Outdoor painters form group, launch debut exhibit

A new London art group is holding its first major exhibition and sale.

The Art Gypsies — Annette Dutton, Barb Alkemade, Laura Dirk and Lynda Burns — will be featured for the next three months at Teatcha Cafe at 44Blackfriars St. - writes lfpress.com.

The group was formed by Dutton, who previously operated Gallery609, which closed due to complications unrelated to the ­gallery.

“It was unfortunate in that in June of 2016, I had opened the main gallery and within nine months was able to expand to six themed rooms on three levels, and offering 15 guest artists’ works as well as my own,” said Dutton.

Dutton said Teatcha’s passion for specialty tea and coffee from around the world matches each artist’s passion for art.

“I refer to this collaboration as ‘sip and exhibit,’” said Dutton.

“I’m very pleased to have met three other eager artists who enjoy painting plein air (outdoors) in the warmth of fresh breezes, but who also anxiously anticipate locating indoors when snowflakes fall.”

The group meets once a week at various sites around the city including the forks of the Thames, Springbank Park, and the bridge at Blackfriars, or at a studio owned by a member.

“We are like-minded yet able to focus on our own, very unique style of art,” said Dutton.

If you go

What: An exhibition of paintings byArt Gypsies Annette Dutton, BarbAlkemade, Laura Dirk and Lynda Burns.

When: Until Jan.31.

Where: Teatcha Cafe, 44BlackfriarsSt.

Admission: Free with a complimentary tea tasting.

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