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PICTURES: Retired Sudbury art teacher launches first solo exhibition in Great Cornard


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Alison Coath is exhibiting her art work at the Mill Tye Gallery from 30th March....PICTURE: Mecha Morton... (7908281)
Alison Coath is exhibiting her art work at the Mill Tye Gallery from 30th March....PICTURE: Mecha Morton... (7908281)

Alison Coath, a retired Sudbury art teacher, kicked off her first solo art exhibition at Mill Tye Gallery in Great Cornard at the weekend.

Alison, from Belchamp Otten, gained a degree in ceramics from Bath Academy of Art before becoming an art teacher.

She worked at the former Sudbury Upper School – now Ormiston Sudbury Academy – and at a secondary school in Coggeshall.

Alison Coath is exhibiting her art work at the Mill Tye Gallery from 30th March....PICTURE: Mecha Morton... (7908280)
Alison Coath is exhibiting her art work at the Mill Tye Gallery from 30th March....PICTURE: Mecha Morton... (7908280)

The exhibition held a preview on Saturday, from 11am to 7pm, and it continues until April 28.

She has exhibited at the gallery before, but this is her first solo event.

Alison said: “I’ve been teaching all my life and I retired a couple of years ago. This is my first solo art exhibition and I feel quite nervous but excited about it.”

Alison Coath is exhibiting her art work at the Mill Tye Gallery from 30th March....PICTURE: Mecha Morton... (7908282)
Alison Coath is exhibiting her art work at the Mill Tye Gallery from 30th March....PICTURE: Mecha Morton... (7908282)

She uses a range of media in her work, including drawing, painting, printing, collage and stencils. Her work is influenced by her environment.

“When I’m out running, I might see something which inspires me,” she explains.

“My work is based on the locality, the fields and hedges, and the environment where I live.

Alison Coath is exhibiting her art work at the Mill Tye Gallery from 30th March....PICTURE: Mecha Morton... (7908285)
Alison Coath is exhibiting her art work at the Mill Tye Gallery from 30th March....PICTURE: Mecha Morton... (7908285)

“Everything I do is something I’ve seen or places I’ve been to.

“I use photos for reference. There are images of the Suffolk coast and Shingle Street,” she said.



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