Art Exhibitions at Thorpe Market church

Thorpe Market art 16 Gibb 380CSt Margaret’s Church, Thorpe Market continues to welcome visitors as it hosts two major art events this spring. Tony Rothe reports.

The Maytime Medley art exhibition returns from Friday April 29 to Monday May 2, with an exciting new exhibition of art and photographs, together with a range of unique handmade gifts including beautiful glass and pottery items, creative fabric crafts and greeting cards. 

As always, a wide selection of used books will be for sale, as well as tea, coffee and a selection of delicious cakes.  Entrance is free and the artists will be on hand throughout the exhibition.  There is ample parking opposite the church. The exhibition will be open from 11am to 4pm each day.

Featured artists include:
A new collection of artwork in various mediums, as well as photographs, mounted art-prints and greeting cards depicting her artwork.  Rosalie’s paintings cover many diverse subjects, with the coast and countryside providing the main inspiration.  Rosalie’s paintings are sold through The Guildhall in London, as well as galleries, exhibitions and to private collectors all over the world. One of her pictures is featured above.
Winstanley handmade cats have been made for the past 40 years, currently produced by Nick Allen and Kim Greenstreet. Although called The Cat Pottery, a complete menagerie is now produced, all handmade, in a range of sizes from the tiniest to life size.  The Cat Pottery enjoys a worldwide reputation with the animals scattered across the globe from America to Russia as well as all over the UK. 
Glass Artists Terrie and Pam create an exciting range of handmade copper foiled, fused and cast kiln-fired glass items, ranging from beautiful Murano glass necklace pendants with shimmering dichroic inserts to dishes, ornamental items, landscape and seascape panels, even the odd golfer!

St Margarets will then host the Norfolk and Norwich Open Studios art exhibition from Saturday May 28 to Saturday June 12, from 10 am to 5 pm daily.
For two weeks every May/June, Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios celebrates the county’s artists and their creativity by offering them the opportunity to open their doors to the public to exhibit, sell, and talk about their work. It gives visitors the chance to experience new art, meet artists, and to buy original artworks directly from their creators.
North Norfolk Organisation for the Visual Arts (NOVA) was formed in 2000 as a liaison group between the Open Studios organisation and the artists of North Norfolk, thus it's title. Membership is continually rising and is currently in excess of 60 artists, covering most if not all media.
‘Middle of NovaWhere’ is a collective of artists from NOVA. For 2016 they have set up a group exhibition as part of the Open Studios event, in the wonderful setting of Thorpe Market Church, to give visitors the chance to experience a diverse amount of talent in one location. Often the artists have little space to show people around their own studios and as a solitary artist they find the two weeks of ‘NovaWhere’ Open Studios a great opportunity to be inspired by their co-exhibitors, or by the setting  in which they show their work.
Featured artists include:
David Cottrell: Fine Artist who explores formal observations of Heads, Crowds, Sea, Buildings, Birds etc. The Images become quite 'abstracted'.
Thorpe Market art 16 Ash 252CFLesley Ash: Sculptor whose work involves clay or wood carving created from life or photographs - clay projects are often moulded then cast in bronze, iron, copper. Lesley works in clay then makes a silicon mould and casts it in a metal/resin mix that shines up just like bronze but at a tenth of the cost. Lesley will be demonstrating the modelling of a greyhound at Thorpe Market on Spring Bank Holiday, May 30 from 2pm to 4pm. One of her works is pictured right.
Susanne Lakin: Imaginative and lively paintings, collages, prints, using a variety of starting points such as local views, birds and people.
John Rance: Experimented artwork in a sculpture style, using various media and mental problem solving; always on a voyage of discovery.
Leslie Hawkes Nockels: Leslie is showing here as well as in her railway carriage studio (part of the Cromer Trail). Known for her Cromer beachscapes, last year's spectacular autumn colours lured her into the woods (particularly Felbrigg's Victory V Plantation), to paint waves of green and Leslie works in watercolour, oil and acrylic.
Shane (arTEEsane): Shane creates idiosyncratic imagery of traditional Norfolk views, using old photographic tinting ink - then collage heat press printing over the top; fun designs that end up anything but conventional.
Chris Sharpe: Abstract fine artist that uses texture and colour to explore the vagaries of shape and space.
 Entry to the exhibition is free and Refreshments will be available.
For more information about NOVA, contact organiser Susanne Lakin at
Or phone 01692 407555.

For more information about Thorpe Market Church, contact Margaret Hunter at
St Margaret’s Church Thorpe Market NR11 8UA

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