I was lucky to get this shot of a painted lady butterfly at Cley Church. It landed momentarily on the flint and chalk strewn pathway to the north door but was soon disturbed by visitors coming to the Cley 17 art exhibition. I too wanted to visit Cley 17 but knew from my previous visit that if conditions were right the churchyard would be good for butterfly spotting.
Painted ladies may be described as “common and widespread” but that doesn’t mean that they are easy to identify and photograph.
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.
Cromer’s outgoing mayor, Tim Adams, dropped into the Garden House Gallery’s taster exhibition for the Cromer and Around Art Trail 2017. Tim is standing as a Liberal Democrat candidate in Thursday’s County Council elections so “Seas the Day” might well be his hope. The Art Trail will feature eight local artists taking part in Norfolk and Norwich Open Studios 27th May until 11th June.
“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.