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Wild for Midsummer


May 22, 2017

Northumberland artist and one of the UK’s most popular living artists, Mary Ann Rogers, welcomes in the summer with a collection of new paintings, limited edition greetings cards and gifts.  They will be showcased at an at an exclusive preview launch party on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th June 2017 at her gallery home, overlooking the River Rede at West Woodburn near Hexham. Mary Ann’s exhibition opens to the public on Monday 19th June – Sunday 25th June 11-5 P.M.

Once again, Tulips feature in this new collection of paintings, both shop-bought, home grown, and also some stunning Parrot Tulips, grown by Katharine Norris of Northumberland Flowers, at Wark. Katharine has provided the elusive Black Parrot Tulips which Mary Ann finds so fascinating, these are rarely available to buy from florists as fresh cut blooms.

Mary Ann comments: “Other paintings in the exhibition include the first daffodils of spring, bravely opening their petals to the crazy hares who perform their annual mating ritual, of tearing around the field in front of the house, intermittently indulging in brief spats, where the female ‘boxes’ the male, apparently testing their strength, and presumably their suitability as mating partners.”

Mary Ann works exclusively with watercolour, using surprisingly large brushes and quantities of paint, which frequently surprises the viewer, as watercolour is not typically seen as a medium to convey strength and passion of movement or colour. This premise is completely challenged by Mary Ann’s techniques, which result in strong, colourful and bold paintings, where required, but also the subtlety and lightness of touch, which has earned her acclaim in critical reviews over the years.

So far, 2017 has already been an exceptionally busy year for Mary Ann, who now manages and oversees the sales and distribution of her limited edition prints, greetings cards and beautiful and quirky gifts throughout the UK. This has involved recruiting more staff, attending trade fairs and also investing in a completely new website design and e-commerce store, which not only allows the viewer a much clearer idea of the paintings and prints, but also allows the retailer to place orders for cards.

To find out more about Mary Ann’s work, find a gallery displaying her work, check studio opening times, or to obtain a catalogue or further information regarding this or any other event, visit www.marogers.com or email info@marogers.com, or call 01434 270 216.

By Emily