April 2018Welcome everybody to the Purbeck New Wave Gallery newsletter! The five artists here at the gallery are working really hard to create an exciting and inviting new art space in Swanage as well as offering lots of workshops and creative activities throughout the year. The idea of this newsletter is to update all our followers about new projects the artists are working on here at the gallery and new classes and opportunities that are being advertised.
This month. . .
Hopefully in April we will see an end to the cold winter weather we've had this month and start looking forward to Spring! This month in the gallery Gina and Nicky been working upstairs preparing the workshop space and we now have big art tables and a fully functioning little kitchen. It promises for lots of successful workshops this summer! Also news this month is that we have a new artist in the gallery! Rachel Hall creates stunning glass art jewellery and we're delighted to have her work on display in the shop.
With Purbeck Art Weeks drawing nearer, all the artists at the gallery are currently very busy getting enough work together to expand upstairs and have two exhibition spaces for the festival. The brochures for Purbeck art week are being sold at the gallery and you might just recognise the work on the front cover. . . This month we're focusing on Gill Williams, our resident watercolourist and Winner of the PAW brochure competition this year.
A chat with . . .Gill Williams
Congratulations Gill on the front cover, the piece is beautiful and very eye catching in the gallery, can you tell us a little bit about it and what you've been working on at the moment?
One of my recent projects has been painting a series of images influenced by the starlings murmuration observed at Shell Bay, Studland last year. My work is with watercolours for the background and pen and ink for the detail in the foreground. I have now completed five different images, one of which has been chosen for the cover of the Purbeck Arts Weeks Events Programme this year, the theme being “Movement”.
Since then I have been invited to take part in The Flourish Flock project. This is a fundraising initiative run by and for Livability Holton Lee. 50 artists and 50 individuals living with a disability will paint a wooden Dartford warbler bird. These will be exhibited at Holton Lee as part of Purbeck Arts Weeks and then a charity auction at Russell Coates Museum in September.
That looks fantastic! One area of your work that always grabs the customers eye are your storybooks on display, can you tell us a little bit about your children's books?
Since retiring from teaching, I have written and illustrated two children’s books about conservation. My first book Tree Girl is about a young person’s story for taking care of our earth. The character Tree Girl is a heroine. She is always ready to rescue woodland animals from dangerous situations. It encourages families to think green, by discussing practical ways of how they can protect creatures’ habitats, food and water in our ever-changing land.
My second book Seashore Girl takes on the same format. The character “Wavy” is a seashore heroine. She goes through the wild waves when there is peril in the sea and rescues the watery wildlife. “Wavy” suggests how families can help protect the sea creatures and their habitats.
The alliterations with illustrations and glossary are an integral part of the book.
These books are non-profit making as the proceeds go to Dorset’s local wildlife and countryside charities.
Upcoming workshops . . .
We are delighted to share Nicky’s summer programme with you all now as well as some upcoming workshops in March with Laura Evans.
Nicky is an illustrator/fine artist with two degrees in drawing. She has been teaching workshops and classes for about 2 years and runs Purbeck Painters which operates weekly classes both in the gallery and in Studland.
There is a slight change to beginner watercolour workshops as a lot of people were unable to make all three sessions. I have now changed this to a beginners watercolour workshop day, this is on Thursday 24th May from 10-3 with an hour for lunch at the price of £35. The day is a compacted version of the three week course and will covera full introduction into all the basic techniques of this medium
Laura Evans is a well known versatile artist in the Purbecks and is now advertising her spring/summer programme in all things printmaking!
Next month . . .
Find out about more upcoming workshops and events, we find out a little bit more about Helene Champrond and her Purbeck inspired Raku fired ceramics.
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