Private View at Royal Insitute of Painters in Watercolour

©2017-Cathy-Read - Rosa Sepple and Sue Jelley

The Private View – 205 years of the RI

Wednesday 5th April was the Private View of the Royal Institute of painters in watercolour

An historic society with Royal Patronage which has been held at the Mall Galleries since the 1970’s. This is my first year exhibiting with the RI, and it’s an honour to be showing alongside so many big names.

©2017-Cathy-Read - RI Private View Speeches
©2017-Cathy-Read – RI Speeches

The Private View was well attended, as you can see from the photograph. The work at these exhibitions is mixed and caters to a wide variety of tastes so you should find something to inspire, I did.

Meeting the artists.

As well as the inspiring paintings, Private Views are a chance to meet some wonderful inspiring artists. I tagged along as Jean Noble RI introduced the candidates for Membership to existing members, like a line of ducklings following her around.

©2017-Cathy-Read and Elizabeth Nast with London Icons
©2017-Cathy-Read and Elizabeth Nast with London Icons

Some of the Candidates I got to meet were:-

Elizabeth Nast who creates superbly observed everyday paintings of urban London. Underground tube trains, cafes,

©2017-Cathy-Read - RI Elizabeth Nast with her work
©2017-Cathy-Read – RI Elizabeth Nast with her work

And Kate Morgan who does vivid colourful paintings inspired by jungle creatures, flora and fauna. A bit like her dress! Here she is on the left.

©2017-Cathy-Read - RI Kate Morgan, David Poxon and Elizabeth Nast
©2017-Cathy-Read – RI Kate Morgan, David Poxon and Elizabeth Nast

Here she is on the left with Elizabeth and David Poxon an existing RI who produces beautifully observed watercolours of worn objects. I loved his Pair of water taps and another of an old clock.

Here’s Claire Sparks with her Portraits and Elizabeth Nast.

©2017-Cathy-Read RI Claire Sparkes and Elizabeth Nast
©2017-Cathy-Read RI Claire Sparkes and Elizabeth Nast

Two presidents.

President’s of the RI and SWA. Here’s Rosa Sepple, the first woman President of the RI in its 205 year history and Sue Jelley President of the Society of Women Artists.

©2017-Cathy-Read - Rosa Sepple and Sue Jelley
©2017-Cathy-Read – Rosa Sepple and Sue Jelley

Both are talented artists and inspiring, successful women in their respective fields.
Having met Rosa at Society of Women Artists exhibitions, I am sure she has lots of new and interesting ideas about how to bring Society into a new era. That Chain of office is a thing to behold.

©2017-Cathy-Read - RI Presidents Chain of office
©2017-Cathy-Read – RI Presidents Chain of office
©2017-Cathy-Read - RI Speeches Rosa Sepple and Norman Ackroyd
©2017-Cathy-Read – RI Speeches Rosa Sepple and Norman Ackroyd

You can see from the photographs it was a packed event and there was so much to see. It’s worth visiting and not just once but several times as there is so much to take in..

Finally I’ll leave you with the new president and her work.

©2017-Cathy-Read - Rosa Sepple with her work
©2017-Cathy-Read – Rosa Sepple with her work

The RI 205th Exhibition is now closed on Easter Sunday.

I’d love to inspire you with my latest creations and news of events.

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