Rhoda Partridge: Bleddfa Centre Exhibition

PUBLISHED: 15:52 20 December 2010 | UPDATED: 16:12 20 February 2013

Rhoda Partridge, in her 90th year, is staging her second solo exhibition

Rhoda Partridge, in her 90th year, is staging her second solo exhibition

Presteigne printmaker Rhoda Partridge stages her second solo exhibition at the Bleddfa Centre gallery this month, as part of h.Art Herefordshire Art Week.

Presteigne printmaker Rhoda Partridge stages her second solo exhibition at the Bleddfa Centre gallery this month, as part of h.Art Herefordshire Art Week.

Two years ago, the Bleddfa Centre, near Knighton, gave Rhoda her very first solo exhibition which she called Decorative Plants and Weird Birds. She was 87. "The work sold brilliantly and I enjoyed it passionately," she says. "So this year - my 90th year - they have invited me to hold a retrospective there."

Born in 1920, Rhoda Partridge married in 1939 and had five children before she was 30, living with her husband on their Cardiganshire farm until 1978. In the early 1960s, she took up flying gliders, setting up a pottery at home to pay for her passion.Almost 30 years later, she fell out of love with gliding, closed her pottery and, at the age of 70, got a place at Hereford College of Arts to learn to work in two dimensions.

Since then, she has set up her own print studio in Presteigne and exhibited in many group shows including the annual Presteigne art show in St Andrew's Church. In 2002, she put on an acclaimed exhibition at The Sidney Nolan Trust, Presteigne, titled The Female Line, which showed her own work alongside that of her mother, Leila Faithfull and her daughter, Josh Partridge, both of whom studied at the Slade School of Art.

The retrospective at Bleddfa will include new work, as well as earlier pieces made in various media which have not been exhibited before. Almost all the work on show will be for sale. "Preparing for a retrospective is most delightful," Rhoda says. "You can look at the work you did when you started out as an artist and evaluate it, decide what you like best and put it in the exhibition. Looking back over it, my work has changed radically from time to time; although I'm so old I still seem to be coming up with new things to explore."

The exhibition opens at the Bleddfa Centre, Bleddfa on Sunday, September 6 and runs through to Sunday, September 20.

www.bleddfacentre.com or tel: 01547 550377

Herefordshire Art Week is part of Open Studios Network's h.Art annual showcase aimed at promoting the wide variety of artists and craftmakers working in the region. It runs from September 12-20 at more than 130 locations throughout Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

For a guide, tel: 01568 797842 or email: arts@herefordshire.gov.uk www.hart.org.uk www.openstudiosnetwork.co.uk

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