Cambridge Open Windows

1st July 2020 - 31st July 2020
309 Milton Road, Cambridge CB4 1XQ

Many exhibitions have been cancelled due to coronavirus, including this year's Cambridge Open Studios.

But artists want their work to be seen and are always trying to find ways to do this. So this year there is an Open Windows event. About 200 artists around Cambridgeshire will be showing their work in the windows of their own homes.

As I live on a busy main road I have tall bushes and trees in my garden to block it out which means less windows. But I have a garage and hope to prop up some of my paintings in front of that. Also if the weather is clement I shall probably put a table on the drive with some of my cards and prints between 12 and 3pm on a Saturday and Sunday and hope some people will stop to chat.

My studio will have its annual clean too so if anyone is interested in my work they can come and have a socially distanced look.

More details are in my blog

20 x 20 exhibition

7th May 2020 - 22nd June 2020
Byard Art online

During Lock Down, painters still paint and galleries still show their work. Although with social distances and people only allowed out of their homes for exercise, food and essential shopping with work only allowed in the key industries the way our work is seen is rather different.

Byard Art who represent me at their wonderful King's Parade shop have gone online in a big way producing catalogues that you can flick through.

In January this year I was invited to take part in their 20 x 20 exhibition. Love the title, with every artwork at the same size of 20 inches x 20 inches or to transfer that to modern measurements 50 x 50 cms. Just imagine how stunning their gallery will look ....or will it?

As I am lucky enough to live in Cambridge, I shall still deliver my paintings to the gallery so you can see the real thing in the window as you go for your daily exercise. Viewing is by appointment as there is usually someone there between 9 and 5 but only one or two people can enter at the same time.

But you will be able to view all the artworks online with one of their catalogues. I do hope you will have a leaf through.

I have 4 paintings in the exhibition including my version of the 'Botanical Garden' above. Work can also be seen on Byard Art's 20 x 20 exhibition page which is being updated all the time.


Cambridge Drawing Society Exhibition

Pitt Building, Trumpington Road, Cambridge CB2 1RP


I always look forward to the Cambridge Drawing Society Exhibition.

There are two exhibitions a year and the one in Spring is the big one when any local artist with a 20 mile radius of Cambridge can apply to be a member and have their work hung.

The Pitt Building is a wonderful building originally built to house Cambridge University Press, the University’s publisher. Now it is mainly a conference Centre with large rooms very close to the iconic King's Parade. If you like historical buildings this is a chance not only to see an exhibition but also the ground floor rooms.

The exhibition is packed with all kinds of paintings, prints, collages and sculptures in different colours and styles and gives a chance to see a variety of artists. Competition is fierce to get your art here and there is always something to like.

I have submitted four paintings and look forward to seeing how many have got through the hanging committee and will be in the exhibition.

Tithe Barn Art Exhibition

Tithe Barn, opposite 2, Waterbeach Road, Landbeach CB25 9FA


Little did I know who I would meet when I took part in Cambridge Open Studios in 2018!

One of my visitors was very interested in the drawings I had been doing from some medieval books at the Parker Library, Corpus Christi which is part of the University of Cambridge. I learned she was one of the 'Friends of the Tithe Barn, Landbeach', a small village to the north of Cambridge with a very old barn thought to have been built before 1459. She told me of how the group were trying to get grants to restore the lovely old building and that Matthew Parker used to be the rector of Landbeach Church and also the Master of Corpus Christi and it was he who collected the old manuscripts that I was drawing from.

Later the 'Friends' invited me to exhibit at the Barn after it had been restored. Also exhibiting at the same time - it is a very large space - are some artists from the Cambridge Drawing Society and Rowan, a vibrant and active part of the art community in Cambridge working with people with learning disabilities.

The art exhibition is one of the inaugural events so if you have a love of history, or a love of art, please come along to this free event.


Winter Open Studio

23rd November 2019 - 24th November 2019
The Old Dovecote, 5 Church Street, Cambridge CB4 1XQ

It's mulled wine and fairy lights time.

What can be better than to visit ten artists in 6 different venues within a short walk or cycle ride round north Cambridge? Perhaps you are looking for something unusual as a gift for a friend of member of your family.

I shall be joining artist Carmen Renwick and jeweller Indira at potter Diana Kazemi's beautiful home in old Chesterton on 23 & 24 November from 10am to 5pm. We will be setting up the exhibition on Friday and will be ready to switch on the fairy lights when we open on Saturday morning. We would love to welcome you to our event that is free of charge.

Come and meet the artists who make the art.

Can't make that weekend? Please contact me at info@maureenmace.co,uk

More information at   Maureen Mace, Facebook

Christmas Cracker exhibition

9th November 2019 - 24th December 2019
Byard Art, 14 King's Parade, Cambridge CB2 1SJ

It's almost Christmas again and the wonderful Christmas Cracker exhibition at Byard Art.

I think this may be my favourite exhibitions of the whole year. There are a myriad of artists taking part -including me! I have 4 small pieces this year which will be hanging on their 'small wall'. Each picture is framed to be about 12 x 12 inches (30 x 30 cms). Look out for some 22 carat hold leaf on mine and a few other artists also have touches of gold to make this a rich and beautiful exhibition.

More information at   byardart.co.uk

Birmingham Open Studios

12th October 2019 - 13th October 2019
94 Gristhorpe Road, Selly Oak, Birmingham B29 7SL

I love Open Studios and have been taking part in the Cambridge event every year for 15 years. I love the concept of people coming to visit your studio and seeing how you work and it is lovely to chat about what I am doing, what got me to this point and where I want to be.

My son, Owen de Visser, has watched this for many years and has followed his own creative instincts and is now a successful photographer in Birmingham. He is also a whizz at organising and he saw a gap in the market where all art can be accessed and set up via his website, Arts Brum.

For the last three years he also set up and runs Birmingham Open Studios, I do admire his energy. He started small when he lived in Moseley and has expanded the area since. He has helpers now although is still very much the organising force.

He has recently moved to Selly Oak and this year I was delighted when he invited me to join him. So please come and visit the mother and son combo during the weekend 12 & 13 October

More information at   
Birmingham Open Studios
Owen de Visser Photography
Website supporting local Birmingham artists

Cambridge Open Studio

20th July 2019 - 21st July 2019
309 Milton Road, CB4 1XQ

July means Cambridge Open Studios.

This year Dittany Rose will be joining me which will be her first year exhibiting her jewellery at this event.

We will be open for two weekends 20 & 21 July and 27 &28 July.

I love Open Studios because it is a chance to talk to people about my work and how I make it. I am often asked Why? as well, especially at the weird and wonderful creatures but as regular visitors know I draw from the medieval manuscripts (or facsimile) at the Parker Library, Corpus Christi, University if Cambridge.

I paint in oil because it makes my paintings rich and glowing, I never seem to get the same effect from acrylic but I think that is because acrylic paints dry very quickly and I need slow drying times for all the details.

The weather will be warm, we will have soft drinks and later in the afternoon a refreshing glass of wine. We have a wonderful garden where you can sit or send the children to count how many animals there are.

I look forward to meeting regular visitors as well as new.

Mixed Summer exhibition 2019

4th July 2019 - 1st September 2019
Byard Art, 14 King's Parade CB2 1SL

Byard Art has a changing show during the summer months with their gallery artists. I love being one of their artists as the staff are so lovely and they work really hard continually changing the exhibitions and chatting to customers. And of course they are directly opposite King's College Chapel so they have a fantastic view.

I have four paintings there currently and I will one or two more during the show.

The great thing about the gallery is that if my work is not on the wall and you ask to see it they will bring it out and show you.

More information at   Summer Exhibition at Byard Art

Along Your Street exhibition

31st May 2019 - 4th June 2019
Byard Art, 14 Kings Parade CB2 1SJ

I have been invited to take part in the 'Along your Street' exhibition at Byard Art. I love this gallery, a small independent on King's Parade directly opposite King's College Chapel.

I have four paintings exhibited, with another I shall deliver towards the end of the show. The one shown here is the 'Cambridge Tree of Books'. Cambridge is full of books, in the university, at people's homes, in the local bookshops (G. Davids is my favourite) and also in the public libraries.

'Cambridge Tree of Books' has the books tumbling from a tree and in the background are some of the lovely college libraries. A bit of a guessing game but don't worry, Byard will have the full list.

Other paintings of mine at the gallery include 'Mulberry Tree, Queen's', 'Trinity' and 'Red Cows at King's'.

Four painting truly inspired by living and loving Cambridge.

More information at   Byard Art

Cambridge Drawing Society Spring Exhibition

23rd March 2019 - 30th March 2019
Pitt Building, Trumpington Street, CB2 1RP

The Spring Exhibition at the Pitt Building is crammed full of varying art by local artists. All those showing their work must have passed a panel to join the Cambridge Drawing Society. There is often quite a lot of competition to get work accepted and on the wall so I am delighted all 4 of my paintings are accepted.

The exhibition is a good showcase to see local artists and the style of work they produce and often I get visitors at Open Studios who have seen my work there and want to see more and maybe buy a piece.

The secretary organises the artists. A panel which includes some committee members choose what art will be accepted for the exhibition and the secretary is brilliant at organising us all by giving us specific jobs to receive the works, hang them, steward the exhibition and take it down when it is all over. It is all done with humour and precision - now that is a real feat when dealing with a bunch of artists.

The Cambridge Drawing Society has two exhibitions a year, next one at the Leys School during the Autumn half term.


Urban Sketchers draw Addenbrookes

16th January 2019 - 6th March 2019
Addenbrookes long corridor

I am delighted to be back exhibiting at the long corridor at Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge. This time with the Cambridge Urban Sketchers, (USK Cambridge).

The sketchers meet up at least once a month and this was the first time we had returned to the same place. The first time we visited the hospital together was on a very cold Saturday in winter two years ago and my first drawing was stained with snowflakes. I went inside to warm my fingers and found another place to draw that overlooked the myriad of cranes that were building the new Astrozenica. We went back 18 months later and redrew from the same spot and these drawings are now displayed in the hospital.

Between the two sketch-crawls I visited the hospital many times as my family developed problems, not serious but requiring visits to various departments.

I liked to accompany them there as it gave me a chance to sketch in our wonderful local hospital. One of the images of mine that will be exhibited in this Saturday visit to the cardiology department which kept me occupied as my husband was having tests.

I am pleased to say they did not find anything wrong.

Winter Open Studio

24th November 2018 - 25th November 2018
Chesterton, Cambridge

I love Winter Studio time.

i join a wonderful group of artists from the Chesterton area in north Cambridge for a weekend of Christmas Sparkle.

I am one of three artists showing my work at Diana Kazemi's house at the Old Dovecote, 5 Church Street, CB4 1DT just along the road from St Andrews Church. We take over her garage and hall and put up masses of fairy lights before getting the artworks up. It is a beautiful time.

We have to keep the door shut to keep the cold out but when you you open it and come in you will be welcomed by a gorgeous smell of mulled wine and masses of white Christmas lights. The artworks and ceramics are pretty good too.

Diana, Carmen and I look forward to meeting you.

Christmas Cracker Exhibition

10th November 2018 - 24th December 2018
at Byard Art

The Christmas Cracker exhibition has started and it is absolutely wonderful with all sorts of art. I have six paintings exhibited beside other paintings, ceramics, jewellery and some very intriguing mixed media.

Byard Art is situated opposite King's College Chapel at 14 King's Parade, Cambridge CB2 1SJ. Opening times Monday to Saturday 9.30am - 5pm, Sunday 11 - 5.

If you are in Cambridge do drop in.

Addenbrookes Art exhibition

20th September 2018 - 15th September 2018
Addenbrookes long corridor near the treatment centre

Last year two of my images were chosen to be in the Cambridge Art Book. The book is on sale in all the galleries in the city plus various other outlets and has been extremely successful at showing an artists view of our beautiful city.

Following on from its success, Addenbrookes has invited a selection of the artists who contributed towards the book to exhibit a painting in the long corridor in the section near the Addenbrookes Treatment Centre.

If you find yourself visiting the hospital please take a look at the exhibition. Alongside our paintings there are an amazing amount of images to keep visitors, those who have to stay in the hospital and the staff entertained. For every sale we make the hospital will receive money towards vital help for the patients.

Open 24 hours a day.

Cambridge Open Studios

7th July 2018 - 22nd July 2018
309 Milton Road, CB4 1XQ

One of my highlights of the year, I love Open Studios. I find it so amazing that people come to meet me and to see my work.

This year you will be able to see lots of new paintings, some of them quite large. I will also have lots of sketchbooks to peruse, some of these are from days out with Cambridge Urban Sketchers and others are based on my research at the Parker Library where I get engrossed in Medieval Illuminations. One day I hope to write a childrens' book based on some of weird and wonderful sketches of farm animals and mythical beasts. My image for the guide shows some of birds from various bestiaries.

This year I am sharing my studio with Maureen Charles, a fabulous glass artist. If you like colour do come along and visit.

Summer Exhibition

5th July 2018 - 2nd September 2018
Byard Art

This will be the first Summer Exhibition I will be doing with Byard Art and I am delighted to have been asked to submit four paintings.

I just LOVE this gallery

Along Your Street

31st May 2018 - 1st July 2018
Byard Art

Really delighted to be invited to exhibit five large paintings at the Along Your Street exhibition at Byard art on King's Parade, Cambridge.

This will be the first time I will be showing my work at this contemporary, independent gallery.

The image is titled 'Newton's Apple Tree'. The apple tree in question is just outside the beautiful gatehouse at Trinity College part of Cambridge University. It has been said that this tree is a descendant of the apple tree that Newton studied to explore his theories of gravity. It is not a very rigorous tree but it does have a superb shape. I have transported it under a clear night sky and added snippets of the wonderful buildings that are part of Trinity including the gatehouse, the chapel and the Wren Library.

More information at   Byard Art

Urban Sketchers at Novi

24th May 2018 - 25th June 2018

Anyone that knows me will know I love the monthly meetings with the Cambridge Urban Sketchers (USK). We have been to all sorts of places including Kettle's Yard, Mill Road cemetery, Great St Mary's and my favourites, the colleges.

To celebrate the third anniversary of USK our leaders have arranged for some of our work to be shown at Novi where you can buy a coffee or a cocktail.

Roughly 20 different local sketchers will be hanging their work and my view of the Cambridge Market is one of those selected.

Winter Studio

25th November 2017 - 26th November 2017
Church Street, Cambridge

Several artists open their venues before Christmas.

This winter Maureen will be displaying her work with Diana Kazemi and Carmen Renwick in Church Street.

The artists all love Christmas so there are plenty of Christmas lights, gentle music - but not Christmas carols - and a wonderful Christmas punch that tastes divine.

Come along and browse the pottery, prints, paintings and cards.

Cambridge Drawing Society

22nd October 2017 - 28th October 2017
Leys School, Fen Causeway, Cambridge CB2 7AD

Drawings, paintings, prints and 3D works are displayed with the majority for sale.

I shall be exhibiting 3 oil paintings, an acrylic collage and a mono-print.

Do come and visit during half term, we would love to meet you.

Pictured here is my collage of Eleven Happy Sheep.

More information at   Cambridge Drawing Society

Winter Open Studio

26th November 2016 - 27th November 2016

I am joining Carmen Renwick and Diana Kazemi for this years Winter Studio.

Stuck for a seasonal gift? Come along to our Winter studio at the Dovecote, 5 Church Street, Cambridge Cb4 1DT for a glass of mulled wine and see what these three artists have been creating.

Diana makes wonderful pottery, cups, vases, honey jars, cutlery holders and a superb collection of ceramic jewellery.

Carmen has some beautiful illustrated cards and prints for sale.

I have paintings, prints, scarves and some wacky sheep, plus I have my sketch books and a new painting based on my research on Medieval manuscripts at the Parker Library. Also my printer, who makes my limited edition prints, has just made a sample of my Tree of Cambridge on canvas. I love it but I want to hear what you think.

...still stuck for a present? How about an art voucher for a 2 hour session on acrylic or watercolour painting techniques?

More information at   Chesterton Winter Studios


18th November 2016 - 19th November 2016
King's College

Connexions is a charity event to raise money for Cambridge Timebanking. A wonderful idea where people can exchange time by trading their skills with no money involved.

250 artists donated a canvas which will be sold to raise money for this charity. The exhibition starts at Kings College, Cambridge on 18 and 19 November. and will continue at alternative venues around Cambridge.

Fourteen of my art students took part in this exhibition and they have made some amazing paintings one of which is shown here. You can see their work on the http://www.facebook.com/CambridgeArtClasses Facebook page or on my Cambridge Art classes website.

More information at   
Cambridge Art Classes
Cambridge Art Classes on Facebook
Cambridge Art Classes on Facebook

Cambridge Open Studios

9th July 2016 - 24th July 2016
Milton Road, Cambridge

2016 and I am joined by Maureen Charles, a wonderful glass artist who is exhibiting for the first time.

If you like colour, detail and something original come along to Cambridge Open Studios at No 27 in the guide. We have nicknamed ourselves the Mo Show and to prevent confusion Maureen Charles is called Rene, and Maureen Mace has become Mo.

We look forward to meeting you.

More information at   Cambridge Open Studios

Running with Brushes

14th April 2016 - 8th May 2016

I am delighted to have been asked to exhibit at the Plough in Shepreth as part of a Running with Brushes exhibition.

Running With Brushes is a charity project launched by Vandy Massey in July 2013. It started as a slightly off-the-wall idea to see if she could paint and sell 1000 postcard size paintings to make ÂŁ10,000 for Care for Casualties. As an extension of the project Vandy is staging an exhibition of other artworks in the gallery at The Plough.

Instead of the traditional preview evening, there will be two ticketed events on Thursday 14th and Thursday 21st April. These events will be called A Night of 100 Paintings and will showcase the work of the participating artists as well as the postcard-sized watercolours which form part of the online Running With Brushes project. The small watercolours will only be on show during those two events and not for the rest of the exhibition time. There will be live music at the event.

It would be lovely to see you there

More information at   Running with Brushes (Care for casualties charity)

Woodlands Surgery

17th March 2016 - 2nd March 2017
Woodlands Surgery, Bateman Street, Cambridge

I have been invited to exhibit my work at the Woodlands Surgery in Bateman Street, Cambridge.

The paintings and prints are on display in the first floor waiting rooms and give patients and visitors a lovely display before their appointments. If you are interested in viewing some of my work please contact the surgery to arrange a time to visit.

More information at   Woodlands Surgery

Winter Open Studios

28th November 2015 - 29th November 2015

In November I joined Tess Ainley and Diana Kazemi in Church Street, Cambridge for a fantastic winter exhibition full of fairy lights with an amazing smell of delicious mulled wine.

It was great fun and lovely to see lots of people, some of whom I had not met for a few years. Thank you Diana for letting us use your hall, kitchen and garage which we transformed into a Winter Wonderland.

I look forward to doing it all again next year.

More information at   The wonderful ceramic work of Diana Kazemi

Silvanite Woods

8th August 2013 - 9th October 2013

Small, intricate and richly coloured.

!4 new paintings plus 2 limited edition prints, all based on medieval and decorative trees are now exhibited in the long corridor at Addenbrookes between the main concourse and the treatment centre.

This is the first time the set has been seen together and the effect is stunning - as you pass down the corridor the lights shine on the silver and copper leaf which makes the paintings appear to move.

All for sale with 25% commission going to Addenbrookes charities.

On until 9 October

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