“DRAWN TO LIFE” An exhibition of work by the Dean Prior Life Drawing Group

Monday 25 August – 30 August 2014, 10am – 4pm

Now in its fifth year, this exhibition celebrates the creative talent of the Dean Prior group of artists. Centred on studies of the figure produced throughout the year the work on display represents the individual artist’s responses to the live model. The variety and originality of work produced by the Dean Prior artists makes this an exhibition not to be missed.

For further information about the exhibition or Dean Prior Life Drawing Group contact:
Ken Irvin on 0776711142 or kenirvin2@gmail.com

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TOTNES and DARTINGTON OPEN STUDIOS ANNUAL COLLECTIVE EXHIBITION 2014

Sunday 7 September - Saturday 13 September 2014, 10.00 am - 5.00 pm

30 artists who opened their studios to the public at the end of May 2014 each exhibit one example of their work in this collaborative show.

1 Catherine Beetham: Large Ceramic Plate
2 Breda Holden: Cyclamen Woods - Watercolour
3 Janet Mitchell: The Arrival of Summer - Watercolour and Collage

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"3 MEDIA MIX" ~ Jill Cooper, Diana Booth & Caroline Barker

Sunday 14 September - Saturday 20 September 2014

Jill Cooper

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.

Caroline Barker

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.

Diana Booth

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.

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"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.”

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Beverley Bailey

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.