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Artist Unveils First Painting For Two Years At Museum – Somerset Guardian

A celebrated artist from Midsomer Norton has unveiled his latest painting at Bath’s Holburne Museum.

David Fisher, who won the 2008 Holburne Portrait Prize with his picture of Philip Ledbury, was given the chance to paint a notable local figure as part of the museum’s Local Heroes exhibition which celebrates the wealth of talent in the South West.

Mr Fisher, who selected actress Stephanie Cole as his subject, and Bath artist Sally Muir, who chose to paint Bill Bailey, will see their artwork displayed, along with the other prize commissions since 2002, at the exhibition which runs until Sunday, June 24.

Mr Fisher, who is a member of the Old Bakery Artists, chose to paint Cole backstage at the Bath Theatre Royal because he wanted to capture her as though she were rehearsing a play.

The 66-year-old, who has fought his way back to health after being diagnosed with cancer two years ago, said: “I wanted to paint a woman because no one has so in the competition so far.

“I came up with a list of about 13 names and so did the museum and Stephanie Cole was on the top of both our lists.

“I met with her to find out what makes her tick and straight away I could tell she lives and breathes theatre.

“She is a very busy woman and was in Cornwall working on Doc Martin at the time but we met in the Theatre Royal where I did preliminary drawings and took pictures.”

Mr Fisher has been a successful freelance artist and designer for almost 40 years. After completing four years at the West of England College of Art in 1970 he started his business working from home.

During the next two decades he picked up a lengthy list of national and international customers including a commission from Trusthouse Forte, resulting in some of his most well seen pieces of art – his creation of 14 murals, all more than 60 feet long, for Welcome Break motorway service stations across the UK.

After 30 years working in the corporate field Mr Fisher now paints subjects of his own choice and commissions. In 2003 his painting Friend or Foe was a finalist from among 10,000 entries in the Daily Mail’s Not the Turner Prize competition.

He has also won the award for the most popular picture in show eight times at the Bath and West art show.

The painting of Cole is the first painting Mr Fisher has completed in two years.

He added: “I didn’t paint for two years while I was fighting cancer but now I am painting with a vengeance.

“I see life through different eyes now. At the time it was life threatening but thanks to the NHS I am much better.”


Hospital Welcome For Artists From Home And Abroad – Bath Chronicle

Two new exhibitions can be seen at the Royal United Hospital, Bath, until February 1.

Popular West Country group the Old Bakery Artists will be presenting their New Beginnings exhibition and Reed Contemporary Books will present a series of contemporary Chinese woodcuts from a small town in China.

The Old Bakery Artists is a group of 28 artists who meet on a monthly basis in Radstock. This winter they are back to Art at the Heart of the RUH with a ten-week show that is a colourful exhibition with something for everyone – from abstract and contemporary to figurative and traditional works.

Josie Reed, founder of Reed Contemporary Books and formerly of Chapel Row Gallery in Bath, is presenting a selection of exquisite and ambitious prints by eight contemporary printmakers from PuErh (known sometimes as Simao) in China. Reduction woodblock printing involves a single block of wood being cut and printed up to 20 times with 20 different colours. The exhibition includes prints by He Kun who has works in the Collections of the British Museum and British Library.

All works in both exhibitions will be for sale, with 25 per cent going directly to Art at the Heart of the RUH, helping to improve the healing environment for all in the hospital.

The exhibitions take place along the main corridor galleries of the Royal United Hospital Bath NHS Trust, Combe Park, Bath. As with all exhibitions at the RUH, entry is free and access to the main corridors is available 8am-8pm, seven days a week, making it one of the most accessible galleries in the country.

Show Me The Monet – This Is Somerset

Caroline Thatcher, a new member of the Old Bakery Artists Group, who lives in Radstock, can be seen with her painting Growing Pains on the BBC 2 reality art show Show Me The Monet, starting on Monday.

The oil on canvas, is a self-portrait from when she was three years old, and was one of only 35, chosen for the final exhibition, from hundreds of artworks which were submitted from all over the UK.

The programme, shown each week night for two weeks, shows the selection process of artworks which included paintings, drawings, photographs, ceramics and sculptures.

Caroline’s painting was exhibited at the Royal College of London with 300 invited guests, including gallery owners, the media and potential buyers.

A silent auction took place so all finalists had a chance to sell their work.

More of Caroline’s work can be seen at St John’s Church Hall, Midsomer Norton, as part of the OBA’s Art Trail, May 12-15.

Old Bakery Artists Art Trail – This Is Somerset

Every two years, the Old Bakery Artists create an art trail on their ‘home turf’ in the Midsomer Norton, Paulton and Radstock area.

OBA members have created new works for this event, which takes place from Thursday, May 12 to Sunday May 15 between 10.30am and 5pm.

There will be a range of artworks to see using a variety of media and styles from the traditional to the contemporary.

Reopened Pub Aims To Be Centre Of Village Life – This Is Somerset

A refurbished 15th-century pub in Litton was treated to a celebrity reopening this week.

Local business man Findlay Hobbs didn’t have to look far to find a man fit for the job when he invited his neighbour Christopher Booker, journalist and founder of political satire magazine Private Eye, to cut the ribbon at The Kings Arms.

Former Midsomer Norton and Radstock Rotary Club president Mr Hobbs and his wife Jackie, who has owned Midsomer Norton hairdressing salon Pierre Hair Technicians for almost 40 years, have teamed up with former Babington House manager Luis Duarte and his wife Monica to recreate the traditional pub atmosphere focusing on local, organic but reasonably priced food.

Artistic talent from the local area is also recognised at the pub with a wide selection of pictures and painting from members of the Old Bakery Artists including Midsomer Norton’s David Fisher.

Mr Hobbs said he was pleased that so many people had turned up for the opening and he hoped to make the pub the centre of village and community life.

Artist’s Make Grand Charity Donation – This Is Somerset

Members of the locally based Old Bakery Artists group (OBA) have presented a cheque for £1,260 to Kevin Wright of Cancer Research UK.

In return the group has been given a framed certificate of appreciation from the charity.

The money was raised by members of the OBA producing and donating 27 pictures on small block canvases, from abstract, to landscape, to still life and figurative in a variety of mediums.

These were on display at the OBA’s Christmas exhibition at Rook Lane Chapel in December and sold by a silent auction which took place throughout the show.

The picture which attracted the highest bid of £275, was an oil painting of Dartmouth Harbour created by David Fisher, a well-known and popular Midsomer Norton artist, who is at the moment undergoing treatment for cancer.

Keith Wisbey, chairman of the OBA, said: “We are grateful to everyone who came to our exhibition and bid on the pictures, enabling us to donate more than £1,000 to Cancer Research UK. It is a charity that is close to our hearts, especially when the group’s thoughts are currently with David, who is a vital part of the OBA.”

Artist’s Paintings Raise Cancer Funds – This Is Somerset

Members of the Old Bakery Artists group have been using their artistic talents to raise funds for Cancer Research UK.

The group, which holds monthly meetings at The Fromeway Inn, in Radstock, raised £1,260 for the charity through a silent auction at its successful Christmas Exhibition held at Rook Lane Chapel, in Frome, in December.

Members of the Old Bakery Artists produced and donated 27 pictures on small block canvases from abstract, to landscape, still life and figurative in a variety of mediums.

The work was on display anonymously with a silent auction taking place throughout the exhibition.

Summer Sun, Dartmouth, an oil painting by David Fisher, an artist from Midsomer Norton who is undergoing treatment for cancer, attracted the highest bid of £275.

Chairman of the Old Bakery Artists, Keith Wisbey, said the group were grateful to everyone who attended the exhibition and bid on the pictures enabling them to make a large donation.

He said: “It is a charity close to our hearts, especially when our thoughts are with David who is a vital member of Old Bakery Artists.”

Mayor Opens First Art Show At Home – This Is Somerset

Mayor of Wells, Tony Robbins, donned his chain of office and a sturdy pair of work boots to open the first Fletcher House Art Exhibition.

Mr Robbins braved snow and ice to make it on time and to present volunteer art teacher and organiser, Glenda Maynard with a large bouquet of flowers.

“We were so thrilled that the Mayor turned up as scheduled, we really thought he would have to cancel”, said Carol Mohide, Manager of Fletcher House.

Run by Somerset Care, Fletcher House provides 24-hour residential care for 58, mostly elderly, men and women.

Earlier this year, Glenda, who is a member of Radstock-based ‘Old Bakery Artists’ and a familiar face at local retailer, Swan Stationers in Wells, volunteered to organise art classes for residents.

“The classes have been very popular, and have really enhanced the lives of residents. Glenda and the staff at Fletcher House were so impressed by the standard of the paintings produced that we felt we had to have an exhibition to show relatives what our residents had achieved.

Many of our residents had not picked up a paint brush since they were at school and had very little confidence that painting was something they could still do”, said Deputy Manager, Pippa James.

Although Glenda provides her time free of charge, several sponsors had helped defray the costs of the exhibition.

St Cuthbert’s Mill in Wookey Hole supplied high quality art paper for the classes, Pricelis Art in Holcombe provided mounts for the paintings and St Andrew’s Press in Wells printed invitations for the exhibition.

Somerset Care Chief Executive Andrew Larpent OBE was so impressed with the work when he visited the exhibition that he now wants to offer art classes in other Somerset Care homes too.

Auction Of Artist’s Work – This Is Somerset

A group of Radstock artists are holding a silent auction of members’ work in Frome.

The Old Bakery Artists will raise money for Cancer Research UK through the project.

About two dozen small block canvases in a variety of media will be sold in the auction during a Christmas Show at Frome’s Rook Lane Chapel.

Ranging from abstract to landscape, from still life to figurative works, the paintings will be displayed from November 27 to December 11.

Written bids, starting at £20, will be put into a folder until the closing time of 9pm on December 11, when the names of artists and winning bids will be revealed.

The Old Bakery Artists Return To Town Museum – This Is Somerset

Old Bakery Artists (OBA) are once again returning to their geographical roots with an exhibition of new works in the upper gallery of Radstock Museum.

After a highly successful show two years ago, OBA have been asked to return with a variety of contrasting artworks.

The 2D works range from abstract oils to figurative pastels to atmospheric photographs.

Each artist has, his or her, own particular style, medium and choice of subject matter, from local scenes to flowers and portraiture.

The exhibition is on from Tuesday, September 14 until Tuesday, November 30 and is open on Tuesdays to Fridays and Sundays from 2pm to 5pm and Saturdays 11 to 5pm.

This group consists of more than 25 local artists, who are well-established in the Midsomer Norton / Radstock area.

They meet once a month at the Fromeway Inn to meet and plan exhibitions and events.

They take part in workshops and community projects in the Radstock area such as the ten day festival of creativity with free workshops organised by NESA (North East Somerset Arts) beginning on September 18.

To see the show there is an entry fee to the museum (five years and under and diabled people and their helpers go free), which is full of fascinating permanent displays celebrating the lifestyle of the Somerset coalminer and illustrates the vibrant, social, commercial and industrial past of the last 200 years in this area.

The museum has been described as the “jewel in the West Country’s crown” and is manned by a group of dedicated and knowledgeable volunteers.

There is a free car park in nearby Waterloo Road and a cafe in the museum.

Artists Show New Works – This Is Somerset

Old Bakery Artists are once again returning to their geographical roots with an exhibition of new works in the upper gallery of Radstock Museum.

After a highly successful show two years ago, the group, which features many mid-Somerset artists, has been asked to return with a variety of contrasting artworks.

The 2D works range from abstract oils to figurative pastels to atmospheric photographs.

Each artist has his or her own particular style, medium and choice of subject matter, from local scenes to flowers and portraiture.

The exhibition is on from this Tuesday until November 30 and is open on Tuesdays to Fridays and Sundays from 2pm to 5pm and Saturdays from 11am to 5pm.

To see the show there is an entry fee to the museum (five years and under and helpers for the disabled go free), which is full of fascinating permanent displays celebrating the lifestyle of the Somerset coal miner and illustrates the vibrant, social, commercial and industrial past of the past 200 years in this area.

Nature Watch For Young Patients – This Is Somerset

Young patients at the Royal United Hospital are being given the chance to study nature in a specially designed courtyard.

The unused space in the hospital grounds has been transformed into an oasis of peace, complete with sculptures.

The hospital’s artist in residence Julie Starks has created a willow deer, a bird and a shelter, which stand in the courtyard.

She was helped in transforming the area by patients from the children’s ward, who made clay creatures.

Each of the creatures was cast in a kiln and they have been used to create a wildlife trail.

RUH arts co-ordinator Hetty Dupays said: “Being able to see and access these gardens, or nature spaces, is extremely beneficial for hospital patients and staff.

“This particular courtyard garden has the added bonus of being directly accessible from the schoolroom on the children’s ward.

“As well as benefiting from a green and pleasant environment, the children will also be able to study plant and insect life and the art in the garden as part of their schooling while they’re in hospital.”

The garden was opened by city mayor Councillor Colin Barrett and children’s author Jeremy Strong, who met some of the children who created the sculptures this week.

They also attended a classical music recital in the Atrium, and viewed artwork by The Old Bakery Artists group and other local artists displayed in the hospital corridors.

Ms Dupays said: “We are very grateful to the Friends of the RUH, the People’s Mission Church and the Bath Primary Schools Arts Festival. Their generosity has made it possible to create a restorative and educational garden for everyone to enjoy.”

Catherine’s Work Is ‘Out Of This World’ – This Is Bath

The vibrant colours of the tropics have left their mark on the painting style of Catherine Beale.

For 11 years she lived and worked in Singapore and Malaysia, where her husband Phil was working as a geologist in the oil industry.

Four years after their return to the UK the vivid shades that flooded her Far Eastern scenes have resurfaced in her studies of places closer to home.

Dreamy Somerset valleys have an other-worldly atmosphere to them as the colours of grass and foliage diffuse in the early-morning mist.

A selection of her work, entitled Atmospherics, will be on show at the Fat Fowl Restaurant in Silver Street in Bradford on Avon as part of Cloth Road Art Week throughout May.

Exhibiting alongside her at the Fat Fowl will be photographer Emma Frater, with her pictures of Australia, and sculptor Gareth Leake.

Catherine will also be demonstrating painting with watercolours from 2pm on Saturdays and Sundays on May 1 and 2, and 8 and 9 at the Fat Fowl.

Many of the views in the exhibition are scenes she has discovered on her early-morning dog walks near her cottage home in Wellow.

Accompanied by her Spanish water dog Zorro, she has found countless scenes that inspire her.

Most of her paintings in the exhibition are watercolours, but there are also some large portraits in oils that reflect the direction her work has been taking more recently.

Drawing and painting have been a passion since childhood days growing up on the edge of Salisbury Plain.

In the Far East she found that her talent for capturing buildings in watercolour could be used to paint studies of old colonial buildings.

Successful exhibitions followed, and as well as grand houses set in tropical gardens, she painted windows, doorways, shop houses and bungalows.

Her work helped the rising conservation movement spread awareness of what should be saved from the bulldozers.

When she and her family returned to the UK, Catherine turned her attention to the beautiful Georgian buildings of Bath.

She exhibits regularly with the Old Bakery Artists, based in Radstock and Midsomer Norton, and gets her work seen at open studios events, at village fetes and fairs, and at art and craft events around the West Country.

Her creative skills also encompass music, and she and husband Phil play in the band Firefly, which performs regularly at events in and around Wellow.

Their two sons Robbie, 10, and eight-year-old Dominic, are pupils at the primary school in Wellow, and the whole family enjoys being involved in village life.

Old Bakery Artist’s Work Goes On Display At Theatre – This Is Somerset

Paulton-based artist Carl Johnson is currently exhibiting a selection of his oil pastels and prints at an exhibition at The Theatre Royal in Bath.

Carl, 62, is a member of Radstock’s Old Bakery Artists and has spent a lifetime working on his craft, having starting as a child before becoming an art teacher in later life.

A specialist in the human form and architectural interiors Mr Johnson has recently been focusing on building up a selection of art work depicting local buildings including Wells Cathedral and Bath’s Roman Baths.

He said: “I have really enjoyed drawing the Roman Baths as the colours in there are so unusual.

“When I looked back at my pictures I thought is it really that green?

“The floor slabs are also very unusual especially in the dark when they have a beautiful purple sheen.”

Carl has had his work exhibited at a selection of prestigious galleries across the globe including the National Print Exhibition in London, the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Sudwest LB Drunkgrafic in Germany and Cuprum Print Biennale in Poland.

The exhibition opened last week and will run until Wednesday, September 2.

Giant Badgers Give Bike Container Wild New Look – This Is Somerset

The Bath and North East Somerset Sports and Active Leisure cycle container behind St Nicholas Church Centre, in Radstock, has become part of the landscape thanks to a makeover.

A team from the Old Bakery Artists volunteered for the task and, working with paints, brushes and a beautiful design, have transformed the blue corrugated box into a lush landscape complete with larger-than-life badgers.

Artist Michael Barnard came up with the design concept and was assisted by fellow artists Frank Reeves, John Dryburgh, Josie Meaking and Allayne Treadway.

They were thanked for their work by the rector of Radstock, the Rev Sue Greatorex.

Also joining the celebrations to mark the unveiling of the mural were instigators of the scheme Caroline Green, formerly of nesa (North East Somerset Arts), Chris Revill and Eugene Kertzman, of B&NES Cycling for Leisure.

John Dryburgh talks of the experience, “The Old Bakery Artists’ Trail is getting very close. Several of us were at the Church tea rooms in Radstock to set up an exhibition of our work which will last for 2 months and will form part of the trail. The tearooms will be a starting point for the Radstock end of the trail and will have information and maps of all venues which takes place from May 10-12. While I was there this morning I took the opportunity to photograph the container which stands behind the tearooms, which was decorated by Michael B. who designed the mural, but was aided by some members of the OBA. It remains quite magnificent with all the colours looking clean and bright. Take a look next time you are in the tearooms.”