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Abbey hosts festival art show

PUBLISHED: 19:43 18 June 2008 | UPDATED: 14:34 14 July 2010

Two members of the Norwich Twenty Group are exhibiting work in Wymondham Abbey during Festival Fortnight, the two peak weeks of this year's busy and varied Music Festival.

Two members of the Norwich Twenty Group are exhibiting work in Wymondham Abbey during Festival Fortnight, the two peak weeks of this year's busy and varied Music Festival.

Barry Watkins, local artist and environmentalist, is sharing the display space with landscape artist Mary Spicer.

Mr Watkins said: “I make images which are recognisably figurative but which also retain something of the abstract qualities of material and process. The images have a double identity - a metaphor. There is the image being depicted which might be derived from a wide range of sources - film, photography, poetry, drawings of people or places. The second identity is that of the materials and processes used - the paint, brush, knife, to some extent shaped and altered to create the metaphor.”

Mary Spicer has lived in East Anglia for the past 17 years and works from the landscape around her. Observational drawing lies at the heart of her practice and she looks hard at familiar features in order to record changes brought about by light, weather and the seasons

Festival Chairman John Wood said: “With lots of visitors to Wymondham during Festival Fortnight, it's really good to have other activities going on besides the musical events. We are delighted to have work by Barry Watkins and Mary Spicer on display in the tranquil setting of the Abbey.”

The Festival Art Exhibition opens on Saturday and runs until to Sunday, July 13. It may be seen during Abbey open hours, from10-5pm Mon-Saturday, and 2-5pm on Sundays.

Other activities during Festival Fortnight include two guided town walks, and guided tours at the Abbey and in the Heritage Museum. Details of all events are listed in the Festival programme, available free from the Library and the Market Cross.

Full events listings are also available on the Festival www.wymfestival.org.uk

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