Rauschenberg — Absolutely Inspiring

Robert Rauschenberg (1925-2008) is an artist who has been a motivational figure for me since I studied Fine Arts. What he did was ground breaking. It was inspirational. Now, having been lucky enough to have seen his retrospective at the Tate Modern, I see that his work was far more extensive and far reaching than I remember. What is striking is the curiosity, imagination and variety of his endless experiments — his sense of humour — his outlook on life and art.

Open Studios and Other Exhibitions

Many members are holding exhibitions this coming month and here is a selection.

Open Studios
27th May – 11th June

For this West Norfolk region pages 61 to 65 in the official guide book including art trails at Castle Acre and Great Massingham. Follow links below or see hand book for opening times.

May News from Greyfriars Art Space……..

8-20 May (preview 6 May 12noon-4pm)

> 65 IMAGES by Alan Cossins

Many mathematical constructs have an artistic appeal. This exhibition explores the way that these constructs can have a beauty of their own, captured in photographic images. On other occasions mathematics is used to alter the way we view an image.

Mathematics is part of the natural environment and this exhibition uses parts of the natural environment to create mathematical symbols. You will be able to see a “Natural Pi”, a “Garden Pi” and a “Sand Pi” as well as illustrations of mathematical spirals.

Dersingham Open Gardens and Art Trail

Several WNAA members are participating in the annual Dersingham Open Gardens and Art Trail.  They are either opening up both their studios and gardens or sharing with other artists.  This event goes from strength to strength and there are now 14 artists and 20 gardens open to the public over two days

Keith Powell

British Landscapes and Wildlife

If you are going up to Lancashire over the next month my exhibition is on at the Hollingworth Lake Visitors Centre from the 26th April – 21st May 10 a.m. – 3.30 p.m. daily except Thursday (closed all day). Free entry.

Coast III

I can report on a very successful Coast III exhibition at Thornham Village Hall over the Easter weekend. Around 800 visitors 42 artists entering with over 73 pieces of artwork displayed.

The People’s Choice was won by Maxine Byron for Grey Skies, John Lawson’s The Coal Barn and Jill Ilett with The Dunes Towards Hunstanton runners up.

IN CONVERSATION WITH LYDIA HAINES

Untitled – Mixed Media

Interview with Esther Boehm

WHAT MADE YOU COME TO DOCKING?
Proximity to the coast and London as well as the dry windy atmosphere which dries the screens more quickly! Childhood memories – my grandmother was born and lived in Norfolk all her life.

WHAT WAS IT LIKE GETTING LINKED UP WITH THE ARTISTIC COMMUNITY IN NORFOLK?
Moving to Norfolk and meeting Liz Falconbridge at the Kings Lynn Arts Centre created links to the local art scene and thats how I got involved with WNAA. Its such a diverse group as well and provided opportunities to exhibit and lead numerous workshops and meet interesting artists.

David Hockney

Going up Garrowby Hill

Tate Britain
9th February – 29th May 2017

Helen and I set off for a day in London combining a meet up with friends for lunch and finishing up at Tate Britain for the new David Hockney: 60 Years of Work.

Stan Peach

Looking for Someone

Stan Peach writes:
Two of my works ( mezzotints ) have been preselected for the New English Art Club exhibition at the Mall Galleries 31st March to 30th April in London, also I have been invited to submit my works to the National Society for membership. It is such an honour to be invited knowing that some of the artistic greats have trodden the same boards and although I might be in the same room, I do understand there is a long way to go to be on the same wall.