‘Lower than Pond Dipping’

Once upon a time I had an exhibition at The National Botanic Gardens of Wales. They had a new PR person. There was a bank holiday on during my show and a newletter was sent out, a poster printed. I looked to see what was happening there. There was a woman called Charlie from some BBC gardening program coming, lots of events, and there, underneath the “Pond Dipping’ in very small letters, ‘Exhibition: Jackie Morris.’ Needless to say I felt so warm and valued.

Meanwhile, here is the newsletter for Art in Action.

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The Queen’s beasts, record breakers, diamonds on display and a 2-for-1 ticket offer.
Welcome to the May Art in Action newsletter.

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Art in Action, currently has four uncut diamond rings on display at the National Portrait Gallery in London. They are being exhibited with the Tudor paintings as his work is reminiscent of Tudor jewellery. Leonardo makes bespoke jewellery in 22ct gold and silver using natural uncut diamonds and each one is unique.

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Art in Action Newsletter
May 2012

The Queen’s Beasts
Queens beasts 2As part of its Diamond Jubilee celebrations, Art in Action will exhibit contemporary versions of the Queen’s Beasts made by sculptor Tom Hiscocks from recycled and reclaimed metals. The Beasts are ten heraldic statues depicting the genealogy of Queen Elizabeth II,  which were made in plaster in 1953 for her coronation. They were later given to Canada and stone versions were commissioned in 1958 that reside in Kew Gardens to this day. Her Majesty saw the first six beasts to be made at the beginning of April when she visited Valentines Mansion and Gardens in Ilford at the start of her Jubilee Tour. She described the new beasts as “absolutely fascinating”. more

Commonwealth Arts: India meets England

Natasha Kumar (India/UK) will be demonstrating two aspects of intaglio printmaking (the drawing and the printing) using zinc etching plates. The plates are covered in a wax ground and she will be showing visitors the fine drawing process using a tool like a long pin. Natasha made her name as an artist when she earned a place in the Royal Academy Show at 17. She comes from a long line of established artists on her English side and her Indian heritage she traces back to Kashmir and Afghanistan. She won the London Printmaking prize in 2000 and her work is held in private and public collections worldwide   more

‘Olympic’ Record for Ceramics

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There are 28 artists in the Ceramics section this year, the largest in the history of Art in Action with 12 artists new to the event. Curator Sherry Moran often gives the artists a theme to work with, and this year it is balance.  She explains “balance seems to be at the heart of both sport and art. Physical balance and balance from within. Ceramics starts from simple beginnings. Step by step a work builds. A particular style and technique emerges. Choices are made, with each choice affecting the whole. It is a careful process, sometimes a mysterious process. Some call it instinct. Some inspiration. It is a delicate interdependency of the elements and aesthetics. Chances are taken knowing that at any moment the work can be ruined. Boundaries are pushed to go beyond the last work, to develop the technique and create something new.  And once complete the piece looks so perfect, so measured, so balanced.” more

Words and Pictures

J Morris C&!Jackie Morris returns for a fourth year with her nature-based watercolour illustrations. She works across a number of disciplines, as an illustrator, painter and writer and at Art in Action she will be showing how a book is put together, from ideas to sketchbooks to dummy books and finished paintings. She will also bring her new book I am Cat. Endorsed by Joanna Lumley and published in 5 different languages this will be its world premiere and the first chance to see a copy  more

A History of Calligraphy

P AntonioPaul Antonio will be demonstrating the history of Western calligraphy starting from the 4th century BC up to the present. There will also be talks on Roman, Gothic, Renaissance and English lettering. His crowd-stopping demonstrations will include formal square edged brush and pen, as well as pointed pen calligraphy, different aspects of decorative flourishing and modern tools and scripts.  more

Last Chance to See ‘Winners!’

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Graham Muir will be one of the last demonstrating artists at Winners!, an exhibition showcasing work by artists who have won art awards sponsored by Art in Action. Graham will give two demonstrations (11am and 3pm) on Friday, 25 May at The Gallery at London Glassblowing.  He will be demonstrating the making of his spectacular wave pieces. These amazing pieces have won Graham large acclaim throughout Europe. They are  masterworks of form, scale, colour and sheer courage in their making and finishing. more
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For a while, after the National Gardens show we had a saying in our family. ‘Jackie Morris- lower than pond dipping’.

About Jackie

I am an artist and writer. I live in a small house by the sea in Wales where I write, paint, walk and watch and dream of bears and whales. I love to read, have a wish for wings and prefer the company of animals to that of humans, though at times I can be quite friendly. I am learning how to work with wood engraving tools and hoping to show that you can teach an old dog new tricks.
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1 Response to ‘Lower than Pond Dipping’

  1. Linda says:

    And the PR person has probably sunk without trace!

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