Sue Evan’s handcrafted toys will be shown in the Box Gallery from 17th September. The collection features interesting and quirky works from recycled and collected wood. Many of her pieces have simple movement, she incorporates mechanisms, such as cranks, cams, and levers. If the pieces are non-moving, they are mounted on carefully chosen pieces of hardwood, such as elm, oak and popular burrs. Sue uses are variety of acrylic paint, washed, coloured inks and seals with a matt water based varnish or wax polish.
Insight Open Studios 2010
The first weekend of Northern Lincolnshire Artists’ Insight Open Studios 2010 got off to a flying start with record numbers passing through studios throughout North and North East Lincolnshire.
Project manager Pete Mitchell of The Ropewalk in Barton upon Humber said that the opening weekend of the event, now in its 10th year, had proved to be very busy.
“Here at The Ropewalk I think we must have welcomed around 500 visitors over the first two days while at Grimsby both the two outlets in Freshney Place and the Abbey Walk Gallery were really busy too,” he continued.
One artist showing for the first time at The Ropewalk was printmaker Angela Lindsley who in previous years has exhibited as part of the gallery’s Printmakers Group.
“It was absolutely brilliant,” she said. “I sold five pieces on the first day and an extra date has had to be added to the two already advertised workshops, “ Introduction to Collagraph Prints, I am running in the next couple of months are they are now nearly all booked up.”
“It was an absolutely fantastic weekend and I can’t believe the response and I am so happy I decided to take part as a stand-alone artist,” she continued.
Insight Open Studios continues for the second and final weekend on Saturday and Sunday (September 25 and 26) with studios and galleries from Cleethorpes and Grimsby in the east to Epworth and the surrounding area to the west open to the public.
As well as being able to watch artists at work there is also the opportunity to view, purchase or commission original pieces of art.
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Poppies – The Colours
“In 2012 I began photographing the red common corn poppy (Papaver rhoeas) in fields around my home in the East Riding of Yorkshire. A small body of work grew into a documentary photographic project entitled Poppies: Women, War, Peace. It became a response to forgotten women of war, past and present and as a tribute to the resilience of the poppy flower itself, able to grow tall and spectacular, especially in areas of great upheaval and trauma. This work will continue to evolve until its final destination in 2018.
In the meantime, I am immersed in an intense period of study of the family Papaveraceae: the poppy family in all its colours, red, yellow, orange, pink, burgundy, white and black, plus its striking relatives such as Meconopsis, the Himalayan blue poppy. I photograph poppies in daylight as I see them. I leave the prints out in rain and hail and still they are beautiful. I press them, noticing how their pigments change and deepen, from scarlet to purple, yellow to orange, white to brown. I photograph these pressed poppies against my window, daylight revealing the threads and veins of the petals, a make-up that is the same, whatever the colour.”
Lee Karen Stow
This show will explore the role of quick decision-making, incidentals and ‘happy accidents’ in his collagraph printmaking. Sinclair’s textured, largely abstract prints are both elemental expressions of mood and responses to everyday materials. He uses fabric edging, plastic fruit bags, plumbing washers, layers of card, gels, matchsticks and other ordinary materials to make printing plates. He then prints his compositions on fine papers, with subtle mixes of traditional and metallic inks.
Katy has worked with clay for over 20 years, from her Lancashire studio she creates contemporary ceramic vessels and handmade ceramic jewellery. The vessels, bowls and wall plaques are decorated with slips before being impressed with marks which are inspired by her photographs taken whilst travelling extensively. Each piece is decorated with splashes and layers of colour to highlight the texture and mark making before firing to stoneware. Every item created by Katy is slab built with black clay and are a celebration of material and mark making.
“The marks made on my work are created with man-made objects such as screws and nails found on the street, or from parts of circuit boards salvaged from abandoned electrical goods. This way of impressing marks into clay is a reflection of my long-held fascination with the concept of future fossils and how the throw away nature of modern life affects the land.”
Chris Moss creates sculptures of beasts and birds in order to understand them better. Time spent watching animals gives her an understanding of their framework and architecture as well as how they interact with each other. Her curiosity is linked to their movement and how this can be recreated. She finds that drawing focuses her observations allowing the natural extension into wire sculpture.
With the use of new and reclaimed materials, sourced from various suppliers of functional wire and metal products or fragments found on walks and forays Chris experiments with the balance between these materials, so that a work, as well as saying something about its subject, is still about the materials it’s made from and reveals aspects of the drawing and re-drawing process.
A mixed exhibition of paintings and prints that runs throughout the summer featuring: Hilary Angle, Kate Boxer, Henritta Corbett, Nick Ellerby, Colin Gale, Jason Hicklin, John Martin, Ian Mitchell, Stef Mitchell, Melvyn Petterson, Clive Redshaw, Keith Roper, Letitia Thompson, Martin Waters & Malcolm Whittaker.