A grand start to Open Studios season

Suffolk Open Studios Showcase Exhibition is at Blackthorpe Barn, Rougham, near Bury St Edmunds, May 26. Suffolk Open Studios Showcase Exhibition 2008 is a cocktail designed to please; a diverse blend of visual delights, that tantalise your taste antennae, and hits all the right places.

Suffolk Open Studios Showcase Exhibition is at Blackthorpe Barn, Rougham, near Bury St Edmunds, May 26.

Suffolk Open Studios Showcase Exhibition 2008 is a cocktail designed to please; a diverse blend of visual delights, that tantalise your taste antennae, and hits all the right places. The exhibition features work by over 100 artists who will open their studios to the public in June. It's the perfect chance to preview what's on offer, and select which artists to visit.

This is the best SOS show to date, with artists demonstrating expertise, innovation and flair in a range of disciplines. It also features a newly created Award, sponsored by the EADT and Great Art, the UK's largest supplier of art materials, for the most outstanding work on view. This year Marjoke Henrichs' inspired mixed media painting Once Upon A Time was selected unanimously.

There are a number of superb paintings to see; including Bob Broadley's atmospheric narrative oil Theatre Box, expressive Working The Land, Paula Nightingale's beautifully lit Spanish Mountain With Two Horses, Lyn Berwick's vivid semi abstract Village, Colin Slee's expansive Mountain Light, Sarah Jameson' s bold Sunflower, and Theronda Hoffmain's fascinating Dancing On Poppies In Aldeburgh.


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Among the works by printmakers you'll see Sarah Ruczaj's lively collographs, rhythmic sea inspired images by Gill Harvey, and the female form celebrated by Sue Bruce.

Form is also the inspiration in Peter Ramsden's eloquent figurative wood carvings, Bee Farrell's amusing and quirky small sculptures, and Reet Gilday's and Carol Pask's arresting ceramics.

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Anne Collins' fishy themed boxed collages are great fun, whilst Richard Whitehouse's silver jewellery is stylish craftsmanship at its best. Heather Hodgson's and Anne Paton's paintings have depth, vision and maturity, also superb are Naomi Brangwyn's rich glass hangings, and the photographs of Charles Lane, and Will Black.

A first-rate show.

Sonia Carvill

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