Use the Contact Form to arrange a studio visit.
Ruth is always happy to arrange studio visits to discuss new series of work, purchasing work, discussing a commission, and her range of payment schemes which includes loans of work. Her retrospective sale is ongoing.
Through June, Ruth participates in Suffolk Open studios. When available, details will be posted in the Events pages under ‘2024.
October Open Studio
October 27, 28 and 29
11am to 3pm
Visit to see and discuss her latest series, including new oils; and to pick up bargains in the ongoing retrospective sale.
Ruth has added to her collection of hand made cards, selling at £5 each, and there is always a good range of new and older work in the browsers.
She is always happy to discuss setting up loans of work for a fixed period, and also sale of work by agreed instalments over three months.
September at Ferini, Pakefield, Suffolk.
“Underwater dreaming” was shown at the Ferini exhibition. This large collage is inspired by Ruth’s love of sea swimming.
August at Ballroom Arts, Aldeburgh, Suffolk.
July at 142 Gallery, Felixstowe, Suffolk.
July annual exhibition of the Inspired by Becker Art Society.
For 10 years a small group of East Anglian artists have curated an annual exhibition in celebration of the work of the artist Harry Becker.
After training in London and across Europe, Becker retreated with his family from London to Suffolk in 1913, to live in the same village where Ruth now lives. He worked en plein air, going out with the workers of the last years of pre-mechanised agriculture.
“Beach days”, a sunny large-format collage of hand painted tissue sold at the exhibition.
May at Pond Gallery, Snape Maltings, Suffolk.
February at The Hostry, Norwich Cathedral
Studio ‘Winter Sale’ and 2024 events
Studio Winter Sale
Ruth will be continuing her sale of retrospective work throughout 2024. She has a range of framed and unframed pieces made over the years in oils and watercolour, all of which are discounted to clear space. Please use the Contact Form to arrange a visit, or use direct messaging on Instagram: @ruthmccabeartist8420
Please say a little about yourself in your message: where based, how you came across Ruth’s work!
Dates for Your Diary – 2024
APRIL 18 to MAY 1 – Pond Gallery Snape Maltings, Suffolk: Group Exhibition
MAY 9 to May 15 – Pond Gallery Snape Maltings, Suffolk: 4Artists Exhibition
JUNE 1 to JUNE 9 – Holton Lodge Barn Gallery: Group Exhibition.
The St. Halesworth IP19 8PN
JUNE 22 AND 23 – Open Studio weekend (Ruth’s studio, Wenhaston IP19) as part of Suffolk Open Studios. Ruth will be opening for only one weekend.
SEPTEMBER (dates tbc) SOLO SHOW – George Farnham Gallery, Saxmundham.
Studio ‘Winter Sale’
11am to 3pm. 2&3 December, Suffolk IP19 9DS
Two Suffolk artists join forces
Following her recent highly successful solo show in Saxmundham, Suffolk at https://thegeorgefarnhamgallery.uk/ Ruth will run a Winter Sale Event at her studio in Wenhaston, Suffolk (IP19 9DS). It will be an end of season ‘cull’, to make space for new work she plans to explore through the winter months. (Read about ‘Wintering’ in the next post on the “From the studio” page).
Ruth’s neighbour, Sally Erb, painter of the Suffolk landscape, will also be opening her studio for this event and it will be easy to pop in to see both artists and receive a warm welcome.
Ruth will also have unframed pieces, handmade cards which are unique miniatures, and a stock of printed cards made from the collage of wild swimming she donated to raise funds for SOUTHWOLD RNLI Lifeboat crew this summer, raising almost £400. Digital payment available.
It’s quite possible that on the day, you may find her working on some small collages inspired by the Suffolk coast.
Their work in oils, watercolour and contemporary collage is a response to the Suffolk landscape. Please see the flyer for addresses and contact numbers. Text or WhatsApp for more details.
Solo show October 3 – 21: ‘Shore Lines’
The Award winning Suffolk Gallery: “George Farnham Gallery”is hosting a solo show of Ruth’s work in October. https://thegeorgefarnhamgallery.uk/
The slideshow below offers a sample preview of some of the large and small pieces that will be presented.
Visit Aldeburgh Thursday 17th August to catch Ruth at the Lookout Open exhibition.
She’ll be there 11 until 4pm to welcome you. Each artist in this prestigious show curated by Caroline Wiseman, has one, small, affordable piece which can be taken away on the day of purchase.
Ruth has entered the watercolour below: “A quiet, untroubled development”. One of her pieces which plays both with the natural environment, and our own human states of mind.
Ruth is entering 3 pieces of work for this fund-raising exhibition in aid of Thorington Church, Suffolk.
The pretty Norman church of St Peter dates back to the 11th century, with a striking round tower of flint, and an aisle-less nave and chancel. The church is an important Grade 1 listed building. Given its architectural importance there is a constant need for maintenance. The churchyard is kept tidy by volunteers, and there is an abundance of wildflowers especially in spring. All are welcome here.
Raffle in aid of Southwold Lifeboat and crew…..
Ruth has made a 25cm square collage on board, called “A bit bouncy”. She is donating it to raise funds for the crew and lifeboat of Southwold, where she swims regularly and through the winter. Volunteers play a vital role in safety at sea, and have to undergo extensive training.
The Sole Bay Swimmers group that Ruth swims with are a great bunch of people. Bright hats and swim floats offer visibility in case the North Sea gets a bit more than ‘bouncy’. The collage is a fun, bright depiction of both the sea’s power and the fun of swimming as a group. She felt it important to include the lifeboat and crew in the scene, although of course, they would not actually sail this close to swimmers!
Tickets can be bought and the collage seen on August 5 in Southwold Lifeboat Station. Ruth will be there between 12 and 4, and the raffle drawn at 4pm.
Ruth’s painting selected for the Sir John Hurt Prize Competition, Holt Festival, Norfolk.
This competition is held every year within the Holt Festival (Norfolk, UK).
A contemporary abstract watercolour, this large piece is an example of Ruth’s work extending the boundaries of how watercolour is most often used. The piece explores how layering translucent washes of pigment can build a composition.
Anwen Hurt, the Festival director writes:
‘We’ve had bumper entries and the standard has been so high across the board that it’s given the shortlist judges a very tough job (not to mention a few headaches and arguments too). However, we now have a finalised shortlist of entries which you can see on our website by clicking here. The original works will be on view at Glandford Studios, Manor Farm Barns from Thursday 20th to Saturday 29th July. The winners will be announced by our judges Anne Desmet RA, Nicola Stratton Tyler, Dulcie Humphrey, Charlotte Fraser and Polly Binns on the evening of Sunday 23rd July. Full details on the website’.
Holton Lodge Barn
The Street, Holton, Nr Halesworth, Suffolk, IP19 8PN
Hilary Garner, artist owner, has curated work from 22 contemporary artists to launch her new venue. Ruth will attend the Private View on Friday 30 June from 5pm.
The barn itself is beautiful medieval structure, and now is filled with a vibrant collection of work. Its massive doors will open to a view of the grounds, and drinks to celebrate this exciting venture will be served on the terrace.
June in the studio.
Ruth will run three open weekends through June, as part of Suffolk Open Studios annual event. June 3. Use the contact form for further enquiries about the show.
May at Bell Gallery, Bungay.
Ruth is presenting 15 hung works in Bell Gallery’s “Spring Collection”show commencing May 2nd. She will been the gallery on May 2nd, and the afternoons of May 16 and 24. Use the contact form for further enquiries about the show.
Early April in Aldeburgh Ballroom Arts. April 5 to 11
As a member of Suffolk Open Studios Ruth’s work will be represented in the exhibition at Ballroom Arts, Aldeburgh. “Coastal light”, watercolour. Has been selected for the show. Unframed work and unique handmade cards will also be available. https://ballroomarts.org/
March-April at Merlina Art: Paint Works
Between March 30 to April 10 Ruth is one of 4 artists holding an exhibition at Merlina Arts in Suffolk:
Ruth will be presenting a range of her larger works in the show including this watercolour: ‘Water Falling’
Details on the poster.
MERLINA ART Earsham Heritage Mill Church Road, Earsham, Bungay NR35 2TQ.
March at Gallery East, Woodbridge. https://www.galleryeast.co.uk/
March 11 opening at 10am onwards Ruth has been invited to produce work for “The horizontal landscape’ at Gallery East, Woodbridge, Suffolk.