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Reports on trips February – July 2023


23 February saw the group travelling by the Lerryn Minibus to St Just and the Kurt Jackson gallery followed by a lunch at the Dog and Rabbit.  We then had a quick swing-by on the way home to the craft centre at Perranworthal.  The use of the Lerryn minibus was declared a success.


Our March 24 outings was a train ride to St Ives where we visited the Barbara Hepworth Sculpture exhibition.  The viewing was introduced and enhanced by a helpful guide who explained the background of the exhibits.  The group also visited the Livingstone gallery.


April 21 saw us using the Lerryn minibus again to Bideford to see the annual North Devon Artists display at the Burton Gallery with lunch at Appledore.  Our scenic bus trip took us home via the coast on the Atlantic Highway with a brief stop at a garden centre.  Our thanks to our usual driver Andy for the views!


May saw members of the group go by cars on the annual pilgrimage to Delamore House north of Ivybridge, where as well as an art exhibition in the house, dozens of sculptures are exhibited around the beautiful gardens, from classical to whimsical. We were even lucky with the Dartmoor weather.


We travelled north and closer to home for our May outing, again using cars.  Firstly we went to Wendy Parkyn’s studio which was packed to the rafters with her artworks.  There we were advised to avoid Port Isaac which was extremely busy and fell back to Plan B which was a visit to Wave 7 Gallery in Wadebridge and then our lunch at Trelawney Garden Centre.  There was a slight shortage of cars for this trip so not all who wanted to could go – something that can be an issue.


By train to Plymouth and the Box this month to see the Reframing Rembrandt exhibition, the Elizabeth I Armada painting and Rana Begum’s more modern Dappled Light.  We then walked down to visit the Plymouth Synagogue where the entertaining and informative Gerry explained the history of the first Ashkenazi synagogue to be established in the UK, followed by some audience anticipation to enable us to understand the ceremonies involved.