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Charity art auction TODAY!

I feel incredibly privileged to have been asked by the esteemed Ryszard Rybicki to be the auctioneer for The Green Horse Art fundraising event, organised by Ryszard and his wife Maria.  The auction is to be held today, Thursday 3rd April at the Mary Ward House in Bloomsbury.   There are still a few spaces left so if you want to come along here are the details.

Entry is free, and doors open from 6.30pm with the auction commencing at 7.30pm.  You will even be given some complimentary bubbly to help loosen the grip on your wallet!   Or for those who don’t wish to participate in the auction but still want to join in the fun of the evening, there will also be a raffle where you can have the chance of winning some of the art on display too.  Everyone is welcome.


The venue is fascinating, the art is beautiful and diverse and all the money raised from the evening will go to The Children’s Trust – the UK’s leading charity for children with brain injury.  Thirty pieces of art have been kindly donated by the artists and range in size, style and medium so there is something for every taste.

For a peak at the stunning art that is available click here


To find the Mary Ward House click here

Mary Ward House, a Grade I listed building, was designed as a settlement and built in 1897. The founder of the settlement was Mary Ward, a distinguished Victorian novelist who signed her books as Mrs Humphry Ward.  Apart from her successful writing career Mrs Ward was also a leading social worker and promoter of equalisation in the society.

The venue which is now a conference and exhibition centre has a long history of social work. It was in this building that the Play Centres started as well as the first school for disabled children was founded. Because of this strong connection between the auction venue and the fundraising beneficiary it is the perfect location for an event of this kind.


We want people to relax, have fun, and if you fall in love with the art – which you will – then please heartily bid away!  You’ll be lining your wall, your life and your heart with something that will give you eternal pleasure – as well as helping the ever grateful staff and children of The Children’s Trust.   Even if you don’t fancy bidding, please just come along and enjoy the experience, meet new people and be introduced to some established and new international artists.  Thank you – we look forward to welcoming you tomorrow night x



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Kaddy goes Hearty Arty

Yep, not Arty Farty, I’ve gone Hearty Arty.  My heart going a-flutter at paintings and art.  Never thought it would happen, but after attending my first South East Open Studios (the free wine got me interested, and now I’m hooked!) (on art…not wine) I met local artist Libbi Gooch and want to share her and her work with you all because local artists don’t often get the recognition they deserve, and are normally too shy to seek it themselves.

Summer Riot 80x80cm

Summer Riot


How long have you been painting for Libbi?

Well, I have been interested from a young age and dabbled, but have only really been painting seriously for about six years.

How did you learn to paint like this?
A lot of people have asked me this, and the answer to this question is a lot of experimentation. There has been many a canvas that has been painted over several times. When I look at my work I can see various stages in my development as an artist.


Now, as a meteorologist, I can’t help noticing that most of your paintings seem to be weather related – of which I heartily approve – but is this intentional?  Are you a closet weather watcher?

I think most of Great Britain are closet weather watchers –myself included. I don’t know whether my work is intentionally weather related, but my paintings are definitely about light, atmosphere and trying to capture a moment.

From the Winch Hous#14D907A

From the Winch House

What’s the best thing about being an artist?
That’s a good question! For me it’s just what I have always wanted to do, it’s just taken me a while to get here.

 And the worst?

Sometimes I go through periods of manic painting, which can then contrast with droughts. A little like writers block. I can find it hard to balance the two.


Libbi in her studio

Do people need to be minted to invest in art?

No not really, for example at the moment I am taking part in the South East Open Studios along with various other artists with a range of prices. My paintings range from £45 to £1950.


Finally, how can people come and see your paintings?

Well, you can currently find me doing the South East Open Studios, along with sculpture Gill Brown, at 37 Hither Chantlers, Langton Green, Tunbridge Wells TN2 0BL. Open from 10 till 5, Friday to Sunday on the 21st-23rd June.

I currently have work at the Redleaf Gallery in Tunbridge Wells, The Pinkfoot Gallery in Norfolk, The Geedon Gallery in Colchester and Quiddity Fine Art in Surrey. Also, for the last five years I have exhibited at the London Affordable Art Fair, as well as the Discerning Eye exhibition at the Mall Galleries earlier this year.

It is also possible to view some of my work and contact me via my website http://www.libbigooch.co.uk/

Bridle Path 50x50cm

Bridle Path

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