Tor to Shore

Clare Jenkinson, Alan Gregory, Chris Pitman


Monday 13th August to Saturday 18th August  ~ 10am - 4.45pm daily (4pm Saturday)


Following last year’s successful “Power of Three” Exhibition at the Artizan Gallery, Torquay, the “Teign Three” artists, Clare Jenkinson, Alan Gregory and Chris Pitman, present a second exhibition together.

The theme of this year’s exhibition owes much to local poet Alice Oswald’s Dart collection, as they are exploring the life of a river as it flows from source to sea, from Tor to Shore:  moorland; river banks; pebble-beds; estuary; cliff-edge; and shoreline.  Individually in their work there is often a focus on boats, jetties, the particular buildings that have evolved along the water's edge, the effects of light on water, sky and sea, and the shapes and patterns that water creates.  This joint project brings their different responses to the subject together. 

These responses vary from Clare’s expressionistic colourist approach to the subject, which shows a fascination with the reflections created in the water by the surroundings and movement along and through the river, through Alan’s impressionistic explorations of the dramatic interactions between sky and landscape, through to Chris’s “painterly realist” style with it’s particular interests in boats and waterside architecture.  These different interpretations of a unified theme should provide interest for art lovers of different persuasions.

Universal Language

Charles Somerton


Monday 20th August to Saturday 25th August  ~ 10am - 4.45pm daily


In the modern age we consider our race to be ultra-connected; through the sharing of an unfathomable quantity of information over the internet, but how much of that communication can be understood by every human being?  How much of that information is bound by the culture within which it was created?  On a basic level, verbal and written language inhibits mass comprehension and translation is a sophisticated but slow form of Chinese whispers.  Loneliness is an epidemic and few of us even know our neighbours names.  We have allowed our sense of community to be wrung out of us by the capitalist machine.  Furthermore we allow the machine to give us a false sense of our connection to each other.

It is true that a picture speaks a thousand words; however if a representational painting or photograph is symbolic or intended to illustrate a narrative then that is not necessarily communicated by viewing alone.  An abstract image that has been created to an elusive intellectual concept can prove to be even more difficult to discern.  Likewise, the lyrics of a song are also a locked box to anyone who does not know the language in which it is sung.  However, instrumental music is universal and could wash over a crowd of people that are completely incapable of communicating with each other verbally and unite them in rhythm.

In the visual arts I believe that abstract painting also has the highest potential to be a universal language.  True abstraction is beyond description in words, have you ever heard a plausible description of Love?  The critique of abstract painting is often reduced to a soulless analysis of colour and compositional relationships or it is regarded that the concept behind the work is more important than the artwork itself.

I paint intuitively and spontaneously with geometry as my shepherd; in the hope of creating works that people can connect to in a silent conversation, regardless of their cultural heritage.  Art should be universally inclusive.

Landscapes, Figures and Shapes

Veronica Moran


Sunday 26th August – Saturday 1st September ~ 10am – 4.45pm


This is my first solo exhibition at Birdwood, although I have been here many times before with the Dean Prior Life Drawing Group.  This time I’m concentrating on shapes found in landscape, the figure and objects, with special attention paid to the negative space around them. 

I work mainly in oils and charcoal and try to make my marks quickly in an expressive way to capture a moment, gesture or lightness.

A lot of my work for this exhibition uses a limited colour palette, which I think adds a more dramatic element.

Hope you enjoy it.

Pure Theatre

Peter Orrock


Monday 3 September to Saturday 8 September  ~ 10am - 4.45pm daily


Peter will be in the gallery painting small still lives throughout the exhibition.


This exhibition contains two themes. The first are large paintings of female figures in costume. The second are small still life paintings on board. The connection between them is not only the artist and medium, acrylic, but also that the paintings have been composed, lit, adjusted. The stage has been set. Whether it’s the large backdrop and figure in fabrics or fruit composed on a stage in microcosm,

it’s all: Pure Theatre.


3 Media Mix

Diana Booth, Jill Cooper and Caroline Barker


Sunday 9th September to Saturday 15th September  ~ 10am - 4.45pm daily except Sunday 3pm – 5pm


 As a group we share and celebrate our passion for making art in different dimensions. Our diverse media allow us to interpret our environment in individual innovative ways.


 Diana Booth
I delight in the flexibility, malleability and rich colour of oil paint to create contemporary energetic paintings which interpret seascapes and landscapes in a semi- abstract style. The beautiful South Hams coastline, New Zealand and other visits abroad are the inspiration for most of my work.


 Jill Cooper
Quilting of my own photographs of coast, river and moorland to produce a 3D effect is my dominant technique. I also use machine appliqué and convergence quilting to produce stylised images of places I have visited and photographed.


 Caroline Barker
My work focuses on the local landscape of Devon and the creatures and plants that inhabit it. I hope that my linocut and collagraph prints help jog the memories of familiar places. I also make small handmade books ideal for sending as small presents through the post.

Pink Rebel

Lies Van Hee


Monday 17th September to Saturday 22nd September  ~ 10am - 4.45pm daily


In between both sides of my heart A quiet breeze of wild dreams speaking PINK REBEL ” This show is a personal celebration of my inspiring, and at times very challenging dance between the Pink me and the Rebel me. The sweet, shy, tender, quiet, introverted and the more outspoken, wild, bold ... They share with the world a collection of visual, poetic, personal, collective prayers and other funky expressions of deep Souldreaming, Naturelove, the journey in between both sides of  my heart and my deep longing to express the mystery and beauty of the Essence in Existence. The result is a colourful mix of drawing, writing, photography, painting, installation and other creations... “


Lies Van Hee is a Belgian artist, currently living on Dartmoor, Devon. She is passionate about creating and weaving movement, dance, visual expression, connection with the Land, Essence, dreaming and dailylifemagic into a fascinating body of creative work, vibrating with authenticity and clarity...   “Lies is an extraordinary sensitive being, with magic at her finger tips. Her work as a visionary dancing artist, is an inspiration and offers much journeying for the soul of humanity. I recommend her work to anyone who wishes to dream on the subtle and the profound, the mystery of the paint pot and the mystique of hidden worlds coming to life!” Caroline Carey - Middle Earth Medicine Ways

Day of the Hummingbird

Fiona Almeleh


Sunday 23rd September to Saturday 29th September 2018 – Open daily from 10am - 4.45pm except for Sunday 10.30am - 3pm


This new exhibition of Embroidered Textile Art, titled Day of the Hummingbird, represents over thirty-five years of creative romancing with thread - a journey that continues to reveal worlds of untold possibilities, colour-scapes, patterns and textural inter-weavings. In so many ways, this has been my invitation to partner with an inner aesthete and dreamer; resulting in creative meandering on canvas, paper, fabric or any other surface that begs to be included. The exchange is always hand-stitched, organic and unplanned. Hummingbirds have always evoked a sense of lightness, resilience, joy, and delight!

 The work arises from a deep wellspring of love; love for life, nature's beauty, it's detail and wisdom; and a curiosity of the finer realms that overlap our own. Every art piece represents a portal, an invitation with the promise of playful connection and prayerful communion. My story is threaded and patiently stitched into these textural, colour notebooks, where it has been possible to hold a still and focused point of awareness. I really look forward to sharing this work.

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