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Members of the Society of East Anglian Watercolourists are showcasing their skills in a unique setting next month - and we're all invited

SEAW exhibition - Lochs, Rocks and Shallows by Lesley Munro (56295713)
SEAW exhibition - Lochs, Rocks and Shallows by Lesley Munro (56295713)

A captivating collection of original paintings by the Society of East Anglian Watercolourists (SEAW) will be on show in a truly unique setting next month.

The Society’s Members Exhibition, running from May 7, takes place in the Old Goods Shed, a light and airy refurbished Victorian railway building in the grounds of Clare Castle Country Park in Suffolk.

The special showcase features original paintings illustrating different ways of applying watercolour to create eye-catching compositions, textures and flows.

The exhibits will be available to buy as original framed and unframed paintings and cards, plus there will be demonstrations and workshops.

SEAW Exhibition - Stranded at Pin Mill, by Denise Schoenberg (56295675)
SEAW Exhibition - Stranded at Pin Mill, by Denise Schoenberg (56295675)

These will include full day activities suitable for beginners, those new to watercolours and experienced artists, on skills such as painting water and skies, boats and cityscapes, using collage materials with water-based paints and mastering composition.

Visitors will also be able to vote for their favourite painting, with the chance to win £75 off an exhibit of their choice.

SEAW, which includes 120 members and friends, was established by Richard Sorrell RWS, NEAC, President of the Royal Watercolour Society between 2006-9. Its patron, multi-award-winning artist Lillias August RI, a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours, says about water-based media: “The huge variety of combinations between the three main elements – water, pigment and paper – never cease to challenge, inspire and excite both those who do it and those who look at it”.

SEAW exhibition - The Beacons, by Andrew Clarke (56295900)
SEAW exhibition - The Beacons, by Andrew Clarke (56295900)

The Members Exhibition runs May 7-22, 10.30am-4.30pm daily (late opening Fridays until 7pm). Visit on Saturday morning, May 14, to see artists ‘painting in the park’, alongside the launch of the Suffolk Walking Festival.

SEAW’s next exhibition takes place in Ely’s Babylon Gallery, in September.

For more information on the exhibition visit eastanglianwatercolourists.co.uk or clarecastlecountrypark.co.uk. To book a workshop place please email seawworkshops@gmail.com.


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