Retired teachers showcase newfound passion for art at Stamford Arts Centre

Photo: SM071111-006ow.jpg Artist Josette Carroll with her exhibition of recycled cardboard sculptures at Stamford Arts Centre.
Photo: SM071111-006ow.jpg Artist Josette Carroll with her exhibition of recycled cardboard sculptures at Stamford Arts Centre.
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TWO former teachers who found a passion for art in retirement are featured in an exhibition.

Josette Carroll, from Mill Lane, Ketton and Rosemary Tolkein, from Firs Avenue, Uppingham, have their work on display in the gallery at Stamford Arts Centre.

The pair studied together on a degree course in fine art at New College Stamford after retiring from teaching, and have joined forces again for this exhibition.

Joesette, 69, makes sculptures from layers of cardboard glued together which she then shapes with a bandsaw.

By cutting into the corrugated layers at different angles she creates a range of textures and shapes.

Josette said: “The beautiful thing is there is always the element of surprise, you are never sure what you are going to get. It’s quite exciting.”

Rosemary, 61, is a painter who specialises in architectural pieces. Her exhibition features a number of views of St Pancras Station in London, and she has painted a series of Stamford buildings.

She said: “My architectural paintings are very reduced, flattened, almost like a screen print. I take the buildings back to their basic shapes.

The exhibition ends on Saturday, but both Josette and Rosemary have their pieces on display online, at www.josettecarroll.com and www.rosemarytolkein.com.