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CELEBRATING THE COMPLETION OF HER NEW STUDIO, Ruth McCabe invites visitors between 11am and 3pm Tuesday 14th June through to Friday 17th June. And on Saturday 18th June between 10 and 2pm. Pop in to see what I’m working on and enjoy the new space!


Built over a period of several months the studio gives me much more space and height so I’m hoping it will encourage me to work large! In the winter I will also be delighted to hunker down in the mornings before a little woodburner, coffee in hand.


My work is developing along two lines at present: my response in watercolour and oil to the Suffolk agricultural landscape of the Blyth Valley, and slowly emerging paintings inspired by my 2015 artist residency in Snowdonia at Stiwdio Maelor.

Two recent examples to whet your appetite:


An imperial size painting in watercolour, acrylic ink and pastel, of the mountainous landscape of North Wales, where I found the marks made by man’s industrial efforts: the slate quarries – as beautiful as the inherent colours and forms of the land itself.


This watercolour is painted in the format I have come to love: half imperial but halved length-wise, is one of the views of the Blyth Valley that I love. Watercolour’s translucency is ideal for responding the the layers in the landscape, unfolding towards distant horizons.

Threeways, Coles Hill, Wenhaston. IP19 9DS
01502 478295

Ruth McCabe: New Exhibition ‘Illumination’ at Aubrey Gallery

From 1st June to 30th July Ruth McCabe will be showing twelve watercolours in the Aubrey Gallery’s show, ‘ILLUMINATION’.

‘ILLUMINATION’ is a joint exhibition featuring work by Ruth McCabe and Sue Eaton. The artists will be in the gallery between 11am – 1pm on Saturday 4th June 2016.

1st June to 30th July 2016
Aubrey Art Gallery
Great Dunmow
Tel: 01371 873133

Ruth works with translucent layers of watercolour pigment to build up abstract interpretations of the landscape. Living in East Suffolk she has chosen pieces which show the impact of light on the agricultural and coastal formations so typical of this region.


Ruth McCabe, Sunset Light, watercolour on paper

Within the collection there are also pieces which have emerged following a residency in North Wales in 2015, where the massive land forms around her, and the places where industry made its impact set a different challenge. In particular she spent time exploring a disused slate quarry, watching the light as it moved across man-made rock faces and forms. It was a place of great presence, bringing to mind thoughts of the violence which had removed rock from the mountain, juxtaposed against the beauty of colour, and colonisation of plant life since work stopped. There were even tadpoles in August in the shallow pools.


Ruth McCabe, Light in dark places, watercolour

For an overview of the ‘ILLUMINATION’ exhibition and opening times of the gallery, please visit www.aubreyartgallery.com/index.html

To see Ruth’s twelve pieces in the exhibition, visit www.aubreyartgallery.com/pages/mccabe/ruthmccabe.html

An Invitation to Ruth McCabe’s ‘Open Studio’ on 4th & 5th December 2015

ARTWORKS News: Ruth McCabe invites you to her ‘Open Studio’ event in Wenhaston, Suffolk, on Friday 4th December 2015 10am to 1pm and Saturday 5th December 2015 11am to 2pm.


Ruth says: I have lots of unframed work such as these following pieces, together with framed oils and watercolours, and cards. It would be lovely to see you.


Ruth McCabe : Open Studio
Friday 4th December 2015 10am to 1pm AND Saturday 5th December 2015 11am to 2pm
In the Conservatory at Threeways
Coles Hill
IP19 9DS

Note to visitors: Please park round the corner and walk back a few yards down Coles Hill to come in the gate to the conservatory.

Tel: 01502 478295
Email: ruth@threeways.mail1.co.uk






Ruth McCabe

Selected for exhibition in the annual Royal Watercolour Society Contemporary Competition, Bankside Gallery, London. Finalist and exhibitor in Sunday Times Contemporary Watercolour Competition, Mall Galleries, London.


Artists in ARTWORKS: Ruth McCabe: Heart leaps of excitement or suffusings of gratitude lead me to paint…

Artists in the ARTWORKS exhibition 2015: Ruth McCabe

The rain did not stop

The rain did not stop

Heart leaps of excitement or suffusings of gratitude lead me to paint…

Artworks 16th Annual Exhibition
Saturday 5 – Sunday 27 September 2015
Open daily 10am – 5pm

Blackthorpe Barn
Rougham Estate
Bury St Edmunds
IP30 9HZ

The Artworks exhibition is open daily, 10am to 5pm, admission is free, ample parking, wheelchair accessible. Free exhibition catalogue.

We also have the ARTWORKS shop for visitors to browse: original handmade prints, small paintings, drawings, sculpture, ceramics, glass and metalwork, large range of greetings cards and artist postcards. There is also a café selling light refreshments.

Inspired by Becker Exhibition 2015: LOCAL ARTIST STILL INSPIRES

The ‘Inspired by Becker’ exhibition, first held in 2013, is now run by the Inspired by Becker Art Society as an annual event in Wenhaston. It brings together over 30 East Anglian artists to celebrate and honour Becker’s body of work by presenting their own artwork for sale.

Jane Hodgson, The fluff is flying, 2015

Jane Hodgson, The fluff is flying, oil on canvas, 2015

Who was Harry Becker?
Harry Becker lived in Wenhaston during the early years of the 20th century and was probably the last artist of note to record the work of the farming community in England before the advent of the tractor. His work is much admired by the artistic community for its immediacy and truth. Impressionistic in style, he had an unrivalled ability to capture the relentless toil of rural life. ‘Inspired by Becker’ acknowledges the debt owed to a painter who died in poverty and whose work was forgotten for almost 70 years. He died here in 1928.

Mike Holtom, Sole Bay 68, oil on canvas

Mike Holtom, Sole Bay 68, oil on canvas, 2015

Inspired by Becker Exhibition, over four days: 31 July to 3rd August 2015
St. Peter’s Wenhaston will again host this exhibition which combines fine art with warm heartedness. Please make a note in your diary and be one of the hundreds (literally) of people who enjoy whiling away an hour or two in the beautiful church enjoying the work we present in honour of Harry. Artists’ commission on sales contributes to a donation we make to St Peter’s.

Emma Green, April Showers, 2015, oil on canvas

Emma Green, April Showers, 2015, oil on canvas

Conducted walks
If you have picked up a Waveney and Blyth Arts programme for the 2015 summer season, you may notice that two walks are planned to coincide with the exhibition period. These should be booked through W&BA. On Saturday 1st August 2015, a walk through Becker’s landscape in the Blyth Valley will take in beautiful scenery and hopefully some of the creatures we are privileged to share it with. The walk will end with breakfast in the old Church Room in Wenhaston.

Ruth McCabe, Tired ewe, watercolour on paper

Ruth McCabe, Tired ewe, watercolour on paper, 2015

On Sunday evening as darkness falls, the second walk will be led by bat expert Alan Marshall from Suffolk Wildlife Trust, beginning in a candlelit St. Peter’s with a short talk on the mediaeval Doom and the resident batty congregation(!), and taking an easy stroll round Church Common for encounters with more bats.

Becky Muntin, Rook, acrylic on vintage manuscript, 2015

Becky Munting, Rook, acrylic on vintage manuscript, 2015

Scything and sketching
On Saturday 1st August 2015, weather permitting, the Wenhaston Commons Group will turn out for a scything demo somewhere in Wenhaston. Exhibition artists will be on hand for visitors of all ages who would like to try some sketching. Materials will be provided. Who knows, you may turn out to be the next Harry Becker!! One thing run by for sure: you will discover how hard it is to draw people on the move!!

Annie Brundrit, Tell Tale Hill, etching on paper, 2015

Annie Brundrit, Tell Tale Hill, etching on paper, 2015

Since the first exhibition in 2013, we have been overwhelmed and delighted with the support both from artists wanting to exhibit and from the public visiting the show.

The Inspired by Becker Art Society will run future exhibitions, continuing our celebration of Wenhaston’s connection to Harry Becker. Artist members can enjoy sketching throughout the year in our plein air sketch group, and we’d also love to hear from anyone who’d like to support this event. Please contact ibbartsociety@gmail.com for further details.




CONTACT ibbartsociety@gmail.com for details of the Inspired by Becker exhibition and of membership.

Ruth McCabe: two paintings accepted for RWS Contemporary Watercolour Competition

The ARTWORKS blog is delighted to receive news that one of our artists, Ruth McCabe, has been successful with two paintings accepted for the Royal Watercolour Society’s annual RWS Contemporary Watercolour Competition.

Ruth McCabe, Looking out, watercolour on paper

Ruth McCabe, Under grey sky, watercolour on paper

The RWS Contemporary Watercolour Competition is an annual competition open to non-members. It aims to encourage innovation and experimentation in water-based painting including watercolour, acrylic, gouache, pen and ink, and watercolour mixed media.

This prestigious competition provides professional artists with an established and internationally recognised platform on which they can exhibit their work.

The RWS annual open exhibition is at Bankside Gallery, London, from 6th – 18th March 2015.

RWS Contemporary Watercolour Competition
6th – 18th March 2015
Bankside Gallery
48 Hopton Street

Open daily 11am – 6pm, admission free.