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Art Editorial

maryanngarden.jpg Mary, Mary, how does your garden grow?

There will be daffs, there will be tulips, there will be assorted dogs lolloping over stone walls when Mary Ann Rogers - one of the UK’s most popular wildlife artists - holds her ‘Wild for Midsummer’ exhibition in June.

Watercolour paintings are usually wishy-washy affairs without much oomph behind them, right? Wrong! Certainly in the case of Mary Ann Rogers anyway who likes to wheel out the big brushes for her work (and she’s not shy in splashing the paint about, either). By doing so she really captures the vibrancy of the wildlife she encounters from hares to foxes to those elusive black parrot tulips that enthral her so. The midsummer exhibition runs for just six days at her beautiful country house gallery in the Rede valley, just outside of West Woodburn, where she lives, works and welcomes visitors to see her finished paintings and work in progress throughout the year. The exhibition runs from 20-25 June but she’s also having preview events on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 June (3-7pm) with prosecco, tea, cake and meringues. Sold!

Wild for Midsummer, Monday 20-Sunday 25 June, Mary Ann Rogers Gallery, West Woodburn, Hexham, NE48 2SE, 11am-5pm. Previews: Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 June, 3-7pm (RSVP: info@marogers.com or call 01434 270216). marogers.com