Sue McDonald Celebrating Her Life In Art – Gibberd Gallery Exhibition
Entertainment / Sat 20th Aug 2022 am31 10:13am
FOLLOWING the passing of local artist Sue McDonald last year an exhibition is to be held in the Gibberd Gallery, on 22 August to 3 September 2022, celebrating her life in art. This exhibition, which has been arranged by her husband Marcel with the help of her friend, artist Liz Boast, will show how Sue’s subject matter changed through the years.
The exhibition includes some of her early work when she was living on a remote mountain in Wales and where she fell in love with birds of prey. It was whilst living there she came into contact with a prominent wildlife artist who sparked an interest in wildlife art, particularly raptors and big cats. She later moved to Chingford, London, where she continued to paint and found herself teaching at Waltham Forest College – then opening up The Affordable Art Gallery showcasing local artists. In 2004 She and her husband moved to Harlow where she had a studio at Parndon Mill. She adored her top floor studio, even though her husband had doubts because of her heart condition and the problems concerning the stairs. She stayed there until 2010. She later began working as the administrator for Harlow Art Trust and the Friends of Harlow Sculpture and Gibberd Gallery, where amongst other things, she oversaw the repairs to The Philosopher and spent time working at the Henry Moore Foundation. She simply loved art which is why she also taught at Hertford Regional College and set up the WAGS (Wednesday Arts Group) in Harlow .
Her passion for art led her to help others achieve their ambition as artists but this exhibition shows her talent and imagination.
Thank you to Marcel and Liz for the showing of Sue's tremendously powerful works. Sue lived a very brave remarkable life and her departure is a great loss to us, her friends, and the world of Art. R.I.P.