Date: 17th June – 2nd July 10.00am – 6.00pm
Venue : The Gallery Brookvale House Oaker Matlock Derbyshire DE4 2JJ (AA Signposted)
Exhibition : Wonderful World
Pollyanna is one of the only wildlife artists to have travelled to every one of the seven continents – as well as the high arctic – to study and paint her wild subjects from life. This brand new collection of original paintings will celebrate thirty years of her expeditions into some of the most remote and inhospitable parts of the world, where she studies and paints endangered species in their increasingly fragile habitats. From her first safaris in Africa in 1986 to her most recent expeditions into the antipodes, Pollyanna has remained passionate about wildlife and equally passionate about the accurate interpretation of her subjects.
While surrounded by penguins on expedition in the Antarctic in 2014, Pollyanna realised that by sketching on what is often referred to as ‘The Final Continent’ she had now in fact painted on every continent in the world… except one! So in the winter of 2016 she packed her art materials and travelled down under to Australia. Although she is honoured to hold the title of Global Ambassador to the Australian organisation Wildlife Warriors Pollyanna had never previously travelled to the country. While there she visited iconic Uluru, trekked in to the bush to learn traditional aboriginal survival skills – but of course spent most of her time in the national parks sketching the unique wildlife – kangaroos, dingoes, adorable koalas, and even the penguin colonies on the south coast. The paintings created following this journey will form the centrepiece of the World of Wildlife exhibition – along with over 40 new paintings inspired by her previous expeditions. Pollyanna will be in the gallery throughout and will be pleased to chat about the paintings, and the journeys which inspired them.
Two new limited edition prints will be exclusively launched during the exhibition. Brand new card and papercrafting kits and printable DVDroms will also be available – as launched live on television in a series of regular and increasingly popular programmes featuring Pollyanna live on the Create and Craft channel! Also on display throughout will be the latest additions to Pollyanna’s extensive ranges of greetings cards, fine art and limited edition prints, and a wide variety of gift ware featuring her work – including stationery, china mugs, cross stitch kits, signed sets of her postage stamps issued in Africa, and first day covers for the Royal Mail alongside an exclusive display of the latest selection of gift ware commissioned by Harrods. A sneak preview of next year’s charity Christmas cards will also be available.
A minimum of Ten Percent of all sales throughout the exhibition will be donated to worldwide conservation projects through the Pollyanna Pickering Foundation. Tea and coffee will be available throughout, and visitors are welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy in Pollyanna’s Gardens.
“There is nothing more wonderful than being in Pollyanna’s gallery and looking at her unique paintings.” . . Virginia McKenna OBE
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