1. Allan Williams.
Allan is a versatile and accomplished artist, working in oils, acrylics and mixed media.
He has exhibited widely in the UK and Canada, and currently in the Ferini Gallery in Pakefield.
His subjects include images of the Suffolk coast, such as the form and colours of the waves, and the effects of the eroding coastline.
Another speciality is painting portraits in the style of famous artists. Allan is a Programme Leader for Ipswich based charity,
Inside Out (www.insideoutcommunity.com) and believes passionately in the healing power of the creative arts.
2. Ruth Mccabe
Arts in Celebration 2021: Ruth McCabe
Since Covid began to dominate our lives, I’ve experienced a sequence of uncertainties about my artwork.
It’s ongoing. It’s uncomfortable.
Towards the end of 2020 I found myself beginning to gather tiny croppings from watercolour paintings and assemble
them into collaged miniatures. I don’t know where this urge came from. This was the first work I’d done since the summer
that year, and it was fun and comfortingly confined. Meaning I wasn’t thinking of making a painting for a gallery or
exhibition, just letting the arranging of tiny shapes calm me.
Examples of these miniatures:
I could see how these compositions were a natural progression from the abstract watercolours I’d been working
on since 2012, especially those made early in the first lockdown like ‘Turbulent times’.
From the tentative miniatures beginning in December 2020, somehow (I can’t remember how), by March 2021
I’d moved on into larger collaged pieces, with this 30cm collage on paper being one of the first: “Longing for spring”.
I began to realise several things…
• I enjoyed the collage process. Layering translucent tissue papers much as I layered watercolour washes, brought
moments of pleasing discovery in the colours that the overlapping created.
• Tissue paper adds texture to the surface. I remembered how much I enjoyed the texture my oils sometimes had
when I used palette knives.
• I found myself using my fingers to smooth out the glued tissue; another recalled pleasure from when I applied
oils with my fingers over dried palette knife marks.
• I also enjoy the experience of getting the composition to the point where I like looking at it, altering shapes
and colours with more layers or by removing layers.
There was however, one large stumbling block: were these new works ‘art’?
In January I’d begun working with an art coach, to explore a long-standing uncertainty for me: “What is art for me?”
We weren’t looking at what I made but why I made it.
I’m totally clear why I sing or make other kinds of music. But I stumbled accidentally into making art, having never
realised that I wanted to or could. And thats where I remain, having accidentally accumulated successes and
affirmation along the way. For which I am of course grateful.
Thankfully the coach was able to assure me that collage has of course a clear standing in the arts.
So I’ve continued building this 2021 collaged series. They have helped me back into the studio, a desire I had lost
in 2020. That in itself is a great relief. I now paint in acrylic inks onto sheets of acid free tissue, and ‘mess about’ with
them before they dry, to create unplanned marks and patterns. I also use my favourite line-maker: water soluble
graphite to draw onto the collage while the glue is still wet. And occasionally I will find patterned or textured surfaces to
print over the composition.
As has always been the case, whatever the medium, my process remains largely unconscious. My oils and
watercolours usually were initiated by my connection to places: the rural landscape of Suffolk, or its coastal
bleakness and instability for instance. Occasionally that is how I will start a collaged piece.
This piece for instance comes out of my love of Blackshore, Southwold, with its busy clutter and sense
of hard work going on.
But the following compositions came about simply because my eye was drawn to a particular colour or form on my
hand-painted papers. Once placed on the surface it would ‘speak’ to me and I would then search for other papers
to explore the ideas which took shape.
Most recently with my coach I’ve begun to consider whether I might add a new strand to my work. My coach had
asked me to reflect on pieces I’ve made over the last 20 years, considering what insights they offer.
Having been a psychotherapist and Group Analyst for 30 years before moving to Suffolk, I soon realised I was a dab
hand at this. I may decide to offer other artists a chance to reflect on their work in this way: not therapy per se, but
searching for information.
This is a recent collage that I chose to use for this study… I wonder what you see in it?
3. Bealings School
“As it’s the beginning of term there isn’t a lot of individual work from the children yet, but thought it might be nice to
see how we celebrate art in the environment of the school. Everything is painted by the children, from cupbaord doors to
wardrobes as entrances to classrooms, and even the piano. They are immersed in a world of art daily.” – Kelly McLoughlin, Headteacher.
4. Chandra Grover
Chandra will be known to many through her musical activities.
Here are submissions from another area of the arts.
5. Evelyn Polk
I’m an artist living and working in Bury St Edmunds. I graduated from the Cambridge school of Art with a first class honours degree.
My work is centred around the found object, but this also overlaps with notions of excavation and the land.
Acting like a mediator, selecting and presenting items for the consideration of the viewer.
The process of how I work is dictated by the objects/materials I find and this is where I find inspiration which informs the journey of creating.
6. Robert Garnham
Robert recently joined Ipswich Arts Association. A Suffolk based artist, with a career background in graphic design we are pleased to include some of his paintings as part of Arts in Celebration.
His painting Angel in a Butterfly Wing was recently shown in the Featured Artist series –
this painting along with a biography of Robert can be viewed after the following examples of Robert’s
work, where we have included the ‘Featured Artists’ as part of this event.
7. IAA Featured Artists
During lockdown Ipswich Arts Association began running a series “Featured Artist” – showing a different work every two – three weeks.
The series has continued and shown here are the artists that have been included in the series since the 2020 Arts in Celebration.
The series, including all the artists since the series started may be viewed via a link from the IAA homepage, or click here.
It was felt that these artists should also be part of Arts in Celebration.
I’ve always lived in Suffolk. After leaving school to study graphic design in Ipswich, distractions of early career building forced me to shelve the practice of fine art but I never lost the appreciation for it. I was very privileged to be part of a varied group of graphic design and illustration students at the Ipswich High Street Art School, some I still see many years later. Being with that creative group revealed how enjoyable the creative process can be.
As my career progressed, the introduction of the Apple Computer into the printing industry held my attention, I grew with it. From early basic versions of software to the sophisticated Creative Cloud Industry Standard product we have now, I explored its limits with fascination only to finally tire of it. I’ve found that particular creative process to be a skill, but not a craft. It no longer holds the reward for me.
So now as I approach the end of my career, those shelved quiet voices of appreciation that gently whispered, are still too loud and intrusive to ignore. Thankfully they never abandoned me.
Thank goodness for those tenacious whispers.
Angel in a Butterfly’s Wing. The explored theme here is positivity in an apparent disparate opposing condition. The butterfly is the outcome of a caterpillars apparent state, an angel gives hope in death. Complementary colours are use to suggest the opposition.
This piece won ’The Gallery Choice’ in a recent exhibition at 142 Gallery, Felixstowe.
Angel in a Butterfly’s Wing by Robert Garnham. Oil on canvas 60 x 60cm.
Brian is a local amateur artist and we welcome this latest contribution ‘Distant Cranes’ to the series. Scroll down to see Brians earlier submissions ‘Broken’ and ‘Langaurd Point’ plus a short biography.
Distant Cranes by Brian Perry. 2009. Oil on board.
I’m an artist living and working in Bury St Edmunds. I graduated from the Cambridge school of Art with a first class honours degree. My work is centred around the found object, but this also overlaps with notions of excavation and the land. Acting like a mediator, selecting and presenting items for the consideration of the viewer. The process of how I work is dictated by the objects/materials I find and this is where I find inspiration which informs the journey of creating. email: email@example.com
Green Collage – Mixed media Collage with Mono Print and found materials. 60 x 60 cm.
The brooding wildness of Pennine moors, and dense, dark structures of industrial West Yorkshire were the setting of Ruth’s childhood. Now living in Suffolk, undramatic agricultural landscapes and this easterly, edgy and vulnerable coastline, add to her mind’s store of energies.
A first degree in Botany and Zoology taught her to look carefully, and began a life-long deepening appreciation of the immense complexity of form and function in living things. 30 years then elapsed where mark-making ‘went underground’ to become an activity within the mind during her training and work in psychotherapy.
On moving to Suffolk, mark-making re-emerged, with Julie Noad (oil painter) as mentor. Since 2011 she has largely made her own journey in an instinctive way. You can read more, and find more images at: www.ruth-mccabe-artist.co.uk
In addition Ruth has compiled a selection of pieces with accompanying text that illustrate the journey that has lead to her current work. CLICK HERE to view (opens a PDF)
Detail from Untitled – Ruth McCabe.
I have been working as a professional artist since 2006 and generally focus on abstract work, moving towards abstract expressionism at times. I focus on colour and sometimes also on texture and am influenced a lot by the sea, having lived in Dubai for a number of years and now in Suffolk.
Weather the Storm and Waiting it Out were created during the 3rd lockdown and are representative of the turbulence that we have all gone through and how we are waiting for the skies to clear and normality to resume.
I am a friend of Ipswich Art Society, Vice Chair of Suffolk Open Studios and a member of Felixstowe Art Group and exhibit widely in Suffolk
throughout the year. More details on my website at: www.AzureArt.com
Weather The Storm by Marian Lishman.
A textured acrylic mixed media painting with gold leaf. Box canvas, 50 x 50 cm
Waiting It Out by Marian Lishman. Acylic on canvas, 30 x 20 inches.
This is another piece from Ken, recently we featured Royal Military Canal, Warehorn. Scroll down to view that painting and to read a brief biography of Ken.
China Clay Tips at St Austell.
This was painted from an ink drawing done on a visit to Polruan, Cornwall in 1958. The motif was long maturing but deeply embedded in his mind Ken says. He found the the first view of these ‘Mountains of the Moon’ miles across the moorland to the west unforgettable. Only many years later did he feel able to do justice to the subject.
China Clay Tips at St Austell, 2003, Oil on Canvas, 22” x 29”
Broken A second work from Brian Perry – Broken.
“Painted in response to climate change and in particular to flooding in the UK. I was inspired by the label on the HP sauce bottle and the work of Charles Nightingale.”
Broken by Brian Perry. Oil on Board. 51cm x 40cm.
Born Ipswich 1929, Educated Northgate Grammar School. On leaving worked as local government inspector. Always interested in art, but received no formal training. Met artists Cor Visser, and Bob Campbell in early 50’s, who encouraged him. First one-man show at Haste gallery in 1959. Member of Ipswich Art Club, and New Ipswich Group in 1960’s. Started teaching evening classes at Felixstowe, Woodbridge and Kesgrave . Decided to leave his post in Weights and Measures in 1972. Offered jobs at various centres and painted full time. In 2000 he became President of the Ipswich Art Society for some ten years. He is still teaching and exhibiting.
Royal Military Canal, Warehorn. Painted in 2009 from a conté crayon drawing. Produced at the first visit in 1956 and from which many oil versions have been created. The experience of that day is embedded deeply in the artist’s memory; this version encapsulates that first experience.
Royal Military Canal, Warehorn, by Ken Cuthbert. 2009, Oil on Board 16″ x 24″
As an amateur artist I have painted for most of my life. I have attended various evening classes but the biggest influence on my work is Ken Cuthbert whose painting holidays and classes I have attended. I have exhibited in local galleries and regularly with the Ipswich Art Society.
Languard Point, Hot Day in February – “This painting is a larger studio version of an oil sketch painted on site at Languard Point on an exceptionally hot day in February 2020”.
Languard Point, Hot Day in February by Brian Perry. Oil on board. 51cm x 36cm.
Another painting from Charles, who was also our first Featured Artist, scroll down for a biography. “This picture, In the Grove at Felixstowe, is a watercolour which unlike most of my oils has no message. The Grove is a wood just north of the urban part of Felixstowe”.
In the Grove at Felixstowe by Charles Nightingale. Watercolour H 32cm. x W 23cm.
Maureen Jordan FSBA
This is the second piece of work from Maureen Jordan, scroll down to see the first piece shown, ‘POPPY DAZZLER” along with a short biography.
Maureen is now a full time artist painting mainly flowers with pastels, sometimes mixing them with acrylics and metallic paints. The work here, Nasturtiums in a Bottle, is a partner piece to Poppy Dazzler, they where shown together at a Botanical Artists exhibition.
Nasturtiums in a Bottle by Maureen Jordan. Hard and soft pastel. 35 x 38 cm.
Poppy Dazzler & Nasturtiums in a Bottle by Maureen Jordan
I owe my knowledge of anything connected to Artists, History of Art and the Theatre to my mother’s abundant enthusiasm. Later I went a step further, studying Fine Art at Cheltenham and Canterbury. I use charcoal and in particular chalk/pastel Conte ‘A’ Paris sticks for drawing – a wonderful traditional medium – and in so many colours! My choice of subject matter is easy: Suffolk buildings and landscape.
Field Study 3 by Tessa Mussett. Chalk Pastel on 90gsm. fine grain paper.
Liz lives in Suffolk and is a member of the Penisular Art Group (PAG) based at Chelmondiston.
My work predominantly reflects nature through land and seascapes. Inspiration comes when I unexpectedly see something that to me has a ‘wow’ factor and I know that it will be a mosaic design.
While walking in all weathers I note and reflect on the vibrancy of the wide open skies, the effect of trees and formations on the landscape, the ever-changing crops in the fields and the intense beauty and colours of water, both flowing and frozen. I love to explore the visual world through the essence that is mosaic.
Cornfield by Liz Carter. Mosaic 30 x 30 cm.
Revd. Susan D. Foster
Revd. Susan D. Foster studied Visual Art at Winchester School of Art. Following 25 years working with British Forces travelling the world, Susan trained for the Priesthood at the College of the Resurrection alongside the Monks in Mirfield. It was during her theological studies with The Cambridge Theological Federation that Susan began a fascination with religious icons writing several papers on ‘Pray and Writing Icons’.
The image of the Madonna and Christ is often called ’The Virgin of Tenderness’ or the ‘Virgin of Vladimir’. The Christ Child nestles tenderly close to His mother, He gazes at her and is so closely linked to her that He embraces her fully.
Madonna and Christ by Revd. Susan D. Foster.
After graduating from Manchester with a first class honours degree I always knew I would return to Suffolk, to pursue a career in teaching. That is my current role, an art teacher and Director of the Arts & innovation faculty. However, my passion to teach art lies within my desire to still create my own own and continue in my own creative practice.
In the last five years I have been able to have solo shows, create my own website, be selected for an prestigious exhibition to represent Suffolk Artists and started to sell internationally.
A chance to view some of the entries from the 2020 event.
Work from Jennifer Thé, all are oil paintings.
Geoff Rogers – Photography
Photographs from Geoff Rogers. www.geoff-rogers-photography.co.uk
Chandra will be known to many through her musical activities
. Here is a piece from another area of the arts.
After graduating from Manchester with a first class honours degree I always knew I would return to Suffolk, to pursue
a career in teaching. That is my current role, an art teacher and Director of the Arts & innovation faculty. However,
my passion to teach art lies within my desire to still create my own own and continue in my own creative practice.
Over the last twenty years I have worked as an artist and exhibited broadly around the Suffolk area in wonderful locations such as
Aldeburgh, Snape, Beccles, University of Suffolk waterfront, The Cut and many more. In the last five years I have been able to have
solo shows, create my own website, be selected for an prestigious exhibition to represent Suffolk Artists and started to sell internationally.
W: www.louisecraigie.com I: instagram – madebyme_louisecraigie E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Baxy Boo Creations
Hi! I’m Sally and I am a Suffolk based acrylic fluid artist. I produce colourful abstract art, my love of music inspires my paintings
and each piece has a fitting song title. For commissions I’m always happy to start with a favourite or ‘special to you’ song.
I use high quality archival materials and mostly paint on canvas but have applied fluid art to many things! Curing takes up to 28 days and then several layers of archival varnish or resin are applied make the colours pop! Most of my pieces are professionally framed in high quality bespoke ‘floating’ box frames that really show off the paintings to their best potential. Handmade and unique, each painting comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.
During lockdown I have been doing my day job from home…saving 2 hours travel per day, so when my working day was over I just walked outside to my studio to create! I found that my creativity flowed during lockdown and I had so many ideas. I also paint mandalas on rocks, tealight holders – this is extremely therapeutic and can become quite addictive. The rocks and votives are selling as quickly as I can make them at the moment!
Overall lockdown has been a very positive experience for me and my art – I’ve loved it!
Baxy Boo Creations: facebook www.numonday.com
Peninsula Art Group
Works from four members of the PAG group. Launched in 2016 by Nick Carter, the Peninsula Art Group (PAG)
meets most Wednesday mornings in Chelmondiston. The Group meets on location when the weather allows.
Details email@example.com or Tel: 01473 780808. Mob: 07710 245925
Philip Jowett – Peninsula Art Group
My commitment to the visual arts is reinforced by regularly visiting Florence. I joined Peninsula Art Group several years ago to develop
my curiosity in the creative process. I use pen & ink, pencil and acrylics. My dance series in pen & ink explores movement and the energy
of the dancers. I am currently exploring the natural and physical world in pen & ink, acrylics on board and pencil on cartridge paper.
Liz Carter – Peninsula Art Group
My work predominantly reflects nature through land and seascapes. Inspiration comes when I unexpectedly see something that to me
has a ‘wow’ factor and I know that it will be a mosaic design. While walking in all weathers I note and reflect on the vibrancy of the
wide open skies, the effect of trees and formations on the landscape, the ever-changing crops in the fields and the intense beauty and
colours of water, both flowing and frozen. I love to explore the visual world through the essence that is mosaic.
Tessa Mussett – Peninsula Art Group
I owe my knowledge of anything connected to Artists, History of Art and the Theatre to my mother’s abundant enthusiasm.
Later I went a step further, studying Fine Art at Cheltenham and Canterbury. I use charcoal and in particular chalk/pastel Conte ‘A’ Paris sticks
for drawing – a wonderful traditional medium – and in so many colours! My choice of subject matter is easy: Suffolk buildings and landscape.
Nick Carter – Peninsula Art Group
I attended Southend Art School followed by Loughborough College of Art & Design specialising in three dimensional design.
Currently my series of work investigates the spirit of movement; a) consequential travelling in time across the page,
rather like time lapse photography, b) viewing the rotational movement of a dancer in one position through time and
c) exploring the Suffolk and Brittany landscapes and sky in acrylics on canvas and pen & ink on textured paper.
Glass by Jackie
I’ve been making glass mirrors and mosaics for around 12 years, and have recently opened my own Etsy shop
where you can buy a selection of my work (well, those pieces I can actually bear to part with anyway!).
Recently I have introduced some super cute little trinket boxes to my range, and these come in all sorts
of shapes and sizes, and can be customised in the colour/s of your choice.
All the glass I use is the highest quality 3mm stained glass, all hand cut and mounted onto wood or MDF.
I am happy to take commissions, and have a huge range of different colours in stock, so if you have a
specific idea or colour scheme, just message me with your requirements and we’ll take it from there!
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