Welcome everybody to our newsletter special! PAW is just around the corner so we decided to give our online patrons a sneak preview for all the exciting new artwork, gifts and home wear you can expect to find in the gallery over our biggest local arts festival! Just remember PAW starts on the 25th May and runs for two weeks till June 9th, we will be open everyday with artists working in the gallery throughout the arts weeks, so come and pay us a visit at Venue 6!
Purbeck Art Week: Our Artists . . . .
It seems only fitting that we start our introductions with Gina Marshall, the owner of Purbeck new wave Gallery. The gallery is nearly 18 months old and has continued to go from strength to strength, more and more local talent are displaying their work in the gallery, the range of workshops are expanding and the following of the gallery continues to grow. Gina has put a lot of work in to the gallery to accomplish this and this years Purbeck Art Weeks promises to be the best yet!
Gina's new coaster range . . COMING SOON!
This year, for Purbeck Art Weeks, I've created pictures in a mixture of styles, subject matters and sizes to appeal to a wide audience. I have 2 different ways of working. In one I paint blocks of coloured ink, then draw detail on top. My other style is similar to pointillism where the whole picture is composed of tiny shapes such as fish, sheep, clouds and leaves.
In my block painted style I've created four mini originals whose images I have used on coasters rather than as prints. On a large scale I've continued last year's coastal path series with a painting of St Aldhelm's head inspired by a recent walk.
In my pointillism style I've focused on different, and more unusual, views of Swanage, Corfe Castle and Studland.
My image in the Paw brochure has sold but prints will be available.
This year I have been studying the patterns in the local Jurassic coast rock formations, resulting in largely monochrome drawings embellished with watercolours. So far I have finished images for Tilly Whim Caves Durlston, Dancing Ledge, Seacombe Quarry and Evening at the Pinnacle. These paintings and prints will be exhibited for PAW.
I have recently completed a commission for a business Brother Wolf based south of the Lake District in the Morecambe Bay town of Carnforth. Brother Wolf is a sustainable clothing brand with aims to educate, inspire value in nature, and to connect people to nature through social purpose projects and to highlight the efforts of rewilding. My design for their clothes collection was "Starling Dance" inspired by the murmuration of starlings. The collection will be launched this June. There are prints and cards available for PAW.
Recently I've been busy focusing on my Purbeck based fabric designs and creating a collection of cushions, scarves and bags that embody joyful home living on the coast. I'm really pleased with how my collection is coming along, its dynamic and full of colour which fits in perfectly alongside the many colourful things already on display at the gallery.
I've also been working on my fine art drawings which are embellished with gold or silver leaf, taking inspiration from the many nautical sculptures floating around the gallery I decided to create drawings centred around nautical objects, like ammonites and seashells. Natural forms are my favourite things to draw as they embrace my love of the slightly surreal. I'm working on one last big piece in time for PAW but you'll have to come to the gallery to get a look at my golden octopus as I'm not giving any sneak peeks!
Jeneta Bird guest artist for Purbeck Art Weeks
I feel I was born with a passion for painting and drawing. My earliest
memories are of drawing portraits of my family and trying to copy my
fathers collection of old paintings and by doing this I taught myself to
Over the years I have experimented with everything I could get my
hands on including clay, stained glass, screen printing, Stone carving
When my children were young we spent many a camping holiday near
Swanage and in 2006 we moved from London to Poole.
Since then I have pursuing my career as an artist. The beautiful vistas of
the Purbeck area give me so much pleasure and inspire me to try and
capture the magic of it all in my acrylic and oil paintings. I am fascinated
by the ever changing colours and movement of the sea and how the
weather affects the landscape of the dunes.
In 2015 I won The Centenary Cup for Fine Art at the Dorset Arts and
Crafts Exhibition and in 2016 I was invited to have a solo exhibition by the National Trust
on Brownsea Island. I am thrilled to be guest artist at the Purbeck New Wave Gallery and
taking part in Purbeck Art weeks.
Mary is our newest resident artist at the gallery and specialises in 'plein air' drawing and painting. She discovered her love for this on a trip to Scotland where she made sketches and then worked these into paintings back home in her studio.
Capturing the quirky fun side of our little seaside town Mary is now concentrating on making illustrations and watercolour paintings of the hustle and bustle of the local townsfolk, most recently with some life painting of musicians from the blues festival.
Mary is available for commissions of pets and people alike and should you like to experience what it is like to be drawn by an artist, pop to the gallery over PAW where Mary will even be drawing some of our guests!
Upcoming workshops . . .
ISLE OF PURBECK ARTS CLUB PAW WORKSHOP!
The Isle of Purbeck arts club are running a free, yes FREE workshop as part of the arts festival. This workshop will be at the St. Edwards church, Rempstone rd in Swanage on the 1st June at 2pm for 2 hours. Guest tutor Nicky Stockley will be running the workshop, put your name down for the workshop at the gallery! All materials will be provided.
Purbeck Painters is in full swing this term with some fantastic work being produced. Drop in sessions are available for one off workshops, just contact firstname.lastname@example.org to ask about availability for our Monday morning and afternoon classes.
Mark Pages draw like a pro workshop will not be running during PAW but will be on leading up to it as well as through the summer months.
Mark Page's draw like a pro workshops run from 11-1pm and 2-4pm on Wednesdays, all materials are included and no booking is required, just drop in!
The Isle of Purbeck Arts club is also looking out for new members. Gina Marshall is the chairman for this charity that supports and promotes art within the Isle of Purbeck. There are two art groups, Tuesday morning group and Thursday evening, sessions have an occasional guest tutor or you can work on your own thing. Exhibition opportunities are also available, contact Gina on our mailing address for more information!
Have you seen our online shop? Our gallery website now contains a fully stocked online shop of products, sneak a peek now at www.purbecknewwave.co.uk
Next month . . .
Next month we will be releasing our summer programme of workshops! Make this summer ARTY!
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