Our Summer Exhibition Ophelia, ran from Saturday 25th June to Sunday 10th July at our Bridge Street gallery, showcasing 26 commissioned pieces by established Art in the Heart artists and makers. They didn’t need any persuasion to be part of this inspirational show, responding to the very famous and incredibly beautiful Ophelia, painted in 1851-2 by the great Pre-Raphaelite artist Sir John Everett Millais. Using their own unique practices and styles, the artists’ work will relay their own feelings and interpretations of this great painting. Included were paintings, sculpture, mixed media art, pop art and textiles including an amazing piece of wearable art by Liz Hunt textile artist. Special guest artist was Lucinda Denning of Tooting London.
Curated by: Dawn Birch-James
Charity: The Green Backyard
Exhibiting artists: Ann Ardron, Ann Bellamy, Charron Pugsley-Hill, Christine Withall, David William-Sampson, Dawn Isaac, Diane Nowell, Eve Marshall, Faye Gagel-Panchal, Francis Reynolds, Jacki Cairns, Jason Duckmanton, Jason Kerridge, John Pendred, Katie Timoshenko, Liz Hunt, Lucinda Denning, Paul Saunders, Pina Santoro-Ellwood, Prue Pye, Rachel Eden, Sarah Clark, Stacey Ann Cole, Tamsin Lonergan, Tony Nero, Tristan MacDougall, Yvette Cobley
The Ophelia Exhibition was part of the Peterborough Artists’ Open Studios
Millais and Ophelia
Millais always painted from nature itself with great attention to detail. His son wrote that his flowers were so realistic that a professor teaching botany, who was unable to take a class of students into the country, took them to see the flowers in the painting Ophelia, as they were as instructive as nature itself. It is said that he applied a magnifying glass to the branch of a tree he was painting, in order to study closely the veins of the leaves. The figure of Ophelia is also very closely observed, as Millais had a real model most likely Elizabeth Sidall, who posed for him in a bath of water.