Exhibition of Art…

October 29, 2018

… By former members of the Women’s Royal Air Force in Lincolnshire

WRAF_Candlesby_550Frances Brice, Margaret Carstairs, Rosemarie Da Costa and Fiona Duncan, all former members of the WRAF, have joined together to create a stunning exhibition of drawings and paintings with a percentage of sales being donated to the International Bomber Command Centre (IBCC) in Lincoln.

WRAF_IBBC_Poster_550Frances Brice joined the WRAF at the age of nineteen and became an Assistant Air Traffic Controller.   She left upon starting a family, as WRAF policy at the time did not allow women with children to remain in service.  Frances has won quite a few awards for her work and her paintings hang on wall in Great Britain, Canada, America, Hong Kong and Abu Dhabi to name but a few.  “I still fee overwhelmed and honoured when someone views my work and says the feel they have been there, or that my paintings make them feel the tranquillity of the scene.”

Margaret Carstairs served for three years from 1966 to 1969 and worked as a Supply Accountant. “I did art at school many years ago and took it up again before retiring. I paint with the U3A in Lincoln and have been attending workshops and seminars for about 18 years with an artist called Ash Buckingham. I paint for fun and most of my paintings hang on the walls of friends and family, as well as my own.”

WRAF_Bainton_550Rosemarie Da Costa was keen to join the WRAF while still at school, and at the age of 18 passed the selection procedure to become a WRAF officer on a short service commission. She was the first female crew member of 48 Squadron, flying as supernumerary crew in a Hercules, helping to bring back dispossessed local residents evacuated from Cyprus in the crisis of 1974.

“I have always loved creative activities and, after I completed my WRAF service, I explored different ways of producing art. The wonderful landscapes of North Yorkshire introduced me to watercolours which are my first love. However, after a posting in the West Indies I discovered pastels. These were much easier to work than watercolours which dried too quickly in the heat! I have recently moved to wet felting and needle felting and continue to explore my love as sheep as my artistic subjects.”

WRAF_Somersby_550Fiona Duncan joined the WRAF in 1977 as an Admin Clerk and served for five and a half years. Fiona was also discharged upon becoming pregnant, as was the policy at the time.  “I am mainly a self-taught artist although I attended to some classes to learn the basics when I first started painting. I enjoy painting landscapes and seascapes, and work in acrylics. I have been supporting the IBCC for the last six months with sales of my spire paintings.”

The exhibition is open from 10 am – 4 pm every day from Monday 29 October until Saturday 03 November.  The Exhibition is free to ente.

Visitors are invited, but not obliged, to make a small donation to the International Bomber Command Centre using the donation box provided.

Photographs by Martin Cameron.  Poster image supplied by the artists.  Click on any image to see a larger version (opens in new window/tab).

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