By Marysia Zipser and Janine Moore
We paid a special visit to Newark on Friday to view the Six Million White Roses art
exhibition on the ground floor of the town’s Market Square Buttermarket building, which has
been extended to Saturday 26th November.
Opening hours 10.00-15.30, Market Square, Newark NG24 1AL
Photographs by Janine Moore and Marysia Zipser
The exhibition is dedicated to the six million Jews murdered in the Holocaust, victims of war
worldwide, and to those who stand up to hatred. All art works are for sale, and support the
National Holocaust Centre and Museum, Laxton, Nottinghamshire.
It made for such an impressive and emotional display by artists, makers and ceramists
curated by arts promoter Susi Wright and artist Lynne Whitfield.
Over 40 artists, sculptors and ceramicists have created new work for this exhibition. Artists
include Tom Voyce (Sky's Landscape Artist of the Year), Sara Captain, Harry Charles Tim,
Tom Shepherd, Nikki McKay, Soo Durham, Brian West, Ian Whitfield, Adele Billinghay,
Alison Kemp, Debbie Davidge, Sian Bristow, Jilian Riley, Helen Domleo, Liz Black-Dowding,
Nita Rao, Tina Weatherby, David Moore, Dawn Ogden-White, Jackie Whall, Joshua Haith,
Lindsey Jones, Lynne Whitfield, Margie Andrews-Reichelt, Pat Murray, Philip Holmes, Susie
Daniel, T M Cam, Debi Lane, Anne Gimson, Annouk Lea, D A Orli, Dawn Feeney, Irma
Ismiegiene, John Menendez, Oliver Lovely, Lorraine Worrall, Jennie McCall and Lita
Ruth Schweining has given, on loan, her favourite piece of work (completed in 2006) which
is called ‘Love’ and is of her parents. Ruth is a glass artist and Holocaust survivor.
Janine Moore comments
“On visiting the Six Million White Roses exhibition at the Buttermarket in Newark together
with Marysia, I experienced a myriad of emotions. The awe-inspiring artwork and depth of
feeling that comes through with each piece has given me a whole new sense of humility
towards the history of the Holocaust, learning heart wrenching stories through the different
styles of art, poetry, and creativity; I felt love, hope, despair, and a deep sadness.
Sue McFarlane's recital of her poem “With My Blessing” was beautiful and emotive, she
brought a tear to my eye. It was inspired by the picture “Mummy Don’t Let Me Go” by Lynne
Whitfield. Lynne’s artwork was inspired by a talk by Ruth Schweining who was a girl put onto
the Kinder-transport at the age of three, to come to England.
The art exhibition is a great credit to the National Holocaust Centre and Museum.”
With My Blessing
I embrace you so closely as I hold in all my tears,
Letting you go will never lessen my fears.
Gasping for air now, as I hug you so tight,
Unable to break bread with you, after tonight.
Forgive me for putting you on this strange train
With others you don’t know but are sharing your pain.
Wherever your journey goes, please write to me,
I’ll endeavour to stay where you’ve known me to be.
Treasure your case, full of small mementoes; ‘Mummy Don’t Let Me Go’ by Lynne Whitfield
Your hairbrush, my best shawl and some family photos.
Make the most of all hours travelling along distant tracks.
Commit views to memory as I become part of your past.
While you tend to your hair, each morning and eve
Remember I never, ever, wanted you to leave.
My hope is that we will, in time, re-unite.
Take care, my dear daughter and with my blessing, good night.
(c) Sue McFarlane
Photos by Janine Moore
Marysia Zipser comments
“The Buttermarket entrance leads you through the interior colonnade to the spacious art
gallery with light flooding in. It is a beautiful exhibition curated with great sensitivity.
Colours, textures and shapes play their parts effectively and dramatically.
I had been aware of this exhibition taking place in mid-October and vowed to visit as my
father Mieczyslaw Zipser (1912-2001) used to make Polish Air Force Association & Newark
Town Council annual visits to Newark cemetery to honour his compatriots fallen during the
Second World War. He served in 304 Polish (Wellington) Bomber Squadron, together with
his brother Zbyszek Zipser, as Engineers, both from Lwow (now Lviv Ukraine).
When I was seven years old in 1959, my father brought me and our family by car to Poland
to visit our family relations in Krakow and over the country. While there, he took me and my
two elder brothers to Auschwitz concentration camp. My mother pleaded with him not to
take me being so young, but he said he wanted us to remember what had happened to the
Jews at the death camps and never forget. He was right, I can remember every detail and
horror of that day. My mother was also right, because I had nightmares over the following
weeks and months.
My father’s eulogy can be read here written by his godson, Krys Cietak of Warwick
I shall visit the National Holocaust Centre and Museum in Laxton shortly to support this
exhibition’s aim to make visitors aware and to remember those lost lives.
I will never forget.”
The elegant 18th century Buttermarket building and conservatory, is in many ways the
perfect venue for this important art exhibition. The natural light changes, moving around the
gallery, enhancing and showcasing each painting in turn with the passing hours.
Photos by Marysia Zipser
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Marysia Zipser and Janine Moore
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