Ex­hi­bi­tion ded­i­cated to vet­eran artist Ruth, 93

Art lovers flock to see her last show at Cow Byre Gallery

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Steve Bax steve.bax@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

HILLING­DON Artists ded­i­cated an ex­hi­bi­tion at the week­end to its old­est mem­ber - 93year-old Ruth Karnac.

It was a chance for art lovers, who flocked to the Cow Byre Gallery, in Manor Farm, Ruis­lip, to ad­mire and re­flect on work by the plucky artist over sev­eral decades.

Her daugh­ter Naomi ar­rived from Italy for her mother’s ex­hi­bi­tion, which was all the more spe­cial as she has de­cided it will be her last one.

Among the guests ad­mir­ing her tex­tiles, sculp­ture and jew­ellery was Hilling­don mayor Ge­orge Cooper, who chat­ted to Ms Karnac and of­fered his con­grat­u­la­tions on her achieve­ments.

Ms Karnac, who took

The Uxbridge Gazette Se­ries up her hobby when her chil­dren were at sec­ondary school, said: “I went on a two-year full-time course at Har­row School of Art (later the Univer­sity of Westminster). That was a won­der­ful ex­pe­ri­ence with top class teach­ers.

“I set up my stu­dio in my back gar­den, pot­ting more or less full time. Af­ter about two years, how­ever, I found it lonely, so when I was of­fered part-time teach­ing I jumped at it. I en­joyed teach­ing at Hatch End and also in Wat­ford.”

She cre­ated works to sell at craft fairs and was in­volved with Da­co­rum and Chiltern Pot­ters’ Guild, in Hemel Hemp­stead.

Even­tu­ally she de­cided to try some­thing new and switched to sculp­ture and then went on to a jew­ellery course at her old col­lege.

She added: “Slid­ing gen­tly into old age, I changed again to tex­tiles, sup­pos­edly a more suit­able and gen­teel oc­cu­pa­tion for an old lady.

“The only trou­ble with that was that the old im­age of em­broi­dery did not ap­peal.

“Then I found that things had changed and many un­con­ven­tional ma­te­ri­als were be­ing used, from sack­ing to plas­tic bags. I have en­joyed look­ing for shapes, ma­te­ri­als and sub­jects which were new to me and hope­fully to the public as well.

“Tak­ing into con­sid­er­a­tion the in­creas­ing lim­i­ta­tions of old age – I am now 93 – I have dis­posed of all my equip­ment and am en­joy­ing my re­tire­ment.”

The ex­hi­bi­tion is open un­til Satur­day, from 10am un­til 4pm. SHOP­PERS are be­ing of­fered a taster of world­wide cul­tures af­ter cour­tesy of intu Uxbridge’s new mas­cot – Gor­don the Globe.

Gor­don, who ar­rived on Mon­day, brought with him a colour­ful Chi­nese lion who danced for the crowds and chil­dren were able to join in a work­shop to learn to say and write Chi­nese words.

The fun con­tin­ues to­day (Wed­nes­day) and to­mor­row with Rus­sian dances and a chance for young­sters to make their own Rus­sian dolls.

The glob­al­lythemed three weeks con­tin­ues on Fri­day and Satur­day with Italy-themed fun, fol­lowed by In­dia, Mexico and Africa next week, with en­ter­tain­ments and ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing Bol­ly­wood danc­ing, Henna tat­toos, som­brero mak­ing and an­i­mal face paint­ing.

Lisa Trodd, as­sis­tant mar­ket­ing man­ager at intu Uxbridge, said, “Af­ter the amaz­ing time we had with the Beano Takeover, we’re thrilled to be bring­ing more free fun to our young shop­pers to make their sum­mer hol­i­days the best.”

For fur­ther de­tails on Gor­don the Globe ac­tiv­i­ties, see www. intu.co.uk/Uxbridge.

n EASTERN FUN: (From above) The Chi­nese lion en­ter­tains shop­pers; learn­ing Chi­nese; and Gor­don the Globe also made an ap­pear­ance

n RE­TIR­ING: Artist Ruth Karnac

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