The Plough Arts Centre in Torrington welcomes sixth solo exhibition for prolific local painter.

Work by North Devon artist Mary Chugg.Work by North Devon artist Mary Chugg.

THE Plough Arts Centre in Torrington is hosting an exhibition of new work by North Devon artist Mary Chugg.

New Paintings 2013 opens on Friday, May 31 and runs until June 29. It will be her sixth solo exhibition, exhibiting paintings and drawings made during the last two years.

Ideas have come from the view from her windows, social interaction with friends, gardens and a first visit to Monet’s garden at Giverny.

“For many years I had wanted to see this garden and when I at last did so, in June last year, I was so delighted by it all that immediately on returning home I felt compelled to paint something of what I had seen and experienced,” said Mary.

“The Giverny paintings were all completed within a few weeks. There are of course, thousands of people who must have felt the same as I did… but we all have our own individual interpretation.

“It is a place filled with colour and varying light, and hundreds of people looking and wondering at what they see.”

Mary has lived in North Devon since early childhood. She was trained at Bath Academy of Art, Corsham and in 1955 she married Brian Chugg and then taught art for 18 years. She became the proprietor of an antique shop until 1995.