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Suffolk Art Society's first exhibition in over a year arrives in Long Melford to flying start




The Suffolk Art Society’s first exhibition in more than a year got off to a flying start, with hundreds of visitors turning out across the opening two days.

The exhibition kicked off at Holy Trinity Church in Long Melford on Saturday, with a total of 54 different artists showcasing their work across a range of different styles, including oil paintings, acrylics, watercolours and pastels.

It marked a significant milestone for the society’s members, who have been unable to stage public shows since the coronavirus pandemic.

Suffolk Art Society hold their exhibition at the Holy Trinity church in Long Melford. Julie Iveson with some of her work..Pic - Richard Marsham/www.rmg-photography.co.uk.. (49555017)
Suffolk Art Society hold their exhibition at the Holy Trinity church in Long Melford. Julie Iveson with some of her work..Pic - Richard Marsham/www.rmg-photography.co.uk.. (49555017)

Julie Iveson, who became chairman of the Suffolk Art Society during lockdown, said it was wonderful to see the group return after such a long gap, particularly for around 15 new artists who were exhibiting as part of the group for the first time.

“Numbers of visitors has been really good, which has been reflected in sales,” she told the Free Press. “Some visitors have come from far afield, and comments have been really great.

“The church is a lovely venue for the exhibition. With free parking on the green and free admission, we look forward to seeing more visitors over the next couple of weeks.”

Suffolk Art Society hold their exhibition at the Holy Trinity church in Long Melford. Clare Powell with some of her work..Pic - Richard Marsham/www.rmg-photography.co.uk.. (49555015)
Suffolk Art Society hold their exhibition at the Holy Trinity church in Long Melford. Clare Powell with some of her work..Pic - Richard Marsham/www.rmg-photography.co.uk.. (49555015)

Art society member Clare Powell said they were delighted by the strong response on the opening weekend, and that the number of sales mean the participating artists have been able to refresh their displays with new work.

“The exhibition went excellently,” she added. “We’re just amazed at how well it has gone so far. Obviously, we had no exhibitions last year, but the artists have used the time to do a lot of new work.

“We had a huge number of visitors, who came from all over the country. The feedback we got is that people loved the diversity on display.

Suffolk Art Society hold their exhibition at the Holy Trinity church in Long Melford. A piece of artwork by Diane Fackerell..Pic - Richard Marsham/www.rmg-photography.co.uk.. (49555026)
Suffolk Art Society hold their exhibition at the Holy Trinity church in Long Melford. A piece of artwork by Diane Fackerell..Pic - Richard Marsham/www.rmg-photography.co.uk.. (49555026)

“Because we’ve got about 50 artists exhibiting, covering every subject you could imagine, from animals to historic buildings to imaginary scenes, people have really liked that there’s so many different things to see.”

Entry to the Suffolk Art Society show in Long Melford is free, and runs until Sunday, August 8.

The venue will be open from Monday to Sunday, between 10am to 5.30pm, except for final day, when the opening hours will be reduced from 10am to 2pm.

Suffolk Art Society hold their exhibition at the Holy Trinity church in Long Melford..Pic - Richard Marsham/www.rmg-photography.co.uk.. (49555019)
Suffolk Art Society hold their exhibition at the Holy Trinity church in Long Melford..Pic - Richard Marsham/www.rmg-photography.co.uk.. (49555019)
Suffolk Art Society hold their exhibition at the Holy Trinity church in Long Melford. Apiece of artwork by Maureen Squair..Pic - Richard Marsham/www.rmg-photography.co.uk.. (49555020)
Suffolk Art Society hold their exhibition at the Holy Trinity church in Long Melford. Apiece of artwork by Maureen Squair..Pic - Richard Marsham/www.rmg-photography.co.uk.. (49555020)
Suffolk Art Society hold their exhibition at the Holy Trinity church in Long Melford..Pic - Richard Marsham/www.rmg-photography.co.uk.. (49555031)
Suffolk Art Society hold their exhibition at the Holy Trinity church in Long Melford..Pic - Richard Marsham/www.rmg-photography.co.uk.. (49555031)