June 2014: After the success of her first visit to Halesworth, artist Jackie Morris is looking forward to returning to the town in June.
Song of the Golden Hare is a picture book written and illustrated by Jackie. The original paintings for the book are on display at WLT gallery until 13 June 2014.
During the exhibition’s opening weekend in May, Jackie recreated her studio in one corner of the gallery. Wearing her furry animal hat, she worked on a painting for WLT, chatted to visitors about her artistic technique, and signed copies of her books.
Events in Halesworth Library
On her return visit Jackie will once again set up her studio in WLT gallery as well as taking part in public events at Halesworth Library.
Kelly Jacobs, WLT’s Outreach Manager, has coordinated Jackie’s residencies and outreach programme. “Jackie is a thoughtful and highly skilled artist. She is also great fun and very entertaining, and we are looking forward to welcoming her back to Halesworth and WLT gallery,” said Kelly.
On Wednesday 11 June Jackie will be talking about her career and reading from work not yet published at the Time Out session at 10.30am in Halesworth Library.
(Jackie Morris, artist and author)
There are plenty of good reasons why people will enjoy Jackie’s company in the Library.
As she explains: “So, why come and join me? Because I have spent 30 years learning my craft and might be able to share some things I have learned. Because I enjoy meeting people. Because World Land Trust is a wonderful organisation and learning more about it will enrich your life. Because libraries are worth supporting and if we don't use them then our impoverished government will have more reason to take them away. Because when I have done talking you can come across the road to WLT gallery and see the original art from Song of the Golden Hare.”
Also on Wednesday 11 June, Jackie will read from A Song of the Golden Hare at the Library’s after school session at 4-5pm.
“I really loved my first stay in Halesworth”
While she was in Halesworth in May Jackie explored the town. She also visited the RSPB reserve at Minsmere.
She told us: “I really loved my first stay in Halesworth, not just meeting all the people who work at World Land Trust but also because of the wildlife on the Suffolk coast. Sitting in the hides at Minsmere was one of my favourite things, watching delicate avocets wading in water, listening to nightingales, watching lapwings dance in the sky and marsh harriers hunting. So rich in wildlife, so beautiful. Added to everything was the appearance of water voles! It seemed almost as if the wildlife had come out to greet me.”
Jackie also supports Suffolk Wildlife Trust (SWT) and her painting of a trinity of three hares for SWT’s 2013 Christmas card is on display in WLT gallery. The card proved so popular in 2013 that Jackie is now working on a new work for SWT to use for Christmas 2014.
While in residence at WLT gallery in May Jackie completed a painting of a hare. WLT plans to raise funds for conservation through a silent auction of the donated work later in the year.
WLT gallery is at Blyth House, Bridge Street, Halesworth. The gallery provides a small income for the Trust’s charitable work and, through its programme of temporary exhibitions, the gallery raises awareness of wildlife and landscape conservation. The gallery is open Monday to Friday 10am–4pm.
Signed copies of Song of the Golden Hare and other books by Jackie Morris are on sale in WLT gallery. Song of the Golden Hare exhibition closes at 4pm on Friday 13 June.
The outreach sessions at Halesworth Library are free and booking is not required.