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Pam Vardy Exhibition at Bailiffgate Museum'Venice - (2) Church of San Giorgio Maggiore
Pam Vardy Exhibition at Bailiffgate Museum'Venice - (2) Church of San Giorgio Maggiore

An artist inspired by the Northumbrian landscape and the Percy family’s links to the Gunpowder Plot are the focus of two new exhibitions.

The two exhibitions both open on Friday, November 2, at the Bailiffgate Museum in Alnwick.

Gun Powder Plot exhibition

Gun Powder Plot exhibition

The artwork comes from Pam Vardy, a versatile artist whose work has been described as evocative and atmospheric.

She concentrates on mood rather than photographic reference and paints in watercolour, acrylic and oil, producing land and seascapes.

She has been painting professionally since 2003 and is a qualified adult education tutor giving watercolour painting workshops from time to time.

Pam’s exhibition Near and Far at the museum is her third solo exhibition this year.

She finds the Northumbrian landscape is a constant source of inspiration with its changes of mood, time of day, seasons and weather conditions.

The romantic influences of Turner, Atkinson Grimshaw and Caspar David Friedrick can be seen in Pam’s work, whereas her abstract pieces show the influence of Jackson Pollock.

The Bailiffgate Museum is delighted to be hosting the exhibition Near and Far, which consists of a variety of work.

It includes local well-known landmarks and scenes of north Northumberland, Venice with its brilliant architecture – a favourite place, dramatic and colourful seascapes and a few abstract pieces which carry on the theme of going places.

And so there are landscapes, seascapes, architecture, flowers and abstracts – a great mix to suit most tastes, all in one show.

The exhibition runs from November 2, until December 16.

For the history buffs, and opening just three days before Bonfire Night, the second exhibition focuses on the Gunpowder Plot and the local links to the famous event.

The museum is delighted to be hosting a Gunpowder Plot exhibition, which tells the story of the plot and the involvement of the Percy family. On loan from Alnwick Castle, it will allow museum visitors to find out more about Alnwick’s connections to the fateful plot.