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‘Caught In Flight’ Autumn and h.Art Exhibition 2018

 As the first cool nights and the fluting of robins signal the flight of summer, we mark the beauty of the changes of the season, looking ahead to the cosy comforts of the home, and introduce our special combined h.Art and Autumn exhibition entitled ‘Caught In Flight’ which opens on Saturday September 8 at Old Chapel Gallery, Pembridge, promoting the work of talented British artists and makers from around the county and beyond.  

Our h.Art line up will showcase Carolyn Amos, who studied silversmithing and jewellery at Harrow College of Art and Technology, designs and makes a collection of bold, crisply geometric earrings, rings and cufflinks from silver and coloured resin. Jennifer Hall, now working on the stunning North Pembrokeshire coast, uses traditional techniques to create contemporary slipware, aiming ‘to enhance the daily rituals of refreshment and mealtimes. As a maker of domestic ware, I do not want my pots to challenge, but to sit comfortably in the hand and feel soft on the lips.’ Her ‘Circle’ range, a very abstracted plant design, is influenced by the seed pods and structures of Honesty.  Herefordshire based Kathie Barrs, felt maker, creates functional and decorative pieces with an array of textures. Cosy felt collars and scarves of vibrant coloured wools are marbled together with silk, clasped and buttoned with fastenings of English woods. Living locally, Hilary Mee’s chosen medium is papier mache, that ‘lends itself to being humorous and childlike, the application of colour and line giving a piece a more dramatic and theatrical air.’ Her lively pieces include jewellery, clocks, mirrors and ornaments. The dynamic garden sculptures of internationally acclaimed Herefordshire artist blacksmith Neil Lossock take inspiration largely from nature, interspersed with a love of the fantastic. Neil’s signature pieces – large, individual pieces of art that elicit admiration – are testament to his skill.  Herefordshire artist Helen Cass’s selection of mono-prints stems from her documentation of the dissolution of the farm which has been an important presence in her work for twenty years, whose activities, processes and objects are now subject to change. Each print is an original, the plants themselves, collected while walking the land, make the image, forming superimposed silhouettes.

Complementing this exhibition will be artist Sue Hayden who will be showing a new collection of striking seascapes and landscapes in acrylic. Excited by the relationship between texture, shape, light and space, she paints with acrylic and pastels in a layered technique, creating a collage effect, adding energy, randomness to her work.  Alongside Clio Graham’s enchanting pottery is designed to be functional as well as decorative and follows in the tradition of English slip ware, using the warm colours and qualities of earthenware with contemporary decoration, often influenced by the countryside. Her pieces, depicting flora and fauna, including swallows, owls and kingfishers, are framed with lines of poetry.  Familiar birds such as blue tits, rooks and warblers feature in Kay Leverton’s magical scraper-board originals, in which she explores her love of line and detail and the intricacy of the natural world: ‘To scratch away the ink and reveal the creamy chalk underneath, to make up a work out of thousands of tiny lines, this really excites me.’

Acrylic Original painting 'So So Cold'

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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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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.

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‘First Song’ Spring Exhibition 2017

‘First Song’ Spring Exhibition 2017

As the days gradually lengthen, we welcome the prospect of Spring at Old Chapel Gallery, Pembridge. Our Spring Exhibition which opens on Sunday March 5th entitled ‘First Song’ encompasses a collection of hand picked desirable British made art and craft including paintings, textiles, 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.

Spring Exhibition 2017 'First Song'

Jemima Jameson paints in acrylics on wood panels and furniture. Her desire to paint and draw has been part of her whole life and is quite simply a celebration of the natural world that she is compelled to describe.

Amanda Clark has been a professional artist and illustrator for 15 years and love’s every moment of an artist’s life.  Coming from an arty and creative family, she has grown up with the abundance of wonder-filled colour, pattern, music and musings with arms full of fairy tales. She paints in acrylics.

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.

Maggie Hobbs, needle felt artist, works in a range of media, including clay, print and textiles. She creates needle felted creations and presents them under hand blown glass domes. Her pieces include birds, foxes, sheep, lambs and more.

 Exhibition 2017 'First Song'

We will also have a new Spring collection of sculpture from Fauxidermy. These have to be seen to be believed! they really are amazing!

Exhibition 2017 'First Song'

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.

Potter Briony Rich currently produces matt lustre Raku vases. Her more recent work is a combination of Terra sigillata and Raku using gold and copper glazes, on larger vessels with a twist. She also does a range of Lapis blue and red Iron Stoneware bowls and vases.

 Exhibition 2017 'First Song'

Lucy Pendrick, needle felt artist creates creatures with a tale to tell and a song in their heart. Her range of pieces include hares, mice, birds, foxes, moths and more.

 Exhibition 2017 'First Song'

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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‘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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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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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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Summer Exhibition 2015

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Summer Exhibition  “Images and Reflections” opens on Sunday July 5 2015 and will feature a collection of collectable artists and makers, some new to the gallery.

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

Textile artist Sue Williams who graduated from Herefordshire College of Art in 2001
with BA (Hons) in Design Crafts will be showing a collection of her latest textile collage paintings.
Landscapes are her inspiration, for this exhibition she has focused on Herefordshire, 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.

New to the gallery is artist Caroline McLachlan who went to The Laird School of Art in Birkenhead.
She paints outside ‘en plein air,’ and applies the finishing touches in her studio. She paints in various media including watercolours, oils and acrylics, and mixed media.
She has painted an exciting collection of Shropshire landscapes and Pembrokeshire seascapes.

Potter Arwyn Jones works in what may be considered a traditional way, using the wheel to produce sound functional forms. His over riding intention is for the resulting wares to be undeniably functional and a pleasure to use.

Also new to the gallery will be Adrian Guest with his latest collection of stoneware garden sculptures to include a Hereford bull and sheep.

Finally we will have a new collection of jewellery from Hereford based Rozie Keogh, whose pieces are just perfect for those summer weddings and garden parties!

Our aim from the beginning has been to promote the work of British contemporary talented artists and makers, some already well known in their field and many talented new comers. Now in our 26th year, this continues as strongly as ever.

The exhibition will continue until the end of August 2015