Artist on display in Suffolk showcase

Suffolk Showcase is at Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery, Market Cross, Bury St Edmunds until July 19.Tea and tasty jam doughnuts, taps and pipes, and transparent suitcases are among the eclectic inspirations in Suffolk Showcase, now on view in Bury St Edmunds.

Suffolk Showcase is at Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery, Market Cross, Bury St Edmunds until July 19.

Tea and tasty jam doughnuts, taps and pipes, and transparent suitcases are among the eclectic inspirations in Suffolk Showcase, now on view in Bury St Edmunds. This annual open exhibition is a must for artists and art lovers alike; providing new and established artists with the opportunity to show their work in a prestigious gallery, and viewers the chance to review Suffolk's artistic talent. Its annual award, this year won by Natalie Stoten for her touching and tender video Kiss, Embrace, Goodbye, also gives an artist the chance to create a new work with funding and professional support from the Gallery team.

The exhibition features a wealth of media from traditional fine quality painting to conceptual works. Lucy Crick's small still life oils Blue Teapot and Cup Cakes, Peeled Orange and Blue Vase, and Teapot and Jam Doughnuts are outstanding; uniting the skill of an old master with contemporary subject matter. Jackie Whitewell's Taps & Pipes 1 (Blue) is rather more quirky, but also accomplished. Beach May 08 1, an oil by Jane Lewis, has a striking palette and fabulously loose energy; whilst Marjoke Henrichs' Flight, an innovative mixed media painting, evokes the motions and texture of earth and air brilliantly.

There is some superb photography; some of which tackles very serious subject matter. Particularly strong are Sam Foley's 48 Fleet Street, and Temple Bar, which concern Amnesty. Simon Richard Nunn's beautifully lit Remaining Days, like Anna White's untitled images, reflect on old age. They're arresting in their poignancy. Also interesting are John Williams' Pandora's Gift Boxes, mini digital archival prints in acrylic boxes in the shape of tiny suits, Esther MacGregor's haunting and resonant Possibility II, and Breige Convery's clever and witty Excerpt From Silent Majority Series.


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There are some unusual ceramics in the exhibition including Suena Harley's delicate Stitched Up, a series of collapsing bags in porcelain; and Jasmin Rowlandson's Cornocopia, which resembles a cross between a doily and a piece of coral. It's very kitsch but also technically outstanding. As far as technical ability goes don't miss Debi Rutter's superb drawing This Proves; The Existence Of The Space Between Your Dreams And Mine, a huge cyclical work with meaningful text.

On the day I visited the gallery I took my three year old Emerald who had a great time playing with the toys the gallery provides for children; my mother Eve, there to supervise, also loved the show. She was most impressed to find a post box on exhibit in which she duly placed a postcard. When I told her it was a piece of conceptual art with a soundtrack, Chloe Sage's Lost In Transmission, it was I not her who could feel my face turning pillar box red. A fabulous show with lots more to see!

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