The church in Klein Wetsinge features an exhibition of paintings by artist Marleen Bakker from 20 September to 11 October. Marleen Bakker (1968) was born on the island of Texel. She studied in Groningen and has lived and worked in Sauwerd since 1997. Last June she graduated from the Classical Art Academy in Groningen. The Classical Academy's five-year course culminates in a final exam project and Marleen’s project consisted of a series of unique portraits. These portraits are now on display at the church in Klein Wetsinge.
Portraits of teenagers
The portraits show teenagers in their ‘natural habitat'. Marleen gained a lot of experience with young people during her career as a youth social worker. She now has teenaged children of her own. Her son (15) and daughter (17) posed for this portrait series. Their expressions are striking: from absent-minded to upset to downright defiant. Marleen explains why she chose this subject: “I find that living and working with adolescents is a challenge. One moment they can be very vulnerable but at the next they can be very distant. For my final exam I did not want to make ‘standard’ portraits. If I’m working on a commission I aim for a good likeness, of course. The client also wants a flattering portrait. But in these portraits I let go of that aim because of my fascination for those typical teenage expressions. Lounging around on the couch, totally addicted to their mobile phones. These paintings are very personal; these are my children and this is how I can see them. They have posed for me, I’m the artist but I’m also their mother. These are honest portraits.”
The church in Klein Wetsinge
The church in Klein Wetsinge is located between Sauwerd and Winsum and offers beautiful views of the Reitdiep Valley. The church was recently restored and renovated. It is run by Nicolaas and Inez Geenen, both born and bred in Groningen. They earned their spurs in Limburg where they managed a restaurant for twenty years. Whenever possible they work with traditional methods and organic products.
The church is open daily. The extensive lunch and drinks menu features a variety of soups, sandwiches and salads. For panoramic views of the Reitdiep Valley visitors can climb upstairs, where they can also see the unique tower clock.
The exhibition by Marleen Bakker is on view daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Admission is free.