"3 MEDIA MIX" ~ Jill Cooper, Diana Booth & Caroline Barker
Sunday 14 September - Saturday 20 September 2014
A textile artist, I experiment with different materials and techniques. I am inspired by the colour, light and texture found in natural and human environments. At present I am working with my own photographs printed on cotton then quilted to give a 3D effect. I am also developing work based on intuitive piecing using hand dyed cotton. I continue to work with painted mulberry bark inspired by the colours, shapes and lustre of minerals. This year, as in the last eight years, I am exhibiting at the Festival of Quilts at the NEC Birmingham. This exhibition attracts an international entry and in the past I have gained a second place and a highly commended in Miniature section.
I am very excited about designing multi layered linocuts with a bit of a story behind them. I also love the physical process of cutting the lino and designs often get changed quite bit while I’m cutting as the image emerges from the block. Most of my images have been inspired by local scenes and wildlife of the South Hams. I have also made a new series of small handmade books with calligraphic quotes and linocut images. They are ideal to send as presents to those special friends.
A long-time resident of the South Hams I returned to painting some years ago with renewed vision and energy exploring an exhilarating, vibrant approach to using oils. My work is contemporary, colourful and energetic. The effect of constantly changing light on the rugged form and structure of coastline, cliffs, beaches and landscape evoke strong emotions which I then attempt to express in my art. A loose abstract approach is also my aim. Enjoyment of colour is a key element by which I hope to create an upbeat mood. I have exhibited regularly in the area since 2008.
Jenny Dainton ~ Journey of Hope
22 -27 September 2014
Between 1880 and 1950 twenty million people passed through Castle Gardens and Ellis Island, New York, as they emigrated to the USA. Each came with their fears and aspirations for a better life for themselves and their families. Like most immigrants, the first generation worked at menial, low paid jobs, lived in poor housing, saved hard, educated their children and gradually climbed out of poverty and escaped exploitation.
In this textile exhibition Jenny Dainton aims to tell some of their stories in fabric, mixed media and stitch. Techniques include printing, image transfer, hand and machine and digitized machine embroidery on quilts, wall hangings and other artefacts.
Textiles and stitching are in my genes. My ancestors were dyers, weavers, and seamstresses. I have sewn since I was fourteen and on retirement took a City and Guilds Patchwork and Quilting Diploma. I have attended numerous stitching and printing workshops since and have been a member of Contemporary Stitch for six years. This textile group has challenged and encouraged me to produce work of broader and greater depth.
Visits to Ellis Island and the Tenement Museum in New York inspired me to tell some of the stories of the immigrants who made the brave and often desperate decision to leave all they knew in order to go to America. Their journey was one of hope, desperation, courage and sadness.
Immigrants today still face the same challenges and hardships. Often they are exploited, suffer prejudice and have to work long hours to establish themselves and their families and their assimilation and integration into a new society follows an age old arduous pattern.
"Cheerful Camouflage" by Steve Pratt
Monday 29 September - Saturday 4 October 2014, 10-00am to 4-30pm
Steve Pratt spent the greater part of his life in a Zimbabwean farming community living in close association with the land as an artist and farmer until turbulent social and political upheaval there brought about his exile to the UK. He has exhibited in national and group exhibitions in Zimbabwe and South Africa, and has held solo exhibitions in Zimbabwe and the UK. His work is represented in the public collection of the National Gallery of Zimbabwe. The oil paintings in the exhibition are a perspective of Africa from a viewpoint of the diaspora. “As a painter I think and work in an essentially expressionistic way: that is, I seek to evoke emotional response in my paintings. In Africa, things are not what they appear to be; Africa has a habit of defying what is apparently obvious so the line between exuberance and despair is always tenuous. In the context of my current paintings I am investigating this contradiction by exploiting decorative pattern to provide a kind of counterpoint or cheerful camouflage to dark tragedy. Pattern liberates the image from the purely literal interpretation and opens the door to ambiguity and visual suggestiveness, and I favour a process with this kind of fluidity because it points the way to a more compelling expression of this contradiction.”
Monday 6 October - Saturday 11 October 2014, 10am to 4.45pm
This exhibition is intending to provide a happy atmosphere with interesting textures and colours. The aim is to create a room in which to escape from the everyday world for a little while. The greatest motivation behind these works is to make someone smile.
Most of the work is machine stitched onto modern roofing felt -and inspired by the natural world.
Ashprington Art Association Annual Exhibition
Monday 13th - Saturday 18th October 2014, 10am - 4.30pm
We are a small but very keen and enthusiastic village group who meet every Monday morning to paint together. We use different media and produce different styles of work. we are looking for new members to join us, so if anyone in the area is interested do call in at the Ashprington Village Hall at 11.00am on a Monday morning to join us for coffee.
VIEW ~ Sarah Remy-Mitchelson, Monika Heizer & Anita Benjamin
Monday 20th - Saturday 25th October 2014
My work is fuelled by a curiosity and fascination of people belonging to different cultures within society and their experiences of life. The camera provides a license to interact and engage with people I may only ordinarily see in passing, giving an opportunity to learn more about life and the people in the world around me, whilst portraying characters and intimate moments in time that will visually evoke emotions within the viewer. This series of images attempts to explore the duality of man; we wear masks for the public so as not to reveal the secrets we hide and so it is too for the tattooed culture, the person with the tattoos and the person behind them. Through my portraits I hope to show something more than the aesthetics of the tattoos, “the front”, to have captured that brief moment when the individuals eyes and body language reveal the honesty and vulnerability of their soul.
Sarah decided she wanted to be involved with photography from a very young age, following in the footsteps of her father, a keen amateur photographer, who was seldom seen without a camera. She prefers medium format, and her father’s old 35mm film camera, although occasionally delves into large format work, which provides her with the freedom, to explore the world of visual representation, through a diverse range of photographic practise. She works mostly with film, because she feels it slows her and the photographic process down, which in turn creates space for the relationship between artist and subject to develop, with a clear and conscious understanding. She captures the world around her, whether that be, through portraiture, street photography or landscapes. The exhibition images are from two summers spent photographing on the streets of her hometown, Totnes. Using an old Nikon camera, belonging to her father and a stock of over 10-year-old 35mm film. She recorded people, events, places and scenes, creating a small body of work, which she hopes to continue documenting into the future.
It was Monika’s dream to study photography for a long time. Thanks to her endless passion and hard work, her dream has come true. She is currently studying on the BA (Hons) Photography programme at Plymouth College of Art. She immerses herself in her art, as photography means everything to her. Monika’s work can be described as honest, her method is meticulous and she is using her perfectionism to achieve her goals. The beginning of the academic year was a real struggle. She has been trying to find her way within photography, when she earned a place at Moholy-Nagy University of Art & Design in Budapest as an Erasmus exchange student. These three months had turned out to be highly inspirational. Although, this opportunity has directed Monika to go back to her home country, and this geographical shift did mean encountering the unexpected. In Hungary she was able to look at herself and her art practice with fresh eyes. Photography itself turned out to be something more than the means for self-expression, it actually goes beyond that by affecting and creating new relationships, personal and artistic growth.
Ingrid Parker Heil
Monday 27th October - Saturday 1st November 2014
Ingrid Parker Heil is an artist and textile designer, specialising in hand-woven tapestries. She exhibits her work widely. Ingrid offers a range of Tapestries, Rugs and Gilet for sale from her Studio in Chudleigh.
Her work is held in the collections of The Museum of Lower Austria and the Museum of Applied Art in Vienna. Ingrid has also completed tapestry commisions for the Parish Church of St Martin and St Mary in Chudleigh, South Devon and the School Sisters of Graz in Austria.
Ingrid also provides an Art and Design Consultancy Service in two areas - in Interior Design, and in Weaving Technique.
Tide and Twilight
Monday 3rd to Saturday 8th November 2014, 10am to 4:45pm
"It was a love of all things grey that brought us together!” says artist Allie Sylvester of a show to be held at Birdwood House in Totnes, 3 to 8 November. Four local artists / makers will show ceramics, jewellery, pressed seaweed and mixed media paintings.
The exhibition is the result of friends meeting at informal making sessions where ideas are exchanged, new skills learnt - anything from printmaking to cheesemaking - and one another’s work critiqued accompanied by plenty of wine.
Jo Crook collects seaweed washed up on beaches in Devon and Cornwall. The seaweed is arranged and pressed onto heavy artists' paper, imparting formality to its natural beauty. The vibrancy of some of the colours stand out in contrast to the show's overall grey theme.
Jeannett Stevenson and Susie Dorman are the creative partnership behind One + Eight. They are self-taught ceramicists who were brought together by their combined interest in working with porcelain. Inspiration for this tableware collection comes from the beautiful local coastal environment, which is reflected in the subtle grey colour palette and the smooth curves of each piece. Their work has recently taken a new direction – porcelain earrings – simple and elegant, displayed on driftwood and pebbles found on local beaches.
Allie Sylvester picks up the grey theme in her mixed media oil paintings. The work was initially inspired by the nocturnal visits of moths to her Totnes home, some of which disguise themselves to look like lichen or tree bark. So many subtle colours in the grey-dominated patterns: you need to look carefully. Her recent works include small exquisite paintings of moths on antique lace and textiles.
Grey might sound dull, but not the way they do it.