Pollyanna Pickering – Tribute

Following Anna-Louise’s interview on BBC Radio Derby, the station will be sending a roving reporter to the gallery on 10th April to chat about Pollyanna’s artwork and travels during Ian Skye’s Breakfast show. Tune in from 7am.

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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

 

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

 

Talk: Gone Walkabout – An Artist Down Under

Date: 21st  March 7.30pm

Talk: Gone Walkabout –  An Artist Down Under

Venue : Winding Wheel
Holywell Street, Chesterfield

 

Details : Pollyanna is delighted to return once again to the Winding Wheel 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

Talk : The Land of the Snow Tiger

Date : 1st May  7.30pm

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Venue : St. John’s Centre, St. John Street, Mansfield, Notts. NG18 1QH

Details : The National Trust are  pleased to present Pollyanna’s talk inspired by her travels in the snowbound wastelands of Siberia, where she braved temperatures as low as -60 to paint Amur Tigers.

Pollyanna worked alongside scientists from the Siberian Tiger Project radio tracking this beautiful species – the world’s largest tiger – which has been brought back from the very brink of extinction. In the 1940’s only 30 remained in the wild. After a gruelling four day journey to reach a reserve in the inaccessible Sikhote Alin Mountains, Pollyanna lived in a log cabin in the forests, without running water or electricity. Here she had to walk out across the surface of a frozen river each evening to fill buckets of water through a hole in the ice – but all the hardships were worth it to get a sighting of a wild tiger. Pollyanna was also able to sketch a family of tiger cubs at a  wildlife research station.

This account of her travels brings vividly to life one of the remotest and least visited wilderness areas remaining on earth – and shows the inspiration behind Pollyanna’s remarkable paintings.

Tickets £5.00 – must be booked in advance – contact 07976 605544 or email babsmithvol@hotmail.com

Exhibition : Spirit of the Jaguar

Date: 16th  June – 1st  July 10.00am – 6.00pm

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

 

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To bring you her latest exhibition, Pollyanna braved extremes of heat and humidity, plagues of mosquitoes and rivers infested by crocodiles and piranhas!

Pollyanna is renowned as an artist-traveller. Her determination to paint only animals which she has observed in their natural habitats has lead her into a remarkable and unique series of expeditions into some of the most inhospitable areas of the globe.  She is proud to present an exhibition of paintings inspired by her most recent journeys into the little known Pantanal region of Brazil.   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 through the gigantic floodplain which stretches across two Brazilian states and parts of neighbouring Bolivia and Paraguay.  From her small boat she was able to observe and sketch a wealth of rainforest wildlife – and 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 a few 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. Pollyanna will be in her gallery throughout the exhibition and will be happy to chat to visitors about her artwork, and the inspiration found on her expedition.

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Two new limited edition prints will be launched at the exhibition. 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 in a series of programmes featuring Pollyanna on the Create and Craft channel!  Signed sets of her postage stamps will be available alongside giftware 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.

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

 

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