GUEST ARTIST: NICHOLAS ST JOHN ROSSE
At first Gwynngala was a small group of artists and makers, who operated out of the Launceston area, but recently their numbers have increased to 30 plus. This year has seen them staging a number of compelling exhibitions: at Launceston Church (as part of the Charles Causley Festival); The Camelford Gallery and The Lawrence House Museum.
From its earliest days there has always been huge diversity both in ways of working and choices of medium. Visitors are invited to see work by this well established and thriving Cornish art community. At this new exhibition you can expect to be surprised and delighted. Contributing artists are all committed to working to a high level of expertise and there is much to excite the eye and the mind. This is a show-case for much new work and will include paintings (in oils, water colours and acrylics); ceramics and pottery; sculptures, and more… reflecting both traditional values and contemporary approaches.
The Guest Artist at this exhibition is NICHOLAS ST JOHN ROSSE. Locals and visitors alike will be familiar with his gentle and evocative images of the local seaside and it’s people. His work invites you to go paddle, build a sand castle, or climb to a local vista. He portrays children absorbed in holiday activities and adults in contemplation.
Amongst exhibiting members are:
JANICE MYERS who uses unconventional materials such as plastics, polythene, rubber, metals and found objects. She stitches and transforms discarded materials to transform them into delicate and interesting pieces that combine abstract and recognizable elements. Recently her work has been on exhibition at the Bibliotheque Forney, Paris.
JO REDWOOD. From a past that involved her in theatrical design she is now investing her time in developing skills to produce delicate and detailed drawings and paintings of plants and animals.
JO GRANDE, an artist weaver who has exhibited widely in places including London, Italy and Florida. Her work is recorded in the BBC Doomsday Record. She weaves land- and seascapes into tapestry using her own water colour sketches and photographs.
MARK HUTTON, a potter who has successfully exhibited in France, Belgium and Cornwall. Using biscuit-fired forms, his pots are then fired at stoneware temperatures. He makes bold forms, simply decorated using oxides and glazes.
INFORMATION ABOUT THE FOUR PICTURES IMAGES INCLUDED
‘Homage (to Hamish Miller)’ by Liz Cleves. This water colour was painted as a response to the life of Hamish Miller, a local social philosopher and writer. It depicts St Michael’s Mount that is a favourite subject of the artist.
‘Seascape’ by Linda Irwin, who lives in North Cornwall, and who paints wild and unspoilt places in the locality.
‘Handbag’ by Janice Myers. See main body of the article for information about Janice.
‘Wild Tree’ by Sue Gordon, whose work often reflects on her many travels around the world, and brings decoration and the unexpected together!
MEET THE ARTISTS SUNDAY 19TH SEPTEMBER FROM 2 PM TO 5 PM
WHEN: WEDNESDAY 15TH SEPTEMBER – SUNDAY 26TH SEPTEMBER 10 AM – 5 PM DAILY
WHERE: THE ROCK INSTITUTE, ROCK ROAD, ROCK
CONTACT DETAILS: www.gwynngalaartistsandmakers.co.uk
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