a beautiful country estate. The exhibition is hung against old wooden panelling in the dining room, and amongst other items in the old horse stalls which have been converted into a cosy bar area. The historical and interesting location is a lovely place to hang pictures!
About the artists:
Adrian Rumbles whose work you can see at: www.thurlowgallery.co.uk began his career in engineering before taking a two year foundation course at Ipswich Art College as a mature student. Now he spends every bit of his spare time devoted to art. Adrian specialised in sculpture at college, both large and small, using found objects and mostly working with welded steel. Now a full-time artist, Adrian focuses more on painting and mixed media, going outside to paint from life as often as he can. Adrian is inspired by the local landscape especially disused sand and gravel pits near his home.
Adrian’s studio will be open all the weekends throughout June as part of Suffolk Open Studios. He holds small friendly acrylic painting and mixed media workshops in his studio.
SB Fleming (Sarah Brown Fleming) works mainly in oils and ink drawing and subjects include people, interiors and still life. She is interested in form and composition and the play of light and colour and how if affects mood. Sarah will be opening her studio for the first two weekends in June.
Visit Sarah’s website or facebook to see more of her work. www.sarahbrownfleming.co.uk
Adrian and Sarah are also contributors to the Suffolk Borders Art Exhibition which will be held at 18 Red House Yard Gislingham Rd, Thornham Magna, Eye, Suffolk IP23 8HH, 23 May – 1 June along with other SOS artists Tom Lund-Lack, Nicolette Hallett, Rob Wheeler, Christine Mckechnie, Gillian Crossley-Holland and Kirstie Bruce.
Adrian will be part of the SOS Suffolk Borders Trail on 28/29th June www.suffolkopenstudios.org/artist-trails#Borders-Trail
Sarah is also showing with other SOS artists at The Upstairs Gallery, Exchange Square, Beccles, Suffolk NR34 9HH, 18- 30th May. www.theupstairsgallery.co.uk/
Why not visit The Dark Horse to see the work of Adrian and Sarah in a beautiful Suffolk country setting. Adrian tells me, ‘the food is great too!’
Spotlight on Terry Jeffrey
Spotlight on Terry Jeffrey
Terry Jeffrey has been a professional painter in watercolour and oils since 1984.
Terry tells me that he drew and painted from a very early age and has no recollection of not doing it. When Terry took redundancy from the printing industry his hobby quickly became his profession. Prior to redundancy, Terry was selling his artwork and contributing to exhibitions in the Clacton area. He had a lot of encouragement from the Clacton Art Club and whilst out of work and by chance stumbled on the Dedham Art Centre, which was then planning to be a working centre for potters, artists and sculptors.
Terry worked there for many years as a self-employed artist. Sales were good during the ‘Yuppie years’ and apart from continuing economic recessions have remained reasonable. Terry tells me he has no formal art training and remains unsullied by fashion, quirks and trends!
About 20 years ago Terry joined forces with antique dealer Margaret Cadman, left the Art Centre and together they opened Shakespeare House Gallery. Now Terry has two galleries: Shakespeare House Gallery Located in Dedham High Street in the heart of Constable Country which exhibits works by Terry Jeffrey and other local artists as well as greeting cards and gifts; and Mile Hill Gallery, Kelsale, opened in March 2015 and set within the garden at Terry’s home at Mile Hill Barn.
Terry has a studio on a mezzanine in the house and this will be open along with the gallery during Suffolk Open Studios. If the weather is fine you’ll find Terry painting outside.
Terry describes his painting as representational typographic with hints of Impressionism. He believes that drawing skills underpin a good painting.
Terry’s last one person show was at The John Russell Gallery a few years ago. He has exhibited at the RWS Open. Minories, Colchester Art Society, along with many other venues. He has contributed to the Artist and Illustrators magazine. Lockwood Calendars have also used his work.
Terry undertakes commissions and his studio will be open 6th -7th June and 13th – 14th June, 2015
Cobbold and Judd’s 10th Anniversary Show
Cobbold and Judd’s 10th Anniversary Show
Suffolk Open studios artists Carol Saunderson, Emma Buckmaster and Janet French are part of Cobbold and Judd’s 10th Anniversary Show: a celebration of East Anglian Art at Orwell Park School. The exhibition will run from tomorrow at Orwell Park, Nacton, Suffolk until the 30th of April. The Open Weekend begins today from 11 – 4 or you can see the work after that by appointment. Emma Buckmaster and Janet French will be giving the Orangery Lecture Tree Portraits on Tuesday 28th at 7pm.
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Carol Saunderson grew up in East Anglia and trained at Cambridge College of Art and Loughborough University and has been painting professionally for 20 years. Carol’s abstract landscape paintings result from memory, imagination and the rural environment in which she lives. Her work captures the sensations and emotions of being in the landscape. She loves colour and the way it interacts and creates a mood. Carol strives to be positive, vibrant and playful in her painting. Her work is informed by her love of mid-20th century painting and design, especially by artists such as Ivon Hitchens and by contemporary colourists such as Barbara Rae.
In 2013, Carol’s painting, “The Bright Field”, was shortlisted for the Adrian Henri “Poetry in Art Prize”.
You can find her work at galleries around the UK and she undertakes private commissions. John Lewis have sold her prints and Green Pebble have featured her work in their greeting cards.
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Tree Portraits -
Two artists working together to create a series of etchings of native tree species printed on to paper made from the trees own leaves. The leaves are collected and after a prolonged process of soaking and boiling delicate sheets of paper are created using only the natural constituents of the leaves to bind them together. Whilst the paper is still damp the etched image is printed onto the leaves from a steel plate using a traditional etching press.
Janet French has a BA (Hons) Art & Design – Fine Art at Colchester School of Art & Design and. Emma has an MA in Printmaking from the Cambridge School of Art . Until recently Emma and Janet jointly chaired Gainsborough’s House Printmakers.
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