Phone: 01234 325781
Pop-up Art Exhibition
Saturday 5th October 10am – 5pm & Sunday 6th October 10.30pm – 4pm
Art exhibition featuring original works for sale by local and national artists at the MS Therapy Centre.This page contains some examples of the work on show.
Having been born in the country, and lived in the same Bedfordshire village for her whole life, Karen very much takes inspiration from her surroundings. She is a member of the Hare Preservation Trust, and has a passion for local wildlife. She enjoys painting wildlife, in particular hares, she finds their mystical and folk lore legend intriguing, but also enjoys the challenge of other subjects within the same style to give a contemporary feel to traditional subjects.
Karen works with acrylic, and she always starts her work on a bright coloured canvas, and subtle hints of the under colour can sometimes be seen. She also likes painting with a large brush, around 1 1/2 inches, and using the application of different colours with each brush stroke to give a painterly effect.
AUCTION: We have a limited edition print of Karen’s Mangold’s work ‘Close by Catherine’s Cross’ to auction along with a first edition copy of ‘Masquerade’, the book that inspired it signed by Kit Williams. What a fantastic set to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the book.
Some of our artists:
Some of these works are for sale, some are representative of the artists’ work. Each artist will submit more than one work, so come and see them for yourself on 5th or 6th October.
Mandy’s formative years were spent in a little village in Suffolk, in the middle of ‘Constable Country’.With such a rich natural backdrop to a childhood spent exploring the byways and fields, watching fishes in the millstreams and paddling in the Stour river, she delighted in the natural world around her.
With pencil and note book she sketched flora and fauna, adding poetry and prose to her musings. Yet Mandy drew in black and white in her early days.
Her love of depicting Lowry-type scenes and drawing freehand classical architecture, in pen and ink and sepia wash, frustrated her art teacher!
Then something magical happened just two years ago. Mandy discovered her love of Acrylic Paint pouring techniques. Suddenly, a world of colour exploded onto her canvas! Curious patterns emerged, hidden images of animals, sea-life and nature that friends and family also adored.
Many Acrylic Pour artists embellish their works with stencils and mixed media, but Mandy has resisted this trend, in the main, preferring the Observer to discern for themselves, the imagery her pours bring to mind of each individual. Each pour is unique and personal.
Having M.S. herself, Mandy knows that her art is an effective therapy!
I am a full-time scientist, working in medical research, and a part-time artist in the medium of Chinese Brush Painting. Chinese art emphasises the spiritual over the physical, and attempts to capture the inner essence of the subject. The symbolic meaning of the subjects portrayed is of central importance. I have been working in Chinese painting for twenty years now, and teach regularly in Yorkshire, Manchester and further afield. I am a founder member of the Yorkshire Chinese BrushPainting Society, and work on their committee. Over the years I have studied with masters of the Chinese brush such as Xiao Bai, and Qu Lei Lei, while attempting to develop my own personal style. I have been attempting to bring the subtlety and great beauty of Chinese art to Western audiences, and show them how this different perspective can increase their appreciation of art. I am a long-standing supporter of MS charities.
I am a professional full-time artist based in Kettering, Northamptonshire. I specialise in animal art after studying Pet Portraits with the London Art college.
By creating art, I hope to help to bring nature inside and reconnect people with the world around them by reminding people to take a moment out of their day to appreciate nature.
Terry Wood www.artbyterrywood.co.uk
I have lived in Stotfold, Hertfordshire, for over 30 years.
I studied at St. Albans School of Art, and completed a BA-Hons degree in 2D Design. My background is in Commercial Art, but my passion is in traditional painting. I work in acrylics, and like to explore other mediums, such as watercolour, pastels, gouache and pen and ink.
As for my subject matter, I take inspiration from many sources. I have travelled extensively, and my sketchbook is usually a digital camera, which I find useful especially when time is in short supply.
Eunice is a professional artist and tutor based in England amidst the scenic countryside of Northamptonshire. Many of Eunice’s works are based on British wildlife.
Anna Reed is a professional artist working from her studio in Bedfordshire. Born in London, Anna moved to Bedfordshire during her childhood and it was at this time she realised a passion for drawing and painting.
Anna is self-taught and driven by her admiration of nature and its elegance. She predominately works in oil paint and pencil and uses precise and deliberate strokes to produce representational pieces of work depicting people, wildlife and natural surroundings.
Anna thrives on the powerful emotions that her art triggers and the happiness of others when she reveals a new piece of work.
Kiran Patel is an artist working under the name of Illustrating Rain. Using the concept of translating the ephemeral nature of thought into a visual form, where the spoken words are silenced and the art imagery is turned into the invisible forms of engagement; where emotions are aroused and intuition is channelled.
Her work is driven through a desire to translate her inner experiences into a creative expression and so through the medium of ink and pen work she documents her inner awareness to create visual language in the world of form.
Kiran has exhibited throughout the UK and sells her artworks internationally. Her work has been used by Starbucks for their China advertising campaign and her work has also featured on the set of the US hit show Scandal. Kiran Patel wrote and illustrated her first bool titled ‘The Spirit of Creating’ to encourage and inspire others to embark on their own journeys.
After completing my full -time degree in Art and Design, as a mature student at Hertfordshire University, I continued my studies and obtained the University Certificate in Art Therapies. After leaving university I held my first solo exhibition at the Apthorp Gallery in Radlett. I have participated in many exhibitions including the Mall Galleries in London .
I have also enjoyed working on the Committee of the Harpenden Arts Club as both the Programme and Publicity Secretary and currently as the Editor of ‘Brushstrokes’, the Club’s newsletter.
My aim in my artwork is to create strong imagery, inspired by life and the imagination, using a wide range of experimentation in different media.
Naomi Rose Johnson
Naomi Rose Johnson is a creative artist based in Milton Keynes. With a BA (Hons) in Illustration, Naomi specialises in detailed, hand-drawn, animal portraits. As a wildlife artist, Nami is very passionate about conservation and raising awareness about the surrounding issues many species face today. It is a privilege to work with animal charities and help to protect and preserve our natural world through illustration. An aspect of Naomi’s work is teaching Art and Crafts to adults and children of all ages. Naomi runs group workshops as well as 1-1 sessions, covering the basic techniques of coloured pencils so that it’s easy to understand and learn. In 2018, Naomi was accepted into the UK Colour Pencil Society Exhibition as well as a Gallery in London. Her work can be found in various galleries and shops up and down the country and she often showcases her work at local fairs and open studio venues. Naomi has always loved art and animals so she’s very grateful to have turned her hobby into a business, working closely with her customers, bringing joy through bespoke commissions and sending artwork all over the world.
I am Priyanka Jog. A graphic designer and animator by profession. Alongside my profession I continued honing my art skills. I enjoy working in a variety of mediums and exploring styles to find my niche.
I paint in watercolour – mainly pen & wash. I like architectural subjects and landscapes and have an illustrative style. I sell my work both in the UK and abroad.
My passion is recycled Eco Art that incorporates masses of colour, texture and bling. My creative process usually sparks off with an idea or object (art trouve), then I immerse myself in autonomous experimentation and “happy accidents”. On a journey of discovery, this is my soul food – very cathartic. Who said saving the planet couldn’t be fun?
I have been involved with diverse communities ie schools, care homes, youth clubs through various workshops and fetes. We have made hats, bags, jewellery, sculpture and art and more.
I have made costumes and performed in carnivals at Luton, Lord Mayor’s show, Ryde IOW, Brighton and Arbury. I help out at St Neots museum, stained glass museum Ely, Kettles Yard and The Big Draw
I hold a fine art BA and have exhibited with open studios throughout the country.
I have been painting for six years.I enjoy painting in acrylic and mixed media
I mainly work in acrylics and work quite small because space is limited at home. However that means that my paintings can get lost when they’re exhibited, so I’ve recently made a conscious effort to scale up my work.
I am an IT professional and entrepreneur. Having been in the IT industry for over 25 years, it’s the breaks from the desk, into nature that give me inspiration. Spending time travelling, witnessing nature’s untouched beauty brings me a sense of peace and is a muse to my paintings.
In an attempt to grow beyond the world of IT, I have started http://www.myopenmarket.co.uk which is a retail platform for people to showcase and sell their creations.
I am a founder of Marathi Mandal Milton Keynes, a cultural organisation with principle aims of bringing together the Marathi community in MK, as well as giving back to the underprivileged community through charity work. Over the past decade, we have embarked on numerous projects, including giving solar lanterns, blankets and clothes to the underprivileged as well as building wells to help combat droughts in India. I believe as a citizen of this society that gives us so much, it is our duty to give back, and this is our attempt at doing the little we can.
I am from Hitchin in Hertfordshire.
My work is to develop new ideas which could enhance me in my exploration of colour and giving a visual voice to highlight the plight of trees due to deforestation.
I am hoping the viewer can see and recognise something within themselves that provokes positive thoughts towards the importance of preserving them.
Here I have used Acrylic and Ink.
There is a protective layer of resin.
As an artist my influences are varied; for 2D work I am inspired by M.C.Escher, Leonardo da Vinci, Hieronymus Bosch, Salvador Dali and Marc Chagall. I love colour, nature and patterns, I tend to be inspired on a daily basis as I go about my life. Anything out of the ordinary fascinates me; I like to spend time in junk shops and I am intrigued by different cultures.
Throughout my life I have always been intensely passionate about what I create, so it was inevitable I would go on to study it more in-depth after school. I completed a Foundation Course in Art and Design, at Bedford College, specialising in 3D Design; after finishing this I went on to do a HND in 3D Design there as well, these courses gave me a solid basis and the knowledge of materials that I needed in order to continue developing my work. I then went on to study Fine and Applied Arts at Canterbury Christ Church University where I revelled in experimenting with many different materials, going on to specialise in the combination of glass and ceramics – it fascinated me to see how these materials reacted with each other and how I could push the boundaries.
Hi, I am Sally Morris, I am 70 years of age, and have enjoyed painting and drawing since a very early age.
I was accepted into the Luton Technical College (Now Luton University) in 1965 for Fine Arts, Design and Calligraphy.
I enjoy painting with oils or acrylics, and also drawing with pastels & charcoal, either from life, or adapting photos in my own style of colour & movement. I have been impressed by Van Gough style and John Constable.
I was diagnosed with MS in 1994, and I find that it helps me & is therapeutic in bringing me back from any relapses I have suffered.
I did not do particularly well with art at school. I did, however, receive a lot of encouragement to draw as a child by my father, who was a very capable amateur artist. We spent a lot of time together each drawing the same subject and I still have the book into which I pasted our results.
I went back to painting in the 1980s, again encouraged by my father. Once retired I decided it was time to progress with painting and have attended regular classes and workshops. My first love is watercolour although I have tried acrylic and pastel. I enjoy painting a wide range of subjects including botanical watercolour. I am now wanting to experiment with other media including more acrylic and collage.
I am a member of St Neots Art Group and found this has helped to encourage me to experiment outside of my comfort zone.
I started in Textiles and more recently have started to paint.
I am endlessly fascinated by faces, both human and animal. Both tell others about our character, our journeys and emotions, our joy and sorrow show up in all faces.
Coupled with a love of colour ,texture and pattern, I try to represent this in my painting.
(I can paint dog commissions to your specific request.)
I went to art college (Cleveland art and design) where I gained a distinction in art – since then, my love of colour has just grown.
I moved to Sandy 6 years ago where I met the artist Jean Picton who has encouraged and supported me in my art work. I’ve been involved in a number of art exhibitions over the last 5 years. I now have work in different parts of the country, as well as in Niko Brown’s art gallery in Ware and Mama’s cafe in Sandy where a lot of local artists show their work.
My work is mainly abstract; for me, it’s mainly about colours, shapes and texture. Since the early 1900’s abstract asrt has formed a central part of modern art.
Working from the landscape, or through study of nature’s patterns, I explore textures and shapes in order to create drawings and paintings from which I produce my unique designs.
I enjoy working with natural and recycled materials, combined with traditional techniques such as printing, weaving and knitting.
My mixed media landscapes are created using pigments which I have made myself, from natural dyes, and feature a range of different textures. I hold a BA (hons) in contemporary applied arts.
Jan Drury is a regular exhibitor at The Workhouse Gallery in Dunstable. She works in many different media.
Her work can be abstract, using the different processes that take place during mixing, producing pieces that contain depth and layers.
Jan also prints using collagraph plates and solar plates, using original photographs as a starting point.
She is particularly interested in seascapes and tunnels but her work takes on many forms. Jan holds a BA (Hons) in fine art.
Jane Glynn was born in Edinburgh but has lived in Hertfordshire since childhood. She has a BA (Hons) in Fine Art from University of Hertfordshire (1989) and an MA in Children’s Book Illustration from Anglia Ruskin, Cambridge (2011). She is also a qualified teacher and taught in primary schools for ten years across the age ranges; since finishing her MA (which coincided with her youngest daughter leaving for university) she has been developing her own art and education practice which includes participatory projects for people of all ages and abilities as well as an ongoing personal visual diary exploring time and memory – this takes many forms and includes hand made books, paintings, prints, drawings and animations. She works with schools, museums and galleries, is an associate artist with MK Gallery in Milton Keynes and is currently working with University of Hertfordshire on engagement sessions linked to New Geographies. She is an alumna of Digswell Arts. She is also a published children’s book author/illustrator and has exhibited widely, with solo shows throughout Hertfordshire, including ‘Imprinted’ at St Albans Museum and Gallery in 2018/19.
I originally painted with watercolour, which I still love doing, and then began to experiment with acrylic, inks, and tried using collage which interest me and helped me to develop my own style of painting.
I take my own photos, mostly and my inspiration is nature and the beautiful colours found all around us in florals and landscapes which I try to interpret in my own style.
I have exhibited in galleries and a range of other venues in the local region and I very much look forward to this exhibition in support of the MS Therapy Centre in Bedford.’
Nimisha Nishant Hajare
I am Mrs Nimisha Nishant Hajare, originally from India. I have done my Masters of Philosophy & Masters of Education in India.
I came to the UK in 2015 after I got married to Nishant. I had done few paintings and artwork during childhood.
Nishant was my greatest admirer and inspiration.
Unfortunately I lost him due to his brief ill-ness in 2018. All my paintings are dedicated to my husband.
Maureen Forde is a practising artist in Northamptonshire who graduated in 2014 from the University of Northampton after successfully completing a BA (Hons) Fine Art degree, and as an alumni shares in the use of the University’s print room as a creative base, for experimenting and printing her ideas.
Maureen’s current areas of interest are painting and traditional printmaking allied with digital manipulation in both abstract and figurative imagery. In addition, Maureen is a keen user of flat reusable materials particularly textiles for the exploration of added textures, which not only gives another dimension to a piece of visual art work, but repurposes a discarded piece of material into something unique.
The series of works on show were borne out of ideas; (1) a one off print titled ‘Night Horizon’ (a way with colour) submitted to “A Letter in Mind” The National Brain Appeal charity for the open call fundraiser of ‘A Way With Colour’, and (2) titled ‘Impressions on Life’ using found wooden fruit boxes as printmakers plates to make art symbolising the cycle of life.
Her work has been shown in collective exhibitions at NT&C – Northampton Museum, Silver Vine Arts – New Walk Museum, Leicester and Alfred East Gallery, Kettering.
Mike now owns a gallery in Littlehampton, West Sussex. The gallery works with over 100 artists and every month there are new exhibitions featuring new artists alongside the residents.
Mike has produced four limited edition prints especially for this exhibition from his Barcelona Backstreet Project. These will only be available at this special event to help support it.
The Barcelona Backstreet Project started four years ago on his first visit there. Captivated by the architecture, back streets, graffiti and the atmosphere that is created. The history of these backstreets propelled through the George Orwell novel “Homage To Catalonia”
Painting is a hobby I’ve always had from a young age but one which was not taken very seriously until now, due to work commitments. It stemmed from my desire to have unique, bright and bold wall art – I love decorating my house, and painting my own art adds that personal, unique touch. I am mostly self taught with no formal art education. I get my inspiration from the nature around me – a common theme for my work. However, I do not try and copy nature right down to the finest detail. Instead, I like to put my own twist and improvisation on it. I am inspired by the bright colours of the morning sky and fields around me and almost every day, I get out of the car and take photos of the surrounding countryside, using them as a basis for my future work. I paint in both oil and acrylics with the recent favourite being acrylic because of its quick drying potential and odour-less workplace. I also love doing charcoal drawings because of the bold contrast that can be achieved between the blacks and whites.
I love to see people admire and enjoy my work, I pray and hope that it brings joy and happiness to whoever sees it and decides to take it home with them.
David will be exhibiting his pottery.
Attended Lancaster and Morecambe College of Art 1955- 60 doing bookbinding then Interior design. Carried out a commission for two bibles in Chipping Parish Church. Gained an NDD certificate in interior design.
Attended Liverpool College of Art 1960-61. Gained the Art Teachers Diploma.
Spent 10 months variously, as a painter and decorator and an assistant in a furniture shop. Ending with having two panels of paintings at the Bath Festival in 1961. Ending the year travelling to Greece (where I did a lot of painting) via Germany, Austria and Italy.
Started teaching at Abbs Cross School in Hornchurch 1962 -1966. Got married then moved to Bedford and taught at Newnham and Pilgrim schools until 1982. Carried out a commission in 1976 for a Christus Rex for Clophill Parish Church.
Worked as an antique furniture restorer 1982- 2001.When I officially retired but still do a little. Do pottery stained glass and sculpture as part jobs and part hobbies.
Chloe Mae Cole
I am an Artist with a solid engineering background. When I’m asked if I can make something I almost always say yes. Because as an Artist and Engineer, I know that anything is possible.
The work I do is made by myself. I make things, it’s as if I can’t stop myself. Using stainless steel to make up my structures & taking some inspiration from a passage of text. A song, poem, a word of kindness or bitter words in haste; all of which can harness intense emotion and leave the scars of pain or the warmth of Love.
My work? I want it to complete connections; to be the connecting piece between people, people and their past, their present and future aspirations.
I want to highlight the good from the past, of the present and for the future.
Paul will exhibit sculptures made out of mild steel and cut and clasp nails.
Molly is studying Fine Art at Norwich University of the Arts (NUA).
Molly is influenced by modern art, and recently enjoyed a trip to Barcelona to visit the architecture of Gaudi.
Molly is experimenting with different media and currently enjoys working in oils.
This piece, called ‘Still Life’ depicts a pomegranate, garlic and broccoli.
Practicing artist Helen York, is currently studying an BA in fine art at University of Northampton.
My artistic vision connects historically to JMW Turner for his use of light and colour. At university I’m exploring the natural environment by use of found objects from the landscape and moving this through to semi abstract and Abstract paintings and assemblages. Post graduation I hope to specialise in wildlife, animal and equestrian portraits,
Equestrian studies are my passion, capturing the essence and spirit of the horses’ personalities, and elaborating the warm-hearted, strong, gracious elegant and majestic figures. By use of photorealism I concentrate on interesting parts of the anatomy to portray their unique physique and soulfulness.
My colour palette is earthy browns and colours that reflect nature.
Artists I’m researching are George Stubbs and Lynwood Palmer.
I am a local artist and my studio is a shed in the garden. I studied Fine Art at university. I have a full-time job and paint over the weekends. My works are inspired by mandalas and are embellished with diamanté to give them extra sparkle
Catherine O’Donnell is an award-winning professional photographer.
Inspired by life, light & story-telling, her work captures an effortless sense of life, feeling & emotion. With a relaxed approach, Catherine manages to capture a raw tenderness in her subjects, often drawing the viewer in to feel they are feeling part of the experience.
A self-taught photographer, Catherine’s work has been been published in a number of national magazines including Professional Photo magazine, Photo Plus, Digital Camera, and by Vogue Italia.
She has also featured as a star guest on the world-renowned Seamless Spotlight podcast discussing children and family photography, and earlier this year had her first solo exhibition; Once. When I was Little, which depicted the wonder and innocence of childhood.
Known for her natural, relaxed approach, Catherine loves to shoot in natural light wherever possible, she is also a qualified teacher & loves inspiring others to create art & develop confidence through private mentoring & workshops.
Now I have the time, I have immersed myself in art using a variety of different media.
I do not have a favourite artist as each one has their own skill and style but I am in awe of Canaletto for his detail and a soft spot for Banksy.
I belong to St Neots Art Group, whose members inspire me every time we meet.
Mark-Ralph is a full time professional Artist and Interior designer currently based in the Bedfordshire area. Originally from the picturesque Atlantic seaboard of Cape Town where his innate artistic temperament was discovered and nurtured from an early age.
The natural progression and evolution of his personal style and technique has taken on its expression through various forms of media and subject matter in the large body of work produced throughout his professional artistic career which spans over more than two decades. His innate ability to capture the essence of a mood or a moment in time has afforded him both International and local acclaim.
South West Essex College of Art & Architecture in Walthamstow was the start of my keen interest in Art, although I was studying surveying and building construction, their art department became a compulsory draw.
My early work in oils in the 1970’s was representational landscapes and portraits. At this time I was attending evening classes at Harlow College. After having moved to St Neots, Cambridgeshire I attended evening classes at Bedford College and experienced exhibiting my art in an art exhibition in Biggleswade. Having started these evening classes my work began to change and became more abstract using acrylics. It was at these evening classes I met a professional illustrator and it was her who encouraged me to exhibit in professional Art Galleries such as Peterborough, Kettles Yard, Cambridge and Wysing Arts where I also attended a course.
My present work is mixed media as I find the challenge of using different materials & paint to create a pleasing composition sometimes with a theme and sometimes not.
Call for artists
Submit your work into our exciting exhibition. Come along and chat to potential purchasers. An opportunity to sell your work, with commission supporting the MS Therapy Centre.
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For more information please contact:
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: Bela or Tracy at the MS Therapy Centre on 01234 325781
Registered Charity Number: 802510
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The Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire MS Therapy Centre aims to provide the therapies, services & support needed for people with multiple sclerosis.