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Artworks News: Artworks 2020

A Message from our Chair, Gillian Crossley-Holland:

This autumn’s Artworks exhibition 2020 has been cancelled in response to Coronavirus.

December afternoon, Thelnetham fen, by Gillian Crossley Holland

Artworks is held in September and I trust, by then, our choices will be much improved. However, so much work and planning usually goes towards our exhibition during these summer months, that we felt it would be wiser to start afresh in 2021 when, hopefully, all restrictions will have been lifted.

The cancellation of our exhibition is disappointing for all of us, but particularly so for some of this year’s guest artists who have long wanted to exhibit with the Artworks group at the venue of Blackthorpe Barn. We therefore decided that the kindest thing would be to offer all current guest artists a second year with Artworks.

I am therefore pleased to welcome: Louise Chapman, Iona Howard, Evelyn Polk and Laurie Rudling – who are all 2D artists; and Jacquelyn Hindle, Antonia Hockton and Jim Racine, who are 3D artists.

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Lady with a Jade necklace by Antonia Hockton

I am also pleased to welcome Zoe Rubens back for a return visit, and delighted to say that Nicola Coe is now a full member of Artworks and she is keen to make the group as ecologically sound as possible.

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Artwork By Nicola Coe

Helen Dougall and Janet French would have been on sabbatical in 2020, but as we are now all on sabbatical this year it might be difficult to tell.

Silver Birch circle I by Janet French

As artists we are all still working one way or another, but without forthcoming exhibitions and deadlines, many of us are using this strange lacuna to think, reflect and experiment – and like many others – to spend a great deal of time gardening!

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Earth/Bound by Jazz Green

We will still be sharing our latest works and progress on the Artworks blog and the Artworks Instagram @ARTWORKSEAST, so please follow us.

I look forward to meeting all our visitors in 2021 when Artworks will be holding its 21st exhibition.

Gillian Crossley-Holland
Artworks chair

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Valerie Armstrong: ART IN THE TIME OF COVID 19

Notes from the studio from Artworks’ Valerie Armstrong:

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DISCONNECTION, acrylic on canvas, 70 cm x 100 cm

It is 12th May 2020. We have now been in home lockdown for nearly two months. I am over 70 years old and though normally healthy, I do suffer from very nasty bouts of bronchitis, so I know I must do everything I can to avoid contracting this destructive disease.

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THE SILENT VISITOR (detail), acrylic on canvas, 60 cm x 30 cm

I now live alone, but despite that I am one of the lucky ones: I have a beautiful garden and studio at home. The weather has been sparkling and so far, I have painted my way through the solitude. During this time my paintings have changed, they have become larger, freer and bolder as I think to myself:

I have nothing to lose, now is the time to express all that I am feeling: the sadness, the fear, the loneliness, the anger, the calm.

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THE MEMORY TREE, acrylic on cradled board, 45 cm x 45 cm

I have painted my Covid ‘monster’: my garden which calms and soothes; my tree of memories and my feelings of fear and confusion regarding the present situation.

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THE WILD GARDEN OF CHILDHOOD, acrylic on canvas, 70 cm x 100 cm

It is an intense time in my studio. These are the paintings I have completed during the past two months.

Valerie Armstrong

www.valeriearmstrong.com

Alison Jones: Tulipmania

A spring ‘garden note’ sent in from Alison Jones, award-winning botanical artist and member of Artworks:

Having been inspired by the colours and drama of parrot tulips growing in my garden, I realised I had a fascination for these varieties not just because of their freakish beauty but because of their unique history: the meteoric rise in value during the 16th and 17th century in the Netherlands meant that the parrot tulips shown here were very often used as currency.

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Parrot Tulips, Tulipa Estella Rijnveld, growing in Alison Jones’ garden

Fortunes were made and lost with peoples’ livelihoods at stake. Little did the Dutch in those days know that it was a virus transmitted by the aphid which was responsible for the extraordinary shapes and colour patterns.

So even a virus carrying parasite can cause the creation of amazing new varieties of the tulip.

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Purple Parrot Tulips

Purple Parrot Tulips by Alison Jones, 40cm x 35cm, watercolour on paper.

Alison Jones is also a founder member of the Iceni Botanical Artists.