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ARTWORKS exhibition 2017: Meet the Artists – Daily presentations

The popular ‘Meet the Artist’ series of presentations return to Artworks in 2017. A different artist sets up a mini art studio each day, ready to talk about their work or demonstrate creative art techniques. Other artists will be working at the sales desk or in the Artworks’ café, so there are numerous opportunities to meet some of the artists on any day during the Artworks exhibition.

Below is the MTA schedule to help you plan your visit to Artworks. Pop in any time between 10.30am and 4.30pm as the art presentations are informal – there is no need to book.

Saturday 9 September 2017
Alison Jones: A brush with flowers in watercolour

Sunday 10 September 2017
Alfie Carpenter: Interpreting the land in mixed media


Moonlit reeds

Monday 11 September 2017
Roger Gamble: Artful Acrylics!

Tuesday 12 September 2017
Kit Price Moss: Printmaking: puffins to penguins

Wednesday 13 September 2017
Nora Gaston: Foraging the waves: working through ideas

Thursday 14 September 2017
Val Armstrong: Letting go of realism – building mixed media backgrounds for abstracts

Friday 15 September 2017
Christine McKechnie: Watercolour painted paper collage

Autumn leaves by Christine McKechnie

Saturday 16 September 2017
Julia Groves: Botanical Art / Drawing techniques


Chandos Beauty by Julia Groves

Sunday 17 September 2017
Roger Gamble: Artful Acrylics!

Breckland Trail

Breckland Trail by Roger Gamble

Monday 18 September 2017
Cathy D’Arcy: Making happy faces in clay

Tuesday 19 September 2017
Helen Dougall: Batik: wax resist dyeing on cloth

Wednesday 20 September 2017
Sue Caddy: Seeds and ceramics


Bowl of Earthy Delights

Thursday 21 September 2017
Gillian Crossley-Holland: Oil pastels: A joy to use


Sea study, Scolt Head, August afternoon after rain

Friday 22 September 2017
Lyn Aylward: Painting portraits in oils


Fly Past by Lyn Aylward

Saturday 23 September 2017
Gainsborough’s House Workshop: portfolio presentation showing a variety of printmaking techniques

Sunday 24 September 2017
Chris Hann: Unsighted drawing


Mousehole 4

Monday 25 September 2017
Katie Millard: Watercolour landscapes without a pencil

Tuesday 26 September 2017
Kate Reynolds: Figures in movement

artworks shop

Wednesday 27 September 2017
Alison Jones: A brush with flowers in watercolour

Magnolia by Alison Jones

Thursday 28 September 2017
Val Armstrong: Simple monoprinting using a gelli plate



Friday 29 September 2017
Nicola Coe: Polaroid as art



Saturday 30 September 2017
Hazel Bradshaw: Creating impractical pots

Sunday 1 October 2017
Ruth McCabe: Working loosely with watercolour

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ARTWORKS 18th Annual Exhibition

Saturday 9th September to Sunday 1st October 2017
Blackthorpe Barn, Rougham
Bury St Edmunds
IP30 9HZ

Exhibition open daily 10am to 5pm, free entry, complimentary full-colour catalogue, free parking, barn complex is on ground level with easy access. All work in the exhibition is for sale. Relax in the Artworks Café or browse the Artworks Shop for an extensive range of art cards and a range of smaller artworks to buy and take away.

Ruth McCabe: Open Studio & Art Sale on Saturday 23rd September 2017

Ruth McCabe: Open Studio and Sale on Saturday 23rd September 2017.

A retrospective showing work in a variety of media, from large to very small will be available to see and buy.

Those curious to explore the journey I’ve made since I began to paint in 1997 will be able to enjoy the collection, arranged chronologically.

A brief intro…

My earliest pieces were often painted in acrylic like these limes, a large piece…


A few years later, having switched to oils, my work was still pursuing figurative forms…


….but also abstraction, like this piece – a response to a walk in spring woodland…


….and this even more abstract response to sunlight on a favourite footpath I walk regularly…


This later oil is based on returning to my Yorkshire roots and shows the beginning of a period in which I enjoyed using texture.


Two more textured oils from this period… “Snow Ewes” and “Spring Surge”



At this time I would often apply white oil, creating texture with the palette knife, then once dry, rub other pigments onto the textured surface with my finger. Loved it!

Boats were a regular subject in these years, loving their rounded forms and general buoyancy! These always sold well and only a few very small works remain like this oil on canvas which was one of a series of pieces painted to show alongside the ceramics of Usch Spettigue.


In 2010 I began exploring the medium of watercolour, in a curious response to the combination of struggling through a long long winter of snow and ice which seemed unwilling to let go its grip, followed immediately by the driest April ever, when trees began shedding their leaves to reduce water loss. Somehow this left me wanting to work in a thin, sparing medium and I persevered through a year of frustration (watercolour is so difficult) until I began to achieve pieces I liked. This early watercolour won its way into The Mall Galleries in the Sunday Times 25th Contemporary Watercolour Competition exhibition. I was thrilled, and doubly delighted to find that they’d chosen my piece to use on the cover of their brochure. How I wish this had led to some interest from a London gallery.


Continuing since 2011 to develop my practice in the use of watercolour, I am grateful to competitions like the Sunday Times and Royal Watercolour Society’s Contemporary competition, in the hope that these prestigious bodies change the art world’s prejudiced view of ‘watercolour’ as the medium for ‘amateur dabbling’. I love its translucency and flow, and never work in a tight, controlled way.

So please come and visit the studio and the two additional spaces I will be setting up to show this collection. I hope to make it an interesting journey for you.

There will also be unframed pieces, cards and some wire works.
Look for the signs to get you to me! Come straight to the studio.

During the painting demo (see poster below), work can still be seen in the cottage.


Saturday 23rd September 2017, 10am until 4pm
Threeways, Coles Hill, Wenhaston IP19 9DS

11am to 12 noon Watercolour demo in the studio: working loosely with this medium. Please email ruth@threeways.mail1.co.uk to book your place since due to space restrictions, only 6 places available, £3.00 per person.

All visitors please come straight to the studio. Other rooms of work will be open for browsing during the demo if you arrive while that is taking place.

Twitter: @mccabe_ruth
Instagram: @ruthmccabe8420

ARTWORKS exhibition 2016: Meet the Artists

At the Artworks exhibition this year we have a ‘Meet the Artist’ programme. A different artist is at the exhibition each day to discuss their work or to demonstrate the techniques involved in making their work. Other artists in the group will be working at the sales desk or in the Artworks café, so there are many artists to meet on any given day.

Saturday 10 September 2016
Chris Hann: East to west

Sunday 11 September 2016
Lyn Aylward: From collage to canvas


Fly Past by Lyn Aylward

Monday 12 September 2016
Gillian Crossley-Holland: The instant joys of oil pastel

Tuesday 13 September 2016
Roger Gamble: Acrylics with attitude

Wednesday 14 September 2016
Liz Waugh McManus: Clay – medium in its own right or as a basis for glass or bronze sculpture

Thursday 15 September 2016
Janet French: Meet the artist Janet French

Friday 16 September 2016
Cathy D’Arcy: Making happy faces

Saturday 17 September 2016
Alison Jones: Botanical Watercolours

Sunday 18 September 2016
Janet French: Meet the artist Janet French

Monday 19 September 2016
Eileen Revett: The process of woodcut


Infinite Possibilities Series II i by Eileen Revett

Tuesday 20 September 2016
Ruth McCabe: Going with the flow (Working loosely in watercolour)

Wednesday 21 September 2016
Katie Millard: Watercolour without a pencil

Thursday 22 September 2016
Chris Hann: East to west


Harbour by Chris Hann

Friday 23 September 2016
Katie Millard: Watercolour without a pencil

Saturday 24 September 2016
Roger Gamble: Acrylics with attitude

Sunday 25 September 2016
Alison Jones: Botanical Watercolours

Monday 26 September 2016
Cathy D’Arcy: Making happy faces

Tuesday 27 September 2016
Roger Gamble: Acrylics with attitude

Breckland Trail

Breckland Trail by Roger Gamble

Wednesday 28 September 2016
Christine McKechnie: Meet the artist

Thursday 29 September 2016
Genista Dunham: Painting with light

Friday 30 September 2016
Gainsborough’s House Workshop: Demonstrating printmaking techniques

Saturday 1 October 2016
Genista Dunham: Painting with light

Sunday 2 October 2016
Alfie Carpenter: Mixed media madness


Fenland by Alfie Carpenter

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