‘Song of the Earth’

calendarCreated with Sketch. Date: 9th March - 30th April 2024
Opening Times: Open Wednesday to Saturday 11 - 5, Sunday 12 - 4
Location: Old Chapel Gallery, Pembridge, HR6 9HB

‘Song of the Earth’ the Spring Exhibition 2024 at Old Chapel Gallery opens on Saturday March 9th and continues to the end of April.

Each piece inspired by nature, encompassing a unique collection of hand picked, desirable contemporary British fine art and craft including paintings, sculpture, ceramics, stained glass, jewellery, mosaics and wood we hope this latest exhibition strikes a heartening mood of optimism. 

'Bees Buzzing and Heather Beyond'
‘Bees Buzzing and Heather Beyond’

Artist Sue Hayden brings a glorious new collection of seascapes and landscapes to our Spring Exhibition, painted whilst on location in Pembrokeshire, Ireland and Shropshire. Sue is excited by the relationship between texture, shape, light and space and paints with acrylics and pastels on paper that have been layered up beforehand with paint and paper creating a collage effect. This adds energy, randomness and interest to the subject. Her work is created from sketches and notes based on her impressions of what she is looking at and feeling. She rarely refer to photographs.

'On Their Way'
‘On Their Way’

New to the gallery is artist Ann McCay whose paintings convey a sense of space and have a strong narrative element. Settings are theatrical, often portraying man-made structures within natural vegetation. The eye is led along paths, through windows and into doorways. The familiar is made strange through the use of intense colour and light. The juxtaposition of images and archetypal nature of the figures inspires the viewer to create their own story.

‘Large Salmon Platter’
‘Large Salmon Platter’

Toff Milway has been a maker since childhood and has always tried to invent useful things, and creates salt-glaze pots that are not only beautifully elegant, but are also highly functional and useful. His own enjoyment of food makes him want his pots to inspire people to make good food, present it on or in interesting pots and to eat it in convivial company. In his own words, ‘Let’s live life with style and enthusiasm! I am a born enthusiast and want to encourage everyone. As a country potter I like to create pots that have an old fashioned country feel to them yet still retain their elegant lines.’ 

'Bernard takes his Master for a Walk!'
‘Bernard takes his Master for a Walk!’

John Mainwaring left school to become a carpenter. Private art tuition led to him selling cartoons to agencies for publication in magazines and newspapers. Having discovered woodturning in the early 1970s and finding wood carving more satisfying and rewarding he now produces carved and painted pieces of great character, charm and complexity.

'Girl with Blackbird'
‘Girl with Blackbird’

Frans Wesselman, who grew up in the Netherlands, moved to England in 1979 where he has worked and exhibited widely. From the delicacy of his etchings and watercolours to the strength of line and clarity of colour characteristic of his wood/linocuts and glowing stained glass, his enigmatic images often tell an intriguing story.

‘Swallows over the Bay’
‘Swallows over the Bay’

Morag Archer’s urge to create magic from lost items led her into the world of mosaics. She found she could combine lovely old broken vintage china with clay to make little picture treasures. Birds are her main inspiration. Each element plays its part. Tiny up-cycled paper fragments lovingly added layer upon layer; accents of ink, paint and gold leaf are stirred into the eclectic mix.

'Blue Tit with Emerald Leaves'
‘Blue Tit with Emerald Leaves’

Rachel Bailey has been a jeweller for over 20 years. She studied at Portsmouth College of Art in the late ’80’s and then went on to West Surrey College of Art and Design in the early ’90’s taking a degree in three dimensional design – specialising in metals. Her work explores her love of wild creatures, our native animals and birds and magical realms. The semi precious stones she uses are an integral part of her inspiration as they suggest landscapes in which the creatures inhabit. Each piece is individually made and therefore unique, in sterling silver and Hallmarked in Sheffield.

Past Exhibitions

'A Years Turning' Winter Exhibition 2020
'Glorious Awakening' Autumn & h.Art Exhibition 2021
'Glory of the Garden' Summer Exhibition 2023
'Hope Springs Eternal' Spring Exhibition 2021
'Making Waves' Summer Exhibition 2020
'Shadows on the Grass' Garden Sculpture Exhibition 2022
'Song of the Earth' Spring Exhibition 2022
'Sunlight on the Garden' Summer Exhibition 2022
'Sweet Summertime' Summer Exhibition 2021
'When Soft was the Sun' Autumn Exhibition 2020
'When Soft was the Sun' Autumn Exhibition 2022
'Winter Curiosities'
'Winter Curiosities' Christmas Exhibition 2021
Hay Festival Exhibition @ Old Chapel Gallery 2022
Hay Festival Exhibition 2021
Hay Festival Virtual Exhibition 2020