Country Images Magazine North Edition November 2017 - Page 68

Find the Diamond at Pollyanna’s Celebration Exhibition Art should captivate, enchant and inspire. Pollyanna Pickering’s sensitive, compelling and compassionate painting certainly does that. But art also needs an audience, and a home. Every winter wildlife artist Pollyanna Pickering opens her private gallery for an exhibition of paintings inspired by her love of British Wildlife. This year Pollyanna is staging a very special event to commemorate the 60th exhibition in her gallery at Brookvale House Oker, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 2JJ (AA Signposted). Visitors can view over fi fty original paintings on display to the public for the very fi rst time, in a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere between 18 th Nov – 3 rd Dec (10am – 6pm). Pollyanna will be on hand throughout and will be pleased to chat to visitors about her work and the wildlife which inspires her. To celebrate this very special landmark exhibition, one of the original paintings on display will include a real diamond mounted as part of the picture! So one very lucky buyer will own a genuine diamond as part of their chosen artwork. There will also be a competition to ‘Find the Diamond’… for a small entry fee everyone will be able to test their powers of observation - and the fi rst correct answer drawn from the hat following the exhibition will win a unique prize. All proceeds will go to wildlife conservation through The Pollyanna Pickering Foundation. Gold Medal Among the paintings on display there will be the opportunity to view the painting of a Barn Owl which was short listed for the Derbyshire Life 2017 Landscape Artist of the Year award, as well as the study which was awarded the Gold Medal for Best Painting of 2017 by the Association of Animal Artists. Pollyanna is acclaimed as one of Europe’s foremost wildlife artists. The most published artist in the UK, her work sells in over eighty countries world wide. Following her art training