The museum's website says this about the exhibition:
'Janet Boulton is internationally known for her watercolours and paper relief works, but few know of her connections to Swindon. This exhibition celebrates her works on paper and will include paintings inspired by music, still life and gardens.
Boulton was born in Swindon. After art school, she returned to the town and worked as an art teacher at Swindon College, Commonweal and Hreod Parkway. In 1977, Swindon Museum and Art Gallery hosted her exhibition, ‘Windows and Reflections’, inspired by her views from classrooms in the town. Since the late 1970s, she has worked at Ian Hamilton Finlay’s garden at Little Sparta, the Villa La Pietra, and the Garden Museum. Her work is in public and private collections in the UK and abroad.
This exhibition is a welcome return to Swindon from this important artist. It celebrates both her innovative use of watercolour and her engagement with nature, beauty, architecture and music.'
The evening started with the premier viewing of Janet's beautiful film to accompany the exhibition, made by Zuleika Kingdon. You can see the film on Janet's website
After watching the film, Sophie asked Janet about her her teaching experiences in Swindon and Abingdon, where she moved in 1977. Janet worked part time as an art teacher for many years, and continued to develop her own practice.
Other themes featured in the exhibition include still life with bottles and lines, 'eye music' and paper relief works .
Three of Janet's earlier works, currently on display in the Paper exhibition in the larger part of the gallery, have been gifted by Wiltshire Council's Creative Wiltshire project, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Tom Seaward, Swindon Advertiser reporter has written a lovely piece on the evening: http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/NEWS/15777518.Painter_returns_to_Swindon_Art_Gallery_after_40_years_away/