A painter whose Punch & Judy portraits watch over her as she pulls pints in a theatre bar is one of a group of Exeter artists staging an exhibition opening in the city today.
Hazel Johnson is part of the Fourth Wall 2013 project that aims to showcase the work of established and emerging Devon artists and kick off Northcott Theatre's annual visual arts programme.
As well as featuring a range of styles, including painting, mixed media and glass, the event also demonstrates the variety of other occupations pursued by Exeter's artists.
Hazel, who studied painting at Camberwell College of Arts and has now returned to Devon, sometimes works as a barmaid at the Northcott. Her Punch & Judy paintings were bought by the theatre following last year's inaugural Fourth Wall show and are now on permanent display in the theatre bar.
Abstract painter Tim Bailey, who specialises in themes of urban decay, also works as a chef at Harry's restaurant, Julie Ruth Bramley, who used to run her own galleries in London and North Devon, offers complementary holistic therapy, while Sandra Elson is a full-time art teacher at St Peter's C of E Aided School in Exeter.
Others showing their work – much of which is for sale – include Robin Doyle, Margaret Johnson, Katie Scott-Hamilton and Vicky Thrower, who doubles up as exhibition curator alongside Sophie McCormack and Tanja Bartlett.
"Devon is such a magnet for artists and we relish putting these exhibitions together," said Tanja.
"It's fantastic to be able to give them a chance to show their work in such a great space.
"Staff and visitors are extremely impressed with the high quality of work on display and I hope the exhibition programme will continue to be enjoyed by participating artists and visitors alike."
The visual art programme will continue with group exhibitions by Devon Artist Network, Double Elephant printmaking studio, Magic Carpet community arts for health charity, and a solo show by Exeter-based Nina Kleinzeller.
Fourth Wall 2013 is at the Northcott Theatre in Exeter until January 20. For more details, visit www.exeternorthcott.co.uk
OTHER EVENTS THIS WEEK
Devon Guild of Craftsmen: Get Fresh, showcasing the work of emerging designer-makers from the South West. From January 12 to February 24.
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Tamar Valley Centre: Uncovering the Past exhibition. Details 01822 835032. Mon-Fri 11am-4pm. Until Jan 31.
Little Theatre: Christmas in Venice – Il Campiello, A Venetian Love Story. Tues-Wed, Fri-Sat 7.30pm, Sat 2.30pm.
Westpoint: Giving and Living Trade Show. Until Jan 13-16.
Withycombe Methodist Church Hall: Exmouth Folk Dance Club with Nicole with Souwesters Band. Thursday 8pm-10pm.
The Royal Standard: Euchre Drive. Monday 8pm.
The Plough Arts Centre: Laura Hudson – Transient Landscapes. Until Jan 26. Wed, 8pm: Rhi Write Rebellion – singer Rhiannon Wright in the Gallery. Tickets £5. Thurs 8pm: Open Mouth Poetry Night in the Gallery. Saturday 8.30pm: Gilad Atzmon & The Orient House Ensemble, cabaret seating and the balcony.
Village Hall: Ballroom/Sequence Dance Saturday 8pm.
Public Car park 599 311: North Devon Ramblers walk the Tarka Trail, Bishops Tawton, Codden Hill. About six miles. Tuesday 10.30am.
The Eagle House Hotel: Launceston Stamp Club meeting. Thurs: 7pm trading, 8pm display.
Car Park Old Railway Bridge 492 446: North Devon Ramblers walk Damage Barton, Bennett's Mouth, Lee, Whitestone. About eight miles. Sunday 10am.
Long Room: Liskeard Country Market, Friday 8.30am-noon.
The Community Centre: Antique and Collectors Market. Friday 11am-3pm.
Bay Hotel, Esplanade Road: Newquay Pentire Probus Club coffee morning. Wednesday 10am. New members always welcome. Details on 01637 878990.
City Museum and Art Gallery: Ida Kar: Bohemian Photographer. From January 12 to April 13.
St Edward's Church Hall, Peverell: Plymouth Railway Circle, Northern and S/W Railway miscellany with Pete Doel. Members £1, visitors £2. Monday 7.30pm.
Memorial Hall: St Gerrans & Porthscatho Old Cornwall Society talk by Tony Martinez on Cornish Lighthouses. Visitors welcome. Wednesday 7.30pm.
Wheal Martyn: China Clay Museum, country park, walks etc. Open daily 10am-5pm.
The Wharf: M&M Theatrical Productions present Dick Whittington the Pantomime, Saturday 3pm. Music with Ozzbest, Saturday 8pm.
Princess Pavilion: The Rocky Horror Show, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, Fri-Sat 5.30pm and 8.30pm. Until January 12.
Cathedral: Free Cushion Concert in association with the West Briton. All welcome. Saturday 2.30pm.