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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.

ARTWORKS: Meet the Artist : Ruth McCabe

Today, Wednesday 10 September 2014, Ruth McCabe will be at the Artworks exhibition talking and demonstrating watercolours and acrylic painting. Ruth McCabe will be in the demonstration area of the Artworks exhibition from 10.15 am – 4.30 pm.

Suddenly there were poppies, watercolour by Ruth McCabe

‘Suddenly there were poppies’, acrylic painting by Ruth McCabe

Ruth McCabe writes: I like to work loosely whether in watercolour or oils, and have worked for the last two years towards abstracting watercolour. Read more about Ruth McCabe‘s work.

Stay tuned to the Artworks blog for exhibition news and updates, as a different artist will be demonstrating in the Artworks exhibition each day. Or follow us on Twitter: @ARTWORKS_tweets.

Thursday 11 September 2014, Gillian Crossley-Holland
Friday 12 September 2014, Roger Gamble
Saturday 13 September 2014, Katie Millard
Sunday 14 September 2014, Helen Dougall
Monday 15 September 2014, Eileen Revett
Tuesday 16 September 2014, Valerie Armstrong
Wednesday 17 september 2014, Roger Gamble
Thursday 18 September 2014, Lyn Aylward
Saturday 20 September, 2014, Alfie Carpenter
Monday 22 September 2014, Janet French
Wednesday 24 September 2014, Katie Millard
Thursday 25th September 2014 Curwen Print Study Day
Friday 26 September 2014, Alison Jones
Saturday 27 September 2014, Roger Gamble

Read more about all the Artworks artists here.

ARTWORKS 15th Annual Exhibition
6 – 28 September 2014
Blackthorpe Barn
Bury St Edmunds
IP30 9HZ

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

We also have the Artworks Shop selling small framed and unframed artwork, including original prints, paintings, ceramics and sculpture, together with a wide range of greetings cards and postcards. There is also a café selling light refreshments.

We hope you will enjoy your visit to Artworks in 2014!

Inspired by Becker art exhibition – new book ‘Blyth Spirit’

This year’s ‘Inspired By Becker‘ art exhibition has an added dimension – a Becker-themed book featuring the work of 28 artists showing at St Peter’s Church, Wenhaston, Suffolk. ‘Blyth Spirit’ has specially written articles on Becker, reproduces several Becker original works, and catalogues more than 70 highly individual pieces from this year’s exhibition.


The 60-page book has been produced by Norfolk-based Mascot Media, which last year published ‘Harry Becker’s Suffolk’, and specialises in helping promote the work of East Anglian artists.


‘Blyth Spirit’ is priced at £10, and will be available in strictly limited numbers during the weekend event. ‘Harry Becker’s Suffolk’ will also be for sale, with 30% of the £25 cover price benefiting the Friends of St Mary’s Church, Halesworth, Suffolk.

There’ll be over 80 pieces in the main art exhibition, with lots of unframed work also for sale.


INSPIRED BY BECKER: an exhibition of Contemporary work by East Anglian artists

9th and 10th August 2014

St Peter’s Church
Nr Halesworth
IP19 9BJ

Open Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 10am-4pm.

All work is for sale. Card payments available, refreshments and free parking. For more information please contact Ruth McCabe at: ruth@threeways.mail1.co.uk

The artists exhibiting in the ‘Inspired by Becker’ exhibition are:


New Exhibition at The ALDEBURGH GALLERY : Carol Pask and Ruth McCabe

Carol Pask and Ruth McCabe have joined forces with a third Suffolk artist, Liz James, to put on a new show of their art at the Aldeburgh Gallery in Suffolk. The exhibition will feature ceramic bird sculptures by Carol and landscape watercolours and paintings by Ruth. The exhibition runs from Thursday 10th July to Wednesday 16th July 2014, open daily 10am – 5pm.


Please do make a visit as the artists will be there to talk about their work, and maybe mention you heard about it first on the Artworks blog, or on Twitter.

If you are a Twitter user you can follow Carol at @pask_carol and Ruth at @mccabe_ruth.

Carol Pask, Ruth McCabe, Liz James
10th – 16th July 2014
Aldeburgh Gallery
143 High Street
IP15 5AN

INSPIRED BY BECKER : an exhibition of contemporary work by East Anglian artists

Lyrical, unpretentious and free…” is just one of the many ardent remarks about the work of Harry Becker made by the group of artists who contribute to “INSPIRED BY BECKER”, an exhibition of contemporary work by East Anglian artists who love his work.

Becker, an artist trained in the best schools in Europe, moved from London to live in Suffolk early last century, and spent around 10 years in Wenhaston, a village 5 miles inland from Southwold. His work concentrated on the people and animals associated with agricultural life and, as Andrew Pitt, one of the IBB group describes, it is a “powerful testimony to the value of painting from direct observation. The forceful honesty of his marks and the gestures of his brush combine to make his work compelling and lively”. Andrew himself always paints en plein air.


Mari French, Arable field, late Spring

Mari French, another IBB artist is inspired by Becker’s “evocation of light and the lively brushwork in his landscapes“. “Arable field, late Spring” worked in acrylic on paper demonstrates her own mastery of these qualities.


Liz James, The Tempest

And in “The Tempest”, Liz James conveys the threatening weight of an approaching storm.


Mary Gundry, The end of a good day

Some of the IBB group contribute figurative work to the show, work that relates directly and obviously to that of Becker, as in Mary Gundry’s oil: “The end of a good day”.


Mike Holtom, Meteorology 2

Others respond in a less direct way, reflecting qualities such as fluidity, moments in time captured, atmosphere, an economy of means. Mike Holtom’s “Meteorology 2”, Kerry Holmes’ “Another windy day” and Joy Wilson’s “Fields” offer examples of the artist’s response to these more emotional levels.


Kerry Holmes, Another windy day


Joy Wilson, Fields

If only there was room to offer a glimpse of everyone of the 28 exhibitor’s work! Suffice to say that visiting the show is a joyful experience. Work made out of love and respect for another artist’s contribution, and indeed to celebrate and honour that oeuvre, cannot fail to give pleasure.

Held over only one weekend, and situated purposely in the village, in St Peter’s, the church that Becker would have known, the show is professionally hung and beautifully presented in a space that already houses a significant and special mediaeval art work: The Wenhaston Doom.

Not only is the love for a master’s work tangible within this show, but also we raise funds to help the parish church of Halesworth, St Mary’s make their lottery bid for a massive regeneration so that the space is available to a wide range of community groups, as well as for worship.


So please, make a note in your diary, and let others know: August 9th and 10th; 10am until 5pm and 10am until 4pm respectively; INSPIRED BY BECKER: an exhibition of Contemporary work by East Anglian artists.

INSPIRED BY BECKER: an exhibition of Contemporary work by East Anglian artists

August 9th and 10th 2014

St Peter’s Church
Nr Halesworth
IP19 9BJ

Open Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 10am-4pm.

All work is for sale. Card payments available, refreshments and free parking. For more information please contact Ruth McCabe at: ruth@threeways.mail1.co.uk