"Across The Water" is now open. Lovely to see you all on Friday night. Thanks to Peter and Jeff for serving the bubbly, Flic and Paul for taking the fabulous collection of photographs. (click on the images for a close up)
July brings thoughts of holidays: trips to the seaside, swimming and diving, searching rock pools while collecting shells to take home. Old fishermen tell stories handed down the generations, truth or myth, sparking the imagination as we explore. Seabirds keep us company seeming to enjoy the dramatic weather and changing light, the rhythmic beat of the waves which shape ancient craggy rocks. Muffled misty days give a softer edge to the coast but no less inspiring for our painters.
We're leaving the garden to fend for itself as we fly to foreign lands, gently absorbing the language, culture and history of these exotic landscapes. Warmer waters bring tropical birds but also more familiar ones who spend our winters there. Fascinating to observe animals in unfamiliar habitats, I wonder where Murtle will be spending her holidays?
Those left in the cities during the summer months migrate to the rivers for a cooling breeze. Swans and ducks drift idly past the old industrial wharfs, now quiet places away from the tourists.
We're not far from the coast, just a short detour off the A21 as you head down to Hastings Old Town, the Jerwood and a fresh fish and chip supper or you can enjoy a walk to Bewl Water with dinner at the Bell or the Bull, both interesting establishments (apparently!).
"In The Garden" is now open. Lovely to see you all on Friday night. Thanks to Peter and Jeff for serving the bubbly and Flic for taking the fabulous collection of photographs. (click on the images for a close up)
A bit of a swimming theme has emerged from our current show.
From the watercolour ripples faces emerge amongst reflections of sunlight on the glistening water. Young girls chatting by the pool, a quiet moment of rest during the long summer holidays. A more chilly feel for the open air bathers, is this the Muswell Hill mums group?
Looking for a momento for your favourite swimmer - check out Helen's "swimmer" range or maybe a penguin is more up your street. I doubt that Alison swims in the Medway (perish the thought) but her mudlarking collection also provides inspiration for her silver bottle jewellery range.
The exhibition continues until 25th March but we'd love to see you well before then.
Frances May ... Susie Monnington / Helen Beard ... Helen Noakes / Alison Boyce / Helen Noakes ... Mary Cairns / Ray Sheldon
"All Shapes and Sizes" is now open. Lovely to see you all on Friday night. Thanks to Jeff and Peter for serving the bubbly and Flic for taking the fabulous collection of photographs.
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