| Exhibition - Christine Penberthy
Work by Christine Penberthy.
Saturday 5th - Friday 11th May 2018
10.30 am - 5.00 pm daily.
Christine Penberthy - Artist.
Born in a village just outside Birmingham in 1940. My mother told me later that the name of the nursing home was called St. Ives. At 3 yrs old. I was too young to be aware that we were at war . It was quite normal for me to see barage balloons, spitfires , bomb craters , barbed wire ,tanks going up and down the road and long queues, ration books in hand . In fact , as a small child , I found everything really exciting.
I have always loved drawing and painting. I won my first prize at the age of 8 yrs.at school in a safety first competion. At 15 I went to Sutton School of Art. My teacher said that I “Definitely had a talent”. It felt good to get that encouragment.
In 1962 I came to St Ives which had long since been my dream. As I stepped off the train I could see the lights around the harbour , felt the warmth of the seting sun and I knew somehow I would stay.
In 1963 I married into a Cornish family. I had five children. Bringing them up was a wonderful experience but very time consuming and painting was put on hold . I did find time to go to the St Ives School of Painting and joined the life classses, led by Majorie Mostyn and Leonard Fuller. That was a exciting time to be in beautiful St.Ives in the 60's with so many talented artists.
I rejoined the life drawing classes in the early 90's before starting an access foundation course based at Falmouth School of Art in 1989/1991. which was succesful - but because of a tight personal budget I was unable to continue onto the B.A. course in Fine Art. Not deterred I worked hard to make my own way in the art world. I have sold work at the Society of Artists, Norway Square, St.Ives, in private sales and had work in the group, “Taking Space”. I had a succesful one woman show, at the Mariners Gallery Norway Square with many sales.
I am now a member of the St Ives Arts Club and show some of my work on a regular basis. I have grown in confidence and my work shows my great interest in the “Human Being”. As human beings we have an enormous untapped potential for strength ,compassion and courage. I like to dig deep within myself to find these qualities and somehow I hope to share the possibilities that this has shown me with other people through my paintings and drawings.