Fast Frame Gallery’s ‘Meet the Artist’ day


Despite the rather inclement weather, it was a really good day at Fast Frame in York on 3 September 2016.

It was great to see so many familiar faces, as well as those new to Margaret’s work, with lots to talk about and catching-up to do, as well as plenty to see.

There was a fine display of her Original Paintings on the walls along with a full range of her Limited Edition Prints

Margaret worked on studies for her forthcoming pictures, so these provoked lots of interest, along with the ideas books and sketchbooks which were also on view.

Margaret, with some ‘familiar faces’.



 Artist Margaret Clarkson and Gallery owner John Bird prepare for ‘MEET THE ARTIST’ day, 

at the JOHN BIRD STUDIO 3 Dower House Square, Bawtry, on Saturday 4 November 2017.

Come along and see MARGARET at work, and also discussing her work from 10am – 4pm

There is always wide selection of Margaret’s prints and originals at the John Bird Studio, but especially for this event Margaret will bring her ideas books, and sketch books, so you can see just how she goes about creating the work that she does.

Many of you will know her pictures – they reflect her life spent in and around her Yorkshire home during her childhood years, and it is the humour, warmth and detail in Margaret’s work that makes  it  so very appealing.

These are the stories from around that post-war era:- the tin bath in front of the fire; shovelling coal down the cellar grate; newspapers on the back of the toilet door; playing hopscotch in the street . . and many many more activities that make people smile, as they look back on their own early life.

 Fellow artist John Bird was quick to recognise the popularity of her work when he set up the John Bird Studio in Dower House Square, a few years ago.

Meet the Artist day is now an annual event, and is a great day for everyone.

Two New Originals

          Cheese and Biscuits

Cheese and Biscuits

Going to the grocer’s was a real treat – the sights; the smells; the colours; and the things to touch and explore. It also held the prospect, however improbable,  of there being some treat or other on offer. The tins of biscuits with their glass-topped displays  were so very enticing – the biscuits on show were probably just imitation – oh, but we could smell them, almost taste them . . . . . and  longed to be able to get at them!

We used to hope that Mum would have some bacon, then would watch in total fascination as the large round shiny blade sliced cleanly through the bacon joint, and the rashers fall so sweetly onto the flat, greaseproof paper that was held across the grocer’s palm.






Mystery Players

Mystery Players

We would beg and borrow, or rummage among the deep drawers and huge wardrobes, to find whatever we could – feather boas; hats of all kinds; fancy curtains; Mum or Dad’s clothes and shoes that were miles too big; then we would strut about with panache and great delight.

With a backdrop of sheets on the clothes-line, and an audience of neighbours to encourage us, we would perform a hastily written ‘play’ that usually made very little sense to anyone but ourselves, but it would go on and on until one or more of us ended up in fits of giggles.








These two originals have been reproduced as

 Limited Edition Prints

Both of these are limited editions of 200, using high quality paper and inks, with each print numbered and signed by me.    They are available from several framing galleries – but I think the best ones are below.

Each of these has a good selection of my work, and will post things out.

John Bird Studio, Bawtry,

Fast Frame, York ,                        email:

Picture Parade, Killamarsh,    email –

Picture The Past

Margaret meets up again with the Picture Parade team, Keith, Darren and James, in what was a very successful ‘Meet the Artist’ day in January 2016.

Picture Parade in Killamarsh has, over the years, become one of South Yorkshire’s most popular venues and suppliers of Margaret’s affectionate studies of life in the forties and fifties. It was nice to see so many familiar faces and also get to know new collectors.

Turning Back The Pages

A truly delightful collection of stories that captures the pace and texture of life in a Nottinghamshire  mining village during the 1940s and 50s.

There is warmth, humour and wit in these closely observed tales of boyhood. The book is lavishly illustrated throughout by Margaret.

Price £16 + £3.50 p&p (uk)

Buy at shoponline

Margaret’s Donation To Rotherham Hospice

The Director of Fundraising and Marketing, Peter Bradley, receives an original watercolour painting from Margaret, as a donation, to raise much needed funds for the Children’s Bereavement support group, Sunbeams.

Christopher Duff (COE) and Catherine Todd who runs the Children’s Bereavement Support sent Margaret their personal thanks and appreciation for her donation. Once framed, her original watercolour “Bowling a Yorker”, will be used in a prize draw and will be displayed in the hospice reception until such time the winner claims their prize.

Margaret has also added her name to the list of other famous artists and celebrities who are supporting the Whodunit Project, a fund raiser, jointly hosted by Gallery Town and Rotherham Hospice. They are encouraging anyone to submit their A5 size work of art (signed only on the back) before March 18th and will be exhibited for two weeks before being auctioned online in April.