Exhibition dedicated to veteran artist Ruth, 93
Art lovers flock to see her last show at Cow Byre Gallery
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