METCALFE, June Nelson

1926 - 2008

As June Nelson Carruthers, she was born on 30 June 1926, daughter of Thomas Carruthers and his wife Dora B. née Norton. June married at Durham in 1954, Kenneth W. Metcalfe and worked as June Metcalfe. Her early work was painting and sculpture which included evocative paintings of scenes in and around the villages of Kirton and Falkenham, near Felixstowe, Suffolk. A teacher of art who retired from Orwell Park School, Nacton, Ipswich in 1986 and during her years with the school is remembered for her skilful and atmospheric back cloths for the school’s drama productions. A prolific artist whose output in recent years was primarily through the medium of print, etching in particular, and was a Member of the Ipswich Art Society and exhibited from 30 Burnt House Lane, Kirton, near Felixstowe in 1997 'African Dancers, Snape Maltings, she also exhibited at the Royal Academy. An enthusiastic dinghy sailor, her etchings and paintings include scenes and studies of people and places on the River Deben from Waldringfield to Felixstowe Ferry and her sculptures demonstrates skills in the medium of wood, clay and stone. Horses also provided a great fascination for her and many of her studies concern activities around the working, showing and shoeing of these animals. She was of Shortacre, 30 Burnt House Lane, Kirton, near Ipswich when she died at Chilton Meadows Residential Nursing Home, Onehouse, Stowmarket, Suffolk on 4 February 2008. In 2010 a retrospective exhibition was held at The Reunion Gallery, Felixstowe.