Last Chance To See: Jo Lawrence King At The Depot

Posted by on Nov 23, 2010 | Leave a Comment

Jo Lawrence King

Jo Lawrence King

Greenhithe resident and art student Jo Lawrence-King and her teacher and mentor, artist Claire Hey, also from Greenhithe, are exhibiting side-by-side at the Depot Artspace.

Jo’s exhibition Beach Life, Kiwi Style is being held in the Outer Gallery at the Depot Artspace from 13-25 November, while Claire Hey is part of a group exhibition Sewing the Seed for a Textural Garden in the main gallery at the same time.

At age 40, Jo took up art as a hobby, with the encouragement of professional artist Claire Hey. Now, just five years later, she is about to open her first solo exhibition, having won sponsorship from a group of artists calling themselves the Magpies.

Jo says she is still a little surprised by her success, having been told by a teacher at school, more than 30 years ago, that she “didn’t have any talent”.  She says she has her mentor to thank for much of her achievement.  “I had very little self-belief, but Claire gave me encouragement, support and a safe place to give art another go,” says Jo.  “I am so grateful for her support and the sponsorship of the Magpies.”

Claire commented “I feel sad when I hear people say that they can’t draw or paint. If you can make shapes with a pencil, then you can draw; you just need to trust and enjoy the process. Helping people tap into their creativity is very rewarding for me and it is wonderful to see Jo’s confidence and ability developing so far.”

The Magpies are a group of seven artists who collaborated in an exhibition at the Depot Artspace in 2009. They wanted to support an emerging artist to hold his or her first solo exhibition and used some of the proceeds of their own exhibition to do so.

Beach Life, Kiwi Style and Sewing the Seeds for a Textural Garden

13-25 November 2010

Depot Artspace, 28 Clarence Street, Devonport

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