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The Summer Exhibition “Summer Solstice” opens on Sunday July 8 2018

The Summer Exhibition at Old Chapel Gallery, Pembridge, entitled “Summer Solstice” opens on Sunday July 8 2018 and will feature a collection of new work to inspire and excite collectors and appreciators of fine art and quality craft.

Textile artist Rachel Wright returns after a very successful exhibition with us last year. She takes her inspiration from landscapes and cityscapes and has a particular love of the sea, harbour towns, boats and lighthouses. The shapes, colours and details are then borrowed and echoed in delicately hand or machine embroidered fabric collages, using vibrant threads, worked onto papers and fabrics. The signature skies in her landscapes are often dramatic and expressive.

Artist illustrator Jackie Morris, famous for her illustrations in the highly acclaimed Lost Words book, will be showing originals painted in sumi inks of otters and her “otter alphabet” along with new linocuts and limited edition prints.

Original 'Utter Underwater Thunderbolter' by Jackie Morris

Gail Klevan’s acrylic designer jewellery is bold, colourful, contemporary and perfect statement jewellery for long summer days and nights. Comfortable to wear; each piece is individually hand-crafted and no two pieces are alike. Gail is a graduate of the Royal College of Art in London and is one of the foremost UK designers working in acrylic.

Artist Kate Lycett sees patterns in everything. Her textile design background is always present in the way that she paints and interprets what is around her: from hills adorned with houses and washing lines, to rows of flower pots and stripes of brightly painted drain pipes. Kate incorporates gold thread trace lines through the landscape, and gold leaf changes the surface of her pictures with the changing light of day. She paints beautiful pictures of the places that she loves.  We will be showing  a new collection of hand embellished limited edition prints.

Ever popular Shropshire artist Jemima Jameson paints in acrylics on oak and olive wood panels, hand made wooden boxes and cupboards, much sought after as heirlooms of the future. Her inspiration comes from the rolling hills, farmland and woods that  surrounds her and her work is a celebration of the natural world incorporating both flora and fauna. 

Originally from Scotland, artist Lindsey Keir specialises in painting with a variety of oil and water based media using, when appropriate, high-lights of gold leaf and metallic inks as decorative elements. She studied at Glasgow school of Art and the Royal College of Art in London. She draws inspiration from the natural world using strong colour, pattern and texture. The richness in her paintings reflect her designers eye. She transforms everyday familiar objects with a powerful romantic language using strong colour and texture.

Ceramicist Kirsti Brown is inspired by her love of wandering, drawing and daydreaming by the coast. She hand builds ceramic vessels influenced by the sea, beaches and cliffs around Wales and Scotland. The decoration evokes shorelines, waves and landscape featuring her distinctive vivid turquoise glaze.

Last but not least, we will be showing a small collection of porcelain pieces by Justine Allison. Since leaving college in 1998 Justine has been working solely with hand built porcelain – creating semi-functional pieces. Her work addresses the boundaries between function and decoration. She looks at objects that are used on a daily basis; like the form of a jug and create pieces that move away from function and are more concerned with the aesthetic and the visual. Her work is very much concerned with the simplicity and beauty of the clay and incorporating pattern and texture as well as glaze and coloured porcelain to create subtle, unique variations. Thinness and movement are very important in each piece.

 

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Hay Festival Exhibition @ Old Chapel Gallery 2018

Hay Festival Exhibition @ Old Chapel Gallery 2018

A special Festival Exhibition at Old Chapel Gallery, Pembridge, to run during the Hay Festival of Literature and the Arts 2018, opens on Thursday May 24, continuing to the end of June and features the work of talented British artists and makers from far and near.

Heading the line up will be artist Jackie Morris, famous for her illustrations in children books and more recently for the award-winning ‘The Lost Words’, in which she collaborated with Robert McFarlane, a collection of ‘spells’ with words from the natural world that the junior Oxford Dictionary had removed…Jackie studied at Hereford College of Arts and at Bath Academy.

There will be a tempting new collection of stained glass from ever popular artist Tamsin Abbott whose work is influenced by our ancient land and how we are connected to it: the hills, the woods, the plants, birds and animals that live alongside us and the world of myths and fairytales that we have spun around it.

Artist and jeweller Hannah Willow, whose inspiration comes from the land, wild and free places, stories and folklore, poetry and myth and legend, strives to capture the hidden memory held within the landscape and spark rememberings that will connect us back to our deepest roots when creating her silver jewellery and mixed media paintings.

Lisa Ellul will be showing a new range of ceramic sculptural vessels. She has always been fascinated by the complex and beautiful natural structures and textures found in plants, bark, seed pods, corals and shells. Lisa studied Three Dimensional Design at the Manchester Metropolitan University specialising in ceramics and then went onto study ceramics at Blaker College in Norway.

Ceramicist Paul Taylor uses ultra thin slabs of white earthenware  to create his latest collection of vessels and jugs that are glazed on the inside in fabulous colours.

There is  an ever-changing  collection of unique garden sculptures to enhance  your outdoor space in a variety of media such as stoneware, forged iron, stainless steel, glass and more including the work of several sculptors new to the gallery.

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Garden Sculpture Exhibition 2018

Garden Sculpture Exhibition 2018

After the rigours of winter we look forward to longer days, balmy evenings and  with Summer around the corner our thoughts are turning to our gardens. With this in mind Old Chapel Gallery,  Pembridge opens it’s annual garden sculpture exhibition showing the work of talented designer/makers in a variety of media. Opening on Saturday May 5th   2018 the exhibition will run through the summer.

Hot Forged and Galvanised Oasis Bird Bath   Hot Forged and Galvanised Hanging Leaf Bird Bath with feeder.   Forged Iron Fern Fronds   Red Kite in Flight   Forged Iron Chrysanthemum

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‘Dance of Spring’ the Spring Exhibition 2018

‘Dance of Spring’ the Spring Exhibition 2018 at Old Chapel Gallery opens on Sunday March 4th and continues to the end of April.

Encompassing a unique collection of hand picked, desirable, contemporary British fine art and craft including paintings, textiles, sculpture, ceramics, jewellery and automata.Each piece inspired by nature and the awakening of Spring,  we hope this latest exhibition strikes a heartening mood of optimism.

Artist Sue Hayden is featuring in our Spring Exhibition with a glorious new collection of  seascapes painted whilst on location in Pembrokeshire. Sue is excited by the relationship between texture, shape, light and space in landscapes and paints with acrylics and pastels on paper that have been layered up beforehand with paint and paper creating a collage effect. This adds energy, randomness and interest to the subject. Her work is created from sketches and notes based on her impressions of what she is looking at and feeling. She rarely refer to photographs.

Ceramacist Ruth Gibson combines her love of photography, printmaking and ceramics, to create dramatic and bold screen-printed bowls and wall art in black and white, as well as soft greens and blues.
Porcelain has a warm soft quality, reflecting light, and when polished, the surface is very tactile, which particularly lends itself to jewellery making and small delicate bowls.

Mono-prints by Helen Cass, new to the gallery, born in Ludlow, Helen explores variations of deceptively simple abstracts made from criss-crossed lines in ink creating shimmering concoctions of blacks, whites and greys. She has used both digital and camera-less photography, as well as printmaking techniques such as dry-point etching and monotype to create her minimalist works of art. For this exhibition she has based her work on plant life and introduced some colour. Her work will be available framed and unframed.

Jane Charles glass blower, creates a wide range of exquisite sculptural pieces, perfume bottles, paperweights, bowls and vases. Each piece is unique, free blown in 24% lead glass. Once cooled the glass is cut, ground, polished, sandblasted and engraved by hand.

We will be showing new collections of interesting automata and jewellery to compliment this exhibition alongside new collections of ceramics by our favourite potters!

This exhibition continues until the end of April. The gallery is open daily. 11 am – 5 pm and Sundays from 11am – 4pm. Tuesday’s by appointment
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‘All You Need Is Love’ an exhibition to celebrate St Valentine’s

With the promise of Spring comes St Valentines Day and at Old Chapel Gallery we are celebrating with an exhibition entitled ‘All You Need Is Love’.

 Stained Glass panel Reader l  Silver Pendant with dot and circle detail  Limited Edition Print 'Joy of Simple Things'   Silver Heart Necklace with Amethyst on Fresh Water Pearls   Limited Edition Print 'Our Favourite Spot'A heart throbbing display of unusual and romantic presents and cards are on display… So, to enhance your chances in the love stakes, visit the gallery anytime between now and the end of February.

Beautiful handmade cards, jewellery and exquisitely crafted wooden jewellery boxes, sumptuously decorated scarves and cushions, cosy British-made throws, romantically-themed metalwork, small limited edition ceramic sculpture ……handmade ceramics, fused glass hearts, coasters, soft lambswool scarves, hats, snoods, jackets and much more. All on the theme of love and perfect for the love in your life…..

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Christmas Exhibition ‘Winter Curiosities’ opens on Saturday November 11

Christmas Exhibition ‘Winter Curiosities’ opens on Saturday November 11

The Christmas Exhibition 2017 at Old Chapel Gallery, Pembridge
entitled ‘Winter Curiosities’ opens on Saturday November 11 with a dazzling collection of hand picked, hand made delights! Give the High Street a miss this Christmas and shop for unique British made presents in the calm and tranquil atmosphere of the gallery. Enjoy a truly delightful shopping experience.

Jemima Jameson and Rachel Wright will be showing their new collections in acrylics and embroidery, whilst Hannah Willow will be showing her hand embellished small edition prints with 24ct gold leaf alongside stained glass panels by Tamsin Abbott. Showing for the first time will be artist printmaker Colin See-Paynton, who will be showing a series of framed wood engravings. There will be a gorgeous collection of lighting in various media which will add a festive ambiance to any room and new ceramics in stoneware ceramics with lustre by Catherine Rich.

Wood Engraving Nocturnal Encounters  Acrylic Original 'Under a Spell'  Stained Glass Panel Blood Moon Leaping Hare  Original pencil, acrylic and 24ct Gold 'The Corn Goddess'
We will have new collections of jewellery by Alison Varley, Zoe Wright, Hannah Willow, Leoma Drew, Shirley Smith, Rose Grant and Rozie Keogh, who will also be showing a magnificent angel in wire with sequins.

We will be featuring a cornucopia of wonderful Christmas present ideas from the best of British artists and makers, many from Herefordshire and beyond – something for everyone! Including handmade cards, candles and soaps, Christmas tree decorations in copper, brass, glass and porcelain, jewellery in silver, acrylic, pearls and semi-precious stones, studio glass and stained glass, ceramics – functional and decorative, ironwork – including pokers, tongs, snuffers and candle holders, bronzes, sculpture – both for inside and the garden, original paintings, prints, including limited edition etchings and photographs, a wide range of textiles to include jackets, hats, scarves, gloves, cushions and throws.  To keep out the winter chill there will be a ‘must have’ collection of scarves, wraps, collars and bags in lambs wool and Nuno felted merino wool with silk fibres by Kathie Barrs, all desirable accessories for any ladies wardrobe!
There will also be chunky sweaters for men in lambs wool and silk, felted lambs wool jackets in a fabulous collection of colours for women and new winter collections from our regular British designer/makers.

Don’t delay your visit, you won’t be disappointed!
Gift wrapping service available, so all you have to do is decide what to give! The gallery is open daily Monday to Saturday 11 – 5 and from 11 – 4 on Sundays.
Closed on Tuesday’s but open everyday through December.

For more information or to join the mailing list go to www.oldchapelgallery.co.uk or ring 01544 388842 Facebook at Old Chapel Gallery. Twitter @chapelgallery

   Textile Embroidery 'Snowy Blanket'      Pure Wool Woven Cushion in Berry

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‘Gathering Swallows’ Autumn and h.Art Exhibition 2017 Opens on Saturday September 9

A special exhibition combining h.Art and Autumn 2017 entitled  ‘Gathering Swallows’ opens on Saturday September 9 at Old Chapel Gallery, Pembridge, promoting the work of talented British artists and makers from around the county and beyond.

Tamsin Abbott creates beautiful stained glass panels. The old world of Britain runs through her veins. Her adult life has been shaped by her determination to live in the countryside and to discover its ancient magic. Today most of her work is influenced by the Herefordshire countryside around her home, the orchards, the hills, the woods and all the plants, birds and animals that grow and live their.

Jenna Fry paper-cuts With hand-drawn and hand-cut designs, Jen is making a success of her mixed media artworks. Although Jen has no formal training in art & design, her flora and fauna inspired subjects are beautifully executed and have an aura of subtle cosmos.

Glass engraver, Nancy Sutcliffe, engraves and hand gilds using 24 ct Gold Leaf on optical crystal glass cubes and vessels. This work is part of a new collection focussing on the natural world, both actual and imaginary. The clarity of optical crystal is the perfect canvas for this detailed work and the precious oil gilded gold leaf serves to accentuate the fragile beauty of the subject.

Rachel Wright textiles Rachel takes her inspiration from many sources including landscapes and seascapes, wildlife, harbour towns, boats, lighthouses and windmills. These subject matter are then translated in machine embroidered fabric collages, using vibrant threads, worked onto carefully cut and pieced fabrics.

Artist and jeweller Hannah Willow creates hand painted icons with gold leaf and a range of silver jewellery some of which incorporate 24 ct gold with semi precious stones. Her inspiration comes from the land, wild and free places, stories and folklore, poetry, myth and legend. She strives to capture the hidden memory held within.

Kathie Barrs, felt maker, creates functional and decorative pieces with an array of texture, vibrant coloured wools are marbled together with plant fibres like silk. These unusual designs are a never-ending exploration of a dynamic process, in which there are so many variables. Her range includes bags, hats, rugs and scarves.  Jeweller Chrissie Nash creates pieces in silver and gold and semi precious stones. She will be showing a new collection of silver and gold earrings, cuffs, bangles and necklaces.

This exhibition will run till the end of October 2017.
For more information contact Yasmin on 01544 388842 or visit www.oldchapelgallery.co.uk.

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Summer Exhibition ‘RINGS ON THE WATER” opens on Sunday July 9 from 11am

The Summer Exhibition at Old Chapel Gallery, Pembridge, entitled ’Rings on the Water’ opens on Sunday July 9  2017 and will feature an exciting collection of work by talented British contemporary artists and makers, some of which will be new to the gallery.

This exhibition promises, once again, to inspire and excite collectors and appreciators of fine art and quality craft.

Returning by popular demand will be artist Karen Pearce who draws inspiration  from her local surroundings in West Wales. Her love of the sea, the rocks, the coastal path are shown in this new collection of sparkling acrylic paintings.

Also returning to the gallery is artist Lizzy Waterhouse with a new collection of original drawings of birds, eagles, puffins to name but a few. Using biro, she fastidiously draws tangles of birds focusing on form and space. On approach these drawings can appear an abstract mass, it is only when you get closer that the highly detailed subject emerges.

Potter Robert Goldsmith will be showing his latest design of hand thrown and decorated stoneware pottery, which is functional and decorative and suitable for both oven and dish washer.

Jemima Jameson paints in acrylics on wood panels and has several new pieces including a box for your treasures and beautiful wall panels.

Lastly we will be showing a new collection of porcelain jewellery by Gill Laverick to compliment your summer wardrobe in hot shimmery colours.

Our aim from the beginning has been to promote the work of British contemporary artists and makers, some already well known in their field and many talented new comers. Now in our 28th year, this continues as strongly as ever.

The exhibition will continue until the end of August 2017

Acrylic original Caerfai Sea Swell   Stoneware Bowl Fish design   Hand painted box Midnight Lullaby   Print from Original Biro drawing 'Heap'

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Hay Festival Exhibition @ OCG opens on Saturday May 27 2017

Hay Festival Exhibition @ OCG opens on Saturday May 27 2017

A special Festival Exhibition at Old Chapel Gallery, Pembridge to run during the Hay Festival of Literature and the Arts opens on Saturday May 27th  and continues to the end of June and features the work of talented British artists and makers from far and near.

Heading the line up is artist Vivienne Cawson who captures pattern, colour and natural form which are the focus for her floral watercolours. Inspiration is sparked by the colours and shapes of flowers, gorgeous fabric, a special jug or vase.

Artist and jeweller Hannah Willow, whose  inspiration comes from the land, wild and free places, stories and folklore, poetry, myth and legend. She strives to capture the hidden memory held within when creating her silver jewellery and mixed media paintings.

John Mainwaring has created a new collection of carved wooden sculptures.  “Although I use traditional tools I am willing to incorporate modern developments if it suits me and I try to bring out the spirit or essence of the piece I am working on. If this needs exaggeration, the length of a bird’s beak for instance, then I will do so.”

Also on display will be a tempting collection of collectable pottery by regular gallery exhibitors,  interior bronze sculpture by Philip Hearsey, stained glass by Frans Wesselman and Tamsin Abbott, studio glass by Jane Charles, ceramics by Ruth Gibson, textiles by Kathie Barrs,  wearables in linen and felted lambs wool and a delightful collection of  jewellery all by British designer makers including a new collection ton of watch Piece jewellery.

There is also an ever-changing  collection of unique garden sculptures to enhance  your outdoor space in a variety of media to include stoneware, forged iron, stainless steel, glass and more.

Carved Wood Sculpture Bittern in the Reeds          

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Garden Sculpture Exhibition 2017

Garden Sculpture Exhibition 2017

After the rigours of winter we look forward to longer days, balmy evenings and  with Summer around the corner our thoughts are turning to our gardens. With this in mind Old Chapel Gallery,  Pembridge opens it’s annual garden sculpture exhibition showing the work of talented designer/makers in a variety of media. Opening on Saturday May 6th   2017 the exhibition will run through the summer.

Garden Sculpture Exhibition 2017   Green Man in Forest of Dean StoneStoneware Crouching Hare Sculpture

Sculptor Simon Griffiths,  from the North of England creates unique birds and animals in stoneware. He has made several Barn and Tawny owls, kestrels, kites, blackbirds and thrushes, all life size with some displayed on wooden posts ready to be displayed outside.

The work of  five Artist blacksmiths will be showing a collection of their latest work in forged steel to include water features, dragonflies, planters, green men, poppies, ferns,  sheep, buzzards, herons, hares, owls as well as abstract pieces along with practical garden furniture, garden arch, hanging seat and plant supports. Some will be galvanised to protect them from the weather and some will feature hand blown glass.

Local sculptress, Miranda, creates her pieces from stainless steel and bronze resin and will include, wrens, kingfishers and long tailed tits.

Sculptor David England  who lives and works in Herefordshire has carved some new smaller pieces using Portland and Forest Of  Dean stone, each one unique and will include the ever favourite Green man.

Finally, sculptor Helen Sinclair, a long established artist with the gallery, produces limited edition and unique contemporary sculpture in stone resin.

Each unique piece of garden sculpture is designed to give hours of pleasure to time spent in the garden.

To compliment the garden exhibition we have new work by two very talented ceramicists.

Ruth Gibson produces a range of unique ceramic dishes and jewellery in porcelain which she screen prints with her own images. She has a love of trees and birds so these are reflected in her pieces. Prices start from £20 for her brooches and earrings.

      

During recent years potter Valerie James has developed her interest in Archetypes, Mythology, Symbolism and Nature through the visual arts, and specifically through sculptural form.

She experiments with Stoneware and porcelain clays together with Raku firings.  Oxides are rubbed into the surface and covered with opaque glazes giving a bone-like, soft parchment finish. The black, smoke-absorbing process of the clay during raku firing, provides a perfect background to the random colours and copper highlights of the glaze.