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Spencer Gallery Opens Summer Exhibition

(3 April 2003)

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The 2004 Summer Exhibition at the Spencer Gallery is a special one.  This year, as it is the RHS’s bicentenary, the Gallery were asked if they would like to celebrate it with an exhibition of Spencer’s garden and flower paintings, many of which were done in Cookham. In spite of the Grand National the Gallery was packed for the Private View arranged for the afternoon of Saturday 3 April.  Isabella Corble opened the Summer Exhibition.  Isabella's family had owned Spencer paintings since the 1920s and she gave a short talk about the family links with Cookham's famous artist.

Isabella Corble who opened the Summer Exhibition

Theresa May MP was also there as was the Mayor and his wife, along with may familiar Cookham faces. 

Theresa May MP chats

The exhibition was a rare opportunity to see some of Spencer's flower paintings which are not usually so well known as his religious ones.  There was one of some poppies which was vibrant an unusual.

The Mayor and Mayoress

Many visitors were disappointed to find that the Gallery was full of people and although it should have been shut to visitors for a couple of hours during the private view, a few people managed to squeeze in and Susie Tremlett was busy at the sales desk.

Susie Tremlett busy with Sales

Stuart Conlin and his wife were there to welcome the Friends of the Gallery, Stuart is the new Chairman of the Gallery and has taken over part of the role played by Dick Hurley who remains chairman of the Trustees.

Stuart Colin, Gallery Chairman

The Exhibition continues until the 31st October and is well worth a visit.  More information can be found at  

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