Artists show what they want for Christmas in Watton gallery’s festive exhibition

Volunteers at the Dragonfly Gallery in Watton prepare for its 2016 Christmas exhibition, All I Want

Volunteers at the Dragonfly Gallery in Watton prepare for its 2016 Christmas exhibition, All I Want For Christmas. With gallery manager Susan Hollingworth (far left). - Credit: Archant

Artists have been exploring their own desires this festive season for a gallery exhibition.

Volunteers at the Dragonfly Gallery in Watton are preparing for the opening of its Christmas exhibition on Saturday, which is entitled All I Want For Christmas.

It features work by 15 local artists from paintings to ceramics to Christmas decorations.

Susan Hollingworth, arts and events manager at the Wayland Partnership, which manages the gallery, has high hopes for the exhibition – which falls in the year of the gallery's 10th anniversary.

'This is my favourite exhibition of the year. As I hang everything it gives me goose-bumps.


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'A lot of the artists are also stewards for the gallery. The volunteers love working here – when we close between December and March they are itching to come back.'

Gallery patron Helena Anderson has submitted a collection of paintings of dogs – the thing the Norfolk artist said she truly wanted for Christmas.

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New exhibitor Christine Watson, who moved to Watton in March, will be showing a series of paintings from her Jolly Hollies collection. Depicting seasonally dressed holly berries, the series is accompanied by a story-telling CD following the berries' exploits.

A number of wooden dolls' houses by her husband Ian will also be on show.

Works in a wide variety of other mediums are being displayed, including glass, pastels and mosaics, and all items will be for sale.

Following feedback from visitors to last year's exhibition, asking for the festive displays to be extended, All I Want For Christmas will be showing at the gallery in Wayland House from November 19 to December 17.

It will launch with a coffee morning on Saturday from 10am to 1pm with seasonal refreshments. Another coffee morning will take place at the gallery on Saturday, December 3.

On Wednesday, November 23 Wymondham Ukulele Group will be entertaining visitors and staff at the gallery between 11am and 12pm.

The Dragonfly Gallery is open Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm and Saturday 10am to 1pm.

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