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A message from Valerie Armstrong and family

In a break from the usual ARTWORKS news, this blog update is to support Valerie Armstrong in the search for her beloved husband David Wood, who went missing while walking in France in August 2016. Valerie has agreed to share these family photographs from happier times in the hope that they will help her find her husband.

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Valerie Armstrong with her husband David Wood

This family statement is from their son Danny Armstrong-Wood and it provides the context of David’s disappearance:

Dear friends,
It is with much pain that we have to report the disappearance of our beloved father, husband and best friend, David Wood.

He was last seen on a walk to Clans from the mountain village of Marie in the Tinee Valley area of the Alpes Maritimes on Tuesday 2nd August at around 1:30-1:45. The walk (about 6k) was relatively straightforward and a well-known route from the Village. Although there were some sheer drops, rocky patches and a number of rivers these areas have been searched extensively by many people (family, police, mountain rescue teams, a highly equipped helicopter and pretty well all the local villagers who were able). It has not rained in the area for over a week so the rivers are not strong enough to carry anyone along, and the search helicopter would have seen anything in the most dangerous spots.

Dave is 61 years old, with a full head of curly white hair, he was walking with two blue walking poles, wearing sturdy walking boots, a bright orange cap, beige linen trousers, sun glasses, and a brown t-shirt with a Colombian motif. He is strong, with a reasonable level of fitness but was recently diagnosed with slightly raised blood pressure (which his walking exercise was helping to bring down!). He was expected back at his house in Marie at around 2:30 for a business conference, and he had stopped answering his phone from around 2:15.

The main facts are: that it is one of the hottest times in the day to do this walk. We knew he was getting tired, because our mum/Val was very concerned and had rung him twice. The second time he admitted to tiredness. After these two calls he phone continued to ring, but he did not answer.

If he fell on the path or just off the path, he would have been found. The forest nearby is very dense and although he is an inquisitive person he would not put himself in any unnecessary risk, so walking deep into it seems highly unlikely, especially as he knew that he had to be back home soon, these areas have also been heavily searched. His absence is completely out of character and he is in a very happy place in his life, in particular during these summers in France.

It is now the fifth night, our worry has turned to confusion, fear, sadness, and back to worry again, nothing is making any sense.

Our concerns are that the sun might have effected him, or that he fell over then woke with concussion maybe he walked down to the mountains in a confused state, If this is the case it is very possible that he made it to the road below, was he picked up by someone? Or and it destroys us just thinking about it, is he still out there? If so where is he? and why is he so far from the path?

Please, if by sharing this post you think can help us we would be very grateful, on the off chance you know anybody in France (South), have any advice, ideas or connections, we need all the help we can get at this painful time. 

Please call gendarmerie in saint-sauveur on +33493020007 if you have any information that might be useful.

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Valerie Armstrong made an appearance on BBC Look East News on Monday 3 October 2016; watch the programme from 10 minutes in. Valerie was also on BBC Radio Suffolk.

Valerie adds this message in an update on the Facebook page for David Wood:
It is now more than two months since David disappeared whilst taking a relatively straightforward walk between the mountain villages of Marie and Clans in the Tinee Valley of the Alpes Maritimes in Southern France. The mountain has been searched so completely it is hard to believe that he is there. If not – where is he? What happened to him to make him vanish so completely? No sign of his orange cap, walking poles, water bottle, sunglasses or his French and English mobile phones has ever been found. We, his family are in despair, but we refuse to give up.

Yesterday I spoke to a kind contact at the Lucy Blackburn Trust. He told me not to give up hope, as people do turn up – sometimes months, years, after a disappearance having lost their memory due to a medical condition. The sun and the heat can do untold damage. So we continue to hope and from time to time we will continue to post messages on Facebook and Twitter and ask you kind people to like and to share as much as possible. Our wonderful David is out there somewhere. We must find him. Have any of you out there seen this man? I am enclosing some more photographs Dave with family – Dave playing the fool – Dave just being himself.

Thank you all, Val x

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Valerie Armstrong pictured with her husband David Wood, who has been missing since 2nd August 2016

Just sharing this post will help the family in their search. You can also contact the family via Twitter @FindDavidWood, or on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TrouveDavidWood

Valerie Armstrong & Kate Reynolds: Poetry Evening at Sentinel Gallery

The Sentinel Gallery are hosting a Poetry Evening on Saturday 25th June 2016 at 6pm, which will includes talks by Valerie Armstrong and Kate Reynolds on their creative processes. Tickets are £8 (including wine), to be reserved in advance. Contact: The Sentinel Gallery, Chapel Road, Wivenhoe, Essex, CO7 9DX, Tel: 01206 827490, or email info@thesentinelgallery.co.uk.

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The poetry evening coincides with the current art exhibition, “Explosion of the palette”, featuring paintings and sculptures by two ARTWORKS artists: Valerie Armstrong and Kate Reynolds.

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Explosion of the palette

4th June – 3rd July 2016
The Sentinel Gallery
Chapel Road
Wivenhoe
Essex CO7 9DX
Tel. 01206 827490
www.thesentinelgallery.co.uk
Gallery open Wednesdays – Sundays, plus bank holidays, 10am – 5pm

Valerie Armstrong & Kate Reynolds in new exhibition at Sentinel Gallery

ARTWORKS NEWS: Forthcoming exhibition “Explosion of the palette”, featuring three East Anglian artists: Valerie Armstrong, Stephanie Stow and Kate Reynolds.

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‘Explosion of the palette’ is an exhibition of paintings and ceramic sculptures from three East Anglian artists, all of whom produce works which challenge and playfully question. This exhibition takes place in a beautiful gallery in Wivenhoe, The Sentinel Gallery. The exhibition promises to be  exuberant, colourful and contemporary.

Explosion of the palette
4th June – 3rd July 2016
The Sentinel Gallery
Chapel Road
Wivenhoe
Essex CO7 9DX
Tel. 01206 827490
www.thesentinelgallery.co.uk
Open Wednesdays – Sundays, plus bank holidays, 10am – 5pm

The preview opening party is on Saturday 4th June from 10am – 4pm. Everyone welcome!

Today at ARTWORKS 2015: Valerie Armstrong – mixed media backgrounds for abstract painting

Meet the Artist: daily presentations at ARTWORKS 2015

Saturday 26 September 2015: Valerie Armstrong – Creating mixed media backgrounds in paintings

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Valerie Armstrong is the artist in residence at the ARTWORKS exhibition today, Saturday 26 September 2015. She will be in the demonstration area of the ARTWORKS exhibition from 10.30am – 4pm, sharing tips and techniques in mixed media painting.

The ‘Meet the Artist’ daily event is free, no booking required!

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An introduction to mixed media from Valerie:

I am going to begin work on a series of starts, taking them as far as feels right. To begin I am planning to create a stash of coloured and textured papers ready to tear and to cut up for the collage elements of my work. I shall also be working on background beginnings using gesso, moulding paste, collage texts, textures, and playful markmaking. At this stage it is all play and anything can happen and emerge. It is a matter of shutting off the structured logical brain and looking for the child within.

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I dream of sacred places

Valerie Armstrong on her new series of mixed media paintings:

My latest, more abstract work explores the intangibility and ephemeral nature of the mysterious world we enter when in sleep… I always paint with music as my muse, combining collage, words and textures, obscuring then working back, so barely visible traces can be glimpsed through layers of transparent glaze.

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

Blackthorpe Barn
Rougham Estate
Bury St Edmunds
Suffolk
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.

Saturday at ARTWORKS: Valerie Armstrong – mixed media techniques in abstract painting

Meet the Artist: daily presentations at ARTWORKS 2015

Saturday 26 September 2015: Valerie Armstrong – Creating mixed media backgrounds in paintings

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Valerie Armstrong will be at the ARTWORKS exhibition on Saturday 26 September 2015 sharing tips and techniques in mixed media painting. She will be in the demonstration area of the ARTWORKS exhibition from 10.30am – 4pm.

This ‘Meet the Artist’ event is free, no booking required. Pop in any time on Saturday, 10.30am – 4pm, to learn more about creative mixed media painting techniques.

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An introduction to mixed media from Valerie:

I am going to begin work on a series of starts, taking them as far as feels right. To begin I am planning to create a stash of coloured and textured papers ready to tear and to cut up for the collage elements of my work. I shall also be working on background beginnings using gesso, moulding paste, collage texts, textures, and playful markmaking. At this stage it is all play and anything can happen and emerge. It is a matter of shutting off the structured logical brain and looking for the child within.

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I dream of sacred places

Valerie Armstrong on her new series of mixed media paintings:

My latest, more abstract work explores the intangibility and ephemeral nature of the mysterious world we enter when in sleep… I always paint with music as my muse, combining collage, words and textures, obscuring then working back, so barely visible traces can be glimpsed through layers of transparent glaze.

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

Blackthorpe Barn
Rougham
Bury St Edmunds
Suffolk
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.

Artists in ARTWORKS: Valerie Armstrong: My latest, more abstract work explores the intangibility and ephemeral nature of…

Artists in the ARTWORKS exhibition 2015: Valerie Armstrong

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Guardian Angel

My latest, more abstract work explores the intangibility and ephemeral nature of the mysterious world we enter when in sleep…

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

Blackthorpe Barn
Rougham Estate
Bury St Edmunds
Suffolk
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.

Valerie Armstrong : new exhibition in France

Artworks artist Valerie Armstrong, who has been spending the summer at her second home in southern France, is involved in a new art exhibition in the region. Valerie is taking part in an exhibition, Les Artistes de MARIE Dix artistes du village, in the Medieval mountain village of MARIE, in the Alpes Maritimes, Southern France.

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Marie is between Clans and St Sauveur in the Tinée Valley. The artists involved in the exhibition are: Elizabeth Adams, Pierre Gastaud, Claude Cagnol, Elysabeth Bernardi, Francis Ciamous, François Fuentes, Kasia Zelaska, Madeleine Grosso-Silvy, Marguerite Laird, Valérie Armstrong.

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Two of Valerie’s paintings in the exhibition: Dreamscape and The Three Strangers.

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A community of creative people congregate in Marie in the Summer months, enjoying their mainly inherited second homes, and enjoying the pure mountain air away from the searing heat of the French coast.

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Last year a plan was formed to hold an exhibition to celebrate the wealth of creativity in the village and the outlying area.

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The vernissage (opening) was held on Friday 14th August 2015.

Les Artistes de MARIE Dix artistes du village

Elizabeth Adams, Pierre Gastaud, Claude Cagnol, Elysabeth Bernardi, Francis Ciamous, François Fuentes, Kasia Zelaska, Madeleine Grosso-Silvy, Marguerite Laird, Valérie Armstrong

Exposition du 14 au 21 août Foyer communal, 06420 MARIE
Exposition: Samedi 15 et Dimanche 16 août De 19h00 a 17h00

Du 17 au 21 août contactez:
Cédric Bremond: 06 11 47 70 30
Valérie Armstrong: 04 93 02 04 20

www.valeriearmstrong.com

Halesworth Arts Festival

Valerie Armstrong is showing some of her prints at The Cut Arts Centre, Halesworth, Suffolk, with a small group of textile artists and printmakers from the Suffolk Crafts Society.

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The exhibition is a part of the Halesworth Arts Festival and runs from Saturday 11th to Sunday 26th October 2014.

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The Cut, New Cut, Halesworth, Suffolk IP19 8BY

Valerie Armstrong : new creative beginnings in France

Today’s blog post comes courtesy of Artworks artist Valerie Armstrong, whose art is now taking a bold new direction after inheriting an idyllic house in southern France:

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It all began in Spring ©Valerie Armstrong

Two years ago I inherited a house with a large studio in the mountains of the Alpes Maritimes in the south of France. It was hard won and the complicated French legal system meant I spent much of last year struggling to keep the house. Now however, my family and I are finally able to enjoy it, my husband and myself will work there for the summer. As a result my work is changing to larger scale abstracts in acrylic paint and mixed media.

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The Light of Morning ©Valerie Armstrong

In France I work in a beautiful studio overlooking a medieval village and the mountains. I am surrounded by exuberant and colourful canvasses painted by my French relatives. The light is soft and the air pure; it is an inspiring place!

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Alchemy ©Valerie Armstrong

I love to draw and have always expressed myself in a figurative or semi-figurative way. Now, perhaps because of France, I feel the need to let go of my old, comfortable ways of working and move into a less familiar, more abstract space. I need to push myself further to explore those dark, shadowy places lurking in the subconscious.

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The Wisdom of Experience ©Valerie Armstrong

In my new work – on canvas and on paper – I build up with layers of translucent textures, forms and colour, using many applications of pigment and glaze. I add mixed media and collage, then scrape back and rebuild so that veiled layers and images applied in the process finally reappear in the finished piece as ghostly suggestions.

John Glover : painting portraits in the Artworks exhibition

New to the Artworks group in 2102, the portrait painter John Glover has been paintings portraits in the current Artworks exhibition at Blackthorpe Barn, as part of our daily demonstrations programme.

The models for John’s two days in the gallery were also artists, two artists from Artworks, Valerie Armstrong and Liz Waugh-McManus.

Here is Valerie Armstrong sitting for her portrait, with John Glover at the easel.

Here is the finished portrait, which Valerie was very pleased with. Word has it that the sitters get to keep the painting.

On John’s second day of painting demonstrations in the Artworks exhibition, the sitter was artist Liz Waugh-McManus – and here is the result.

Read more about John Glover and his career as a professional portrait artist on our blog, John Glover : a new artist to Artworks

Visit John Glover’s website for more information on commissioning a portrait or attending one of his art tuition classes.

A different Artworks artist sets up a temporary studio space in the Artworks exhibition each day. The artist is in residence from 10.30am to 4.30pm. You can drop in at any time during the day to watch the artist at work or ask questions about media and techniques as there is no structured timetable to the day.

See all Artworks artists daily demonstrations at a glance.

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

8th to 30th September 2012

The 13th Annual Artworks exhibition is open daily, from 10am to 5pm. Free entry and a free catalogue, ample parking, full disabled access.

While at the Artworks exhibition check out the Artworks shop (& Cafe) for a range of smaller works from all the Artworks artists, some never seen before, straight from the artist’s studio. There are original handmade prints, small works on paper and canvas, small sculptures, glass, ceramics – and a fabulous range of artists cards. Click here for directions to Blackthorpe barn.