Art in another barn!

Last Friday’s private view of ARTWORKS annual exhibition at Blackthorpe Barn near Bury St Edmunds was mobbed! The general consensus from visitors on the night (and in the visitor book since), was that this is the strongest ARTWORKS show yet.
ARTWORKS are a group of 30 East Anglian artists who exhibit here each year. I’m one of the new ‘guest’ artists and have eleven pieces of work on display and several unframed browser works, plus cards. The barn is a huge impressive space and there is a wealth of contemporary art and stunning sculpture on display. There’s also a great little cafe selling tea/coffee/cakes and a shop with art cards and small items of artworks, jewellery etc. for sale by the artists.
The exhibition is on every day (10am to 5pm) till 1 October, with demonstrations by artists most days and is well worth a visit. Blackthorpe Barn, Rougham, nr Bury St Edmonds (just off Jct 45 of the A14).

painting with a lens…

Sometimes I work with a camera (see my photo gallery in the menu).
Images from a recent break in mediaeval Lavenham in Suffolk, which is full of half-timbered buildings from the 14th century onwards. I love finding the overlooked or unnoticed view hidden in old places. These are all as found, created ‘in-camera’.

Little Hall, Lavenham. Digital photo. Abstract impression.

Little Hall, Lavenham. © Mari French 2016

Little Hall, Lavenham. Abstract digital photograph.

Little Hall, Lavenham. © Mari French 2016

Little Hall, Lavenham. Abstract digital photograph of old door numbers.

A previous incarnation. Little Hall, Lavenham. © Mari French 2016

Guildhall, Lavenham. Abstract digital photograph of old railway ticket box.

Guildhall, Lavenham. © Mari French 2016

Detail, Little Hall, Lavenham. Digital photo.

Detail, Little Hall, Lavenham. © Mari French 2016

Candlestick, Little Hall, Lavenham. Digital abstract photo.

Candlestick, Little Hall, Lavenham. © Mari French 2016

Web, Guildhall, Lavenham. Digital photo.

Web, Guildhall, Lavenham. © Mari French 2016

sunshine & scallops in Suffolk …

Maggi Hambling's Scallop, Aldeburgh. (photo © Mari French)

Maggi Hambling’s Scallop, Aldeburgh. (photo © Mari French)

A drive of 86 sunny miles to Aldeburgh in Suffolk earlier this week, I’d been invited to take a selection of my artwork to Thompson’s Art Gallery on High Street.

They are a well-established gallery, with several large light-filled rooms on two floors and a reputation for showing quality contemporary art; they also have a gallery in London.

It was worth making the journey – Graham, the manager, and Devi, chose six of my abstracted mixed-media landscapes to hang there.

Thompson's Gallery, Aldeburgh (© Thompson's).

Thompson’s Gallery, Aldeburgh (Photo © Thompson’s Gallery).

Later I had time to wander round the town and seafront. There is quite an art presence in Aldeburgh with several galleries and Maggi Hambling’s famous ‘Scallop’ sculpture right on the shingle beach. The words cut into the metal are taken from Benjamin Britten’s Peter Grimes opera.

On the seafront the interesting structure of the old South Lookout tower is now an art project/exhibition space run by Caroline Wiseman. What an amazing place for an artist! I loved the effect the shadow of its spiral staircase was making on the walls.

Aldeburgh is definitely well worth a trip for artists and art lovers.

South Beach Lookout, Aldeburgh © Mari French 2013

South Beach Lookout, Aldeburgh © Mari French 2013