Stephen Metcalfe, local MP for South Basildon and East Thurrock, paid a visit to the Eastgate Shopping Centre yesterday for the opening of an art exhibition featuring the work of local artist Sue Barnfield.
The exhibition, ‘come together’, is named after the Beatles song and is particularly pertinent for the local artist having seen her life ‘come together’ through her art. Ms Barnfield has produced an almost entirely new body of work for the exhibition, bringing landscapes, portraits and more abstract pieces together under one roof.
As well as being a prolific painter, Sue also teaches at Lincewood Primary Schools in Langdon Hills, passing on her extensive knowledge and skills to the next generation of artists.
The local MP has always been supportive of the visual arts in South Basildon and East Thurrock and said he was delighted to have been invited to the opening of the unique exhibition.
Mr Metcalfe commented: “It was fantastic to be at the opening of this exhibition. It is a great use of the space in the shopping centre and gives the general public the chance to see some brilliant artwork by one of our very own local artists.”
“I was incredibly impressed by the standard of the work and would like to congratulate Sue on creating such a diverse and imaginative exhibition. There really is something for everyone and I would encourage everyone in South Basildon and East Thurrock to come and take a look!”