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Artists in ARTWORKS: Christine McKechnie: I discovered collage as a process when I moved to the US…

Artists in the ARTWORKS exhibition 2015: Christine McKechnie

Autumn leaves

Autumn leaves

I discovered collage as a process when I moved to the US and my oil paints were impounded… They are produced in my studio from my detailed pencil drawings, and are mostly landscapes depicting Suffolk, my garden, and places visited on holiday.

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.

GALLERY IN THE GARDEN summer exhibition : Liz Waugh McManus, Gillian Crossley-Holland, Christine McKechnie

Three Artworks artists, Liz Waugh McManus, Gillian Crossley-Holland and Christine McKechnie, have artwork currently on show in the summer exhibition at Gallery in the Garden in Great Saling, Essex. The summer exhibition runs from 9th – 20th July, open from Wednesday to Sunday, 2 – 5pm.

Liz Waugh McManus, in the ‘Fantastic Light Show’, is exhibiting some of her latest multi-media glassworks.


Fairfield I, cast glass and projected film animation, by Liz Waugh McManus

Gillian Crossley-Holland, who is illustrating a book of poems with the poet Kevin Crossley-Holland, has some of her exquisite oil pastel still lifes on show.


A framed pastel still life by Gillian Crossley-Holland

Christine McKechnie is exhibiting some of her much admired and intricate painted paper-cut collages of her beautiful cottage garden and the Suffolk countryside.


Christine McKechnie’s intricate paper-cut collages in The Orangery

The Gallery in the Garden is in The Orangery, set in an historic 18th century walled garden. The Gallery in the Garden showcases the work of contemporary artists and craftsmen alongside iconic 20th century British artists, such as Edward Bawden, John Nash and Julian Trevelyan.

Summer Show
9th July – 20th July 2014
Open Wednesday to Sunday, 2-5pm
Gallery in the Garden
Great Saling

Five artists go to a deserted farmhouse: Suffolk Open Studios art exhibition

Longs Farm, an enchanting medieval farmhouse currently standing empty in rural Suffolk, provides an inspiring and unique setting for the artwork of five distinctive artists, who are all participating in Suffolk Open Studios in June 2014.

Wire Sculpture of a Cockerel by Jenny Goater

Christine McKechnie and Gillian Crossley-Holland, both founder members of Artworks will be joining ex-member Jenny Goater, with fellow artists Jane West and Nicolette Hallett, to fill the entire farmhouse with the best of their art as a precursor to opening their art studios to the public in June.  The exhibition will contain a selection of drawings, paintings, collage and sculpture.
Painting by Nicolette Hallett
Christine McKechnie will have on show her popular, intricately crafted, watercolour-painted cut paper collages. These are personal memories of places evoked in colour. They could be of her garden outside her art studio, on which she spends much time and love, a tree down the green lane analysed on her daily walk, or visits to the Suffolk coast. There are also collages of loved places further afield – Glyndebourne in Sussex, Seatoller in the Lake District, the Arsenale in Venice, Thailand, Cambodia, and Hong Kong.
Collage by Christine McKechnie
Gillian Crossley-Holland will be displaying her distinctive and evocative paintings of the Lopham Fens and the North Norfolk coast. These are paintings that explore her love of crossing places and edges, places where the earth is little more than a reflection of the sky, or places where the sea meets the shore, forever shifting back and forth and never permanent.
Evening Sky at Burnham Overy Staithe, by Gillian Crossley-Holland
Also on show will be some of Gillian’s recent still life drawings of spring flowers; pots of primroses, jugs of wallflowers and vases of tulips all worked swiftly in bright colours and vivid marks.  These drawings provide a strong visual contrast to her landscapes and seascapes but the subject matter still explores her fascination with the fragility of permanence.
Buttercups, by Gillian Crossley-Holland
This special exhibition at Longs Farm is open to the public during the Spring Bank Holiday weekend of 3rd, 4th, 5th May 2014 (Saturday to Monday), from 11am to 5pm.
Longs Farm
Millway Lane
IP22 1AD

Parking is available at the entrance to the farmhouse. Please note, due to the age and structure of the building, disabled access will be restricted.
Suffolk Open Studios takes place over four weekends: 7/8th, 14/15th, 21/22nd and 28/29th June 2014. Please visit the Suffolk Open Studios website for individual opening times of artists’ studios.

Artworks artist Christine McKechnie at Parallax Art Fair 2013

Artworks artist Christine McKechnie is exhibiting at the Parallax Art Fair in 2013:

Parallax Art Fair

Chelsea Old Town Hall,
King’s Road, Chelsea

Thursday 21st February 2013: Private view, 7-9pm (invitation only)

Friday 22nd February 2013: PAF open to the public from 11am – 6pm

Saturday 23rd February 2013: PAF open to the public from 11am – 5pm

See more of Christine McKechnie’s collage artwork on her website.

Artworks 2012 art exhibition at Blackthorpe Barn

Welcome back to the Artworks blog!

It’s been a while but we’ve all been busy preparing for our 13th annual Artworks exhibition at Blackthorpe Barn in the heart of rural Suffolk. We hope you will come visit!

The 13th Annnual Artworks Exhibition
Blackthorpe Barn
(Sat Nav IP30 9HZ)

8th to 30th September 2012

The Artworks exhibition is open daily, 10am to 5pm. There is ample free parking and also a shop selling original prints, works on paper, 3D artworks and a range of artist cards. We also serve light refreshments in the Artworks cafe.

Without further ado, here is a small taster of works in the Artworks Exhibition 2012.

Honister Pass Tree, collage, Christine McKechnie

Christine has her own website. See more of her collage work here: www.christinemckechnie.co.uk

Fenland, acrylic on canvas, Joss Goodchild
Bonfire, Woodsmoke and Ashes, painting and collage, Jazz Green

Jazz has her own website. See more of her paintings here: www.jazzgreen.com

Fair Fare, acrylic on canvas, Roger Gamble

Linen Lines at Night, monoprint and painting, Elaine Nason

Reclining figure, Lynn Hutton

The 13th Annnual Artworks Exhibition
Blackthorpe Barn
(Sat Nav IP30 9HZ)

8th to 30th September 2012

The Artworks exhibition is open daily, 10am to 5pm. Click here for directions to Blackthorpe barn.

Doug Patterson & Christine McKechnie : exhibition at Apex Gallery

SACRED PLACES by Christine McKechnie
I am extremely lucky: I live within the sacred places I have found or visit them annually. Of course there are millions of them throughout the world, but these do it for me, and I have to be coerced to seek out others.
Firstly I wake up each day and through my window is the ever changing view of a Suffolk meadow. The resident barn owl might be flying round. I look to see the strength of the wind blowing in the trees, and from the sky what the day might be like.
I live in a typical pink, painted, timber framed, thatched Suffolk cottage set in a garden, with humpy clipped hedges like sculptures, veg. plots surrounded in rabbit netting, outdoor rooms with sitting places. In spring there are the aconites then snow drops in drifts, blue anemones, blue bells, primroses, and cowslips, roses in Summer covering my studio, hollyhocks, fox gloves, poppies, daisies, lillies ferns, and hostas to name a few. Then in autumn the trees are laden with fruit, apples, pears, plums, and quinces, some of those I give to my local favorite restaurant.
And of course outside my cottage, studio and garden is good old Suffolk – its patchwork of hedged corn fields, copses of trees, individual great oaks, the huge skies, and crumbly coast line.
Another place sacred to me is Glyndebourne, and the chalk cliffs of the Sussex coast. Opera to me is singing pictures, and it seems to me that for an experience of perfection a visit to Glyndebourne can contain it all.
I also love the Lake District, the ideal 19thC romantic landscape, its rugged personable skyline, its bleak fells, its lush meadows and woods, its tinkling streams, and gushing water falls, and finally broad placid expanses of water, there shapes etched in my memory.
Lastly if I go abroad I like to go to Italy – Venice preferred; a palazzo apartment in the Arsenale district. I have been going there for some years – I love the quiet, the play of sunlight on the canals, the pattern and textures of the building, local shopping, the friendliness of Venetians, living with Donatello, Carpaccio, and Palladio close by, the contrasting thrill of the lagoon – a huge expanse of threatening yet some how benign water. 
See more of Christine McKechnie’s work on her website.
To find out more about Doug Patterson’s Sacred Places project, read Doug Patterson : Sacred Places of the World on this blog, or visit his website for more information: www.dougpattersonartist.com

Christine McKechnie : solo art exhibition at the Edmund Gallery

The Artworks blog are pleased to inform you that Christine McKechnie is having a solo exhibition of her collages by kind permission of the Dean and Chapter at the Edmund Gallery, St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, from Saturday 13th November to Wednesday 17th November 2011.

Christine McKechnie is a well-known collage artist who uses watercolour painted papers, which are cut into intricate shapes and pasted onto board in many layers, using many hundreds of pieces. See this example of her work below.

Christine’s wonderfully detailed collages mostly depict the many places she has visited, including Egypt, Hong Kong, Morocco, and Italy (especially Venice), as well as the countryside of Suffolk.

If you are intrigued by the artform of collage why not go along and see the exhibition. You can also have a go at making some collage yourself as Christine will be giving collage demonstrations and tuition throughout the exhibition at the Edmund Gallery.

Christine has had a busy year in 2011, starting with a solo exhibition at the Chelsea Arts Club in London. She was also one of the featured artists at the Glyndebourne Opera Season showing new collage works depicting in the South Downs landscape. She also participated in Suffolk Open Studios 2011, and most recently exhibited at Blackthorpe Barn in the Artworks 12th annual exhibition in September 2011.

Christine McKechnie trained at Southampton and Kingston Schools of Art. She has been a regular exhibitor at the Royal Academy Summer exhibition. She has also been involved in art projects with local schools in addition to other artist demonstrations and workshops. She is also a regular contributor to The Artist & Leisure Painter magazines.

You can see more of Christine McKechnie’s collages on her own website, christine mckechnie.co.uk. We wish Christine much success with her new exhibition!

The Edmund Gallery,
St Edmundsbury Cathedral,
Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, UK.
12th – 17th November 2011

Artworks Prize Draw: Landscapes, Places, Travel

As promised, another sneak preview of six more mini artworks in the Janette Place Mini Artworks Prize Draw in Artworks 12th annual art exhibition at Blackthorpe Barn, open daily from 10 September to 2 October 2011. Draw tickets are just £2 each. This selection features original artworks donated by: Roger Gamble, Anne Paton, Doug Patterson, Christine McKechnie, Gill Levin and Lynn Hutton.

Roger Gamble

Anne Paton

Doug Patterson

Christine McKechnie

Gill Levin

Lynn Hutton

The ‘Janette Place’ Mini Artworks Prize Draw takes place on Saturday 1st October 2011 at 4pm. Prize Draw tickets are on sale at £2 each throughout the duration of the Artworks exhibition – just enquire at the reception desk. All the mini artworks are original works of art! Read more about the history of the Mini Artworks Prize Draw.

The Mini Artworks Prize Draw provides funding for Artworks outreach work with local schools, with a proportion of the draw proceeds going to a nominated charity. In 2011 we are delighted to be supporting the innovative Bradfield Green Oak Centre project run by the Suffolk Wildlife Trust. You can follow the development of the project on the Bradfield Green Oak Centre’s blog.

Next time, we will feature another selection of six original mini artworks focusing on the broad theme of people and portraits.

The Artworks 12th annual art exhibition runs from 10 September – 2 October 2011, open 10am – 5pm daily, at Blackthorpe Barn, Rougham, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP30 9JG.

Entry to the Artworks exhibition is free, there is ample parking with full disability access (two wheelchairs are also available if required). There will also be the Artworks Cafe alongside the very popular Artworks Gallery Shop, selling small paintings, original prints & drawings, ceramics, sculpture and glass, in addition to a wonderful selection of artists greetings cards. We hope you will enjoy your visit!

Janette Place Mini Artworks Prize Draw 2011

The Janette Place Mini Artworks Prize Draw is a colourful display of thirty 6”x 6” original works of art created specially for the exhibition by Artworks artists.

Christine McKechnie’s mini artwork for 2011

The Mini Artworks wall is a visual feast for the eyes, on display throughout the duration of the Artworks exhibition. The Janette Place Mini Artworks Prize Draw is an established annual event at the Artworks exhibition and it provides funding for Artworks outreach work with schools, with a proportion of the draw proceeds going to charity.

Artworks chairperson Penny Bhadresa congratulating one winner

The Janette Place Mini Artworks Prize Draw is so-named in honour of the artist Janette Place, an enthusiastic member of Artworks, always full of good ideas, who initiated the first prize draw in 2004. Sadly, she died in 2005, so the Annual Mini Artworks Prize Draw is now a lasting tribute in recognition of her contribution to the success of Artworks.

All the Mini Artworks 2011

The Annual Artworks Prize Draw takes place on the last Saturday of the Artworks exhibition. This year it will be held on Saturday 1st October 2011 at 4pm. Every year Artworks chooses a different charity to benefit from our prize draw. In 2010, we supported the East Anglia’s Childrens’ Hospices’ Tree House Appeal.

Mike Ashley’s mini artwork for 2011

In 2011, we are supporting the Bradfield Green Oak Centre project of the Suffolk Wildlife Trust who are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year. They are designing and building an innovative new education centre at Bradfield Woods. The building is being constructed from green oak harvested from Suffolk Wildlife Trust’s‘ nature reserves as part of their conservation management. Work is well underway – see some progress photos on the Bradfield Green Oak Centre’s blog.

Jazz Green’s mini artwork for 2011

The Janette Place Mini Artworks Prize Draw
Saturday 1st October 2011 at 4pm.

Draw tickets are just £2 each, on sale throughout the duration of the Artworks exhibition – just enquire at the reception desk. Buy one ticket (or more to be sure!) to be in with a winning chance of securing an original work of art to take home and treasure!

Ben Platt-Mills mini artwork for 2011

The Artworks 12th annual art exhibition runs from 10 September – 2 October 2011, open 10am – 5pm daily, at Blackthorpe Barn, Rougham, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP30 9JG. Admission is FREE. Read more about Artworks annual exhibition on the Artworks website.