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Wood carving exhibition opening in Winchcombe
AN exhibition of work created by a much-admired wood carver is opening in Winchcombe.
The work of Gwen Raverat is on show for the first time in Gloucestershire at the Winds of Change Gallery ahead of a major exhibition in France.
In 1909, when she was just 24, Gwen, grand-daughter of Charles Darwin, made her first limited-edition prints from blocks of wood she had engraved.
She went on to establish a significant reputation, creating stand-alone prints and book illustrations that marked her out as one of the most important female artists of 20th century Britain.
After her husband’s death, she returned to England, setting up home in the countryside near Cambridge and making her prints in the corner of the huge drawing room.
Her good friends included the poet Rupert Brooke and writer Virginia Woolf.
After a stroke left her unable to carve, she took up painting and writing with her best-selling childhood memoir Period Piece having never been out of print since it was first published in 1952.
Following the exhibition at the Winds of Change Gallery, which opens on Saturday, some of the items will be shown in Vence, near Nice, where Gwen and her husband Jacques lived.
Engraving with Light - Gwen Raverat Wood-Engraving, runs from Saturday, October 5 tol October 26 at the Winds of Change Gallery, High Street.
Visit windsofchangegallery.co.uk or 01242 603836 for more details.
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