The past year has been a non event for those of us in the arts, only alleviated by a few lighter moments provided by the Yellow Edge Gallery , which doggedly kept going and at which various members: Karen Eames, Sue Halloway, Rachel Hunt, Don Richards and Clarissa Russell were able to show their work.
2d3d South committe have been holding Zoom meetings, which have been quite heartening. In our most recent one we discussed the year's Hampshire Open Studios and whether, as a group we would be able to show in the new and exciting
( and as yet unused ) West Downs Gallery at the University of Winchester.
One of our members, Rosie Parmeley, was a contestant on Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year.
This is an achievement; thousands apply, so it was good to see her individual take on the landscape of Chartwell, which formed the subject matter of the episode.
We look forward to hearing from her directly about her experience.
During the past year we have lost two of our members:
Marjorie Thomsen, a long-standing and enthusiastic member of our group whose sensitive work has delighted us for many years.
Mark Dodd, who was a member of the group until quite recently, was a delightful man. Formerly of the BBC Overseas Service, his help in setting up exhibitions was much appreciated and his pastel portraits and nudes will be long remembered.
During the past six months we have held a life drawing workshop, a fundraising event to raise money for the Australian bush fire emergency , and we had a speaker, Jenny Muncaster at our AGM.
The charity art sale to raise money for animals and firefighters which included work from members of 2d3dSouth and other artists raised over £2,000 in one afternoon.
Jenny Muncaster is a successful artist operating in the commercial world as well as in a teaching capacity.
Her subject matter is based on images of food and drink. Resulting from early work following her degree at Winchester School of Art, she was commissioned by the fledgling Hotel du Vin in Winchester. This early commission resulted in a ten year commission to make over 700 paintings for the expanding hotel chain.
This was followed by an introduction to Raymond Blanc who was setting up his Brasserie Blanc in Winchester. He sent her some recipes from which she would make a painting. From these early beginnings have come many commissions for Brasserie Blanc restaurants in the U.K.
Jenny believes that there is a close creative link between artists and chefs.
Over this period she has also co - founded The Colour Factory in Winchester, which runs practical courses with a team of artists.
Her most recent work includes demonstrations of the Pebeo range of materials for Hobbycraft at the NEC and a series of programmes on Amazon Prime: The Artist in You.
This talk showed how it is possible to be a creative artist and to survive in the commercial world.
Coming up in April, artists from 2d3d South will be holdinga show at the Yellow Edge Gallery in Gosport.
In May, we will be holding a wet in wet watercolour workshop led by Margaret Ferrone.
During the Hampshire Open Studio period we will putting on an exhibitoin, Colour and Light at The Visitor Centre, Harold Hillier Gardens, Romsey.
Individual members will also be showing during this period.
Sue Freeborough has a show at Gallery Pangolin in Stroud: 20/20 Vision which comprises work donated to the Rwenzori Sculpture Foundation, Uganda.
In June she will be exhibiting with Elis O' Connell.
At the end of February, Karen Eames and Rosie Parmley will be showing work at The Bath Art Fair.
This year we have had our third show at the Visitors Gallery at Harold Hilliers Garden, Jermyn's Lane, Romsey, Hampshire. Eighteen members of the group took part. The work was a diverse mixture of paintings, drawings, etchings, lino cut prints and pyrographs.
Our most recent speaker was Jindra Jehu, the Dorset based artist whose approach is to draw en plein air, particularly on the shore around the Jurassic coast.
Her large scale drawings use mixed media and a variety of unconventional application methods.
She feels compelled to draw; she said that drawing was an itch she had to scratch.
Her work is currently touring the West in the exhibition, Drawing on Dorset.
Recently we held a day long life drawing workshop with the model Joanna Battershall from Chichester.
In the past two years we have lost two of our most respected members.
Angela Vyvyan, whose intense coloured semi abstract works had featured strongly in all of our annual shows, will be missed. Having trained as an architect and worked in Argentina before devoting herself to art, her work had an individual approach and featured in many private and public collections.
Diana Varndell passed away very suddenly this year. A supportive and longstanding member of 2d3dSouth , at one time chair of the group, Diana's work was vibrant and reflected her personality. She was much travelled, and her early work showed her interest in other cultures.
In the past two years her work was represented by Kevis House Gallery in Petworth, where she enjoyed justifiable success .
In May 2019, we took part in an inspiring landscape based workshop under the instruction of Kate Boucher.
She lives in West Dean in Sussex, and has access to a forester on the estate who burns charcoal for her from various natural sources including chestnut, vine and bramble stems.
We discovered that each different type of charcoal produced variations which could be used in a finished piece. She also demonstrated techniques of applying charcoal and methods of rubbing it to achieve line and tone variations.
In July, we have held an exhibition of small works entitled Side by Side at the Wallspace which is part of the Discovery Centre in Winchester.
Our most recent speaker was Kate Dicker, the printmaker.
Following her degree at Camberwell College of Art, her first work was for the Weald and Downland Trust, illustrating some of the earliest buildings relocated at the site in Singleton in Sussex. These works were precise and meticulous wood engravings.
By contrast, her current work has gradually become more free, and she works solely in monotype , but uses layers of colour responding to light and imagery in the landscape.
During the dates of Hampshire Open Studios, many members will be showing work, either individually or as part of group shows. These include Frances Mason, Angela Perrett, Jill Jennings, Judith Parr- Eaton, Julia Fairhall, Karen Eames, Margaret Ferrone, Sue Halloway and Don Richards.
Our next speaker in September will be the portrait painter Karl Wuzniak, who is based at the Hotwalls Studios in Old Portsmouth. One of his most memorable paintings in the B.P. Portrait awards was of the Portsmouth Football supporter in full regalia.
From September 27th – October 10th nineteen members of the group will be exhibiting at The Garden Gallery, Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, Ampfield, Romsey, Hampshire.
The exhibition, Creative Fusion will include paintings, drawings, prints and glass and will show a diversity of approaches from abstract to figurative.
Recently we have heard two excellent speakers.
In September, Holly Hickmore the animal sculptor spoke about her work and her rigourous training at the Hungarian School of Art, and her subsequent commissions in the U.K.
At our February meeting, the abstract painter Bonnie Brown based in the Isle of Purbeck gave us a very thought provoking exploration of her inspiration, technique and rationale.
The next speaker , in September will be the artist Jenny Muncaster.
In November ,our practical workshop was led by the Dorset landscape artist Gerry Dudgeon . This enable participants to make use of the accident as part of underpainting.
His approach and method has gone on to inspire many of the group to rethink their working practice.
Our next practical workshop in May will be led by the West Dean based artist, Kate Boucher, who will direct en plein air drawing.
Last November and December ,we held an exhibition, Praxis, at the Willis Museum and Art Gallery in Basingstoke.
This year, due to Winchester University rebuilding its art gallery we will not be taking part collectively in the Hampshire Open Studios, although several members will be opening their stdios independently.
However, in July we will be holding a small show at The Wall Space at the Discovery Centre in Winchester . This will be followed by an exhibition at The Visitors’ Gallery at the Harold Hillier Gardens in Romsey which runs from 27th September until 10th October.
Kern Eames will be showing her work at the West Sussex Art Fair at Goodwood racecourse from 17th - 19th May.
Margaret Ferrone and Jackie Green continue to be represented by Bell Fine Art, Parchment Street , Winchester.
Our most recent speaker in July was the illustrator, Wendy Bramall.
Wendy, who now lives in Winchester, was born in Guernsey where she was lucky enough as a young girl to spend hours combing the beaches searching for interesting stones and bits of driftwood.
This early experience led to her love of nature, which she has pursued through her working life.
After studying at Illustration at Harrow School of Art she worked at the Natural History Museum before becoming a freelance illustrator.
Her illustrations are very detailed watercolours and her subjects include horses , bones , birds , driftwood etcetera.
In her talk she showed examples of work which she has carried out which included sets of stamps for the Post Office, book and magazine illustrations.
One of the major emphases of her talk was to reinforce the importance of the sketchbook to the artist and the necessity of drawing from life.
Our next speaker, in September will be Holly Hickmore, the sculptor. Holly’s work is animal based, much of it in bronze . Horses form much of her current oeuvre, and this stems from a classical education at The Hungarian School of Art where she received a good grounding in anatomy.
Recently, Frances Mason , painter and printmaker, hosted a three day en plein air printmaking workshop at her home in the New Forest. This was led by the Cornish printmaker, Oliver West.
Our current exhibition, “2d3d Summer Exhibition” is running in conjunction with Hampshire Open Studios at The Link Gallery at the University of Winchester.
In addition, several members have opened their studios individually as part of the Open Studios; these include Karen Eames and Frances Mason.
Other members are involved in group shows; these include Clarissa Russell, Judith Eaton, Jill Jennings, Judith Fairhall and Angela Perrett.
Jill Bray has had much of her work taken on by the Kevis House Gallery in Petworth.
Don Richards and Sue Halloway have had work accepted for the Mottisfont Open exhibition which will run from 15th September.
Our next exhibition, “Praxis”, will be at the Willis Museum Exhibition Gallery in Basingstoke which will run from November 3rd until December 8th 2018