A few words from Gillian Crossley-Holland, a founder member of Artworks, who oversees and organises the Artworks shop each year. Please note: This text refers to the Artworks exhibition & shop in 2012:
It is our thirteenth exhibition and I think this is one of our best shows ever. The main barn looks very striking with the three dimensional work displayed on tall plinths which flow back the length of the barn – including Carol Pask’s bold ceramic works, Lizzie Saunder’s intriguing geometric shapes, Genista Dunham’s large and exciting papier mache bowls, the beautiful glass work of Virginia Wright, not forgetting Jenny Goater’s successful wire sculptures (also a founder member of Artworks). There is, of course, all the wonderful paintings on the walls, in every 2D media, from traditional oils to mixed media collage and acrylics.
Our Private View evening was great, with lots of familiar faces but also a number of new people visiting, a real buzz, and many sales of artwork, large and small. Meanwhile, it was back to Blackthorpe barn very early the next morning to meet the Shop Team and set up the Artworks shop & cafe.
Having finished getting the shop ready with the walls, tables and browsers filled up with artists work, I always feel I should have a little treat to celebrate – something lovely from the main exhibition or the Artworks shop, even if it’s just a few artists cards.
|Papier mache bowls by Jazz Green|
Last year it was a papier mache bowl by Jazz Green, tender and golden, and a wonderful print by Ben Quail.
This year it was another papier mache bowl (I have a collection) by Genista Dunham – it is so merry and colourful.
|Papier mache bowls by Genista Dunham, and glass sculptures by Liz Waugh-McManus|
The shop is now beautifully set up and running alongside the main Artworks exhibition, and as always, there is a wonderful range of artworks and cards to browse and buy.
|Cards by Valerie Armstrong (left) and Penny Bhadresa (right), Carol Pask ceramics (centre)|
I love looking round my home and seeing various artworks I have bought and remembering their makers and all the wonderful artists I’ve worked alongside these last thirteen years with Artworks.
|Print browsers and many paintings displayed on the walls|
The 13th Annnual Artworks Exhibition
Suffolk (Sat Nav IP30 9HZ)
8th to 30th September 2012
The Artworks exhibition (and the Artworks shop) is open daily, 10am to 5pm.
The Artworks shop sells original prints, small works on paper, 3D artworks and an extensive range of artist cards. We also serve light refreshments in the Artworks cafe.
We look forward to welcoming you to Artworks shop!