Summer Exhibition: Art for Beginners + early plastic sea 2011

Transforming 2 full and dusty barns into interesting exhibition spaces, industrial style. To show my 3d collage Seascapes; plastic creations from plastics washed up on the beach, my drawings of my vegetables I grew last year, and in barn 2, The Art Class students’ work bombastically hung to wow, it did.

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A 2 year review of the Art for Beginners.


I hung the work with wooden clothes pegs on reinforcement steel grid sheets, wired together to make a firm inner wall system against the industrial concrete grey of the barn. We sent everyone an A5 hand produced invitation, printed, inked, chalked, drawn or painted by each student for the private view.

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Over 200 people came. There was such a buzz of energy. It was bursting with colour and such energy…and as everyone said, so much joy and fun. It made all the students so proud; for they finally saw that they were quite good really, that it was alright to draw and paint, that it was alright to have fun. The whole village was impressed and amazed to see what the students had achieved. Everyone beamed with smiles. It was so wonderful to watch, I was so very thrilled and proud. As a 7 year old said…”why is it called ‘I can’t draw…’ when…they can.” ? The barns were open for 2 weeks, 12-4. I started every day with coffee and Corelli in the calm cool of the barns, and chatted non stop to visitors who were all impressed and very enthused; with lots of people wanting to come join in my experience, to loosen up, lose their fear, find their confidence to create, to look at colour, to have fun.

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