'Dwars op De Ploeg' - an exhibition by Martin Sijbesma
From Wednesday 18 July through Sunday 2 September an exhibition of works by Martin Sijbesma is on show at the church in Klein Wetsinge. The exhibition is entitled ‘Dwars op De Ploeg’. A hundred years ago a group of artists from Groningen who wanted to break new ground for modern art established a collective called De Ploeg or ‘the plough’. Contrary to works created by De Ploeg, which are enjoying great popularity at the moment, Martin’s style is realistic, traditional and romantic.
About Martin Sijbesma
Martin Sijbesma was born in Hartwerd, Friesland, in 1968. After primary school he went to a technical college and trained as a house-painter. His artistic skills were largely self taught.
Even as a child he had wanted to become an artist and in 1986 he made a conscious decision to change careers. He was especially interested in the realistic art of the 17th and 18th century. His compositions and use of colour give his paintings a warm atmosphere that is romantic and serene. Sijbesma also enjoys painting nostalgic interiors, still lifes of antique objects, old buildings and classic cars in romantic settings. Almost all of his paintings are made on linen or panel using oil colours in a technique called glazing, which consists of applying layer upon layer of paint. An important source of inspiration are road trips in his vintage car on summer days. This has resulted in several commissions to paint vintage cars. He also receives many commissions for red chalk portrait drawings.
Martin Sijbesma lives in the Frisian village of Kûbaard, since 1998 in what was previously the reformed church and he has a studio there upstairs. For more information please see www.martinsijbesma.nl.
The church in Klein Wetsinge
The church in Klein Wetsinge is located halfway between the towns of Sauwerd and Winsum and has a panoramic view of the scenic Reitdiep area. The church was restored and completely refurbished by the Stichting Oude Groninger Kerken. Visitors are cordially welcomed by managers Nicolaas and Inez Geenen, both born and bred in Groningen. On offer are an extensive lunch and drinks menu. Visitors may climb upstairs where they can see the unique clockwork and enjoy the views of the beautiful Reitdiep valley.
This selling exhibition can be viewed daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Note: The church is closed when it is in use for private functions. Want to make sure it’s open? Feel free to call: 06 54685405.