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New member joins Gravesend contemporary art community

PUBLISHED: 15:20 08 December 2010 | UPDATED: 15:30 08 December 2010

Artist Jane Albertine

Artist Jane Albertine

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A single mother inspired to take up art following a stroke has joined a growing group of contemporary artists exhibiting in the town.

Jane Albertine, 38, followed her dream of studying art after suffering an unexplained stroke six years ago and opens her first major public exhibition at the Riva Bar on the Victorian pier in Gravesend this evening.

Ms Albertine, who lives with her 10 year-old daughter Bethany in Borough Green, is delighted to have the chance to reach a new audience after graduating from The University of Creative Arts in Rochester.

She said: “The stroke really made me re-evaluate my life and my priorities. I was partially sighted for 18 months afterwards and when I got my sight back I just threw myself into my drawing and painting. You really realise what is important to you in these situations.”

Fellow graduate Naomi Boyle, of Brunswick Walk, Gravesend, invited Ms Albertine, a part-time chef, to join a growing group of north Kent artists using the Riva Bar to exhibit her work.

Previous artists have included Ms Boyle, featured in your Reporter after she turned her home into an art gallery, gulf war veteran Glen Fitzpatrick and young print maker Rosalind Munday.

Ms Albertine added: “It is so difficult to get your work out there as a new artist so this space at the Riva is absolutely vital. Obviously Borough Green is just a village and so difficult to find space but even Rochester or Maidstone are difficult.”

Primarily a portrait painter she has been heavily influenced by her experiences, also battling debilitating condition Crohn’s Disease, to produce a collection of pictures mainly focusing on her daughter’s development into adulthood.

The exhibit opening will be from 6pm to 9pm and continue until the end of the year.

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