October 2018Well folks Autumn is finally upon us, our regular art groups have started up again in the gallery, new autumnal colours and products are making their way in to the gallery, as well as more and more of Chococo's hot chocolates to keep us warm!
Welcome to Octobers edition of the newsletter, here you can find out more information on classes, workshops, guest exhibitors and ofcourse, our resident artists and their new work!
This month. . .We're currently really enjoying our guest exhibition of fantastic landscape photography from Tony Cowburn at the end of this month however, we will be introducing our new guest exhibitor for the month of November, Belinda Sales. Belinda creates kiln fired raku ceramics inspired by the sea. Many of these ceramics are wall hanging pieces which will no doubt make for a very interesting exhibition.
Also this month we have started back for our winter term of Purbeck Painters, which is a beginner/improver art group with a class in the morning and a class in the afternoon every Monday. We've started back with some fantastic ink drawings but will be exploring lots of different mediums, newcomers are always welcome, scroll down for more information!
Our Guest Artist for November is Belinda Sales . . . .
Nine years ago, I joined a pottery group in Weymouth. Since then I have been developing my own style and more recently, a range of hand-built Raku fired ceramics.
I now work from my own garden workshop in Weymouth, making primarily wall art for local art café’s and galleries.
My work is mostly influenced by the stunning local scenery such as Portland lighthouse and Weymouth Harbour and my lifelong love of wildlife.
My collection includes both costal and country inspired Raku fired pieces, such as Oystercatchers, Spotted Guineafowl and marine life.
My aim is to make unique bold pieces with an element of fun about them.
I love the unique rustic effect Raku firing creates, it’s always unpredictable and exciting as no two pieces ever come out the same.
I sometimes melt re-cycled glass into my work and often mount my ceramics on locally sourced driftwood, when I can get my hands on it!
Belinda's exhibition will be running from the 29th October till the beginning of December.
Featured artist . . .
Our featured artist this month is Gill Williams, our resident watercolour artist, lets see what she has been up to lately . . .
This month my art work has the echo of the tones and textures of the beginning of Autumn. After months of nurturing my crops it is harvest time where I have been picking my fresh produce. So I was interested in painting the shapes and patterns of them in a series of 9 watercolour images based on my allotment.
Inspired by the autumnal colours of earthy tones of red, burnt orange and deep golden yellow in the Dorset landscape, I have been painting one of my favourite scenes of Corfe Castle. I have used a limited palette of three colours vermilion, lemon yellow and ivory black. Also I have used the technique of negative painting. This gives a depth to the woodland by layering the background of the trees with several stages using a different coloured layer and then finally overlaying with a darker tone.
With the onset of winter I have observed the everchanging cloudscapes and seascapes. I have created some images with cold colours using translucent watercolours overlaid with pen and ink detail showing movement in the sky and sea.
Lastly I am taking part in the project for the Armistice Centenary at Emmanuel Church, in conjunction with the British Legion, a Poppy Exhibition. They are hoping to have a lovely display of art and any kind of craft work with a poppy theme, as well as some WW1 stories and poems. The Exhibition will be on from 8 - 11 November and the artwork is available to buy at the end of the Exhibition.
Its a brand new year for our little gallery, we're busy making all new things for the new year, but we still need to make room so for one week only we are having a big January sale on selected stock! If your looking for a Gina Marshall original artwork or some new house cushions, this is the time to get down to the gallery!
Our new year sale is from Monday January 7th till Monday 14th January.
As well as our sale this month we are also hosting a new guest exhibition of selected works from artists Cliff Towler and Kitty Wass, this exhibition promises to be an exciting display of wildlife and local landscape paintings from two experienced artists.
We'll also be having a look at what our resident watercolourist Gill Williams has been getting up to in recent months.
This month. . .This month we have a new and exciting Jewellery collection that has joined the gallery. Jade Cameron is a local artist who specialises in using sliver clay to create bespoke, unique small pieces of Jewellery inspired by natural objects. Most of the pieces are cast imprints foraged in local woodland or coastline areas.
Owner of the gallery and artist Gina has been very busy this past month, creating some new pieces full of gorgeous colours with her token style of 'Purbeck pointilism' (I've just created this term) these pieces are made up of tiny hand drawn fish, flowers and intricate markmaking.
The gallery has also had a bit of a mini makeover this month and we thought we'd share some views of our new layout!A little about our Guest Exhibitiors!
"My work is my life. Everywhere I have been, everything I have seen and everything I have done is reflected my interpretations of the world in wildlife, animal, bird, pet paintings and portraits".
Artist Cliff Towler was born in Poole, Dorset in 1957. Cliff Towler studied illustration , life drawing and art history between 1974 and 1977 under the guidance of Sam Rabin RCA and Stanley Paine RCA.
Cliff particularly enjoys painting vividly detailed wildlife studies and has traveled extensively to research subjects. His original paintings can be viewed on permanent display in The Creative Gallery in Wareham, Dorset, in Plymouth and other west country Galleries. He also has a once a year showing in Kings Road, Chelsea.
Having spent his working lifetime in the world of graphic art as an illustrator, designer and photographer, Cliff is artist in residence at 'The Creative Gallery' in the ancient Saxon walled town of Wareham, Dorset UK.
Kitty attained a BA Honours in Printed Textiles and Fashion at Loughborough College of Art and Design. She worked as a freelance designer for the British, Italian and American market. Subsequently she taught fine art textiles and photography.
Kitty initially made silver jewellery but having been featured in the BBC’ s 'What Not to Wear' where she was told she should be wearing bright sparkling jewellery, she began to include semi-precious stones in her work to make necklaces, earrings and bracelets. Her jewellery sold at the Gilbert Collection Shop, Somerset House, Strand.
Kitty was a member for twenty years, and the chairman for eight years, of the professional group, Teddington Artists .
She exhibited at The Fountain Gallery and during Purbeck Art Weeks (PAW) .
As well as her love of Purbeck and its coastline, Kitty paints series of small jewel-like canvases inspired by travels to Rajasthan, Italy and the Swiss Alps, and her own garden is a constant though changing resource.
Featured artist . . .
Our featured artist this month is Gill Williams, lets see what shes been up to:.
Winter is the time when we move from outside to inside as the days shorten. However it is the best time for painting studies of evergreen plants from the stripped-back landscape.
Therefore I have been experimenting with making more interesting and natural greens for botanicals and landscapes. By blending watercolour paints of cobalt and ultramarine blues with lemon and cadmium yellows I have made shades of green and turquoise. Evergreen foliage appears to be a cooler green so I added a little paynes grey and deciduous a warmer green therefore I added a little red. Also I used the glazing and layering method of watercolours to achieve a spectrum of greens. (Attachment of green leaves)
I have been building up my collection of botanical images by painting spiky holly with sprigs of mistletoe, clinging ivy and evergreen ferns. As I look forward to the first signs of fresh snowdrops in my garden and in the countryside I have been continuing to capture the images of the winter flowering plants. (Attachment of 4 botanicals)
Lastly I have been developing some ideas for Christmas card designs for next year by embellishing some local landscapes.
Upcoming workshops . . .
Purbeck Painters is now signing up new members! The new classes start in March, we have a ten week term with some really exciting projects such as Lino printing, bringing a brand new medium to our classes for 2019
email Purbeckpainters@gmail.com for more info!
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!
Next month . . .
Find out about more upcoming workshops and events!
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