Halesworth is the birthplace of Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker and we will be celebrating the bicentenary of his birth with exhibitions, trails, talks and events. The Halesworth Gallery has invited CSBA Students and members of Amicus Botanicus (Alumni of CSBA) to exhibit botanical paintings of plant species relating to and named after Hooker.
The process of creating a botanical painting will be shown through the work of CSBA students. Students of the CSBA will be in the gallery, demonstrating the art of botanical painting, on the opening weekend and then on every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday throughout the exhibition.
Find out more about the CSBA on their website at chelseaschoolofbotanicalart.co.uk
Opening weekend 1 & 2 July: Elaine Searle and Michele Riseley
Elaine is Course Director at CSBA. She exhibits internationally with work in the Highgrove Florilegium, the permanent collection of the Hunt Institute (USA), the Garden Museum London and private collections around the world. Awards include RHS Silver Gilt medal in 2008, the Talas award at the American Society of Botanical Artists′ Annual International Exhbition 2013 and People′s Choice Award at the ASBA Annual Meeting 2015.
Sally Pond Friday 14 July
Sally was awarded her diploma in Botanical Art & Illustration in 2011 with a Distinction. Since then she has regularly exhibited and runs workshops at Sarum College, Salisbury Cathederal and the Artsmartschool in Beaconsfield. Awards for her work include 3 RHS Silver-Gilt Medals and Certificates of Botanical Merit from the Society of Botanical Artists′ annual exhibitions in Westminster.
Penny Price Wednesday 5 July
Penny graduated from the school with a Distinction in 2013. She exhibits in the UK, is a member of three Florilegium Societies: Hampton Court, Chelsea Physic Garden and Sydney Botanic Garden. Her work was awarded an RHS Silver Gilt medal in 2014. Penny teaches part-time at CSBA and the Cambridge University Botanic Gardens.
Christine Battle Saturday 15th July
After graduating from the school with a Credit in 2009, Christine was awarded an RHS Gold Medal for her paintings in 2010. She has exhibited in the UK and USA for the Hunt Institute of Botanical Documentation and the ASBA (her work being singled out for an Honourable Mention). She is a member of the Chelsea Physic Garden Florilegium Society and regularly illustrates plates for Curtis′ Botanical Magazine.
Pearl Bostock Wednesday 12th July
Graduating from the school with a Merit, Pearl went on to be the founder member and chairman of the Florilegium Society at Bedgebury National Pinetum, Kent ‒ regarded as having the world′s most complete collection of temperate conifers. As well as her work for Bedgebury, Pearl has also exhibited in Buenos Aires and the UK.
Gerald will be "off the wall" with a display of witty postcards and small works. Rebecca will be making site specific sculptures especially for the gallery and Martin will be showing recent landscape paintings and drawings.
Three local poets not to be missed.
Simon makes elegant wood sculptures and relief works. Marianne will be showing collage sculptures and paintings and Lucy will be exhibiting new paintings inspired by landscape, paint and mark-making.
Special selling show of a wide range of ceramics by skilled potters.
Wonderful work from our local children in schools and scout and guide groups. Not to be missed.
Ray was the County Art Adviser for Suffolk prior to becoming the founding Director of Suffolk Anglia Ruskin University based at Belstead House in Ipswich. He has made art works all his life and has been an art educationist throughout his career.
Summer University was a popular part of the work of Suffolk Anglia Ruskin University and featured many practical art modules. Anthony Frost, the son of Sir Terry Frost, joined Ray as a tutor throughout this period and they collaborated on degree delivery and practical art-making each year. The blue diamond painting comes from this period. Ray developed the diamond totems based on this enjoyable experience and has kept the theme running alongside his other projects.
The Three Dancers has emerged as a dominant theme over the last twenty years and the examples here demonstrate the reworking of an image initially realised as a mixed media collage.
Other Distractions includes a variety of works that emerged in the period post 1993. This was the year Ray recovered from a stroke and celebrated by having an exhibition at Belstead House calledAt a stroke the colour back in my life!
See images of the show here.
A show celebrating the varied work of a group of artists based around Laxfield. An interest in the practice of drawing unites them.
Darren shows exciting new abstract paintings.
Ideas from subjects seen, felt or imagined - near or when travelling. Sometimes taken from a photo or a drawing. I love printing - etching and aquatint especially - as it lends itself to line work and the process leaves a lot to chance. Please support Amnesty International and buy a print.
Corrin will show seascape inspired works from travels in East Anglia, Cornwall and West Australia.
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