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Spring Exhibition 2022 ‘Song of the earth’

‘Song of the Earth’ Spring Exhibition 2022 Opens on Saturday March 12th and runs to the end of April.

Encompassing a unique collection of hand picked, desirable, contemporary British fine art and craft including stained glass, pastels, acrylics, textile art, ceramics and silver jewellery. Each piece inspired by nature, we hope this latest exhibition strikes a heartening mood of optimism.

Heading the line up by popular demand is Tamsin Abbott. Her work is influenced by the Herefordshire countryside, the orchards, the hills, the woods and all the plants, birds and animals that grow and live. Tamsin works on mainly British made mouth blown glass, in fabulous colours.

Sue Hayden’s  paintings are based on the relationship between texture, shape and light. Starting with observational drawings from life she uses bright acrylics and pastels on layered surfaces to add randomness and energy to her work. Particularly drawn to natural objects and landscapes her work emphasises a love of colour, texture and movement in what can be touched and what can be seen in the distance.

Rachel Wright takes her inspiration from many sources including landscapes, seascapes, wildlife, harbour towns, boats, lighthouses and windmills. These themes are then translated in machine embroidered fabric collages, using vibrant threads, worked onto carefully cut pieces of fabric. This enables Rachel to draw and paint through fabric and stitch, providing a rich source of colour, texture and pattern which forms her ‘palette’ and the threads are used like a fine paintbrush to fill in the details. Rachel’s trademark is her use of striking, rich colour, which captivates and draws the viewer in. Her aim is simply to delight the eye.

Mike Parry makes functional slipware pottery, some with a more sculptural element. Pots intended to be used whether on a daily basis, special occasions or admired upon a shelf. All work is made by himself at his home studio in S.E. Wales. Using a red earthenware clay, pots are hand thrown on a potters wheel, decorated using slips (liquid clay), glazed and fired in an electric kiln to 1100c. Through the throwing and slipping process he hopes to capture a sense of movement and spontaneity to emphasise the qualities of the materials. Inspirations include medieval pottery, 18th Century English slipware, post war British studio pottery through to contemporary ceramics.

Former graphic designer Joanna Griffiths studied at the London College of Printing  and had a successful and long career in commercial art. She now paints full time. Her pastel artworks capture the hills, moors and farmland of the Welsh Marches. Depicting all seasons Joanna often only walks a short distance to study the subjects she loves. Her daily walks she describes as her ‘absorption time’ – “I breathe it in every day, sun, rain, sleet it doesn’t matter – I never tire of seeing the same vistas, trees, hedgerows and livestock which change constantly. My focus centres around one hill and one farm near to where I live”

Rachael Blakeway enjoys the freedom and the challenge of up-cycling and recycling everyday materials and found objects into 3D pictures. She likes to create scenes that are humorous and have a hint of nostalgia that most people can relate to. Rachael uses paper pulp and layers up other materials to create a 3D effect collage, so the viewer feels they can step into a scene and become part of it.

We also have in stock a glowing collection of Premium limited edition prints from the Lost Words book by Jackie Morris. Hand finished with ‘gold’ leaf. These include bluebells, dandelions, conkers and acorns.

Wednesday to Saturday 11- 4.30  Sunday 12 – 4 Other times by appointment.  For more information phone 01544 388 842 or visit our web site