A Breeze from the South
12 November 2016 - 7 January 2017
at Brook Street Pottery and Gallery, Brook Street, Hay on Wye, HR3 5BQ Tel 01497 821070
When the cold weather settles into the Black Mountains, what could be better than a warm breeze from the South?
This is the second exhibition in Hay on Wye curated by MIRANDA LEONARD of the RESTLESS GALLERY, who will be taking over the Brook Street Pottery and Gallery while potter and owner SIMON HULBERT is away on a short ceramics sabbatical in China.
BREEZE FROM THE SOUTH aims to give a warm glow that follows the sharp tang of salt sea air. Most of the artists selected for the exhibition are based on the Sussex coast. SARAH PALMER and DENISE FRANKLIN often share walks together along the shore, they sketch, take photographs and share ideas. Sarah's work is ceramic and she hand-builds 3 dimensional landscape forms, wall pieces and collections in scratched and slip-painted earthenware that include images branches, sea birds, weather, sand patterns. They share a sense of the open air with Franklin, even though her works are more austere drawings on paper using a variety of materials and capturing the essential patterns of waves, water and shadow. ROBERT GREENHALF is an established wildlife artist and printmaker. He is inspired by observing and drawing British birds and this exhibition will feature a selection of his beautiful colour woodcuts, lovingly hand-printed using subtle natural tones.
The warm glow of coming indoors is evoked by LORNA VAHEY's paintings. They are narratives taken from her life story and tell of a simpler life of her childhood in the 50's. Small and deftly painted in bright jewel like colours, her paintings are lovingly painted and full of small and telling details, for example her painting 'Christmas with Coats' depicts Lorna and her siblings sleeping in overcoats on camp-beds while beyond is a simple room decorated with a paper chains. Weavers Stuart Neale and Dennis Mulcahy of SIONI RHYS have produced a new range of one-off hand woven wraps using natural yarns whose colours are chosen to reflect certain moods and landscapes. They harmonise with the eclectic colour harmonies of the scarves made by frame-knitter ALISON DUPERNEX. JUDITH ROWE is a potter who makes delightful tableware; yet more perfect gifts for your loved ones.
AMANDA COBBETT is a textile artist but one who makes three-dimensional stitched replicas of natural objects. Her fungi are astounding recreations, boxed as they are in contemporary Perspex museum cases. CHRISTIAN FUNNELL also works in 3D but his favoured material is copper. His work is lively and unique and he will be showing objects that will enhance both garden and home.
Jewellery was an important part of the exhibition last year and this year shows a return to the superb hammered and chased silver jewellery of GUY ROYLE, he worked with Breon O'Casey for many years and his skill and experienced shows as he takes that legacy forward.
Also included are decorative and affordable anodised aluminium bracelets and earrings by CAROLINE PARROTT