In me­mory of Jane

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - KAREN BRIT­TON

AN ARTIST who cap­tured Mac­cles­field land­scapes is being hon­oured with an ex­hi­bi­tion in her me­mory.

Jane Os­mond, who has been hailed as a ‘stal­wart of Mac­cles­field’s cre­ative com­mu­nity’, cre­ated pic­tures in­spired by the town and coun­try­side from a stu­dio at her home in Ker­ridge, where she lived with her chil­dren, Jim and Pip. She spe­cialised in etch­ing prints and used a be­spoke print­ing press made to the same de­sign as one used by Dutch artist and print­maker Rem­brandt.

Jane, who also reg­u­larly ex­hib­ited at the Trea­cle Mar­ket, sadly died from a brain tu­mour in Fe­bru­ary aged 64.

Now her chil­dren have put to­gether an ex­hi­bi­tion of her work, which also features her beloved print­ing press. Pip said: “Jim and I are re­ally pleased that we’ve been given the chance to ex­hibit the en­tire collection of mum’s work.

“Lots of peo­ple from Mac­cles­field know her etch­ings of lo­cal land­scapes but there are lesser-known etch­ings and screen prints on show from her time in places such as Nor­way and Corn­wall.

“She moved into paint­ing in the last years of her life and we will have these on show as well.

“The ex­hi­bi­tion is a chance for peo­ple to cel­e­brate mum’s life as a much-loved lo­cal artist.”

Jane was born in St Al­ban’s and grew up in and around Hert­ford­shire. She stud­ied at Cam­ber­well Art School and was granted a schol­ar­ship by the Bri­tish Coun­cil to study in Oslo for a year, where she fell in love with the Scan­di­na­vian land­scape.

Her par­ents moved to Mac­cles­field in the mid1970s and she moved to the area in 1977 where she be­gan etch­ing the sur­round­ing ar­eas.

In­cu­ba­tion Arts, an arts group run by Jane’s friends, Jeff Teas­dale and Julie Hamer, is host­ing the ex­hi­bi­tion at its new home in Churchill Way Cham­bers in Mac­cles­field.

The group is also rais­ing money to buy Jane’s print­ing ma­chine from her chil­dren for an agreed sum of £2,000.

Jeff, a sculp­tor and painter, said: “There can be few homes around Mac­cles­field which does not own a Jane Os­mond print.

“Jane was a pop­u­lar and pro­lific print-maker, a stal­wart of the cre­ative com­mu­nity in Mac­cles­field.”

Jane Os­mond: A Ret­ro­spec­tive, is ex­hib­ited at Church­will Way Cham­bers, Churchill Way un­til Au­gust 27. Guests can visit be­tween 11am to 4pm from Wed­nes­day to Satur­day, or dur­ing the Trea­cle Mar­ket on Sun­day, Au­gust 27.

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