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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



“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.


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.


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


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Hay Festival Exhibition @ Old Chapel Gallery 2015

Hay Festival Exhibition @ Old Chapel Gallery 2015

Hay Festival Exhibition @ Old Chapel Gallery 2015

A special Festival Exhibition at Old Chapel Gallery, Pembridge to run during the Hay Festival of Literature and the Arts opens on Thursday May 21st 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 Clive Burnell working principally in acrylics and oils his work tends towards abstraction, evoking images of  remote British landscapes. His recent work is based on landscapes in Wales and the West Country. Clive is a self taught artist who has been painting full time since 2003. He has exhibited with the Royal Institute of Oil Painters at the Mall Galleries London.
Returning to the gallery is artist Karen Pearce 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.
New to the gallery is ceramicist Bryony Rich. Bryony grew up playing in her father’s pottery Studio. Making pots became second nature at a very early age. After school she studied at Carmarthen CCTA Art College , specialising in fashion and textiles. She will be showing a collection of Raku and Blue/turquoise Stoneware.

Also returning to 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 overglazes 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.

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, wearables in linen and felted lambs wool and a delightful collection of jewellery all by British designer makers.

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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Garden Sculpture Exhibition 2015

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’

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.

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‘Love Art’ an exhibition to celebrate St Valentine’s Day 2015

A heart throbbing exhibition of unusual and romantic paintings, presents and cards.


Visit the gallery any time between now and the end of February for unique British Contemporary handmade art and craft – perfect for the love in your life….you won’t be disappointed….new work by Pascale Bigot, Amanda Clark, Valerie James, Tamsin Abbott, Janette MacKinnon, Hilary Mee, Jan Fryer, Chrissie Nash and more…

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Hay Festival Exhibition May 2014


Heading the line up will be Shropshire based artist Frans Wesselman, well known for his delightful paintings, etchings and stained glass.

New to the gallery, is artist Kumar Saraff  from in Mid-Wales, whose work explores the application and effects of paint on surface, bringing light and life to painting with modern materials and techniques.

Artist Alan Percy Walker, from West Wales paints with watercolours in meticulous detail and will include landscapes, seascapes and local historic buildings.

Well known Herefordshire based artist Robert Palmer, who started his career as a graphic designer, now paints in oils and watercolours depicting landscapes, seascapes and some fantasy work. Popular artist Shan Eggerton from Hay on Wye will have a new collection of pastels, also Seren Bell –  famous for her pen and ink drawings of farm animals in there natural landscape. Local artist Frances St Clair Miller will show limited edition etchings  based on the local scenery near to Hay On Wye to include Cusop Hill and the River Wye and Mary Woodin watercolour artist has a delightful collection of garden birds paintings.

For collectors of glass we have new work by Ruth Shelley, Julie Langan and Tamsin Abbott and ceramics by Corinna Kenyon Wade, Alex Shimwell, Mary Rich, Jason Braham and more.

Also on display will be bronze sculpture by Philip Hearsey, forged iron metalwork, garden sculpture, wearables, jewellery and more, all British and hand made.

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Christmas Exhibition 2014

Christmas Exhibition 2014

‘A Winter’s Tale’ opens Saturday November 8th

Featuring a wonderful cornucopia of Christmas present ideas from the best of British artists and makers, many from Herefordshire and surrounds…

Something special for everyone this festive season!

Not finished your Christmas shopping yet…?

Well, don’t worry….there’s still time to order for Christmas.  We use a next day courier service so browse away and get in touch! We will pack and send without delay!

In our 25th year we showcase the best in handmade British contemporary art and craft by emerging and established artists and makers the exhibition encompasses work in a variety of media to include paintings, prints, ceramics, textiles, glass, batiks, wood sculpture, ironwork and bronze alongside a gorgeous range of jewellery.

We invite you to enjoy the feast!

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Spring Exhibition 2013

“Sing A Song of Sixpence”

Pastel-by-M-R-Young-Santa-Croce-Balcony2The spring exhibition, which begins on Sunday March 3rd and continues till the end of April, strikes a mood of optimism with a line up of collectable and appealing art by talented British artist/makers.

Most people will have heard of Mary Rose Young as she is famous for her brightly coloured and highly decorated ceramics but she has a new strand of work – a series of pastel paintings – influenced by her travels to Italy and others depicting more local landmarks near the Forest of Dean, but every bit as colourful as her pots.

Artist printmaker Julia Manning is passionate about making prints; be it etchings, lino cuts, woodcuts or collographs. She loves the technical processes as much as the fine art. She interprets her observations of the environment around her and translates these findings into print. We have named this exhibition after one of her limited editions !

Sing-A-Song-Of-Sixpence-wood-and-lino-cut-by-J_Manning1-260x300 (1)Collectors of pottery will welcome the chance to see a new collection of thrown porcelain and stoneware by ceramic artist Margaret Gardiner. Her pots are for domestic use and visual enjoyment. She uses vapour-glaze with a cocktail of salt, soda and stannous chloride creating a lustrous, rainbow finish.
She has a love of textures: lace, peacock feathers, shells and shiny things and adores the process of evolving these into her ceramics.
We are delighted to welcome Philip Hearsey who makes elegant table sculptures and vessel forms in real bronze influenced by landscape and sea. Inspired by events of the natural world and motivated by the materiality of bronze he engages the sand casting process to create the basic forms that he cuts and carves to create unique vessel forms and table sculptures invariably polishing defining edges in contrast to exquisitely oxidized surfaces.

Kay Leverton from Gwent will be showing her new collection of scraperboards which will include hares, owls and all things mystical. She uses her tools to explore 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, really excites her. Back by popular demand is mixed media artist Shirley Vauvelle who creates small pieces of sculpture, this time with a Spring theme, from clay, driftwood and found objects.

Debbie Mason from Herefordshire hand paints glass panels which catch glimpses of our local landscape with an expert touch in vibrant colours to catch the light.