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Buddy marvellous art on display

Published Thursday, 27 June 2013

Art lovers can seize the opportunity to have a last look at some fantastic artwork at Forty Hall with exquisite 17th and 19th century botanical drawings and prints and art objects from the early 20th century on display.

Forty Hall, art, culture The free artworks form part of an extensive set piece of exhibitions demonstrating the beauty of nature by focusing on the transition from Spring to Summer.

The exhibitions range from "Bud to Bloom" in the Long Gallery made up of beautiful pieces by acclaimed artists from the Crafts Council collection to "The Beauty of Botany" a selection of exquisite 17th and 19th century botanical drawings from The Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew, hung in the very heart of the Hall.  

Other exhibitions at the Hall currently include ‘Garden Flowers by Pieter van Kouwenhoorn’, an array of intricate and mesmerising illustrated prints by the infamous botanical painter and a selection of botanical paintings by local Enfield artist Olga Blandford Lewis (1917 – 2002) who lived in Southgate and won nearly 20 medals at Royal Horticultural Shows during her art career.  

Enfield Council's Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure, Youth and Localism, Cllr Bambos Charalambous, said: "We are constantly working to bring high profile and famous artists and exhibitions to Forty Hall so residents can enjoy them free of charge in a beautiful and historic setting.

"The Hall is increasingly popular with prominent artists and organisations wanting to work with us and the current displays are well worth a look, so I'd recommend residents come down and pay us a visit while the artwork is still on display."

‘Bud to Bloom’, ‘The Beauty of Botany’ and Garden Flowers’ run until Sunday 7 July

‘Botanical Drawings by Olga Blandford Lewis’ runs until Sunday 1 September

All exhibitions are free and are open during normal Hall opening hours. 

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