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‘Made With 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 ‘Made with Love’.

Hand embellished print with gold leaf

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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Hand Felted Bracelet Cuff Multi Coloured

Large Silver Hare Pendant

Featuring work by regular gallery artists and makers.

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‘Burning Bright’ Christmas Exhibition 2016

‘Burning Bright’ Christmas Exhibition 2016

Opens on Saturday November 12 featuring a festive collection of British Contemporary fine arts and crafts, from jewellery & textiles, lighting, paintings, original prints, ceramics & glass to Christmas decorations, candles and cards….something for everyone!

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The Christmas Exhibition 2016 at Old Chapel Gallery, Pembridge
entitled ‘Burning Bright’ opens on Saturday November 12 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.

New to the gallery will be a collection of original acrylic paintings by Shropshire based artist Matt Jenneson. Hannah Willow will be showing her hand embellished small edition prints with 24ct gold leaf alongside stained glass panels by Tamsin Abbott.
There will be a gorgeous collection of porcelain lighting by Amy Cooper, whose quirky lamps add a certain ambiance and festiveness to any room.
We will have new collections of jewellery by Alison Varley, Zoe Wright, Hannah Willow, Leoma Drew and Rozie Keogh, who will also be showing a magnificent angel in wire with sequins.
Sculptural ceramics by John Maltby and vapour glaze ceramics with lovely lustre by Margaret Gardiner.

To keep out the winter chill there will be a ‘must have’ collection of scarves, wraps 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.

Now stocking Textile Taxidermy Trophy Heads inspired by Victorian Taxidermy and the Brecon Beacons National Park. Hand made in Wales in Welsh woollen fabrics. We have a collection to include Roe Deer, Badger, Fox, Hare and Rabbit. They have to be seen to be believed! Here is an image of the Roe Deer.

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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.

Snapdragon Solstice
‘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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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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Garden Sculpture Exhibition 2015

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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 Saturday May 2nd 2015 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.

Miranda Michels works in stainless and mild steel. 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 large hare, a small flock of flat sheep (as pictured) and a collection of birds on rods to include kingfishers, wrens and long tailed tits.
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.

Lynette Forrester’s sculpture is inspired by nature and she creates pieces which will enhance the environment in which her art glass pieces are placed, catching the light and sparkling in the sun.

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 a range of interior ceramic and cold cast bronze animal sculpture by several makers new to the gallery. Come along and enjoy this feast for the eyes!

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Spring Exhibition 2015 “Be still and listen, the Earth is singing’

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As the days gradually lengthen, we welcome the prospect of Spring at Old Chapel Gallery, Pembridge.Our Spring Exhibition which opens on Sunday March 8th entitled

“Be still and listen, the Earth is singing’ encompasses a collection of hand picked desirable British made art and craft including paintings, sculpture, ceramics, etchings, jewellery, automata and collographs.

The line up of collectable and appealing art, all inspired by nature, strikes a heartening mood of optimism.

Heading the line up is well known watercolour artist Mary Ann Rogers who gained the coveted award ‘Best Selling Published Artist 2009’
“The quick and lively work of Mary Ann Rogers is a real treat… her animals are depicted with a spine-tingling and inspiring virtuosity… she achieves a sense of oriental delicacy of touch which defies description.”

New to the gallery is artist illustrator Sam Cannon who works in watercolour, gouache, coloured and graphite pencil on board or paper incorporating well known quotes in text. For example ‘Be still and listen, the Earth is singing’ the title of this exhibition.

Another new comer is potter Mel Chambers who creates 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.

Talented automata maker Wanda Sowry uses reclaimed natural wood and colourful off-cuts to put together her mechanical designs. Each handmade Automaton has a system of cogs built inside it – turn the handle and the Automaton comes to life. She keeps the mechanisms quite simple, she doesn’t paint or varnish the wood but uses different natural colours of wood instead.

Leoma Drew creates a beautiful range of wearable wing inspired jewellery using saw piercing, shape forming and stone setting. She incorporates motifs with solid shapes for an abstract and contemporary feel. The black and white effect is contrasted with bright and unusually cut stones that complement each other perfectly. Her jewellery and objects are influenced by each other and these pieces represent sentimentality which is enhanced by the intimacy created between object and body.
Gill Tenant Eyles creates one off ceramic sculptural pieces made in Raku and reduction stoneware. Her work is hand built and reflects her lifelong fascination with texture, pattern and colour, drawing inspiration from the natural world, especially the wild seashore.
To compliment the exhibition there will be a new collection of etchings by Jenny Devereux, original paintings by Peter Horrocks and collographs by recently graduated Holly Brookes.