"Town, Land and Sea" Paintings by local artist Angela Loader

AL1Angela with some of her paintings.  Picture below Angela making her first sale to Mike Rodgers

Bright sunshine outdoors was complemented by the light and airy David Ruskin Room, the setting for this month's exhibition. Over twenty works were hung around the walls while more held centre stage in the display cabinet. They showed many well-known local views: Emsworth town, the Mill Pond, the local shoreline, Langstone Mill, Bosham, to name but a few. Some were panoramic views, while others concentrated on attractive vignettes such as the corner of a bluebell wood. AL2The artist herself was in attendance the morning I visited. She told me that she worked in oils, acrylics and watercolours but that her preferred medium was watercolours; she also said that she was born and brought up in this area and has always been inspired by the natural beauty of our coastline and countryside. She is a self-taught artist, whose love of painting began when she was a girl. There was a short biographical note on display, too, which included a list of more than thirty galleries and exhibitions where her paintings have been shown. Her final comment to me was that she preferred to let the paintings speak for themselves!

Looking at them again, I was impressed by the way Ms.Loader captured the way light reflects off the surface of water, and the reflections of buildings and trees in water -- and the sailing boats and fishing boats, beautifully detailed, told a fuller story of coastal life.

I do hope we shall see more exhibitions by our talented local artists in the coming months.

Report Libby

Top two pictures: John Tweddell

Footnote and picture from Wendy

The last afternoon of Angela’s successful exhibition coincided with the Museum’s 30th Birthday. Visitors and volunteers were offered her delicious cake during the special afternoon. John Saunders called in and told me he remembered well Earl Bessborough at the opening on 29th July 1988.