One-woman show may be swan song
Art fans queued to buy paintings at a rare exhibition of Caister artist Margaret Carver's work. More than 60 paintings were snapped up on the opening night and first day of the exhibition at Yarmouth Library.
Art fans queued to buy paintings at a rare exhibition of Caister artist Margaret Carver's work.
More than 60 paintings were snapped up on the opening night and first day of the exhibition at Yarmouth Library. More than 150 works including miniatures, pastels, oils and watercolours are on show at the solo exhibition – her first in 15 years and probably her “swan song”.
Over the years she has developed her own, quiet style and is at the hub of the art world locally and internationally.
Seaside serenity, moody marshes and hidden-away churches and farm buildings flow from her brushes and pencils, reflecting her delight in the locations she has known all her life.
An artist member of the Royal Miniature Society and the Society of Women Artists she regularly exhibits in London and this year in Washington DC.
Mounting the exhibition has meant framing dozens of paintings that have never before left her artist's pad, a task which has taken 12 hours a day for weeks.
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The prolific painter and collector of other artists' works is overrun with pictures, but also hesitant to sell them since each one is brimming with memories of the day it was painted – balanced on the steering wheel in a thunderstorm in some cases.
Many of the cottages and barns have been lost to history or altered beyond recognition and remain only in memory – and in Mrs Carver's paintings.
Although most of paintings are for sale she sells to paint rather than paints to sell – a distinction she is keen to draw – describing herself neither as a hobbyist or professional painter, simply a “sincere” one.
Mrs Carver, 63, is also known for her role as chairwoman of the Great Yar-mouth and District Society of Artists and is a founder member of the James Paget Hosp-ital Trusts Art Committee.
After the exhibition Mrs Carver hopes to spend more time with her husband Richard and her grandchildren.
The exhibition called Every Picture Tells a Story runs until Saturday, October 30, from 10am to 4.30pm daily with a late opening on Wednesday, October 27.