The Winter Exhibition 2020 at Old Chapel Gallery, Pembridge entitled ‘A Years Turning’ 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.
Due to the latest government restrictions this exhibition will be online through November and December at www.oldchapelgallery.co.uk
Our featured artist Linda Edwards paints watercolours of birds and animals set in jewel like colours with gold leaf, tell the story of a paradise garden. Rich in detail and patterning, these pieces illuminate a room. We mostly live in cities where we might long for an enclosed garden in which to find an hour of sunlit peace. Birds inhabit the garden and it is filled with trees and flowers. The garden as paradise: this is Linda’s theme. Her work has a timeless quality that is rooted in ancient art yet is very contemporary.
Hannah Willow will be showing her latest collections of silver jewellery and watercolour paintings. Hannah finds the landscape of the British Isles, and Wiltshire in particular, very inspiring. This combined with her love of poetry and British Folklore means her work is full of animals, hills, woodlands, primeval places, moons stars and constellations. She tries to instil a feeling of place, of time and of magic in her work, connecting to the hidden knowledge held within the land and passed down through generations.
Woodcarver Kathryn O’Kell creates beautifully observed carved wood relief panels of wildlife in English lime making use of traditional hand-carving techniques to depict mainly birds, which are clearly her passion! Often images are cropped and only glimpses of the bird are seen, as if in passing. Colour is achieved with watered down acrylic paints, layered and rubbed back.
Textile artist Rachel Wright will be showing new machine embroidery pictures. Rachel takes her inspiration from many sources including landscapes and seascapes, wildlife, harbour towns, boats, lighthouses and windmills translating them into machine embroidered fabric collages, using vibrant threads, worked onto carefully cut and pieced fabrics.
Jennifer Hall uses very traditional making techniques to create contemporary slip decorated earthenware for oven and table use. Her aim is to enhance the daily rituals of refreshment and mealtimes. As a maker of domestic ware, she doesn’t want her pots to challenge, but to sit comfortably in the hand and feel soft on the lips.
Suzi Thompson is a printmaker based in South Yorkshire working with collagraph, drypoint & relief printing processes to create limited edition prints. Her printmaking reflects her impressions of the natural landscapes surrounding her home and studio; inspired by the accessible open countryside of her local surroundings, British wildlife and flora.
Tamsin Abbott’s stained glass is always much sought after and we will receive new work from her by the end of November.
Woodcarver John Mainwaring enjoys carving bird forms, especially Rooks and Cormorants.
He uses woods from the Northern Hemisphere which he finds more suitable for purpose and more sustainable and kinder to our planet. He likes Maple, Oak, Walnut etc. and sometimes paints or just polishes to a natural finish depending on the subject. We will wait to see what he has created for our Winter Exhibition.
Finally Amanda Rawlins creates small sparkly assemblages using copper, silver, semi precious beads and wood. Her aim is to provide the highest quality craftsmanship with unique design. All her work is hand-made in the truest sense. She strives to capture a little bit of magical inspiration in her work borrowed from all the special places she has explored.
We will have new collections of jewellery by Rachel Bailey, Hannah Dunne, Elizabeth Terzza, Leoma Drew, Shirley Smith, Gail Klevan, and Rozie Keogh, who will also be showing a magnificent angel in wire with sequins.
Don’t delay your visit, you won’t be disappointed!