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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

Spring Exhibition PAINTINGS, PRINTS & COLLAGES in Walberswick



Anne Paton and  Jazz Green, two artists in Artworks, together with three other Suffolk painters, have organised a new art exhibition to be held over the Spring Holiday weekend of 27-29 May 2017 in Walberswick.

A new exhibition featuring work by five established East Anglian Artists: Geoffrey Chatten RBA, Miles Fairhurst, Jazz Green, Julie Noad and Anne Paton.

Walberswick is a pretty village on the Suffolk coast, a popular location for coastal walkers, plein-air painters and other artists.


The street in Walberswick village

The art exhibition is at Walberswick Village Hall for three days only, over the Late Spring Holiday weekend of 27th, 28th & 29th May 2017. Open Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 10am to 6pm. Free admission. Free parking at Village Hall for visitors to the art exhibition, or pay & display at either the boatyard or dunes car parks.


The beach at Walberswick

Directions: Follow road signs to Walberswick from Blythburgh on the A12. The Village Hall is centrally located opposite the village green, next to the access road to the dunes car park.

Saturday 27th, Sunday 28th & Bank Holiday Monday 29th May 2017
Walberswick Village Hall
IP18 6TZ

Free Entry. Exhibition open: 10am – 6pm on Saturday, Sunday & Monday.
Credit-card facilities available. Free Admission. Ground floor access.


The boatyard at Walberswick

Helen Dougall: First World War Centenary Memorial Batik Wallhanging Project with local school

News from Helen Dougall on the completion of a special project with a local school:

You are invited to the unveiling of The First World War Centenary Memorial Batik Wallhanging featuring the work of Helen Dougall and children from Walsham le Willows Primary School.

When: Friday 11th November, 6.30pm for 7.00pm.
Where: Walsham le Willows Memorial Hall

Helen Dougall: First World War Centenary Memorial Batik Wallhanging Project with local schoolThe Hall will also be open to the public 11am-3pm Saturday 12th November and Sunday 13th November (and future events).

Helen Dougall has been commissioned with the help of the Big Lottery funding to work with school children in Walsham le Willows in Suffolk to make a batik wallhanging commemorating those who died in the First World War. The names of servicemen who came from Walsham le Willows are included in the design.


Poppies and landscape are featured, each child producing their own batik piece, all of which have been sewn together to form a 4- metre-wide wallhanging to be displayed in the Memorial Village Hall.

Small groups of the class of 9 – 10 year-olds took it in turns to visit Helen’s studio to learn the process of batik after producing observational drawings of poppies.

Jazz Green: Little Gems art exhibition at Wingfield Barns, Suffolk

Jazz Green is currently exhibiting some small artworks in a new exhibition entitled ‘Little Gems’ at Wingfield Barns in Suffolk, running in conjunction with the popular International Mini-Prints exhibition.


‘Little House’ by Jazz Green, mixed media card collage and painting

A favourite collage, ‘Little House‘, previously exhibited at the Artworks exhibition, is included in this special exhibition, which celebrates the colourful world of small art, a perfect accompaniment to the international mini-prints on show in the adjacent gallery.


‘Little Gems’ includes artists and associates from The Harleston & Waveney Art Trail Collective (HWAT). The exhibition includes paintings, prints, mosaics and textiles. Wingfield Barns is located in the heart of rural Suffolk, and this exhibition runs from 12 August to 11 September 2016. Visit the Wingfield Barns website for more details on the venue and opening times. Both exhibitions are free admission.

Little Gems / International MiniPrints 2016
Friday 12 August – Sunday 11 September 2017
Wingfield Barns
IP21 5RA
Open 11am to 4pm, Wednesday to Sunday only
(closed Mondays/Tuesdays)


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

Suffolk Coastal Group – Spring Exhibition Walberswick

Two ARTWORKS artists, Jazz Green and Anne Paton, with six other artists, are hosting an art exhibition in Walberswick Village Hall over the May Day Holiday weekend.

Suffolk Coastal Group Spring Exhibition
30 April – 2 May 2016
The Village Hall
IP18 6UA

The eight artists in the exhibition are: Miles Fairhurst, Jazz Green, Eveline Hastings, Glynn Hugo, Julie Noad, Anne Paton, David Riches, Helen Riches.

The Spring exhibition will feature paintings, watercolours, works in pastel, drawings, original prints and ceramic pots. The exhibition is open from 10am to 6pm, from Saturday 30 April through to Monday 2 May 2016.

Boats Resting

Boats Resting by Anne Paton

ARTWORKS artists – Chris Gamble, Lucy Lutyens, Elaine Nason and Anne Paton – Art For Cure exhibition

Four ARTWORKS artists – Chris Gamble, Lucy Lutyens, Elaine Nason and Anne Paton – have been selected to exhibit in the Art For Cure exhibition at Glemham Hall, Suffolk, from Saturday 30th April to Monday 2nd May 2016.

High Spirits

‘High Spirits’ by Chris Gamble

There will be over eighty artists and sculptors exhibiting in the house and grounds of Glemham Hall during the three day art event. The commission earned by Art for Cure from the sales of art and sculpture will raise funds for the breast cancer charity Breast Cancer Now, and also local organisations who provide care and support to those affected by breast cancer.


Linocut print by Elaine Nason

Art For Cure: Saturday 30th April – Monday 2nd May 2016
Glemham Hall
IP13 0BT


The Art for Cure exhibition at Glemham Hall will be open 10am to 5pm over the three-day weekend. Light refreshments and lunches are also available (see Art For Cure website for menu and booking).

Entry fee to the exhibition (house and grounds) is £5, includes parking and exhibition catalogue.


Mixed media painting by Anne Paton

Jazz Green: new exhibition of collages at The Cork Brick Gallery

ARTWORKS Artist Jazz Green is exhibiting a selection of new abstract collages and recent mixed-media paintings in the Spring Exhibition at the Cork Brick Gallery in Bungay, Suffolk.


Green Garden, collage by Jazz Green

The exhibition officially opens on Friday 8 April 2016 and continues to Tuesday 3 May 2016.

The spring exhibition at the Cork Brick Gallery features a selection of new and recent work by Dee Nickerson and Jazz Green.


Cork Brick Gallery – Spring Exhibition 2016

The Spring Exhibition is also the book launch event for a newly published children’s storybook – Dara, the wild rabbit that lived with humans, written by Keshar Whitelock – with hand-drawn pen and ink illustrations by Dee Nickerson.


Dara, the rabbit that lived with humans – written by Keshar Whitelock, with illustrations by Dee Nickerson

The original pen & ink drawings will be on display at the Cork Brick Gallery, and all the drawings featured in the book are for sale. Signed copies of the book can be purchased at the exhibition preview. Dee Nickerson will also be exhibiting new paintings alongside the drawings.

All paintings and drawings in the exhibition can be viewed on the Cork Brick Gallery website for the duration of the exhibition, with the option to purchase artwork via telephone.

Cork Brick Gallery Spring Exhibition – 8 April – 3 May 2016
Dee Nickerson – Jazz Green

Book launch: DARA by Keshar Whitelock
Exhibition preview and book launch: Friday 8 April 2016, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Cork Brick Gallery & Antiques
Earsham Street
NR35 1AG

IBBAS Inspired by Becker Art Society: Call to Artists

IBBAS (Inspired by Becker Art Society) announces its 2016 “Call for artists” and the launch of their new website. Artists interested to find out more about the Inspired by Becker Art Exhibition, now in its 4th consecutive year, can go to the newly launched website for details: www.ibbas.co.uk

The first stage towards exhibiting with IBBAS is to join the Inspired by Becker Art Society. A Membership Form can be downloaded from the “Exhibition” page on the IBBAS website. The closing date for Membership Applications is 30th April 2016. Once a member, artists can elect to have a page set up on the IBBAS website. Details will be sent once membership is confirmed.

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

Although exhibitors need to provide a short statement explaining how their work and practice is inspired by the work of Harry Becker, there is no requirement to paint in his style. The standard of work is always high. Many contributors are professional artists, but that is not a requirement.

The Inspired by Becker art exhibition has been enthusiastically supported by the artists and the public, who demonstrate their pleasure in the work we show, by generating sales in four figures over 3 days.

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

The Inspired by Becker Society was formed to encourage painting & drawing by artists who are inspired by the work of Harry Becker – in subject or technique – promoting the appreciation of his work. Artist members can also enjoy sketching throughout the year with the plein air sketch group, or become involved in the ‘The Big Draw’ event in October.

A principle aim of IBBAS is to raise awareness of Harry Becker’s work by artists and by the general public, and they welcome new members to the Society. Check out the new website and get your artists applications in as soon as possible. You can also email ibbartsociety@gmail.com for more details.