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‘Beauty Surrounds Us’ Autumn Exhibition & h.Art

A special exhibition combining h.Art and Autumn at Old Chapel Gallery, Pembridge opens on Saturday September 10 promoting the work of more than 100 talented British artists and makers from around the county and beyond.

Wiltshire artist and jeweller Hannah 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. Hannah’s partner Phil is a wood turner and together they create tactile wooden bowls and platters some inlaid with wildlife in copper.

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Local artist and printmaker Holly is inspired by the natural world. Her work also explores her fascination for detail and texture. She works across a range of mediums including graphite, watercolour and pen but specialises in traditional printmaking techniques such as etching, engraving and collagraphy.
Also showing will be a collection of art work by Jemima Jameson who works mainly in acrylics. She enjoys painting onto wooden panels, bowls and furniture which suits her style.

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Returning to the gallery is textile artist Su who is based in Bristol. Landscapes are her inspiration where light and colour evoke their unique atmosphere. Mountains, seascapes, vistas, of places she has travelled all inspire her. The nature of the terrain, from soft undulating hills in subtle tones and hues, to rugged scenes bathed in dramatic light, Su captures these on film and with quick sketches so that she can use these to create her textural images.


Textile artist Barbara, hand-stitches many scraps of fabric in layers to produce exquisite, unique textile collage pictures. One of her Cotswold sheep pictures features on the cover of this months Broadsheep magazine! How cool is that….Thanks Pete!!

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Jeweller Rozie Keogh will show a new collection of silver and silver wire jewellery along with a large 3 dimensional angel, made from silver wire, precious and semi precious gemstones, Swarovski crystals, pearls and sequins.

During the week of h.Art there will be 2 demonstrations in the garden, among the breathtaking  sculptures, all of which are for sale.
On Monday Sept 12 Wet felting with Kathie Barrs and on Wednesday Sept 14 stone carving with Lottie O’Leary, both from 11 am.

To compliment this exhibition there will be jewellery from several Herefordshire designer/makers including Leoma Drew, Hilary Mee and many more.

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‘Snapdragon Solstice’

Summer Exhibition at Old Chapel Gallery

The Summer Exhibition at Old Chapel Gallery, Pembridge, entitled ’Snapdragon Solstice’ opens on Sunday July 10 2016 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.

We will be showing the work of several artists new to the gallery, one of whom
moved to painting after a twenty year career in large scale garden ceramics and was originally led by a love of colours and evocative names on paint tubes; alizarin crimson, cerulean blue, viridian and carmine, stretching her own canvases in a traditional way using raw linen, fixed with tacks and sized with rabbit skin glue.

Several of our artists have recently been featured on BBC Countryfile and one of these will be showing a delightful range of colourful watercolours, mainly of birds and hares.

Returning to the gallery by popular demand is one of our best selling gallery artists from Shropshire who will be showing a new collection of painted wooden boxes and oak panels. She includes intricate detail in her artwork, combining birds, hares, fishes and foxes with wildflowers and hedgerow berries.

We will also be showing a new collection of beautiful nature inspired papercuts all with a dash of magic, hand drawn and hand cut illustrations.
Nature lover Jen lives in the Welsh mountains, where the stunning scenery and miles of wilderness provides her with constant inspiration for her work.

Last but not least we will be showing a gorgeous range of summery ceramics in a vivid turquoise glaze, highlighted with copper carbonate and over glazed with a satin white glaze. These are hand built from a variety of stoneware clays and include slab built bottles, reminiscent of human forms having defined shoulders and narrow necks. The finished pieces are light and elegant. The coiled bottles are spherical in form, but each one is completely different due to the nature of the construction method.
The glazes and decorations are then added to evoke landscapes, seascapes and marks found in the landscape.

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 27th year, this continues as strongly as ever.

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‘Birthday Flowers’ original watercolour

 

‘Blackbird’ Original watercolour

 

Snapdragon Solstice
‘Hare and Butterfly’ hand made wooden cupboard painted in acrylics.

 

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Paper cut Illustrations

 

Snapdragon Solstice
Slab built stoneware bottles.

 

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Hay Festival Exhibition 2016

Hay Festival Exhibition 2016 at Old Chapel Gallery

A special Festival Exhibition at Old Chapel Gallery, Pembridge to run during the Hay Festival of Literature and the Arts opens on Saturday May 28th and continues to the end of June and features the work of talented British artists and makers from far and near.

Acrylic on Canvas

Heading the line up is artist Karen from West Wales.
Karen’s work reflects the landscape around her home town of Aberystwyth. Using tone and colour, each painting explores the meeting of different elements such as town and sea or land and sky through changing times of day, weather or seasons.

Artist Michelle,  a painter inspired by colour and nature and who was featured artist on BBC Countryfile recently will be showing a collection of limited edition giclee prints alongside some original paintings of her very colourful birds and hares.

New to the gallery is ceramicist Shaun,  who has been working in Raku since 1998. He has developed a personal style of decorative/ sculptural ceramics based on the vessel form and exhibited his work world wide. He is well known for using the Copper Matte fuming technique as well as lustrous copper glazes. Each work is hand made and unique.

Raku Fired Sculptural Stoneware

Also new to the gallery is 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.

Acrylic, pencil & 22ct gold    Silver Hare Pendant
Another new comer is potter Fleen Doran with a collection of wood-fired salt glazed pottery both useable and collectable. She make pots that both enhance and are enhanced by food. Doran enjoys the earthy warmth of the colours that emerge from wood firing and the way in which the salt glaze enhances the simple patterns. Fired to stoneware her pots are durable and intended for daily use.

Wood fired salt glaze pottery

A regular favourite at the gallery is CPA potter David Frith. His reputation is well established and with his mastery of the potter’s wheel he makes majestic pieces decorated with his personal style of waxed motifs under heavy reduction over-glazes and glaze trailing. He shares the pottery with his wife Margaret and they have just celebrated 50 years of potting. Hard work and commitment underlie this unique partnership.

There is always 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.

 

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Now stocking Artist Michelle Campbell

Giclee print

Michelle Campbell is the featured artist on BBC Countryfile this coming Sunday May 15

We have a collection of her limited edition giclee prints on our web site…… originals are coming soon! Take a look.

Here are some details about her.

Michelle has a deep love of nature and the countryside; hill walking, rambling, forests, woods, fields, nature, wildlife, birds, trees, landscapes, mountains, the silence of night, listening to nature, the wilderness, stormy skies, sunny climates.

Liverpool born, the youngest out of two siblings living in Yorkshire with her partner, two dogs Sam & Ellie and two cats, Milly & Monty in a canal side cottage in West Yorkshire. After leaving Liverpool Art College studying Graphic Design, Michelle has worked in both publication and re-painting. She has worked in areas such as gifts, jewellery, pottery & magazine covers, producing her work on various Licensed products in the US and England. In 2014 Michelle worked on a series of paintings for the first Tour de France in Yorkshire, which was a huge success allowing her to focus on contemporary pieces of art on the subject of nature and birds.

Michelle primarily works in watercolour and acrylic inks whilst enjoying other media such as acrylic & gouache paint. Her inspiration comes from her surroundings; nature, colour & everyday life, her home & animals are a constant inspiration. Being passionate about birds, nature and wildlife she feels this is portrayed in her paintings.

‘My work is influenced by connecting with the wildness of the countryside and exploring forgotten places on foot.
I take every opportunity to walk and climb the hills with my dogs and I always return inspired to paint the presence found in nature.’

Giclee Pring 'Blackbird 2'

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Garden Sculpture Exhibition 2016

Garden Sculpture Exhibition 2016

With longer days, balmy evenings and 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 highlighting the work of talented designer/makers with an ever-changing collection of unique works for your outdoor space in stone resin, glass, forged iron, wood, stoneware, and carved stone.

Opening on Sunday May 1st 2016 the exhibition will continue throughout the year.

The work of several artist blacksmiths will also be on show. A collection of their latest work in forged steel some incorporating fused glass includes green men, poppies, fritillaries, ferns, sheep, butterflies, dragonflies, snails, geese as well as abstract pieces, practical garden furniture, planters and plant supports. Some pieces are galvanised to protect them from the weather.
Regular exhibitor is ceramic sculptor Simon Griffith who creates one-off birds and animals in stoneware, all frost proof. The collection will include a snoozing fox and some birds of prey to include owls, kestrels, kites, rooks, some life size and displayed on wooden posts ready for easy positioning inside or out.

Stone carvers’ David England and Lottie O’Leary will show pieces in Portland and Forest Of Dean stone. Each one unique.

Also on show will be a new collection of stainless steel and cold cast bronze sculptures. Every piece is a one-off. Miranda produces anything from hares and birds through to full size horses. For this exhibition we will be showing a collection of birds on rods to include kingfishers, wrens and long tailed tits.

Finally, sculptress Helen Sinclair, a long established artist with the gallery, produces limited edition and unique contemporary sculpture in stone resin. Each unique piece designed to give hours of pleasure to time spent in the garden.

We will also be showing some delightful pen and ink drawings of sheep and hens and original lino cut prints of garden birds, both by artists who regularly exhibit in the gallery. Come along and enjoy this feast for the eyes!

Garden Sculpture Exhibition 2016

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New drawings by Seren Bell

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New drawings by Seren Bell have just arrived at the gallery.

Born in the West Country, distinguished pen and ink artist Seren Bell went to Tiverton Grammar School and trained at Tiverton University where she gained a BA Hons Degree in Fine Art and English in 1972.

Inspired by Mid-Wales where she lives and works, Seren produces stunning pen and ink drawings which astound with their level of detail. Seren has been exhibiting successfully for several years and is a well respected local artist. Seren draws rare breed farm animals in the main but other animals also feature in her work.
Seren chooses her subjects carefully drawing only those which really inspire her. She occasionally accepts commissions to draw prize or treasured animals but will not work from photographs taken by others, much preferring to get to know and photograph the subjects for herself.

“I make detailed drawings in crayon, pen and ink, mainly of sheep. Although I feel an affinity for all animals, I return to sheep again and again. It’s not just the soft colours of the fleece and the warm bulk of them, but the ancient bony heads and the look in the eye that exert a hold on me. There is also something about their being in the landscape that is reassuring and timeless.
I love the sight of a flock moving slowly and eternally across a Welsh hillside scattered with hawthorn trees.
My drawings celebrate their unwavering gaze and presence.

My work is rooted in the Welsh landscape where I live.”

Pen, ink and coloured pencil original

 

 

Pen, ink and coloured pencil original

 

 

Pen, ink and coloured pencil original

 

 

Pen, ink and coloured pencil original

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‘Spring Fever’ opens on Sunday March 6 from 11am

 

‘Spring Fever’ opens on Sunday March 6 from 11am

As the days gradually lengthen, we welcome the prospect of Spring at Old Chapel Gallery, Pembridge. Our Spring Exhibition which opens on Sunday March 6th entitled
‘Spring Fever’ encompasses a collection of hand picked desirable British made art and craft including paintings, sculpture, ceramics, stained glass, jewellery and automata.  The line up of collectable and appealing art, all inspired by nature, strikes a heartening mood of optimism.

This exhibition will continue to the end of April 2016

Heading the line up is well known artist Mary Woodin who studied Textile Design at Manchester Metropolitan University and Ceramic Design at the Royal College of Art. Her watercolour paintings will include garden birds and flowers.

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Artist Jane Keay paints in a distinctive and individual in style using pen, ink, watercolours and acrylic. Her work reflects the constant changes in nature, showing an energy and spiritualism. Many pieces of work represent her passion for linking pre-historic landscapes with the present and the future, often using elements of imagery and symbolism connecting strongly with her Celtic heritage.

Spring Fever

Also on show will be a new collection of stained glass panels by Tamsin Abbott. Her work always draws much attention and her subject matter is based on the natural world around our Herefordshire countryside and will include hares, badgers, ravens, foxes and more.

Stained Glass Panel

Photographer Brian Griffiths, who has made furniture for us in the past, has turned his hand to watercolours and paints anything from landscapes to fruits and vegetables.

Spring Fever

By popular demand we have a new collection of Raku fired ceramic tiles that are carefully painted and include quotes. Each tile is made individually by hand using ancient techniques dating back to Roman times. The tiles are created by carving into the clay whilst it is still wet and then using coloured slip to bring images and words to life making each tile unique.

Spring Fever

Once again, with spring in mind, we will be showing a new collection of automata made from reclaimed natural wood and colourful off-cuts to include a lady gardener digging her plot and a man playing golf! The mechanisms are quite simple and the colours are natural and depend on what woods are used.
Finally artist blacksmith Malcolm Sheppard has turned his creative flare to making a stunning range of chunky jewellery in silver, some oxidised, and some incorporating red and yellow gold.

 

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‘The Love of Art’

Limited edition marble resin sculpture

‘The Love of Art’

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

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…..

Featuring work by Malcolm Sheppard, Wanda Sowry, Rozie Keogh, Chrissie Nash, Jan Fryer, Janette McKinnon, Hilary Mee, Amanda Clark, Paul Smith and many more.

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Christmas Exhibition 2015 ‘All Wrapped Up’

Christmas exhibition 2015

Christmas Exhibition 2015 ‘All Wrapped Up’

The Christmas Exhibition 2015 at Old Chapel Gallery, Pembridge
entitled ‘All Wrapped Up’ opens on Saturday November 7 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.

We will be featuring a cornucopia of wonderful Christmas present ideas from the best of British artists and makers, many from Herefordshire and surrounds – 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 adorn your walls we will be showing a new collection of scraper board prints and originals by Kay Leverton, acrylics by James Donovan, watercolours by Mary Ann Rogers and mixed media paintings by Audrey Bradley.

To keep out the winter chill there will be a ‘must have’ collection of scarves, wraps and bags in printed cashmere and lambswool from textile designer maker, Fiona McIntosh and Nuno felted merino wool with silk fibres by Kathie Barrs. Both have created . 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 makers.

No line up would be complete without jewellery so we will be showing new collections by Rozie Keogh, Lesley Strickland, Chrissie Nash, Leoma drew and more.

John Mainwaring creates quirky wooden sculptures that are carved and painted, each one unique.It has been said that his pieces will be our heirlooms in the future.
New to the gallery will be a range of domestic pottery by Stuart Houghton and ceramic sculpture by Valerie James.

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!

Acrylic original Silver Light

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“Mellow Fruitfulness” Autumn Exhibition for h.Art

 

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“Mellow Fruitfulness”  Autumn Exhibition for h.Art

A special exhibition for h.Art at Old Chapel Gallery, Pembridge starts on Saturday September 12 promoting the work of talented British artists and makers from far and near.

Heading the line up and new comer to the gallery is printmaker Holly Brookes. Inspired by the natural world Holly’s work also explores her fascination for detail and texture. She works across a range of mediums including graphite, watercolour and pen but specialises in traditional printmaking techniques such as etching, engraving and collagraphy.

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We are once again delighted to have a new collection of acrylic paintings and mixed media sculpture by Shirley Vauvelle. Her sculptures range from small pieces that hang to more intricate free standing pieces which include vintage materials and maps of our local environment.
Returning to the gallery is Herefordshire based artist Peter Horrocks whose new collection of paintings in his “Strata Column” series will all be presented in box frames. His works continue to explore the use of natural earth pigments. The gesture and textural quality of the works are explored by using additional techniques involving graphite, using a variety of surfaces and even tearing the board’s surface. All these being discovered in natural forms that he explores in nature.
We welcome a new collection of art work by Jemima Jameson who works mainly in acrylics but has more recently included pen and inks and layers of Gesso and varnish to create a more textured finish. She enjoys painting onto wooden panels, bowls and furniture which suits her style.
Silversmith Chrissie Nash will once again present us with an eye catching collection of silver jewellery and semi-precious stone necklaces…lovely enough to adorn any party outfit!
Artist Rachel Sudworth’s paintings are rarely of specific places. She takes drawing, colour studies and photographs she has made in the landscape back to the studio where they are distilled and explored. The complete pieces convey an impression of time, place and season inviting the viewer’s interpretation and involvement.

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Returning to the gallery is ceramicist Katrin Moye whose colourfully decorated domestic pieces would happily adorn any kitchen table. From mugs and jugs to butter domes and more.

Ian McKay creates automata and mechanical toys for adults.We will be showing Ian’s new nautical range of wire and driftwood pieces including harbours scenes with sailing boats and lighthouses.

To compliment this exhibition there will be jewellery from many Herefordshire designers as well as pieces from Lesley Strickland, Gail Klevan, Marian Watson and Hilary Mee.

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