Wonderful watercolours at the Jeannie Avent Gallery

The Grange Lane group of Painters led by Liz Butler would like to invite you to the exhibition of their work at the Jeannie Avent Gallery from March 16-27. This small but wonderful exhibition was be opened by Ian Dejardin, Sackler Director of Dulwich Picture Gallery on the evening of March 16.

Crystal Palace Park by Jillian Smith

The exhibitors (see list below), all Friends of Dulwich Picture Gallery, attend Liz Butler’s watercolour courses in the Sackler Centre at Dulwich Picture Gallery, and also belong to her Grange Lane Group, a monthly watercolour club.

Irish Loach, member of the Grange Lane Group

The exhibition at the Jeannie Avent Gallery in East Dulwich will consist of 50 paintings by the eleven members of the Grange Lane Group and is a tribute to the quality and value of the Gallery’s educational courses and the encouragement of their teacher. Although all the artworks are up for sale, the group member’s real aim with this exhibition is to show what can be achieved as an amateur artist with a little practice and enthusiasm. The members are from various backgrounds and age groups and have widely varying styles of painting.

LIZ BUTLER artist was born in Cumbria and studied at Liverpool College of Art and the Royal College of Art. Her work ranges from the miniature to the large and sweeping, all worked with a meticulous eye and hand. Working purely in watercolour, her subject matter is rooted in the natural world and touches on the delicate relationship between man and nature.

Nasturtiums by Pauline Robertson

The changing seasons, haunted gardens, alluvial deposits, patterns in nature seen from the air and the aging process interpreted in plant form are current themes in her work. Liz has shown her work in many mixed exhibitions, most recently at the Royal Albert Hall and as an invited artist at the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists. She has had three Solo Exhibitions at the Francis Kyle Gallery.

The Grange Lane Group members and exhibition participants are:

Margaret Biggs is a retired art teacher who lives in Streatham. She studied painting and printmaking in the 60s and watercolour was a new medium for her when she joined Liz Butler’s classes at Dulwich Picture Gallery about four years ago.

Angela Carr has lived in Herne Hill for over 40 years, she has been a member of art classes over many years during which she has experimented with many different media including engraving, lithography, etching and woodblock printing. She is always interested in learning new techniques and joined Liz Butler’s water colour class four years ago.

Diane Gilmour has attended many courses at Dulwich Picture Gallery. She is a member of Croydon Art Society, Bromley Art Society and the Post Office and BT Art Club. In 2008 she was a finalist in the SAA Artist of the year Competition and in 2009 a finalist in the Artist/Leisure Painter Patchings Competition.

Sue Leader took up water colour painting three years ago under Liz Butler. She lives in Sydenham with her husband, two children and her dog Rex.

David Lipscomb retired ten years ago from a management career in local government and the NHS. Since retirement he has revived a youthful interest in painting. He is now developing and refining his watercolour skills and his enthusiasm for townscapes.

Iris Loach lives in Dulwich and discovered watercolour painting after retirement from teaching. She joined a class at Morley College and after her very first brush mark was hooked. She says it enables her to share in a new experience of life and most particularly to be able to appreciate the many works of great artists available to view in London. Under Liz’s tuition she has had further opportunities to explore and learn.

Pauline Robertson trained to be a nurse at University College Hospital, worked at St Christopher’s hospice while the children were growing up, then as a practice and family planning nurse in student health at UCL. After retirement she took up watercolour and has been in Liz Butler’s class for the last three years.

William Russell lives in Brockley. A journalist, he spent 40 years on the Glasgow Herald as a political correspondent, film critic, feature writer and leader writer. He did Higher Art at school, decided against art school, and entered journalism. He resumed painting after he retired on holiday, blamed the paint box, and then discovered Liz Butler’s classes some five years ago.

Winter in the woods by Iris Loach

Jillian Smith has exhibited at Morley College and the Horniman Summer Exhibition. Her main themes are still life and outdoor sea views and landscapes. She worked for the Office for National Statistics and the Save the Children Fund and since taking early retirement has pursued her passion for water colour painting.

David Stacey is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers who has specialised in the development of irrigation and water resources in South and South East Asia. He has had a life-long interest in water colour and has contributed a number of articles to magazines and journals on the art and artists of the Industrial Revolution. He has studied under Liz Butler for some years.

Jeanne Stockting’s love affair with watercolour painting started a little over 15 years ago when she first arrived in Dulwich and under Liz her time has been spent developing observational skills with still life studies. More recently she has felt drawn to landscape and has gone on a new journey of exploration.

The Watercolour exhibition is located at the Jeannie Avent Gallery, 14 Northcross Road, SE22 9EU and open from March 16-27.

Opening times: Tue – Thu 11am – 6pm, Sat 11am – 5pm and Sun 11am – 4pm

To find out more about Liz Butler’s watercolour classes at Dulwich Picture Gallery, please CLICK HERE.

Private View photos from the 16 March opening:

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Andrea Szeplaki

About Andrea Szeplaki

A trained journalist from Hungary Andrea has been living in London since 2006. Working for Dulwich Picture Gallery's Communications Team she is curiously searching for ways to promote the Gallery's events and activities in the local community. Apart from her passion for arts and handicrafts she is hoping to volunteer for a medical alert charity which trains dogs to assist children with diabetes.
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  1. Allan Maclean 24 Mar 2012

    Hi Bill!

    Terrific pic of you in striped jersey – just like you were in MacBrayne Hall ‘a few years ago’



  2. Richard H Plumley 20 Jun 2012

    Looking forward to my first London showing in forty
    years Sept 5th until 19th will be showing water and London connected paintings under the heading London,Venice and Home,
    Home being the Isle of Man and will include sketches and small painting mounted but unframed covering the forty years I have been away regards Richard H Plumley


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