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Nature’s World’ Exhibition - May 2015

On the 27th of March the new Nature Gallery at Derby Museum was opened. There transparent display cases in the centre of the room allow the visitor a very close up encounter with nature in all its variety, As part of the celebration Derby Cathedral Centre is hosting a joint exhibition, entitled ‘Nature’s World’ in the Sir Richard Morris Lounge throughout May and June. On one wall a pair of perspex cabinets display some exquisite floral paintings on porcelain by Derby’s nineteenth century china artists. These items from the Museum collection are rarely seen so take advantage of the opportunity. The other wall allows us to see some superb watercolours of flowers by botanical artist, Cheryl Wilbraham. Cheryl is a member of the Society of Botanical Artists and a Royal Horticultural Society Silver Medal winner. Her work, however, goes well beyond the formal requirements of accurate depiction. Instead she tries to capture the beauty and delicacy of each flower giving it a living character through her sensitive use of her medium.



I recently visited Cheryl in her home at Weston on Trent where she has a self contained studio in the garden with a delightful view across the Trent valley. She explained that she had become dissatisfied with the restrictions of formal botanical illustration and was moving into a more impressionistic depiction of the plants she loves to admire. She says of her work,’I love the subtlety of watercolour and the beauty of the retained light. The translucency of the medium, the fluidity of the wet into wet process and the ability to mix and move the colour around are processes which I find incredibly fascinating and fulfilling. My aim is to produce fresh, vibrant and contemporary botanical images which retain an element of immediacy. that describe with accuracy but which are not stifled by overworking or by the addition of too much detail’

I am sure you will be delighted by the juxtaposition of these two different styles of floral painting.

The Exhibition is open from Friday 1st May until Tuesday 30th June, 9am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday. Closed Sundays and Bank Holidays.

Geoff Robson (Exhibitions Officer)

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