Couple’s joint exhibition opened at Rutland County Museum

Artists Roy Holley and Mo Gardner at the opening of their exhibition with Rutland's Lord Lt Laurence Howard
Artists Roy Holley and Mo Gardner at the opening of their exhibition with Rutland's Lord Lt Laurence Howard
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Touch Stone and Paint (Too!) is the title of a joint exhibition of paintings and sculpture which was opened by Rutland’s Lord Lieutenant last week.

Artists Mo Gardner and Roy Holley are once again sharing an exhibition which will run at Rutland County Museum in Oakham until January 11.

Laurence Howard mentioned the presentation of Mo’s Exultation sculpture as a Diamond Jubilee gift from the people of Rutland to The Queen at Burghley House last summer and said he was himself the proud possessor of one of Mo’s sculptures. He also commented on Roy’s wonderful ability to draw the viewer into his fascinating family group paintings.

“They make you feel that you are really there, involved in the moment,” he said.

The couple, who live and work at Morcott, are heavily involved in the Rutland art scene and were the instigators of Rutland Open Studios which is now approaching its eighth year, and is one of the most popular events in the Rutland arts calendar.

Last year they organised the Art in the Making Festival which was so successful that it attracted more than 250 visitors during the weekend. Another one is planned for 2014.

Rutland County Museum is open on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.