East Runton teenager chose debut art from other side of the world

An art exhibition at Cromer has been organised through an across-the-globe link-up between a young artist and her north Norfolk parents.

Nineteen-year-old Harriet Woodman is staging her first major show opening in the gallery at North Norfolk District Council's offices on July 18.

But she is currently in Australia during a gap year, so the selection of the pictures was done via a Skype internet link - with her parents Dan Woodman and Michele Summers at East Runton putting her work in front of the webcam on their computer, so Harriet could choose the right works for the display.

Mum Michele, a well-known local entertainer and singing teacher who appeared in the Cromer Pier Seaside Special show in 1988, 92, 96 and 97, said: 'We got a late call after there was a display slot available through a cancellation, but Harriet was on the other side of the world, so we had to sort out the pile of pictures in our house by showing them to her over the internet,' added Michele.

Harriet attended Gresham village school, Wood-dene and did A levels through a scholarship at Gresham's sixth form. She has a place at Leeds university to do graphic design but has deferred it while she travels the world, which will include India to explore its art influences.

Her art work includes paintings, etchings, prints and lino cuts from portraits to abstracts, and she has already completed a commission for a wind farm oil, and is planning to do more work when she ends her travels, to help fund her university studies.

Harriet Woodman's debut exhibition is at the NNDC offices on Holt Road from July 18 to September 1 during normal office opening hours.

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