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.