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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.

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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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‘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…..

Reading with Cat Etching

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!



Oil on canvas


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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‘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.

HW_hare_Moon_new        Phill_Hare_bowl

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.

Hand painted cupboard           HB_new_tree_

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!!


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.

Snapdragon Solstice
‘Birthday Flowers’ original watercolour


‘Blackbird’ Original watercolour


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


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

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