The Cley Exhibition this year had been delayed due to the Covid Crisis – this enabled some artists to explore their ideas and creativity in a much more extreme imaginative way. Most notable were Martin Battye with his massive abstract paintings and Esther Boehm with ‘Ether’ an installation of great magnitude and sensitivity to the space, i.e. St Margarets at Cley.
Esther Boehm’s ‘Ether’ is a stunning work. Immediately visible on entering the church of St Margaret of Antioch at Cley, its repeated forms are both separate and work as a composite whole. White, suspended in the air above the baptismal font and above the tombstone of Francis Neale Gent (1711); in front of the magnificent west window, catching every nuance of light on and through the fluctuating sheen texture of each form. This maximises both visibility and the symbolic purity of white. Sometimes it even reflects the stone structure of the cinquefoil and arch of the window behind.
September 17th -19th
Thornham Village Hall
We would like to welcome you to our annual exhibition at Thornham Village Hall.
At Art 21 we are a group of friends who meet weekly in the Norfolk village of Dersingham. We have a mixture of both professional and amateur artists. Several of the group are also active members of the West Norfolk Artists Association and contribute to other open exhibitions.
The North Norfolk Exhibition Project celebrates their 20th anniversary with
not in or to anyplace, not anywhere – nowhere is now here
Exhibition dates: 1 July to 1 August 2021
I love nature. We really are blessed with the abundance of flora and fauna we have around us here in Norfolk. From the deer roaming the parklands at Holkham, to the humble but beautiful house sparrows comically arguing on your bird feeders. I am lucky in that my house faces out towards an open field, and at the time of writing, there are many hares playing and boxing out there – they are so much fun to watch.
The Assembly House Summer Open 2021 4th–10th June 2021
11–5pm, Free Entry (book time slots)
The Assembly House Norwich is pleased to welcome visitors back to the House this summer for the return of the Open Exhibition. The open call received 900 submissions, and 40 artworks have been selected. West Norfolk Artist member Helen Breach has a painting selected. The painting, acrylic on canvas, is of fashion designer Robert George Sanders having make-up applied prior to a creative performance.
St. Mary’s Lodge,
In May 2019 I opened a small, but perfectly formed, gallery in my garden. Initially I showed my work, but the intention was to open it up to other artists and run workshops. Sadly 2020 went tits up for all of us, so I did not open last year.
Here are two quotes that I believe are very relevant for artists today.
Paul Gauguin :
‘Don’t copy nature too closely – art is an abstraction as you dream amid nature, extrapolate art from it and concentrate on what you will create as a result’.
How I interpret this is: don’t slavishly copy what one sees in front of one (nature/photograph) but interpret it expressing one’s self in one’s own language on the final image.