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.

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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 hasrecently 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.

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Grey might sound dull, but not the way they do it.


21 Group

Sunday 9th to Sunday 15th November 2014

A group of artists committed to high standards and individual creativity

The 21 Group presents two or three exhibitions of professional work each year in the south Devon and surrounding areas. A wide range of approaches, techniques and media interact creatively

with each other to offer viewers a rich variety of images. Whilst much of their work is based upon  landscape, other subjects and abstract pieces also feature.

The group was formed in 1967, when the late Jane Prout persuaded 20 other forward-looking local painters in and around Totnes to exhibit together. In order to maintain  high standards,

the group still limits membership to a maximum of 21 artists. More than forty years on, the 21 Group is one of the longest established exhibiting groups in the South West.

Its members are now drawn from a wide area stretching from beyond Exeter in the east, to Cornwall in the west, and northwards towards Okehampton. 

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Harry Sowden

Monday 17th to Saturday 22nd November 2014

Harry Sowden, an English artist living and working in Devon is showing his sculpture in Birdwood House Gallery, Totnes in November 2014. An art critic has said of this sculpture:

"This work is a kind of three dimensional jazz, it does not seek to be profound but to be enjoyed."