Art: #OpenWindows2020 starts this weekend
In the second instalment of our Cambridge Open Windows special, we explore the exquisite work of seven more artists, craftspeople and designer-makers who’ll be displaying their creations throughout July
If you fancy a treasure hunt with a cultural twist this month, Cambridge Open Studios has just the thing. Over all four weekends of July, around 140 members will be populating their gardens and front windows with their latest masterpieces, from sculpture and ceramics, to watercolours and wall hangings, as part of #OpenWindows2020. You can download maps for the art trails around Cambridge, Ely and surrounding areas from camopenstudios.co.uk/open-windows. These pinpoint the locations of each artist, and you can then look out for the distinctive COS yellow flags at the houses of those taking part. Artists’ names and websites will also be on display so you can find out more about them. Sounds like the perfect time to turn your daily stroll into an art adventure!
Specialising in bold figurative paintings, Ely-based Bob Banks will be showing his works – including this mesmerising oil painting of Anglesey Abbey Mill – alongside the handmade jewellery of wife Carol. During Lockdown, Carol invited local children to post paintings through the letterbox to show in the couple’s ‘Window Gallery’, which neighbours have enjoyed. For July the ‘Gallery’ will showcase Bob’s local landscapes and Carol’s silver jewellery, which is inspired by nature.
Find out more at bobbanksart.co.uk
Gina creates unique and original pictures by combining acrylic paintings with collage and machine stitch. A love of vibrant colour and texture dominate her work, which spans abstract and representational styles. This striking landscape, fusing collage and acrylic, is inspired by dramatic Lake District vistas.
Find out more at ginaferrari.blogspot.co.uk
Experimenting with line, colour and texture, Rikki explores the mood and drama of the world around her. The Cambridge-based artist creates pieces which recall striking combinations and contrasts of colour, light, shapes and textures encountered on her travels, “in backstreets, markets, ports and harboursides, and in the hidden corners of woodland, mountain and shoreline, or just in my own garden”. Her most recent series of paintings and mixed media pieces, Floribunda and Funghibunda, will be among the art on show this month.
Find out more on Instagram at #rikkimorgantamosunas
Influenced by her Polish heritage, Lucyna creates beautiful bags, cushions and wall hangings, printing her eye-catching designs on to soft velvets and crisp cottons. Inspiration comes from the rich and varied folk art from Poland, which uses floral patterns and natural forms combined with vibrant colour.
Find out more on Instagram @lucynajmazur
Penny has been cheering passers-by throughout Lockdown by displaying a painting every few days in a top window of her house in Coton. Penny specialises in highly-detailed botanical art, brought to life in watercolour, as well as mixed media paintings. This image was inspired by a trip to Morocco. “I saw the subject going slowly along this narrow street in Asilah, on the coast. I managed to catch him on film before he disappeared round the corner. The blue on the walls has a purpose; it is supposed to put off the mosquitoes and flies,” she explains.
Find out more at penstudio.co.uk
Sarah Lucy Lee
Beauty in all its shapes and forms in the natural and manmade world resonate deeply with painter Sarah. Over 30 years of travel to many parts of the globe - plus 14 years living in Ethiopia - have shaped her subject choices. “I strive for authenticity in my work, to capture the world as I experienced it, to convey emotional response to all that I see through the brush and onto the canvas,” she explains. She is currently focusing almost exclusively in oil as a medium, in still life and portraiture.
Find out more at sarahlucylee.com
Originally from Dumfries in the south west of Scotland, Bob now lives in Ely, where he has converted his garage into a studio/gallery. He also welcomes people into his art garden where he shows many of his paintings. Working across most mediums, Bob produces bold, colourful images. He can often be seen in and around Ely with his sketch book and easel, preferring to paint alfresco given the opportunity.
Find out more at bobwells.co.uk
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