'The Gathering' ~ Verity Newman & Val Jones
2-7 December 2013
Verity Newman - I work with home made paper clay. I make this by drying out and breaking up the parent clay. I then add water to make a slip, and add a quantity of paper pulp to this mix, which is dried out and wedged up to incorporate the pulp. I use paper clay, rather than ordinary clay because of its qualities as a sculptural medium. I can dry the body out with a hairdryer or blowtorch and add wet clay to dry. This means that I can work at speed, giving a sense of immediacy and flow to my work. Using paper clay also means that I can reuse old clay, often recycling or scavenging clay that has dried out and therefore difficult to use. Although I work in paper clay I frequently reference ceramic traditions in my work, which is mainly figurative. I use a variety of finishes.
Val Jones - Val Jones works from her studio at home in Velwell, Dartington, Devon, from where there are breathtaking views of big skies over Dartmoor. Work is exhibited regularly here and visits welcomed. After years of experience teaching from secondary level up to post graduate students of art & design Val now works as a fulltime artist. Her work now encompasses 3 main different media: oil paintings, printmaking and acrylics.
The Button Group ~ Mixed Craft Show
9-14 December 2013
Seasonal gifts by local craft people.
16-23 December 2013
Winter Garden with added sparkle
Incidental Imagery, Jan O’Highway, Vicki Gardner, Luci Coles and Gill Greatorex offer quirky, playful art - they are creating a wonderful winter garden in which to plant their art for their fifth exhibition together. Dramatic scan prints, cheerful ceramics, exquisite photographic close ups of nature, scrumptious silk cushions, chaotic jewellery, decorative tree hangings, lace-like sculptures and intriguing incidentals, this show delivers something for everyone. On offer is a unique blend of experimental and traditional techniques. The twist that binds the group together is concern for the environment and love of the fascinating, but largely unnoticed little things in life.
Jan O’Highway delves with a light heart into deeper issues. “A Winter Garden conjures up the continuation of ancient traditional celebrations around the Winter Solstice, light returning and joyful Christmas time, while underneath is the growing awareness that our climate is changing at unprecedented speed. With our rapidly melting ice caps, shifting Jet Stream and over 400ppm of carbon in the atmosphere, what will Winter be like in future years? My contribution to this exhibition is twofold, both decorating the Garden with cheerful tree hangings, glass and ceramic jewellery and painted wrapping papers, and also exhibiting sculptural and print works responding to the deeper perplexing issues of this time”.
Award-winning photographer Vicki Gardner creates wayside wonders. “Always on the lookout for ways to get people to appreciate nature in all its myriad forms, shapes and colours and to value the environment around us; I have been concentrating on producing a series of images celebrating our wild flowers found in Devon hedgerows. ‘Innocent Beauty – Devon Hedgerows’ is a beautiful reflection on the flowers we so often take for granted; garlic mustard, cow parsley and stitchwort, among others, are shown in superb macro imagery. I have chosen the soft whites and barely colours in the wild flowers to reflect the snowy-icy aspect of wintery days and photographed against a crisp white background to retain the viewer’s absolute focus on the beauty and detail of the plants themselves.
Luci Coles is emerging out of chaos. “I’m examining the relationship between humans and the environment. Working under the title theme ‘Descending into Chaos’, I am showing new work exploring our need to organise, control and beautify our surroundings. Slate, stone and clay contrast with industrial metal work, and lace like patterns merge with oozing organic form to create a captivating and unnerving sense of the sublime. To reflect the seasonal garden I’m investigating the idea of ‘ornamental grasses’ using wire, slate and plant matter. Living sculptures may even emerge”.
Gill Greatorex celebrates discarded incidentals. “A Winter Garden’ to me conjures up stark whiteness with drops of vibrant colour. The bright carrot nose on a snowman, the twinkling of a discarded drinks can in amongst the frozen leaf mould, a small neon light far away in the mist, holly berries glued into the frost; it is the contrast which magnifies the intensity of the colour. I tend to notice the little incidentals of Winter, rather than see the bigger picture. Usually with my head down, it is the small semi-hidden things which attract and end up in my work. From a lovingly resurrected, be-glittered squashed plant to twinkly jewellery of found and recycled colourful incidentals. The only downside is that I bump into things quite a lot”.
The art on display offers not only a visual feast, but also mental stimulation; gently nudging the viewer to consider the environment from different perspectives. Visitors to previous exhibitions have been inspired by the work:
“Absolutely gorgeous”, “Quirky and very different exhibits”, “Fires the imagination”, “Delightfully unusual”, Delicious in every way”,
“Magic world, so many lovely things. Love the meeting and the beauty of the sacred and the profane, the natural and the rubbish”.
Incidental Imagery welcome school and other groups by arrangement. Contact Jan O’Highway 01803 863223 email@example.com or Gill Greatorex 01626 779628 firstname.lastname@example.org
Nerve End ~ Installation Art Work
27 December 2013 - 3 January 2014
My forthcoming Installation Exhibition which on reflection, is like an alternative Christmas message. I have arranged for the Totnes Elizabethan Society Crier to open the exhibition, whereby he has strangely lost his bell clanger which is in keeping and in the style of the Installation Exhibition which is an alternative look at life and at most people's lifestyles and how their lifestyles could be greatly improved with a simple change of habit and greater self-awareness.
The Exhibition looks at the mind and our bad habits, the endless stresses of home life, especially at this time of year, with a Punch and Judy tent, sleep, fashion, modern day values and highlights how we can perform better actions, the plight of the Bees, and even evolution is looked at with PG Tips' monkeys, amongst others, staring at goldfish in a pond! This is not a specialist abstract Exhibition at all, but deals with very relevant and important aspects of everyday life which are often neglected or overlooked, often to our detriment.
With ever increasing stress and work loads, this exhibition gives individuals the chance to step inside a space that looks at life differently and to re-evaluate and take stock of what they are doing and hopefully give them a new aim and perspective on life. The Exhibition offers a space to relax in and ponder and take in a refreshing view of life, showing we can change for the better if we wish and do not have to be a slave to our bad habits, as most are today.