Spirit of the Jaguar Exhibition 22nd – 30th June

Date: 22nd – 30th June 10.00am – 6.00pm

Venue : The Gallery Brookvale House Oaker Matlock Derbyshire DE4 2JJ (AA Signposted)

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We are proud to present an exhibition of brand new artwork by Pollyanna. ‘Spirit of the Jaguar’ will showcase paintings inspired by her 2017 journeys into the little known Pantanal region of Brazil, where Pollyanna braved extremes of heat and humidity, plagues of mosquitoes and crocodile infested rivers to gather sketches and inspiration.

Extending from the Amazon, the Pantanal is the world’s largest tropical wetland. Pollyanna travelled to this wild and remote region via bone-jangling drives along dirt tracks – following thirty-six hours of gruelling flights from China, where she had been acting as an official international delegate at the first Artists for Conservation Wildlife festival!   In Brazil she navigated a network of waterways – and from her small boat she was rewarded with over twenty sightings of the beautiful and powerful jaguar, the largest of South America’s big cats.  In this region jaguars can frequently be seen swimming in the rivers – and Pollyanna witnessed a heart stoppingly dramatic kill when a huge male jaguar stalked and wrestled an 2.5m long caiman just metres from her boat.

Pollyanna also spent several hours watching a female jaguar with a cub, and was able to sketch a wealth of other wildlife which can be found in the region – from giant river otters and other jungle cats, to the glorious bird life – including hyacinth macaws.

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Two new limited edition prints will be released at the exhibition, including the picture shown above ‘Future of the Rainforest’.  The second limited edition to be launched is the remarkable painting Wild Nobility– the first ten of which have been exclusively co-signed by Pollyanna and the Founder of the Born Free Foundation Virginia McKenna OBE. Also on display throughout will be Pollyanna’s extensive ranges of books, greetings cards, fine art and limited edition prints, and a wide variety of gift ware featuring her work, including brand new card crafting kits as launched live on television!  A sneak preview of next year’s charity Christmas cards will also be available. Pollyanna’s daughter Anna-Louise will be in the gallery throughout the exhibition and will be happy to chat to visitors about the artwork, and the inspiration found on their expeditions.

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.

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“There is nothing more wonderful than being in Pollyanna’s gallery and looking at her unique paintings.”                                                                         .                                                                                   .                       Virginia McKenna OBE

BBC Radio Derby Breakfast Show

Date: 21st June 7.30am

Radio Interview

Channel: BBC Radio Derby Breakfast Show

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Details: Pollyanna’s daughter and Business Partner Anna-Louise will be in the Radio Derby studios at 7.30 am on 21st June chatting about their remarkable expedition to Brazil, which inspired the artwork in the exhibition which starts 22nd June in Pollyanna’s private gallery – as well as the recent award she collected on behalf of Pollyanna in New York.

If you missed the interview you can still hear it for seven days at https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p061tpsz

Pollyanna was a regular and popular guest on radio Derby talking about her art, her expeditions and her conservation work.

Listen Live on 104.5, 95.3 and  96.0 FM  on DAB Digital Radio or live online at https://www.bbc.co.uk/radioderby

Exhibition : Spirit of the Jaguar

Date: 22nd – 30th June 10.00am – 6.00pm

Venue : The Gallery Brookvale House Oaker Matlock Derbyshire DE4 2JJ (AA Signposted)

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New York Award for Pollyanna

We are proud to announce that Pollyanna has been honoured with a posthumous award in recognition of her ‘Outstanding Contribution to Arts and Culture’at a glittering ceremony in New York.

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Pollyanna’s daughter and Business partner Anna-Louise was very honoured and moved to be invited to attend the ATIM’s Top 60 Masters of Contemporary Art Awards at the New York Museum Of Art and Design in New York.  She is pictured above accepting the award onstage at the gala event.

The award takes the form of an angel-like figure, and was created in Italy. Painted Ferrari red, it is finished with 24 carat gold.  The spectacular trophy will be displayed in the gallery during a forthcoming exhibition of Pollyanna’s artwork which runs from 22nd – 30th June in her private gallery in Derbyshire – find full details here

Presenting the award, Viviana Puiello Editor-in-Chief ArtTour International Magazine said “Celebrated UK artist and activist Pollyanna Pickering was an acclaimed name in the realm of animal and wildlife artistry who illustrated the remote wilderness and fragile habitats with unparalleled accuracy and perfection in her lifetime. Each of her gleaming works is representational of her tireless campaign to restore the world’s violated Ecosystem. With immaculate attention to details, this champion of environmental conservation wanted to create a caveat, and an appeal to the world as a whole to save the injured, orphaned, and endangered species continuously threatened by extinction.”

“The eye-catching, sharp realism exhibited in her wildlife portfolio is due to the real-life interaction, and exchange between Pickering and the wild animals she sheltered in her lifetime. Her work was a mirror of their beauty, and a message that they too have a right, and purpose in this world.”

Pollyanna’s original artwork was included in an exhibition which ran at a manhatten gallery to co-incide with the awards ceremony, and the following day Anna-Louise appeared on a Manhatten Arts ShowTV show filmed at the MNN studios to speak about the award and Pollyanna’s life and work.

 

Television Lifetime Achievement Award for Pollyanna

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We are proud to announce that Pollyanna has been honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award by Create and Craft TV.

The award recognises her excellence in wildlife art and her passion for conservation as well as the contribution she made to the channel during six years of regular guest appearances.

Pollyanna always very much enjoyed visiting the studios, where she would paint live on air, and chat to the presenters about the animals which inspired her paintings. Her daughter and business partner Anna-Louise accepted the award on her behalf.  She told us “I know that Pollyanna would have been absolutely amazed to be given this honour – she would have said that she had the best job in the world, and didn’t deserve an award for doing something that she loved so much!  But of course I am honoured and moved to accept it on her behalf – and of course I believe that no-one could have deserved it more for her incredible talent and dedication to her artwork, and also her passion for helping the animals she loved to paint.”

Anna-Louise has been invited to continue her legacy, and now travels to the studios for the launch of each brand new product featuring Pollyanna’s artwork, to speak about Pollyanna’s amazing travels to remote parts of the world to find her subjects, and her love for the animals she painted.

Pollyanna, who lived and worked in Matlock was widely recognised as Europe’s wildlife Artist.  She won almost 50 awards during her career, including the most prestigious award in the field of Wildlife Art which was presented to her at a gala celebration dinner at the Artists for Conservation Festival in Canada.  You can find out more about her life and work at www.pollyannapickering.co.uk

Memorial Tree Planted for Pollyanna

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Pollyanna’s daughter and business partner Anna-Louise was honoured and moved to be invited to plant a memorial tree for Pollyanna in a special ceremony at the Willow Holt nature Reserve at Farndon, Notts last weekend. Pollyanna had been delighted to help with fundraising projects for the reserve, including the building of a new meeting hut to replace one which had been burnt down by vandals.

Anna-Louise said “Pollyanna would have been deeply moved and very honoured by this wonderful gesture. She was never happier than when her work could help support causes close to her heart. The planting of an oak tree is a perfect memorial – it will be a part of the natural landscape for hundreds of years – and support a wide variety of species of insects, birds and animals”

We would like to thank all who attended the event for their generosity – a collection on the day raised £128.55 for the Pollyanna Pickering Foundation. Special thanks go to Farndon Watch leader Sue Leach and her Mum Shirley Hatcher, and all those involved in organising the memorial and preparing for the tree planting.

2019 calendars now available!

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We are proud to present three  brand new calendas  for 2019 – including the Pollyanna Pickering Foundation calendar  which has been published by Calendar Club in memory of Pollyanna and in support of the Pollyanna Pickering Foundation.

Every sale supports the Pollyanna Pickering Foundation’s conservation and animal welfare projects in the UK and worldwide. Each page features a spectacular wildlife painting, along with Pollyanna’s sketches and field notes and details of a Foundation project which has supported that particular species.

Three brand new calendars celebrating Pollyanna’s artwork have been published for 2019.  The owl calendar features the spectacular painting of a barn owl in flight which is shown on the cover of this newsletter, and includes 12 images of owls from around the world.

The 2019 British Wildilfe calendar features paintings of Pollyanna’s beloved british wildife – including badgers, foxes and otters – with the cover showing a hare surrounded by moonpennies.

The calendars are £11.99 each – P&P within the UK is FREE

Copies of all three calendars can be purchased securely online through our website :   http://www.pollyannapickeringstudio.co.uk/catalogue/calendars

Or by phone : 01733 865453

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TV Launch for new Pollyanna Pickering Craft kits

Pollyanna’s daughter and business partner Anna-Louise has been invited to the Create and Craft TV studios on the 9th September to appear live on a two hour show at 12.00 to launch the brand new Pollyanna Pickering Craft DVDrom and paperkits exclusively on the channel. The kits will feature Pollyanna’s ever popular studies of British wild birds, including this brand new sketch of a robin.

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Anna-Louise said ““I am very touched that Create and Craft have invited me into their studios to talk about the newest collection of crafting products to feature Pollyanna’s work.

Pollyanna created her paintings with the desire that they would be seen, enjoyed and shared with as many people as possible. It was her wish that I would continue to work with Creative Crafting World to bring crafters the opportunity to continue use her wonderful artwork.

I worked side by side with Pollyanna as her business partner for 25 years, and accompanied her on all of her expeditions to study and paint endangered species, and I will be proud to continue to share stories from her remarkable travels.

I am also committed to continuing the vital conservation and rescue work of the Pollyanna Pickering Foundation – and will continue to stage fundraising events and exhibitions.

Very few people are able to leave such an incredible legacy, and I know that her spirit will live on always through her paintings”

Anna-Louise will be appearing in the studio alongside demonstrator Lynda Chapman to chat to the presenters about the individual birds which inspired Pollyanna, her painting techniques, and her love of the wild creatures she painted. Lynda will be creating cards and craft projects live on air.

Watch Create and Craft on Sky 674 | Freeview 23 | Freesat 813 | Virgin 748 – as well as on Apple TV and Amazon Fire You can also watch live online at www.createandcraft.tv

Spirit of the Jaguar Exhibition Postponed

We are very sorry to announce that this planned exhibition will NOT  be going ahead in June.  The exhibition will be rescheduled for June 2019, and we will bring you full details closer to the date.

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Pollyannna Pickering – Tribute

Pollyanna’s daughter and Business Partner Anna-Louise will be in the Radio Derby studios at 11.15 am today (9th April) paying tribute to Pollyanna in an interview with Sally Pepper.  If you missed the interview you can still hear it for seven days at https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p061tpsz

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Pollyanna was a regular and popular guest on radio Derby talking about her art, her expeditions and her conservation work.

Listen Live on 104.5, 95.3 and  96.0 FM  on DAB Digital Radio or live online at https://www.bbc.co.uk/radioderby

 

Tickets now available for ‘Winding Wheel’ talk

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Pollyanna is delighted to return once again to Chesterfield, Derbyshire to present a specially extended version of her brand new talk about her most recent expedition.

Stepping off the plane on to Australian soil Pollyanna completed her incredible quest to paint on all seven continents.  During this talk she will share stories from the two months spent travelling around the country, visiting numerous wildlife sanctuaries and hospitals to learn more about the animals they were caring for.  On Philip Island she was enchanted to watch the evening return of the fairy penguin – the world’s smallest species – to feed their chicks at their nest sites after a day spent fishing at sea. She spent time trekking in the outback, and searching for animals in the wild – being rewarded with numerous sightings of koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, echidnas and even a wild dingo.

Pollyanna also joined wildlife rangers in the Western Plains of Victoria to help with their daily monitoring of wild koalas in the area, and spent a day planting trees as part of their eucalyptus reforestation project. While on the continent Pollyanna felt compelled to take in the iconic beauty of Uluru, in the red centre, which provided further inspiration.

There will be a question and answer session, and Pollyanna will be signing books and prints after the talk

Tickets  £8.00, (concessions £6.50)

Tickets can be purchased in person from the  Box Office at the Winding Wheel, or at the Pomegranate Theatre.

By Telephone 01246 34522 or online here : Pollyanna Pickering Talk

Date: 21st  March 7.30pm

Talk: Gone Walkabout –  An Artist Down Under

Venue : Winding Wheel Theatre
Holywell Street, Chesterfield, Derbyshire

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