I have been asked to participate in an exciting event that celebrates the achievements of women and girls as part of this year’s Cambridge Festival of Ideas at the Cambridge Junction.
Throughout the day there will be talks, heated debates, lively workshops and exciting activities for all ages. There will be a host of interesting women attending journalists, mums, daughters, scientists, artists, campaigners and next door neighbours.
I will be there selling prints, cards and a new range of gift items from 10 am.
A new range of calendars will be launched at this event.
Straight after the Cambridge Original Printmakers exhibition (27 Sept - 5 October) I will be gathering my new collection of oil paintings ready to be hung for my solo show - Painting The Blues, at the Over Gallery. There will be new canvases, wood panels and also a few original prints on sale.
Painting The Blues is a line from one of my favourite songs - Solid Air by John Martyn. It is very appropriate as I spent many a long night at art college from 1979-83 listening to this album. More details on the exhibition will follow.
These two new oil on canvas 70 x 70 cm paintings will be on display at my solo show at the Over Gallery in mid October.
Sometimes names come for paintings while I am working on them. These two I have been thinking about a lot as they have been finished during a challenging period of one of my closest friends (I describe her as my left arm:-) The naming of them are about being still within yourself and that every day your personal landscape is being shaped.
Shaping your landscape
Still working on these but they will be finished in time for my solo show at The Over Gallery in October, straight after the Cambridge Original Printmakers exhibition. They are two oils on canvas 70 x 70 cm.
Exhibiting at the Stapleford Granary in July for Cambridge Open Studios this year was a lovely experience.
I launched my new collection - Glimpses and they went down a storm.
All four days were extremely hot so we were so pleased to see everyone who made it to the exhibition. And a big thank you to the Cambridge Wind Players who played during the Private Preview on the Friday. Now all the focus is on the Cambridge Original Printmakers exhibition - doors open Saturday 27 September.
This year my Cambridge Open Studios will be at the Stapleford Granary alongside 4 other Printmakers.
It is a wonderful space and I will be taking along my new Glimpses range and also a new collection of etched landscapes. I will also have greeting cards and postcards for sale too.
My new collection of oil paintings will be available to view and purchase at my solo show at the Over Gallery in October 2014.
All five of the exhibitors will be at the Granary during both weekends so come along and talk to us about our work. I look forward to seeing you there.
Stapleford Granary, Bury Road, Stapleford, Cambridge CB22 5BP. Doors open at 10 am Saturdays and 11 am on Sundays. The exhibition is also remaining on display where work can be purchased throughout the week.
I am thrilled to one of the artists exhibiting at the Ride To Cambridge exhibtion at Cambridge Contemporary Art in Trinity St Cambridge from 28 June until 10 July 2014.
Cambridge is at fever-pitch with excitement at the moment due to the stage 3 part of the famous Tour de France cycle race taking place in the heart of the city on Monday 7 July.
The Ride To Cambridge exhibition is predominantly cycle-related but you will also find two of my solarplate etchings that are exclusive to CCA - Resting and Patience framed up ready to purchase there too.
Just inked up a new solarplate etching. I am hoping Beside The Sea will be on display for the first time at my Open Studios exhibition on 19/20 27/28 July at The Stapleford Granary. If not it will be ready for the launch exhibition of Cambridge Original Printmakers in September.
My box sets of Cambridge Walkabout cards are now back on display at Urban Larder on Mill Road, Cambridge. There is also quite an extensive collection of my single Cambridge card range.
The launch of Cambridge Original Printmakers will be such a long-awaited event for Cambridge City. Forty-one Printmakers who work on hand-pulled original prints will be exhibiting alongside The Print Studio, Curwen Print Study Centre and St Barnabas Press. Many of the exhibiting Printmakers have honed their skills at their premises. I personally learnt to print at The Curwen Print Study Centre.
After completing my year-long study for the Certificate in Advanced Printmaking I took an extra class in solarplate printmaking and I fell in love with it! As an oil painter it is the process of layering paint over time that I adore and I find the technique and process of solarplate printing equally thrilling.
The dates to remember are Saturday 26 September until Sunday 5 October 2014. Doors will open all 11 each day and will close at 5 pm. Don't miss it.
The wonderful new boutique Bed & Breakfast Sayle House based in central Cambridge is now stocking a small range of my Cambridge-based greeting cards.
So while you are tucking into a sumptuous breakfast pick up a card - £2.50 each.
I am now focusing hard on producing new oil paintings and prints for forthcoming shows.
I will have a new collection of oil paintings on canvas and wood ready to be unveiled at my solo show at the Over Gallery in October, straight after the launch of the Cambridge Original Printmakers exhibition. I am also going to work on a small exclusive range of tiny oil paintings on wood panels for the Cambridge Christmas exhibition in November. New prints will be available at my Open Studios exhibition at the Stapleford Granary and again at the Cambridge Original Printmakers show.
I have been working on some new prints recently. They are part of a new collection of smaller polymer plate etchings. Each print is from a 19cm x 19cm plate.
Isn't It About Time? is a new hand-pulled polymer plate print. Limited edition of 15.
I have three paintings on display at the Cambridge Drawing Society.
Doors open at the Guildhall in the market square in Cambridge on the 5th April and runs until the 12th April 2014. Details can be found on the Cambridge Drawing Society website.
My oil paintings take months to complete. I will often have five paintings that I work on simultaneously. It is not a process that I can hurry and in the winter months the process is even slower as the dampness in the air means I have to wait even longer for paint to dry. While I wait I will work on plates for my relief print ranges.
My colours are much softer so far this year. I think this reflects my wistful mood and the soft light that we have at the moment.
There's Always Light, oil on wood panel.
Soundless, oil on wood panel.
I have a busy year ahead of me which is all very exciting. Having started the year at the BluePrint exhibition I am now hard at work back in the studio preparing for some great 2014 shows.
In April I will be taking part in a Seaside exhibition at the Haddenham Galleries and then again in a mixed summer exhibition.
In July I will be taking part in my sixth Cambridge Open Studios but this time I have been invited to exhibit at the wonderful Stapleford Granary at the ACE Foundation. I will be exhibiting a collection of prints and cards at this exhibition.
Then it all hots up again for September. I am one of the three founders of the Cambridge Original Printmakers - a new exhibiting group showcasing 40 Printmakers based within 35 miles of Cambridge City, and the three Print Houses that Cambridge is lucky enough to have on its doorstep. We have also organised talks and demonstrations during the 10 day exhibition. Follow the Cambridge Original Printmakers website for details.
For October it will be my long-awaited solo show at the Over Gallery. New large oil paintings will be revealed.
In November I will be at the number one venue to buy unique Christmas presents as voted by the Cambridge Evening News - the Cambridge Christmas show is on Monday 24 November 2014.
I also have commissions to work on in between shows this year too so I better stop now and get back to the studio....
The Walter Strachen Gallery, Bishops Stortford College is on the left as you drive into the school gates. There is parking (marked P on the map) and also a few spaces behind the gallery (marked arts facilities on the school map shown below).
You can contact me on my mobile if you have problems finding us - 07765 563908.
Here is another map highlighting the location of the school itself. The college is listed here as 'college reception'. Then follow the directions to the gallery above.
The Walter Strachen Gallery - Arts Facility - Bishops Stortford College
Country Kitchen, a gorgeous deli and gift shop in Haslingfield now stock a range of my individual cards and also my boxed sets of greeting cards that make ideal gifts.
Country Kitchen supplies a large range of country foods, using local suppliers wherever then can. The store is full of wonderful foods and joie de vivre!
Address: 21 Church Street, Haslingfield, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB23 1JE
Tel: 07954 669874
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I had a small competition last Friday on my Jo Tunmer Ltd page and I have just used a random generator to determine the winner. The winner is...
Number 16! By my calculations number 16 is .... Simon Gee. Congratulations Simon.
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