Celebrity artists support Joze Show in Kirdford

Alan Waldie and Sandra Whitmore who are exhibiting  their work
Alan Waldie and Sandra Whitmore who are exhibiting their work

FORMER wife of Beatle George Harrison, Pattie Boyd, and Lady Cowdray will be among artists exhibiting at this year’s Joze Show in Kirdford, now one of the biggest art shows in the south.

Lady Cowdray, who had her first public exhibition last September at the Cowdray House sale, is showing her sculpture and Pattie Boyd, who lives at Rudgwick, is exhibiting her photography work.

Also exhibiting in the sixth show are local artists as well as others coming from as far away as Scotland and Yorkshire. Among them are landscape painters Alan Waldie and Sandra Whitmore.

As art directors in the competitive world of London advertising, they were often deadly rivals in devising images that would sell the products of their companies’ clients.

Now, however, they have both returned to their first love of painting the landscape and sometimes spend days interpreting the trees, foliage and colours in the woods around their homes in Kirdford.

“Alan loads up his motorised buggy and I do the same with my un-motorised wheelbarrow and off we go,” laughs Sandra, a diminutive survivor of that almost all-male ‘Mad Men’ world of clashing egos and creativity.

“Sometimes I get so absorbed I am there till the light begins to go and I have to get home for dinner. It’s great fun and between us we produce lots and lots of work.”

It means what they have painted will be on view to the public at the sixth Joze Show at Accolds Farm, Kirdford next week (May 24-28), now a major show in the south of England with 150 exhibits that include sculptures, paintings, ceramics, glass, wood work and photographs from selected artists all over Britain.

Other local artists exhibiting include Geoffrey Stinton, of Petworth and Jon Edgar of Fittleworth (sculptures), Peter Archer of Ditchling (woodwork) and Min Maude of Bosham and Imelda Apps of Haslemere (paintings).

The show has been devised jointly by Josie Waldie and Georgina Mascolo, a London photographer whose main exhibit is a golden ‘shack’.

“This is the sixth Joze Show and the fifth one in my garden,” says Josie. “Last year we took it to London but all the artists wanted to come back here. Some of them treat it as their holiday in the country.”

All proceeds from the five-day show will go to the Berkeley Reafforestation Trust.