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3rd-30th August Now I See

by Northampton and Rutland Art Open Group

This exhibition finishes on 30/08/2024

‘Now I See’ 

Northampton and Rutland Art Open Group

3rd-30th August


This exhibition will include paintings, textiles, and glassware by five artists, each with a unique and captivating contemporary view of the natural world. All the artists are members of the Northampton and Rutland Art Open and exhibit together and as individuals across the UK and internationally. The exhibition will offer a range of work for sale that celebrates the beauty of the British Isles. It’s a must-see exhibition. There will be something for everyone, and entrance is free.


Sue Johnson

Sue is a mixed-media artist who loves working with pattern, texture, mark-making, and colour. She has had a long career in printed textile design, Her love of colour, shape, pattern, and texture is constantly featured in her work. Sues’s art journey of discovery often starts with old book pages and paper ephemera. These surfaces, though often covered, hold tiny fragments that reveal a rich history. She works intuitively, painting or printing on these discarded pages to create unique surfaces. Each piece is a testament to her unique approach to art.

Sue’s work has not only been exhibited in many UK exhibitions but has also found a global audience, with sales in various countries. She is now represented by a few galleries and is an exhibiting member of the Stamford Arts Society and Leicester Society of Arts. Her art has truly transcended borders, gaining recognition and appreciation on an international scale.

Sarah Hutt

Sarah worked as a print designer and colourist before taking up her career in education. She recently retired from her role as headteacher to follow her passion for painting. Her artistic style draws from her expertise in print and colour, with water and coastlines as her primary inspiration, evident throughout her painting collections. When capturing a landscape, she is often drawn to its stillness and isolation. She works in acrylic building up textural layers, and when creating her paintings, she allows the composition to reveal itself during the creative process.

Sarah’s received the Rugby Art Gallery and Museum Award for Northamptonshire Open Studios 2024. Notably, she has exhibited her work with The Royal British Society of Arts, the Royal Cambrian Academy of Arts, and the prestigious Welsh Contemporary Milford Haven. She is represented by several galleries and exhibits at the international Battersea art fair each year. Her art studio is based at the Royal Ordinance Depot Weedon Beck.

Jamie Poole

The landscapes, seascapes and diverse wildlife of the British Isles are a constant source of inspiration for Jamie. He enjoys chance encounters with animals and birds such as otters, red kites, deer, hares and foxes. These are often the spark that ignites the ideas in his paintings. The beautiful and illuminating words of poets such as John Clare have fused his experiences with rich imagery that has driven his work over recent years. Poetry is layered together using collage techniques to create intricate textures and imagery on various subjects. He remains intimately bound to his surroundings in the Northamptonshire Countryside and continues to gather ideas while walking down the many hidden paths and into the old villages and waterways in the surrounding area.

Jamie was commissioned to paint portraits of the Irish poet WB Yeats for the BBC and Agnes Nieman for Harvard University in the USA. He has exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts and is represented by several galleries across the UK. Jamie also runs Art courses for adults,

Julie Williams

Since retiring from a full-time career in Primary Education in Northamptonshire, Julie has worked as a tutor and runs craft workshops where she teaches courses about a variety of textile techniques. In her own practice, she is particularly drawn to images from nature, especially flowers, leaves, and trees. Her own garden and the landscape of Norfolk and Suffolk are sources of inspiration. She enjoys exploring and combining techniques such as mono printing, needle-felting, embroidery, applique, and collage within a piece of work.

Julie sells her textile crafts at various local shops and the Northampton Museum and Art Gallery.

Sally McRae

Sally loves to be creative and work in glass. She uses many different techniques and firing methods to create her beautifully crafted pieces. She works mainly with fused glass but also dabbles a bit with glass mosaics and has an interest in combining glass with other mediums. She uses copper piping in her garden art and has ambitions to develop her metalwork skills soon to make unusual ornate frames for her creations. She often wakes up in the middle of the night with her head buzzing with ideas and no chance of getting back to sleep,

Sally exhibits at county fairs nationwide, and several galleries sell her work. She also runs classes in glass-making for beginners and intermediates, and her students rave about her workshops.




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