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Exhibition is printmaker co-operative’s largest ever
ARTISTS from all over the county are launching their biggest exhibition at The Oxfordshire Museum today.
Exactly 249 pieces of original art will be on show by artists from the Oxford Printmakers’ Co-operative at Fletcher’s House in the Woodstock museum in Park Street.
Heather Power is among the 41 contribution artists.
Mrs Power, 63, from Charlton-on-Otmoor, said: “I am really looking forward to it. I would say it is our biggest show yet. “There are so many beautiful pieces on show, it is definitely the biggest we have ever had.
“Some of my etchings of trees from around Oxfordshire are up. I spot them when I am driving around.
“That is why they are named after Oxfordshire villages. Any tree that catches my eye enough times becomes my inspiration. There are plenty of them around Oxfordshire, especially in the winter.”
The exhibition, called Pressed into Paper, is open from 2pm today and runs until April 21.
Oxford printmaker Morna Rhys, 59, from Botley, said: “I am really excited to see what people have been doing over the last year or so – we haven’t had an exhibition for over a year so we don’t know each other’s work either.
“There will be a huge mix of works, from Oxfordshire landscapes and buildings through to abstracts. The pictures have a huge amount of colour and materials and techniques used, as well as black and white pieces.”
The artists come from all over the county and beyond, from Banbury to Newbury. All except one piece of art is for sale, with 119 framed pieces on the wall and 130 unframed pieces on display.
Oxford Printmakers was set up in 1967 by a group of ex-John Ruskin School of Drawing students.
They are based in the Christadelphian Church in Tyndale Road, where they moved in 1977 and transformed the church hall into a print workshop.