It appears to be the time of year for great art works as the galleries open up to show just what a talented bunch of artists we have in our area. Here are just a few worth catching.

1. Lost In Wonderland/Tales From The Greenwood, The Minories Galleries, High Street, Colchester, until Marsh 23, from 10am. Free. 01206 812437.

A whole host of artists explore the themes of lost women, other worlds and landscapes and feminine storytelling.

It’s a glorious collection of wondrous works that also offers up thought-provoking talking points.

2. David Stone: Diamonds on My Windshield, Chappel Galleries, Colchester Road, Chappel, until March 31, Wednesday to Sunday 10am to 5pm or by appointment. 01206 240326.

David’s work explores the East Anglian landscape but not in the traditional pastoral and bucolic, but in the scrubby edge of town, the verge on the bypass, or wasteland waiting to be built over.

3. East Anglian Women Artists of Today, Geedon Gallery, South Green, Fingringhoe, April 13 to 28, 11am to 5.30pm daily. 01206 729334.

Definitely one for the diary especially as it includes work by one of the area’s most esteemed artists, Maggi Hambling. Also exhibiting pieces will be Nicola Smee, Olwen Jones and president of the Royal Water Colour Society, Jill Leman.

4. Susan Pui San Lok: A Coven A Grove A Stand, Firstsite, Lewis Gardens, Colchester, until April 22. 10am to 5pm. 01206 713700.


Put on as part of the New Geographies project, which aims to create a new map of the East of England based on local reflections and stories of unexplored or overlooked places, the Essex artist has taken a different look at the infamous Witch Trials of the 17th century through the eyes of those persecuted.

5. Helengai Harbottle, North House Gallery, The Walls, Manningtree, April 6 to May 4, Saturdays, 10am to 5pm. 01206 392717.

The Suffolk-based artist shows-off new oil and acrylic painting inspired by landscape and buildings and charcoal drawings inspired by domestic vessels.