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Good morning. Are you ready for day 2 of weekend 2?Get out there and explore the region & meet some amazing artists pic.twitter.com/DWVzpKad1a— CambOpen Studios (@CamOpenStudios) July 12, 2015
On 12 July, a day had been planned – despite the rain, which was not light at one stage – to visit the Cambridge Open Studios displays of three favourite artists...
Busy 3 Station Rd SG8 0NN for Anna Pye's @CamOpenStudios - she wouldn't want it quiet (many ways to buy her images) ! pic.twitter.com/1UuApYe1vH— THE AGENT APSLEY (@THEAGENTAPSLEY) July 12, 2015
Rooted in the natural world and observation, Anna Pye's work at @CamOpenStudios here shows us the hare in the wild... pic.twitter.com/bouvIu5oYw— THE AGENT APSLEY (@THEAGENTAPSLEY) July 12, 2015
And now :
At 3 Station Rd SG8 0NN, Anna Pye will welcome you here to the last weekend of @CamOpenStudios (no. 130 in brochure) pic.twitter.com/40GTSLmRSX— THE AGENT APSLEY (@THEAGENTAPSLEY) July 23, 2015
Then (after elderflower at Anna's) a no less welcome invitation from Gina Ferrari (@FanMyFlame) :
@CamOpenStudios ready for my first w/e. Textile art and cake and cordial too! pic.twitter.com/m8BhuTm4Cs— Gina Ferrari (@FanMyFlame) July 10, 2015
Visit Gina Ferrari in Steeple Morden no 131 in Guide Bk#textiles #embroidery #mixedmedia Open wkends2&3 # July pic.twitter.com/t7zQFYBw7r— CambOpen Studios (@CamOpenStudios) July 6, 2015
Not everything is for sale at Gina Ferrari's @CamOpenStudios (e.g. the bodices), but gives a creative, welcoming feel pic.twitter.com/pbpFRtdxB0— THE AGENT APSLEY (@THEAGENTAPSLEY) July 12, 2015
Later, deliberately to see Cathy Parker’s work (which had been long admired, and often got one’s literal vote, at exhibitions by Cambridge Drawing Society), one ventured out to the church of St Mary the Virgin (?*) at Swaffham Prior : there turned out, still, to be relatively little of Cathy's on display (although there were some unframed works, notably a watercolour, Wicken Fen, Baker’s Fen [UF7]), but one engaged more with it than with that of her fellow exhibitors.
There to see Cathy Parker's work for @CamOpenStudios, which was there in less force than that of some of her co-exhibitors, but got my vote.— THE AGENT APSLEY (@THEAGENTAPSLEY) July 12, 2015
Here are some highlights, described :
* North York Moors [CP2] – oil, £290
The view is characterized by ruddy clouds, with water represented, as it recedes, by purples and violets – what we feel most clearly in the landscape is the flatness, and the sense of distance
* Wicken Fen, November [CP8] – watercolour, £190
The eye is drawn to cherry browns, with yellow touches in the sky, and the blue-grey rendering of the trees that skirt the scene
* North York Moors [CP7] – watercolour, £190
In the heavy blackish brown of the foregorund, there is a detail of green, with, in the distance, a wash of cloud, and bluey-purple hills
A good round of visits during Open Studios – before needing to make it to Saffron Hall (@SaffronHallSW) to review Neil Brand's (@NeilKBrand's) score for Blackmail (1929), performed by The BBC Symphony Orchestra (@BBCSO), conducted by Timothy Brock
* None of the web-sites seemed, despite the fact that there are two churches in one churchyard, to take sufficient trouble to tell one which is which, so the venue was – as Cathy Parker kindly advises** – actually the Church of St Cyriac and St Julitta (dedicated, according to the detail of the Wikipedia® web-page, to Saint Quiricus and Saint Julietta)...
** She has also usefully provided images of the three paintings described : for those who like the words on their own first, they have been put in a separate posting...
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