Spotlight on Lindsay Rae-Rollett

Spotlight on Lindsay Rae-Rollett



Lindsay Rae Rollett’s greatest joy is to share her passion for Art and to help release creativity and appreciation in others. So it’s not surprising that one of the things Lindsay does is teach! At Lindsay’s mosaic class, held on Mondays, each member of the class was asked to make a circle that Lindsay incorporated into this collaborative piece, entitled “Eccentric circles”. Participants in Lindsay’s class have fun chatting, drinking coffee and being creative.

Lindsay graduated from Farnham Art School and Bristol University and now lives and works in Suffolk. Here she is a practicing Artist and Maker and runs small and friendly Art and Mosaic groups from her studio. She works with adults and children over 8, welcomes commissions, does demonstrations and runs “Arty parties” as well as taster sessions in various locations. 







You can see Lindsay’s mosaics at Gymaphobics, St John’s Street Bury St Edmunds throughout the month of May.

Lindsay is also a painter/printmaker and Ottewell Art/Denny Bros. in Bury St Edmunds, will be showcasing some of Lindsay’s 2D work in May for “Art About Town”.




Future exhibitions include:

- Tuddenham Church, for St Nicholas Hospice, May 8th-10th

- The Upstairs Gallery Beccles May 18th - 29th

- “My Blue Heart”, for CLIC Sargeant, at the Apex Bury St Edmunds September 6th - 25th.   

Lindsay will have her studio open on the 13th, 14th, 27th and 28th of June and is part of the East of Bury St Edmunds Artists' Trail.

You can visit Lindsay’s website here:


Rebecca Mansbridge - Glass artist

Rebecca Mansbridge - Glass artist



Rebecca Mansbridge’s contemporary fused glass draws inspiration from nature.  She creates pictures with depth and movement that capture a moment in time or a feeling in glass. 

Rebecca fell in love with glass when she took a workshop  in copper foil glass.  Since then she has been exploring its properties. 

In 2009 Rebecca began selling her glass and has an online gallery where you can see examples of her work: 






If you want to see Rebecca’s glass in person you can visit The Naze Tower art gallery Walton-on-the-Naze from now through the 14th of June.  While there be sure to visit the Naze platform where you can climb to the top of the 111 step spiral staircase to see the 360° coastal views from the viewing platform. On a clear day I’m told you may be able to see Orford Ness lighthouse or even the coast of Kent.  You can also enjoy a lovely walk to the town.



Rebecca Mansbridge’s studio will be open on the 20th and the 21st of June.  She will part of the Artist’s Around Sudbury Trail.



Diebenkorn's Muted Palette

Diebenkorn's Muted Palette

A new blog from our new SOS blogger, Rebecca Moss Guyver...


Earlier this week I travelled to London to see the Richard Diebenkorn show which is at the Royal Academy until the 7th of June.

I lived in the Bay Area of San Francisco, am familiar with Diebenkorn’s work and recognize the light that is so beautifully reflected back in his paintings. For me it’s the colour, the particular colours that Diebenkorn uses that draw me in and bring me back for a second look.

It turns out that those particular colours must be difficult to reproduce. The catalogue that accompanies this exhibition fails to capture Diebenkorn’s colour accurately; the paintings that made me hold my breath die on the page. You have to SEE a Diebenkorn painting to feel it.

This visit to see the Diebenkorns was actually my second visit. This time my husband and daughter were with me. We all moved around separately but all stopped longest in the room with the Ocean Park series. When we came together my daughter asked a simple but unexpected question, "do you think this painting is happy or sad?"

I stood opposite it and we both agreed that it is a sad painting. Intuitively you might think that a painting that employs muted, pastel colours would not be sad. When I think of pinks, light blues and yellows I think of infants and Easter and spring flowers.  In fact, the first words that come into my head when I think of pastel colours are: romantic, feminine, delicate, spring, milky… but if I were to describe Diebenkorn’s #130 of the Ocean Park Series I might call it sad (even nostalgic), but I would certainly also say it was strong. We wondered what makes a sad painting and whether everyone would have the same response.

Rebecca Moss Guyver



SOS Art at Seckford Hall

Suffolk Open Studios Art at Seckford Hall


SOS Artists at Seckford Hall 

The beautiful Seckford Hall, a Tudor 4* hotel set in 34 acres of private Suffolk countryside a mile from Woodbridge, is now exhibiting a selection of artwork produced by 13 Suffolk Open Studios artists.

The request for artwork was made as the refurbishment work at Seckford neared completion; Denis Frucot, manager of Seckford Hall, approached Chairman of Suffolk Open Studios, Tom Lund-Lack to find interesting and engaging work from local artists.

On arriving at Seckford, the Tudor grandeur is unmistakeable with its beautiful gardens, woodlands, idyllic lake, not to mention the numerous meticulously clipped box balls. As you enter through the large, heavy oak door, you are instantly welcomed by a warm and cosy atmosphere; numerous antique artefacts sit alongside the elegant and modern range of furniture.

The various pieces of artwork (paintings, mixed media and sculptures) adorn a number of walls in the West Wing, the bar area, the first floor ladies powder room and corridors.

Tom has said, “it’s a wonderful opportunity to exhibit work here at Seckford. It gives the artists exhibiting an amazing platform to be noticed, and at the same time, adds quite an extensive range of artistic styles to the hotel. The artwork is available for purchase and we look forward to working with Seckford over the coming months and years as we continue to display new works”.

The private launch party took place on Wednesday 4th March where the art was unveiled to members of the public and hotel guests.

The SOS artists who were shortlisted to exhibit are:

Anna Boon at SeckfordAnna Boon, Nayland based sculptor. Anna produces contemplative Figurative Sculptures made from re-cycled fabrics, mounted on stone/wood.…/compr…/userprofile/aboon

Allan Williams, Earl Soham based painter. Allan paints intense, atmospheric paintings of the eroding Suffolk Coast.…/c…/userprofile/awilliams

Maureen Jordan, Ipswich based painter. Maureen works in pastels and sometimes mixed with acrylics.…/com…/userprofile/mjordan

Tom Lund-Lack based at Thornham Magna .Paintings infused with powerful expressions of drama and movement are the hallmark of artist Thomas Lund-Lack.…/c…/userprofile/hoofprint

Christine McKechnie, collage and drawing based in Southholt. Hand-painted Ingres and cartridge paper. This is cut, applied and layered, employing many hundreds of pieces to produce her pictures.…/…/userprofile/cmckechnie

Nicolette Hallett at SeckfordNicolette Hallett painter based in Mellis. Nicolette explores ways to paint landscape often referring to and working from photographs she has taken.…/co…/userprofile/nhallett

Lucy Perry is based in Thorpe Morieux. Inspired by nature and process - working mostly in acrylic and in printmaking, Lucy produces both figurative and abstract pictures, small and large scale.…/comp…/userprofile/lperry

Jayne Pope painter based in Ousden. Working in watercolours and oils, Jayne draws her inspiration from the Suffolk landscape, the beauty and strangeness, changing colours of the seasons and the light at different times of the day a constant source of inspiration.…/compr…/userprofile/jpope

Fabiana Di Mascio is based in Ipswich. Fabiana is predominantly an abstract artist, inspired by pattern and colour to create large scale works. She often uses a variety of techniques to produce vivid paintings that involve depth of texture and tactility.…/com…/userprofile/fmascio

Nicola Coe, Woodbridge based photographer. Nicola is particularly captivated by the beauty of polaroid film and her vintage SX70 camera.... She also uses digital photography, film and collage techniques and poetry in her work...…/compro…/userprofile/ncoe

Gill Dove is a painter and mixed media artist based in Lowestoft. Her work is a response to the breathtaking but fragile beauty of the land; reflecting the dramatic environmental changes along this coast; its water meadows and buildings, bringing attention to these changes to create a 'geography of hope'. Gill uses a combination of paint, photography and print to capture the striking consequence of the North Sea as it breaches the coastline.…/compr…/userprofile/gdove

Becky Munting is a painter Cransford near Woodbridge. Having grown up in East Anglia, she has a love of the native flora and fauna. As an artist, she tries to capture the spirit of the animals I see. Although she tries to represent the animals in a naturalistic way, she likes to add quirky twists and humour. Becky has recently completed series of works on old sheet music, relating the subject to the music/ songs they are painted on.…/co…/userprofile/beckyart

Vrinda Read is a Suffolk based artist painting in oils and watercolours.

If you’re not able to visit Seckford Hall, all of the artists mentioned above (except Vrinda Read) will be exhibiting this June as part of Suffolk Open Studios. Please check the Artist's profiles and 2015 Directory for their open weekends.

Art Bridges the Gap II

Proving that art is not a bridge too far


Theronda Hoffman, local Suffolk artist, is organising the second ‘Art Bridges the Gap’ exhibition at Kesgrave Arts from 6th – 20th December 2014 raising funds for Age UK Suffolk. This year’s exhibition will feature a variety of work by Theronda and some of her students and guest artists including Maggi Hambling, Richard Bawden, Colin Slee, Allan Williams, Richard Cox and others. 


Maggi Hambling, renowned international artist, has kindly donated a painting which will be auctioned for the benefit of the charity and all participating artists are kindly donating a percentage of their sales to Age UK Suffolk.


The preview night will take place on Friday 5th December from 7.00pm at Kesgrave Arts, 83 Main Road, Kesgrave with the exhibition running from 6th – 20th December on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.


Theronda Hoffman said “I am very keen to promote art in Suffolk and to encourage people of all ages to become creative, particularly older people who often find art classes beneficial both socially and creatively.  I live to paint and paint to live and art bridges all the gaps and no age limits!”.  She continued “I support Age UK Suffolk who provide so many valuable services for older people in Suffolk”.


She continued “I would like to thank all the artists who are taking part in the exhibition and especially Maggi Hambling who has so generously donated a painting to be auctioned, which is fantastic news!”


Maggie James, Individual Giving Officer, said “This celebration of art for all ages allows everyone to appreciate the artistic talent alive in Suffolk. This is the second time Theronda has hosted “Art Bridges the Gap” and we hope to spread the word to an even wider audience this year. Art is accessible to people of all ages and many people discover and explore their creative sides in later life. We are so grateful to Maggi Hambling, Theronda Hoffman, Richard Bawden and all the local artists involved for recognising the work we do in informing, advising and supporting older people. The funds raised will help us to maintain our Suffolk services, without the generosity of our donors from all walks of life many of our services could not continue.”


If you are interested in attending the preview evening on 5th December, or just coming along to the exhibition during December please contact Theronda on 01473 333553 for further details or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Against the Flow with Ivan Robinson


Against the Flow with Ivan Robinson


SOS Associate member Ivan Robinson's painting and photography subjects are rural and urban landscapes, often focusing on small details. He is preoccupied with the 'sense of place'. He hand prints traditional black and white silver halide photographic prints from his own film images. His paintings are in oils and acrylics. It is the combination of geography and art which afford him a unique way of seeing and interpreting landscape. 



While studying for a degree in geography, he painted at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art in Oxford where his tutor was Geoffrey Rhoades. After graduating, Ivan went on to complete a post graduate qualification in photography at the London College of Printing, where he was taught by Peter Espe and George Lewinski. 


Ivan's paintings and photographs will be on view at a one man exhibition entitled "Against the Flow", at the Highwayman's Gallery, Risby, Bury St. Edmunds, IP28 6QP from 6th - 27th June 2014. (See our event's calendar for more details.)

Art About Town


Art About Town 2014


Art About Town this year runs from 19th to 31st May and brings together local businesses and SOS artists, member's art being displayed within the business premises, giving you the opportunity for a sneak preview before studios are opened to the public in June. In 2014 we have 17 of these mini exhibitions running in 6 towns around and about Suffolk. Full details of the venues and the artists taking part can be found on pages 3 and 4 of our directory.

In addition to the list in the directory there is also one Art about Town taking place just over the border in Essex. This features the work of painter Heather Rachel from Great Horkesley. Heather's paintings are currently on display at the Treble Tile restaurant in West Bergholt,  CO6 3JQ, and will remain there until the end of May. Heather's painting "Joyous Waterlillies" can be seen below.

Joyous Waterlillies by Heather Rachel

Meet the Artists - be inspired!


Meet the Artists - be inspired!



New SOS member Emma Garnham, a glass artist from Ipswich, has been given a great opportunity by Ipswich Borough Council to tell you all about Suffolk Open Studios, she says...



"It all came about when I started telling my work colleagues about Suffolk Open Studios and how excited I was to take part. They suggested I look into Ipswich ReCreate, a project aiming to boost the economic prosperity of Ipswich. Ipswich Borough Council were offering free access to creative, co-working & showcasing spaces at the Town Hall as part of the project, so I snapped up the opportunity!





This event will aim to encourage the public to visit the Open Studios available in their area and to give them  more information about the organisation and how to get involved. Suffolk Open Studios Chairman, Tom Lund-Lack will talk about the Open Studios Event, followed by a short talk from me as a new member. I hope it will inspire more people to open up their studios next year and become part of SOS."


This free event takes place at Ipswich Town Hall on Friday 9th May from 6pm until 7pm. Do come along and find out more!

Emma Garnham at work in her studio.

Lost masterpiece comes to light

Allan Williams' lost masterpiece comes to light!


A painting SOS Committee member Allan Williams created back when he was still a student in Wolverhampton in the 1970s, has just sold at Sotheby's (for £500)...


Fireplace, oil on canvas, painted approx. 1973 (private collection)"I took the painting to the Portal Gallery in London. They liked the painting and kept it on a sale or return basis (whilst I was in the gallery, the actor Michael Hordern came in to browse).

I went off to Canada for two years to do my Master of Fine Arts degree. When I returned in 1981, whilst visiting a friend in London, I popped into the gallery to find out what happened to my painting. It had been sold (I think it was for the princely sum of £175). That, I thought was that, until I was contacted by someone from Sotheby's in November last year, wanting to verify the provenance, and to say that my painting, "Fireplace" was going to be part of an auction in March of the estate of the late Stanley J Seeger who was a well known, eccentric, millionaire Art collector, (see link below to obituary in NY Times).

The exhibition/auction was called "1000 Ways Of Seeing" which took place in London on 4/5 March. Mine was Lot: 545.

Its strange to think that amongst all the Picasso's and fabulous antiques was a painting by yours truly!" Allan Williams

 "Fireplace" by Allan Williams, Oil on canvas, painted approx 1973 (Private Collection)

Stanley Seeger, 81, Dies - Collected Art Quietly -




Weaverbyrd Cherrie Stevens recommends SOS!

Here is one member's experience of Suffolk Open Studios, our very own Weaverbyrd, textile artist Cherrie Stevens. Not only has she gained from being a member, she has kindly agreed to be join our Committee and become our new Treasurer! Here is what she has to say...
Weaving by Cherrie Stevens
"That time of the year is here again...... no not Christmas but time to renew the Suffolk Open Studios membership and start to think about the coming year of creating, exhibiting, opening the studio and teaching, pheww!
Looking back on the last 2 years of SOS membership what a difference it has made to my life..... for a start it has made me work... yep just get on with it... somebody said 'from quantity comes quality' and I still believe that to be true so... if I have a weaving idea/inspiration start work on it straight away even though I might have other works in progress. (I have 6 looms!)
 Weaving by Cherrie Stevens 
Meeting other SOS members in Felixstowe has proved very supportive and now we have our own trail and the possibility of exhibiting together as well as trying to push forward art in Felixstowe, I feel I'm working in a more cohesive and co-operative environment.
Through having my studio open in June I've signed up lots of people for weaving tutorials and now teach about twice a month which keeps my own practice alive as well as the pleasure of introducing people to a creative expression of their own ideas.... I liken it to painting with yarn.
So... yes of course I'll be renewing my membership and looking forward to another year of creating and sharing as well as a month travelling in Burma enjoying the textiles and garnering inspiration .... all paid for by my teaching income.... thanks SOS!"
Cherrie outside her Felixstowe Studio