Mary Rowlands-Pritchard exhibition at Helston Museum (news)

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An exhibition of work by acclaimed Cornish artist Mary Rowlands-Pritchard is at the Helston Museum this spring.

The museum will showcase paintings and pastels by the late artist depicting the participants of the various ceremonies of Flora Day.

Mary Rowlands-Pritchard was born and brought up in St Mawes and lived and worked as a young woman in Cornwall.

The second part of her life was spent in Wells, Somerset, though in 1998 she bought a studio in Penzance where she spent an increasing amount of time.

Here she painted the Newlyn fishing industry, and a major work comprising 18 panels was shown for Newlyn Fish Festival 2003, and was installed in Truro Cathedral during 2004.

From 2007 onwards she became energetically engaged on a project depicting the participants of the various ceremonies of Helston’s Flora Day, which she attended and followed annually, sketch book and camera at work throughout the day. Sadly this work was unfinished at her death last year.

A selection of the considerable body of drawings and paintings from this project forms the exhibition, which is mounted as a tribute by her family.

The Mary Rowlands-Pritchard exhibition is at Helston Museum from May 10 to 20, 2011. See the artist’s website for more information.

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