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News and Events ; Winter 2009

Tony WHITE : news and events, Winter 2010

2009 brought a wide range of events on the art front. My view of Saffron Walden Market Square painted in 2001 continued to be popular and was chosen by the Saffron Walden Tourist Office to feature on the front of their Galleries Guide (and quite topical as the market square was re-laid and improved). The guide features all the galleries in the town including the Riverslade Gallery in which I help out and exhibit my work. The full size limited edition signed print of the Market Square is available from the Tourist Office and Riverslade Gallery and a smaller sized unlimited version also on sale at the Tourist Office.

In March 2009 I was involved with the `Dragons at the Fry` in which we tried to create dragons in paint, print and clay along with members of the public, to recreate the missing dragons from the pagoda at Kew Gardens featured in Edwards Bawdens print in the Fry Gallery. I also had work at the Hills Road Art Exhibition in aid of the college Friends and sold `Tree Time`, a picture based on trees at the Rocky Mountain chalet in Les Houche, Chamonix, a source of quite a few of my `trees`.

I showed work and talked to pupils of all ages during an art fortnight at St Marys primary school, Hatfield Broad Oak in June and for six weeks in June/July I taught`exploring watercolour` for Swallow Art at the Friends Meeting House in Saffron Walden.

I participated in Cambridge Open Studios during July 2009 where new works based on the thoughts and images stimulated by the music and words of Bob Dylan were on display. These range from large canvases to pen drawings on paper with hand printed colour. Works included `Thunder on the Mountain`,`Buckets of Rain` and the large canvas `Isis`. These canvases were later on display in the empty Eden Lilley shop window.

In October I participated in the FETA (Fen Edge Community Association) exhibition in Cottenham, Cambs.

November saw two large caricatures of a banker and an MP which I designed and painted being blown apart at the Newport Firework display. Disposable art?

I continue to have work and cards on show and for sale at the Riverslade Gallery, and some prints in the Church Street Gallery in Saffron Walden. Some older works are on display in the public rooms and bedrooms at the prestigious (and award-winning) Hotel Felix on the Huntingdon Road in Cambridge. It is a strange experience staying in a hotel room with one of your own paintings on the wall ; home from home with room service. An excellent restaurant as well.

My work was featured in the Summer 2009 edition of Newport News ( No. 71) and the June/July edition of the arts magazine `Green Pebble`. I am a member (and formerly on the Committee) of the Saffron Walden Arts Trust, with our intention to improve arts access and visibility in the area as well as campaigning for a dedicated arts centre. I am a committee member of the Riverslade Gallery and also of the Fry Art Gallery Society. I curated the `Michael Rothenstein RA: forty years of printmaking`exhibition which ran at the Fry Art Gallery from 5th September until 25th October 2009.

I provided St Mary`s Church, Newport with some Christmas cards based on a painting of the church from 2001, and which previously was featured on the cover of Newport News. The sales are in aid of the church restoration fund. I hope to have more cards available in 2010 for sale in aid of the Church. I also designed and hand-printing my personal 2009 Christmas cards and hope to turn the image into some prints for sale.

On a number of occassions I have made prints at the Curwen Studio and Curwen Print Study Centre where I printed the `Libra` series of lithographs and used the Albion press for `Purple Rising` and similar wood-block prints. In late 2009 I gained a cerificate in printmaking from the Curwen Print Study Centre (level 2) and will be continuing with this in 2010.

I will be entering some national and international open competitions in 2010 and hope to expand my work into more galleries and shows.

I look forward to seeing or hearing from you in 2010 and showing my work or discussing art in general.

best wishes
Tony