The art commission forms one part of a wider project to create a Wetlands visitor centre in St Ouen’ Bay which it is planned will open in early 2014. The new centre has been funded by RBC Wealth Management and the Tourism Development Fund. Through the RBC Blue Water Project, RBC has made a £75,000 grant to help fund the new Wetlands Centre, a key element of its long-term commitment to the Trust, and to assist the restoration of the Island’s valuable wetlands.
Chris Blampied, Head of Banking, British Isles at RBC Wealth Management, said: ‘We are very proud to be involved and to support this project through the RBC Blue Water Project. The Island’s Wetlands are a vital store of much of Jersey’s diverse and often unique flora and fauna. The Trust’s art commission is a beautiful record of this.’
All the artwork is for sale, with money raised going directly to the Trust to support the Wetland Centre project. The exhibition signals the completion of the commission which has taken over a year to complete. Each of the paintings was created using gouache and involved meticulous research, with the artist spending several hundred hours over the course of the year studying birds in situ and capturing them in their natural habitat. The paintings started life as sketches that were often drawn at a pace to capture a key moment of flight or recorded at greater length before transferring them to the final work.
Charles Alutto, Chief Executive Officer of the National Trust for Jersey said: ‘This art commission represents the largest such undertaking by the Trust and one that has been a pleasure to see unfold. The exhibition will show each piece to be a valuable resource for all visitors to the new Wetlands Centre whilst also being a beautiful body of work that captures the Wetlands birds in all their diversity.’
Anna Le Moine Gray, commenting on the exhibition said: ‘I am delighted to see this wonderful commission climax with an opportunity for the public to not only view my work, but also to have the opportunity to purchase a piece if they wish. The work has been intensive and always very rewarding.’
Visitors are invited to view Anna Le Moine Gray’s original bird life paintings from 10am to 4pm, 15 to 17 November inclusive, and have the opportunity to purchase mounted and framed pieces. The exhibition consists of 64 paintings – 20 framed and 44 mounted.