Norfolk’s Unique Beauty Celebrated in Sheringham Art Exhibition

The unique qualities of Norfolk’s coast and countryside are celebrated in the latest North Norfolk Artspace exhibition, which runs at Sheringham Little Theatre from March 24 to April 2010.

Entitled Beautiful Norfolk, the show features paintings by well-known local artists Mike Thody, Gita Dickenson and Eric Hopkins, with subjects ranging from crab boats at Cromer, to the lake at Blickling Hall.

Eric, 83, trained at Salisbury College of Art and went on to teach painting at the Royal Army College in Germany in the 1950s before working as sculptor and carver for a London memorial company.

His work has been exhibited many times at the Mall Galleries, London, and at galleries in Norfolk and Bath.

Eric, who is a member of the Royal Society of Oil Painters and the United Society of Artists, moved to Overstrand 36 years ago and is currently working on a book featuring paintings and pencil studies reflecting his love of Norfolk.

Gita trained as an artist in her home country of Latvia and, since moving to Cromer, has concentrated on producing oil paintings capturing the charm and beauty of her adopted home.

Also on show will be work by painter and sculptor Mike Thody, who gained a fine art degree and an MA after retiring from a 35-year career as a building surveyor and architect.

In 2008, Mike, who lives at Hempstead, near Holt, shaped a 12-foot-tall figure based on the Roald Dahl character the BFG from a fallen oak tree at Holt Country Park.

Other sculpture projects have included a commission by English Heritage to create an installation at Mount Grace Priory in Yorkshire, while painting subjects range from a series of studies of Norfolk churches, to Cromer’s Hotel de Paris and boats at Wells-next-the-Sea.

Beautiful Norfolk runs at Sheringham Little Theatre until April 20th.
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