An exhibition to cheer dismal days

Crooked House resident artist Alison Englefield with her new book.

Crooked House resident artist Alison Englefield with her new book.

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AT A time of year when it is usually cold and grey, and when the fireplace beckons, a Lavenham art gallery is staging an exhibition designed to bring some warmth and colour to brighten up a dull January,

Called Winter Warmers, the Crooked House art gallery in Lavenham High Street is showing works by some of East Anglia’s most celebrated artists. The exhibition is on during the whole of January.

Gallery owner Clare Calder-Marshall said: “We were looking for works which celebrated the turn of the new year and we have found some beautiful pictures which really are pertinent, but are also guaranteed to bring cheer to even the most dismal of days.

“Suffolk artist Mandy Walden’s painting of hares leaping over Lavenham rooftops is particularly evocative and has that special Harry Potter feel, which is particularly relevant as part of the current film was filmed here.

“Thanks to computed-generated imagery, elements of the ancient timbered houses in Lavenham have been put together. Easy to spot is the herringbone brick of De Vere house, and the Guildhall.

“We think just round the corner is a glimpse of the High Street with our Crooked House ... or it may just be wishful thinking.”

Other works on show include Helen Brown’s ceramic hens in cheerful red and oranges and Pru Green’s range of hand-painted ceramics.

Also on show are works by Cornish artist Catherine Hyde of owls and horses taken from a book called The Firebird – a fairy tale about the adventures of a young prince and his search for the most beautiful bird in the world.

The gallery is staging a book signing in January by Alison Englefield, who is the gallery’s resident artist.

“Alison has just published a book of poems based on the Lavenham walk, the old railway line,” said Clare. “It’s called Tales From A Walk and it draws on the moods, experiences and views she encountered walking with her dog Wesley throughout the seasons in Lavenham.”

Alison’s book signing takes place on Sunday, from 2pm until 3.30pm. The gallery is open for the Winter Warmers exhibition daily between 10am to 5pm, closed on Wednesdays.