Artist Bio, Charity Exhibition, Exhibitions

Charity Exhibition – Artist Bios – Patricia Burgess

Patricia Burgess.

Qualified as a lawyer but began painting seriously about 18 years ago.  I work in most media –sometimes all at once, which I love,  using whatever processes or methods seem to suit the image in my mind’s eye, be it  free and full of colour like Barbara Rae, or quiet and cool like Morandi. The effect of light on colour plus a strong form are always important to me whatever the catalyst, and I love to experiment with new methods and subject matter. Fascinated by Picasso’s cubism in my teens, his earlier works came as a revelation when I discovered them. I continue to discover artists who excite me –  Cezanne, the Pointillistes, Uglow, Hockney, Freud, Diebenkorn and many, many  others..

Full Member of Ulster Watercolour Society, Art Society of Ulster, Ulster Women Artists, Pastel Society of Ireland, received awards from all , and  selected to exhibit at RHA, RUA, and  final of the Laing Exhibition in the,Mall Gallery London.

Pat Burgess1    Pat Burgess2

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Artist Bio, Charity Exhibition, Exhibitions

Charity Exhibition – Artist Bios – Lyn Majury

Where the water flows

Lyn Majury

Lyn’s paintings are influenced by the changing seasons and draw attention to quiet corners of the landscape that have been overlooked by those who speed  by. Some paintings reflect her passion for recycling so the mundane and discarded can end up as part of the fabric in a mixed media painting. Other paintings include ‘found quotes’  to engage with the viewer.

Lyn has had two solo exhibitions to date and  has recently exhibited with her two daughters Emma and Sarah. She also has exhibited with  clubs and societies over the past 30 + years. Societies include the Pastel Society of Ireland, the Ulster Society of Women Artists and the Art Society of Ulster.

If you happen to be heading down to Belfast’s famous St. George’s Market on a Sunday look out for The Blue Door Studio and say hello to Lyn or her daughters, Emma and Sarah! You’ll find original art work as well as prints, cards etc.

Well worth a visit!

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Artist Bio, Charity Exhibition, Exhibitions

Charity Exhibition – Artists Bios – Oonagh Catchpole – Rosalind McConaghy

Two more mini bios of regular members of the art groups whose work will be exhibited in Holywood Library, Co Down   June 4th – 6th 2015

OONAGH CATCHPOLE.

Oonagh lives in Bangor, Co Down and has been painting for over 20 years.

She is a member of The Ulster Watercolour Society, The Arts Society of Ulster, and is a Diploma holder in the Ulster Society of Woman Artists.

Colour, pattern, texture and light are important qualities in her work. She has been greatly influenced by the artists Bonnard, Klimt, Kandinsky, Klee , and the modern artist Gillian Ayres.

Oonagh             IMG_1089-001

ROSALIND McCONAGHY

Rosalind is a member of the ASU (Arts Society of Ulster) and the UWS (Ulster Watercolour Society). She was awarded the prize for Still Life at the UWS 2014 Annual Exhibition and has exhibited with the Royal Ulster Academy in 2008 at the Titanic Drawing Offices Belfast.

She draws inspiration from the artists Neil Shawcross, Giorgio Morandi and Cezanne.

Rosalind paints in all media and loves the freedom of watercolour finding the merging of different colours a constant source of inspiration.

Rossy1             Rossy2

Drawings, Exhibitions, Paintings

Charity Exhibition June 4th – 6th 2015

Poster draft2

Every 2 – 3 years I (with a lot of help) organise an exhibition for my art classes. This is not only an opportunity for members of the classes to showcase their work it’s also an evening where we can get together, meet members of other classes, invite our friends and family to see what we’ve been up to and enjoy a glass of wine (or two!)

It’s also an opportunity to support a charity with 25% of all art sales plus all of the raffle and catalogue intake going to a charity of our choice.

This year we elected to support NIAMH or Northern Ireland Association for Mental Health.

http://www.niamhwellbeing.org/

Some of the exhibitors have not been in the groups long and are nervously showing their work for the first time, others are much more experienced and are members of established societies such as the Ulster Watercolour Society, Arts Society of Ulster, Pastel Society of Ireland, Ulster Women Artists. You may even have seen their work in local galleries.

If you’re in the area between Thursday June 4th from 5pm and Saturday June 6th, 3pm, please drop in and have a look We’ll be exhibiting in

Holywood Library, Co Down, Northern Ireland.

This is a wonderful opportunity to buy a piece of original art with prices of displayed work starting from £100 and unframed work which you will find in our browser-rack below £100.

The raffle will be drawn on Thursday evening at 7pm and prizes will include paintings, drawings, ceramics, silk scarves, art materials and much more…….

In the next week or two I shall be posting mini bios on some of the artists taking part.

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Cherry Blossom at Merville Garden Village

Cherry Blossom (Pollock style) – acrylic drip painting

One of the societies I belong to, The Arts Society of Ulster, recently held it’s annual open exhibition at Merville House. This has become a regular venue for the ASU, however, normally, this exhibition takes place at the end of the summer. It was such a lovely surprise when I rolled up for the opening night (ahem… to receive my Bigger and Strachan Award for portraiture – thought I might just get that in!) to find Merville Garden Village in full cherry blossom bloom. Now it’s not that I didn’t know this place existed – my aunt Helen, my mother’s sister, who used to live with us until I was born, moved into a flat in Merville Garden Village and lived there for 37 years until her death in 1987. We visited her home regularly but cherry blossom time was a must for an extra special visit. We would set off on a Sunday, straight after church, for roast chicken dinner with all the trimmings (lunch was what posh people did!) and we’d stay for tea of home-made victoria sponge, shortbread (best I’ve ever tasted), date bars, fudge, pots of tea and lemonade for us kids. In between these two feasts we would take a dander (stroll) through the estate and down to the glen which lay behind her block of flats. There we were met with the most wonderful aroma and sight of wild garlic – masses of little, white, star-shaped flowers interspersed with bluebells.

I left home in 1969 and during the 70’s and 80’s the said glen became gradually less and less visited by my aunt on account of the sad recent history of our part of Ireland and the fear (rational or not) of what might be found there. So, of course, once my memory had been prompted, I had to take a nostalgic stroll through Merville Garden Village and down to the glen fearing the worst – that the glen might not even exist any more, but to my delight, the wild garlic and the bluebells were as profuse as ever and the cherry blossom lit up the sky. Now it’s a long, long time since I attended any church but if aunt Helen is looking down (she would definitely be in heaven!) I think her heart would soar as mine did yesterday at the sight of Merville Garden Village at Cherry Blossom Time.

 Outside auntie’s flat in the mid-60s with young cherry trees

and now…..

Mum and auntie (right) outside her block of flats

and now…….

Another interesting fact is that Sir Stanley Spencer, English painter, painted Merville Garden Village in 1951.

Merville Garden Village  lies north of Belfast in Newtownabbey off the Belfast Lough Shore Road. If you want to see the cherry blossom you’ll need to hurry – the wind is picking up and it won’t last!