HRH Princess Michael of Kent is viewing Tom Chilton portrait by Caroline de Peyrecave. © Eugenie Absalom
HRH Princess Michael of Kent, The Society of Women Artists Patron
officially opened the 150th Celebratory SWA Exhibition
at The Mall Galleries on the 29th June.
Over 500 works in all media – paintings, sculpture along with original prints, etchings and ceramics by professional women artists are on show in The Mall till the 9th July 2011.
A retrospective exhibition in the East Gallery is celebrating the work of prominent women artists who played an important role in the development and life of the Society, including Dame Laura Knight.
Artist Arina Gordienko (ARINA) next to her Self Portrait in Colours at the Mall Galleries. © Eugenie Absalom
One of participating artists, Arina Gordienko (ARINA), who’s striking Self Portraits in Colours can hardly be missed by exhibition visitors, shares her experience: “I am really honoured to be a part of the Society of Women Artists exhibition. I became a full member of the society in 2010.
This is the 4th time my paintings have been displayed at the Annual exhibition of the Society of Women Artists at the Mall Galleries. And I am always thrilled and I really enjoy the creative atmosphere of the event. This year’s 150th Anniversary of the Society of Women Artists was opened by HRH Princess Michael of Kent and it was particularly magnificent with a fabulous variety of genuinely talented works by women artists from all over the world.”
Angela Rippon OBE next to her oil portrait by Caroline de Peyrecave at The Lady Taverners art night. © Eugenie Absalom
The Lady Taverners charity celebration of the 150th Society of Women Artists anniversary on the 30th June brought together sponsor Barbara Minto, Angela Rippon OBE, auctioneer David Fletcher, and artists and numerous guests at The Mall Galleries. It was the first venture of The Lady Taverners into the art world.
Live demonstrations of sculpting by award-winning portrait sculptor Hazel Reeves and portrait painting by Caroline de Peyrecave were much appreciated by guests of the evening.
Artist Caroline de Peyrecave is painting oil portrait of Angela Rippon at The Mall Galleries. © Eugenie Absalom
Auctioneer David Fletcher worked hard to raise funds, selling art works, donated by artists, in aid of charity that aims to “give young people, particularly those with special needs, a sporting chance”.
Supported by Barbara Minto, Angela Rippon OBE (President of The Lady Taverners), Barbara Penketh Simpson (President of the SWA) and artist Jean Haines, the night presented a rare opportunity to mix with artists and celebrities in informal atmosphere, enhanced by female artists display.
Sponsor Barbara Minto and sculptor Hazel Reeves at work. © Eugenie Absalom
The exhibition is open to the public from 30 June to 9 July 2011 (closing at 1pm on the final day).
The Mall Galleries, The Mall, London, SW1
News and photos by Eugenie Absalom
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