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Water Ways, the latest exhibition from the Society of East Anglian Watercolourists, opens this weekend - and promises to wow

The Beauty of Trees, Penny Newman SEAW (50888574)
The Beauty of Trees, Penny Newman SEAW (50888574)

Exploring “different ways of combining water, pigment, paper and brushwork to create unique flows, textures and compositions”, Water Ways is the latest exhibition from the Society of East Anglian Watercolourists (SEAW). Running at Ely’s Babylon Gallery from September 3 to 26, it’s a chance to see and purchase everything from greetings cards to framed originals, with subjects spanning land and seascapes through to portraits, natural environments and abstracts.

In Wonder, Stephie Butler SEAW (50888577)
In Wonder, Stephie Butler SEAW (50888577)

“After the last 16 months, it means such a lot to show and share our watercolours with you,” says the SEAW team. “And we want visitors to come along not just to see our original paintings, but also to take part in a variety of workshops and demonstrations throughout the exhibition, too.”

Hedgerow Finds Autumn, Jackie Devereux SEAW (50888588)
Hedgerow Finds Autumn, Jackie Devereux SEAW (50888588)

Whole-day sessions on Flower Painting, Portraiture, Plein Air Sketching and Collage are scheduled for September 6, 13, 18 and 20 respectively, plus a series of three-hour demos – on Painting Big Fenland Skies, Boats at Pin Mill, Drawing and Perspective, Collage and Creating a 3D Image – are planned. Visitors will also be able to vote for their favourite painting in a draw, with the first name out of the hat winning £75 off a painting of their choice.

In the Dust, Astrig Askeralian SEAW (50888585)
In the Dust, Astrig Askeralian SEAW (50888585)

With 100 members and friends from across the area, all aiming “to improve expertise in watercolour painting; bring people together to share painting days, tips and challenges; and organise exhibitions across the region”, the society was founded by Richard Sorrell, president of the Royal Watercolour Society 2006-9.

.Portrait of a Paintbrush, Lillias August SEAW (50888591)
.Portrait of a Paintbrush, Lillias August SEAW (50888591)

Multi-award-winning artist Lillias August RI is patron. “I am very happy to be [the SEAW’s] patron; there are so few regional societies that promote water-based media,” she says. “Watercolour is such a varied and challenging medium that can be used in so many interesting ways – experimental and traditional; quick and slow; realistic and abstract; controlled and loose; translucent and opaque. . .”

Ely High Street, Linda Purdy SEAW (50888582)
Ely High Street, Linda Purdy SEAW (50888582)

For further details about Water Ways and to book workshop places visit eastanglianwatercolourists.co.uk and babylonarts.org.uk. Forthcoming exhibitions will be held in Wells-next-the-Sea (February 2022) and The Old Goods Shed, Clare Country Park (April/May 2022). To find out more email: contactSEAW@gmail.com.


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