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'DISCWORLD' ARTIST TO OPEN FORDINGBRIDGE ART SHOW

Paul Kidby

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Paul Kidby, illustrator of the globally successful ‘Discworld’ series of books by Sir Terry Pratchett, will officially open and judge this year’s Fordingbridge Summer Art Show.

 

Paul Kidby, who lives in the Fordingbridge area, worked with award-winning writer Sir Terry Pratchett to create the iconic artworks for the ‘Discworld’ series - and designed a set of special Royal Mail stamps in honour of Sir Terry Pratchett’s Discworld.

 

The Summer Art Show features art by members of Fordingbridge Art Club, founded in 1946 by a group of artists including Augustus John RA, one of Britain’s leading portrait artists.

 

The Club’s enduring success comes from attracting artists of all levels, from beginners to professionals, who gather in a friendly setting of shared interests, that include informal painting sessions, demonstrations, talks and plein air painting sessions.

 

The Fordingbridge Art Club’s Summer Art Show is held at the Salvation Army Hall, Round Hill, Fordingbridge, from Saturday 27th July 2024 10am to 4pm, until Sunday 3rd August 10am to 1pm.

 

The opening ceremony and private viewing will be held on Friday 26th July at 6pm. 

'Great A'Tuin II' by Paul Kidby

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Terry Pratchett Portrait by Paul Kidby

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‘Discworld Massif’ by Paul Kidby

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FORDINGBRIDGE ART CLUB SUMMER ART SHOW

27TH JULY TO 4TH AUGUST

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PLEIN AIR SESSION - ST MARY'S CHURCH, FORDINGBRIDGE

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Left to right: Caroline Wilkins, Willard Balthazar, Felicity Singleton, Jill Leigh, Carolyn Pearce

AVONWAY OPEN DAY

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Fordingbridge Art Club was represented at the Avonway Open Day by Carolyn Pearce, Willard Balthazar and Trudi Day who met other groups who share the facilities at Avonway. 

The event was an opportunity to build awareness of Fordingbridge Art Club and promote the Summer Art Show.

Carolyn and Trudi displayed examples of their art, which drew much interest from attendees.  

PLEIN AIR SESSION - THE COTTAGE GARDEN

(Formerly New Forest Lavender)

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VENICE ART HOLIDAY

PLEIN AIR WITH ANGELA CORBEN

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MARJORIE THOMSEN

13 November 1926 - 26 November 2020

Marjorie was a member of Fordingbridge Art Club for many years and sadly passed away in November 2020.

Born in Cairo (Egypt), whilst her father was working there, Marjorie lived most of her life in London until she moved down to Hampshire for retirement. She has always been a keen artist, completing a 3 year Art Diploma at Hertfordshire College of Art (St. Albans) and part time study at the Central School of Arts and Crafts in London. When Marjorie was 21, she took a return trip to Cairo, where she painted ‘Heliopolis Cairo’ (1947) [photo below].

 

For 16 years she worked as a graphic designer, for the Ministry of Information, before raising a family. Primarily a water colour artist, Marjorie also painted with oils and latterly acrylics and some collage. Inspired by her local surroundings and plants, she developed her own style of abstract art, which would often develop into a series of paintings. Her great experience and love of painting were passed on, by teaching others, at Adult Education classes for many years.

Even as a busy mother of two young children, Marjorie would set herself a few hours ‘quiet time’ in the afternoon, when she would read or paint. Visiting exhibitions where her paintings were being shown, was a day out for her children in the school holidays, the most exciting being a trip to London when one of her paintings was accepted in an exhibition at the Royal Academy. 

 

Always sketching and painting, on a family holiday visiting Venice in 1980, Marjorie stopped to do a little water colour sketch in her notebook, and just used the water to hand from the canals [photo attached]. Little books for outdoor sketches, and jotting ideas, were usually where the inspiration for future paintings began.

 

Retiring to Hampshire was an easy choice because Marjorie and her husband spent many weekends, throughout their working life, sailing their boat from Hayling Island. First moving to Havant in 1987, and then to Fordingbridge in 2009, she was keenly involved in the local arts scene. Marjorie joined local art groups, participated many times in the Hampshire Art Trail, and exhibited in various exhibitions in Chichester, Havant, Southampton and Winchester, as well as locally with the Fordingbridge Art Club.

 

Marjorie joined Fordingbridge Art Club soon after moving to Fordingbridge and was an active member up until her death. The FAC committee was struggling to find members to help with organising events but in 2015 Marjorie stepped up and provided sound advice and a helping hand up until late 2019. Her passion for art was evident and she and Annie, the club secretary, and then from 2019 Judy Wheaton, a committee member, managed the Sketch Club together.

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