Monday, 27 September 2021

At last! Artist’s putting a lifetime’s work on show

A WOMAN with a lifelong passion for art is following her dream by staging her

A WOMAN with a lifelong passion for art is following her dream by staging her first ever solo exhibition at Henley’s Old Fire Station Gallery.

Sally-Anne Lenton has previously worked as an interior designer and sold her photographs to magazines including British Airways’ High Life and Good Housekeeping.

Her Juicy Lime Art and Design exhibition will be at the Market Place gallery from Thursday (September 17) to Tuesday, September 22.

As many as 70 pieces of work in a range of media and styles will be on display — including acrylics, oils, pastels, clay, découpage, life drawings watercolours, pen and ink, photography and mixed-medium collages. All the work on show will be available to buy, but art enthusiasts attending the show will also be invited to enter a raffle to win a print.

Sally-Anne, 54, said: “I’ve been a lifelong artist and this is my first proper solo exhibition in a gallery, so I’ve got a lot of different work — it’s quite eclectic, all sorts of media.

“I have done Bucks Open Studios before but this is my first proper exhibition, taking work from my whole life, really.”

Looking back at her oeuvre has prompted Sally-Anne to recall how her passion for art and design was kindled at a young age. “I was given a Leica camera for my 18th birthday by my uncle, who was a photographer, and I started taking and getting into photography then.

“[In the Nineties] I did sell my slides to a slide library in London and had them featured in magazines and things, but then that kind of shut down due to the digital age and I’ve never really — I’m not very technical.

“I’m an artist with an eye for design and colour but when it comes to websites I struggle.”

Sally-Anne, who lives in Lovell Close, Henley, having moved from Cookham three years ago, says that following her exhibition she would like to start passing on some of her skills to others. “Lately I’ve had an idea of having art classes at my house — for all ages. That’s something I’d like to do.

“Although I went to art college from 1990 to 1992 — that was three-dimensional design, I got an OND — I haven’t actually until the last year dedicated my life [to art].

“I gave up my day job, as it were, to try and make a business out of it with greetings cards and my photographs and whatnot.

“But then I thought I really want to have an exhibition just once in my life, you know? I’m following my dream and my passion. Yes, I am. It’s very exciting.”

Opening times for the exhibition are 10am to 4pm daily. The gallery’s address is 66 Market Place, Henley.

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