Press Gang Printmakers

 

Sunday 20th May to Saturday 26th May  ~ 10am - 4.45pm daily

 

Press Gang is a lively group of printmakers based at Salcombe Art Club. Active for nearly 20 years, the group formed when Mike Glanville converted an old mangle and began to explore the creative possibilities. Now, with three presses in the studio, both relief and intaglio printmaking are in full swing during the weekly workshop sessions throughout the winter months. When the old sail-loft studio is transformed to an exhibition space for the summer, the pleasure of working in the home studios of those members who have a press adds a new and invigorating dimension.

 

Printmakers benefit from each other's company, sharing ideas and information as well as materials and equipment (everything - including the kitchen sink) and of course exhibitions.

 

The Collective Works exhibition at Birdwood House will include collagraphs, monoprints, lino cuts, wood cuts, etchings, monotypes and drypoints - techniques and images as diverse as the artists, but all sharing the universal principle of transferring an image to paper from a prepared plate to create an original work. Printmaking is a complex craft, with unpredictable results, which is all part of the appeal for artists with a taste for risk and invention.

 

Exhibiting artists include Alison Veazey, Caroline Barker, Claudia White, Delia Elliott, Gilly Cotter, Hilary Soper, Janette Jagger and Sue Stewart.

 

pressgangprintmakers.org.uk

Dawn Shade

 

Monday 28th May to Saturday 2nd June  ~ 10am - 4.45pm daily

 

An exhibition of work by the artist, designer and illustrator Dawn Shade. For more information on her work visit deerdawnart.co.uk

TRUST THE PROCESS

Dolly Kary

 

Monday 4th June to Saturday 9th June  ~ 10am - 4.45pm daily

 

This exhibition is about recognising and celebrating the unknown.  I allow the creative process to unfold towards an unknown outcome. I find this tension between intention and process both exhilarating and daunting.  Staying present and curious to what each mark might reveal invites an inner-dialogue between the artwork and me.   

 

My chosen carriers for colour at the moment are wax and water.  The ancient art of encaustic wax has recently caught my attention and given me the thirst to venture into unknown territories.  The landscapes exhibited are the beginning of this journey.  Each one is of somewhere and nowhere. All are inspired by nature and the surrounding Devon countryside between moor and sea.

 

The abstract paintings are expressions of time and space.  A place I call “In the Between”.  The acrylic paint or natural pigments are carried in water and the processes of printing, scratching, painting, stamping and finally cutting and placing take me through the delicate moments of uncertainty through to the bold random ones of choice.  The evolution of the piece lies in the strata of layers as they are finally formed. 

 

As part of the exhibition I will be mark making while in the gallery with an open invitation to passers by to contribute to the process.  I thank all who trust the process and let go of outcome or ownership to be part of that particular moment of time and space.

Medieval by Design

Textile Wizardry

 

Monday 11th June to Saturday 16th June ~ 10 - 5pm. Saturday 10 - 4pm

 

We are a diverse group of 14 presenting an exhibition of mixed media, patchwork and quilting, beadwork and embroidery. This is our fifth exhibition at Birdwood House.

33rd Annual Exhibition

Totnes Art Society

Sunday 17th June to Saturday 23rd June ~ 10am - 4.45pm except

Sunday 10am - 3pm, Saturday 10am - 4pm

 

While the optional theme this year for exhibitors is "Light and Shade", the exhibition will as always feature artworks covering a wide range of subject matter and styles - last year's exhibition featured more than 80 artworks from more than 20 painters. All the works on display will be available to buy, with cards for as little as £2.

 

New for 2018 is a "wall of smalls" - small paintings, which will sell for just £25. Nearly 20 members have accepted the challenge of producing an image to fit a frame measuring 250 x 200mm. Chairman Mike Bonney comments "This is an opportunity for visitors to pick up an original piece of art, or for those on holiday to take something inexpensive home with them. We hope this will provide something a bit different and inspire interest."

 

Totnes Art Society welcomes artists of all levels of experience. The Society runs a programme of workshops and demonstrations, and encourages members to develop their artistic ability and to show their work. There is a popular untutored weekly painting session at the Totnes Boat Club. More information can be found at the Totnes Art Society's website, www.totnesartsociety.co.uk.  

 

Illustrated:

"Cornish Caves II" by Colin Drew, winner Best in Show 2017

"Ruddycleave Farm Revisited" by Rosemary Bonney, winner of the Themed prize

FOLIL (Roots)

Oil paintings by Paz Treuquil

 

Monday 25th June to Saturday 30th June ~ 10am - 5pm daily

 

Paz Treuquil was born in South America, in the territory that is now known as Chile. There she began to paint pictures in a totally intuitive and self-taught way, inspired by the precious symbolic universe, the rites and traditions of the indigenous culture to which she belongs. For the Mapuches, the deep respect they feel for nature is inscribed in the meaning of their own name as a people, composed of the words Mapu (land) and Che (people), that is, people of the land. This cultural premise is present throughout the pictorial work of Paz, marked by a predominance of bright colors that further enhance the strength and power of human representations next to trees, vegetation or wild animals.

 

    The dreamlike and symbolic landscape that most of his paintings present always has indigenous spirituality as a backdrop, reflecting sacred concepts directed at the hearts of the people of her own people, but that also manage to transmit to the uninitiated spectator emotions that reconnect them with the cultural universe of their most remote ancestors. Thus, there are constant images related to maternity and fertility, ancestral archetypes that express the concept of renewal and cyclic regeneration of LIFE, since the first human cultures began to paint with red ochre on the walls of the paleolithic caves.

 

Paz treuquil, an indigenous and feminine look that embraces, envelops and submerges us in the indomitable and wild world of the Ñuke Mapu (Mother Earth).

www.paztreuquil.com

Nutopia plus

Raw Art Forum

 

Sunday 1st July to Saturday 7th July ~ 10am – 4.45pm daily except

Sunday 2pm - 4pm,  Saturday 10am – 4pm

 

Raw Art Forum came together as a group in early 2016 - four artists with separate and diverse practices. They have worked closely together since the beginning with a view to creating installation pieces for exhibition alongside work from their individual practices. Working together however requires a different approach. Egos are set aside, familiar materials are discarded, and new ways of working are quickly learnt.

 

The Nutopia installation consists of eleven elements each made up of individual items housed in white display units mounted on cardboard delivery boxes. The Nutopia print suite is produced as a complementary piece to be shown alongside the main installation. The prints are based on the original graphics used on the installation labels.

 

The concept of Nutopia was that it would investigate the obsessive nature of 21st century consumerism, through an imaginary company fulfilling the expectations of people who want everything and more.

This first collaboration is one that has surprised them, inasmuch that it bears little or no resemblance to their own work - it has its roots in every day consumerism, within which they have created their own ‘medicinal’ product models - their mutual sense of fun has informed this particular collaboration; humour seemingly connects things. They investigate the every day - small things that may, or may not, affect us all.

 

Alongside Nutopia the four artists will show new work from their individual practice.

 

Raw Art Forum artists are: Aidan Cooper, Steve Neill, Jennifer Jayarajah, Fergus Cooper

www.rawartforum.co.uk

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