The Winter Exhibition 2019 at Old Chapel Gallery, Pembridge entitled ‘Burning Bright’ opens on Saturday November 9 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.
Artist Seren Bell makes detailed drawings in crayon, pen and ink. Of her favourite subject, sheep, she says ’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. New to the gallery is artist Linda Edwards who paints richly detailed watercolours of birds and animals set in jewel like colours with inscribed gold leaf, evoking a paradise garden. ‘My work has a timeless quality that is rooted in ancient art yet is very contemporary.’
Returning by popular demand is artist Shan Egerton who trained at the Byam Shaw School of Art 1966-70. Working mainly in pastels, she has exhibited regularly in the U.K. including the Royal Academy, New English Art Club, West of England Academy, Pastel Society, Wildlife Society, and London Contemporary Art Fair.
Textile artist Rachel Wright will be showing 3 new machine embroidery pictures. Rachel takes her inspiration from many sources including landscapes and seascapes, wildlife, harbour towns, boats, lighthouses and windmills. These subject matter are then translated in machine embroidered fabric collages, using vibrant threads, worked onto carefully cut and pieced fabrics.
Lisa Ellul creates carefully constructed ceramic vessels which are impressed with natural designs and tinted with washes of oxides, gold leaf lending a sense of luminosity and luxury. Potter, printmaker and photographer Ruth Gibson combines these three disciplines to present imaginative pieces for the wall and table some of which include metallic glazes. Potter 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.
Ceramacist Rosemarie Barr graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 2012 with a First Class BA in Design (ceramics) Her main interest is the depiction of animals, birds and humans as vessels. Her quirky jugs and vases are Influenced by prehistoric art, indigenous art, and in particular the historical and contemporary art of South America.
Jeweller Alison Varley specialises in techniques of metal inlay. She works primarily in silver and gold with an emphasis on exploring many different characteristics that can be found within the metals and their juxtaposition. The use of strong lines and contrasting textures being a feature of her work.
Our festive line up will also include stained glass panels by Tamsin Abbott, hand blown glass bottles and vases by Stuart Akroyd in vibrant colours and sinuous shapes, carved wood original pieces by John Mainwaring and small sparkly assemblages by Amanda Rawlings.
To keep out the winter chill there will be a ‘must have’ collection of scarves, wraps, collars and bags in lambs wool and Nuno felted merino wool with silk fibres , all desirable accessories for any ladies wardrobe!
Our wide range of textiles to include jackets, hats, scarves, gloves, cushions and throws. We will have new collections of jewellery by Rachel Bailey, Hannah Dunne, Elizabeth Terrza, Leoma Drew, Shirley Smith, Gail Klevan and Rozie Keogh, who will also be showing a magnificent angel in wire with sequins.
Gift wrapping service available.