September 2009-September 2010: an exhibition at the Laing Art Gallery, ‘Newcastle Reinvented: Views Over the Ages’, included Tyne Bridges at Night (illustrated right), a work donated by the Estate to the Tyne & Wear Museums collection. It is one of a dozen paintings by Nerys of the riverside at Newcastle, commissioned in 1996, as part of Visual Arts UK (a year-long celebration of art and artists from the North of England). Visual Arts UK was partly sponsored by Air UK, which chose one of Nerys's paintings for its 1997 calendar.
April - June 2010: an exhibition at Falmouth Art Gallery, 'Mixed Bunch', included the picture Maroon tulip with apricot hyacinth and blue clematis (illustrated left), which the Gallery had acquired. It was Nerys's last work, painted on 28 May 2001, two weeks before she died. Falmouth Art Gallery was the first to receive a grant from the Fund.
April - June 2010: 'The Secret Garden', an exhibition inspired by Frances Hodgson Burnett's 1910 classic children's novel, held at the Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate, included three paintings by Nerys from the Gallery's collection.
May 2010: 'From the Garden', an exhibition in two parts with paintings and drawings from the last decade, mainly of plants and flowers: Part 1 was held at Broughton House Gallery, Cambridge, and Part 2 in a private studio in London. Both exhibitions were well attended, indicating continued interest in Nerys's work. Works sold included the five illustrated below:
October - December 2006: The Gallery, Ruthin Craft Centre, showed a selection of works from 1992 to 2001. It was a fitting location, as Nerys was born in Colwyn Bay and some members of her family still live in North Wales.
March - April 2006: Harley Gallery, near Worksop. The location was partly chosen because Nerys spent her teenage years in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, so the exhibition allowed people who knew her locally, and as an exhibitor with the Mansfield Society of Artists, to see how her early talent had developed.
June -July 2005: Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate, showed a selection of Nerys' work from the 1970s onwards, following a previous show there in 2004 (see below). The exhibition included landscape paintings; work painted during trips to Venice, and other paintings of flowers and plants. Its title, 'Moments of Being', was taken from the title of a touring exhibition which Nerys devised and selected for the South Bank/Arts Council tour, in 1988.
June - September 2004: a group of late paintings was included in the exhibition, 'The Glory of the Garden: Flowers and Gardens in Art' at the Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate. The exhibition showed works on the theme of flowers and gardens, representing the nation in 'Europe in Bloom 2004'.
September - October 2003: DLI Museum & Art Gallery, Durham, showed works that Nerys painted near the end of her life, thus named 'Nerys Johnson: the last year'.
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