Carry Akroyd has long been one of my favourite printmakers so I am looking forward to meeting her in person at BIRDscapes Gallery at Glandford, near Holt, on 2nd September. Between 1pm and 3pm she will be signing copies of her new book “Found in the Fields”. Carry is much sought after as a book illustrator and has produced images for “Tweet of the Day” and The Oldie “Bird of the Month” calendar. She lives in Northamptonshire and her work as a painter and printmaker largely features the farming landscape around her and the wildlife that survives within it.
Maria will be showing her work at The Belfry Centre for Music and the Arts in Overstrand over the bank holiday and on Open Studios week ends. An accomplished etcher, Maria is developing her printmaking practise into installation. This is a collaboration with engineer Chris Branford who has specially adapted overhead projectors to create moving images. This is still work in progress and Maria wants you to “See this as an opportunity to talk, ask questions and experience the space and not as a finished exhibition”.
As well as the projections, she will be showing a small selection of other work, including one of her unusual and unique drawings made by smoking the paper with a live flame, a technique which she developed from etching processes.
Norfolk and Norwich Open Studios starts today. Over 500 artists are taking part including over 80 in North Norfolk. If you are spoilt for choice Art Trails make it easier and eight artists are involved in the one around Cromer. Not all artists’ studios are open every day so why not start at The Garden House in Garden Street which is and pick up details.
“I paint the blue sky days, the lighter side of life”
Brian Lewis leaves the grey days and the angst for others and paints what he enjoys most, coastal views, seals, dogs, stately homes and scenes where he lives in Norfolk, often with a humorous aspect.
For the next few days you can see Brian’s vast range of original paintings, limited edition prints and cards and enjoy the rare treat of visiting his studio at Bee’s Hall in Sheringham. Once a church hall, its conversion into his house and studio was a labour of love started in 1996.
Sat April 29th until Sun May 7th Bee’s Hall, The Avenue South, Sheringham NR27 8DH
Would you have tea with a couple of guys who admit to looking like debt collectors? Well David Morris, photographer, and Paul Darley, painter are two of the most creative artists working in North Norfolk. So we accepted the invitation and went along on the first day of their latest exhibition at the Red Lion in Cromer.
They both live in Cromer and try to capture something of the sense of place. You will see Paul most days with his easel on to the beach as he tries to nail an image in a series of rapid brush strokes before the moment is lost. Paul produced stunning photos for “The Last Hunters,” Candy Whittome’s book about the crab fishermen of Cromer and their wives.