‘When Soft was the Sun’ Autumn Exhibition at Old Chapel Gallery.
As the evenings start to draw in, thoughts turn to home and a good fire in the hearth. To set the scene Old Chapel Gallery in Pembridge marks the beauty of the changes of the season, and introduce their special Autumn Exhibition entitled ‘When Soft was the Sun’ promoting the work of talented British artists and makers from far and near.
This exhibition will be online and in the gallery which is now fully open.
Artists featured –
Jenny Jones Artist
Jenny paints mainly in watercolours and oils, usually of characterful domestic scenes and the farming community around her home. Jenny studied part time in Florence followed by a foundation course at Shrewsbury Art School, and a degree course at Farnham, graduating in 1976.
Tamsin Abbott Stained Glass Artist
Wonderful stained glass panels by Herefordshire artist Tamsin Abbott. Her work is influenced by the Herefordshire countryside, the orchards, the hills, the woods and all the plants, birds and animals that grow and live.
Tamsin works on mainly British made mouth blown glass, in fabulous colours. She completely covers the glass with a special black glass paint which is totally opaque. When the paint is dry Tamsin then scrapes back into it using a variety of simple tools. She uses the paint like a scraper board which is working in the negative to achieve an effect rather like a woodcut.
Eleanor Bartleman Ceramic Artist
Ceramic artist Eleanor Bartleman makes intriguing figures based on animal and human forms. Each piece is individually hand built and modelled in porcelain clay.
Her ideas are drawn from many sources – mostly from various areas of mythology, the main theme being the beast epic of Reynard the Fox. A recent development is the making of wall pieces – where she has been able to explore the more illustrative side of her imagery.
Sarah Noël Ceramic Artist
Sarah Noël is new to the gallery and visitors will be able to see her most recent collection of Raku fired ceramics. Sarah makes figurative, stylised three-dimensional ceramic sculptures, wall pieces and panels. Sarah’s work expresses the human condition through a simple spirituality. She has been influenced by medieval art forms, and European and American folk art. Sarah works alongside her sister Anna in their tiny shared studio. She studied ceramics at Bristol Polytechnic gaining a BA Degree in 1983 before setting up the present studio with her sister. Sarah prefers to work mostly in two dimensions. Although most of her pieces have a back and a front, they are largely pictorial in character combining references to the old Staffordshire flatbacks with elements as diverse as Islamic art and Indian shadow puppets.
Jemima Jameson Artist
By popular demand Jemima returns with a beautifully executed collection of painted olive and oak wood panels alongside useful boxes and cabinets. Hares, foxes, kingfishers are just some of nature’s beautiful creatures that Jemima captures in acrylic paints as she creates these heirloom pieces.
Rachel Bailey Jewellery
Rachel has been a jeweller for over 20 years. She studied at Portsmouth College of Art in the late ’80’s and then went on to West Surrey College of Art and Design in the early ’90’s taking a degree in three dimensional design – specialising in metals.
Rachel’s work explores her love of wild creatures, our native animals and birds and magical realms. The semi precious stones she uses are an integral part of her inspiration as they suggest landscapes in which the creatures inhabit. Each piece is individually made and therefore unique, in sterling silver and Hallmarked in Sheffield.
Old Chapel Gallery is open and everything is in place to make you feel safe.
The Gallery has passed the ‘Good To Go’ COVID-19 Industry Standard in Partnership with;
The National Tourist Organisations of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. In recognition that this business has confirmed that they have followed government and industry COVID-19 guidelines, ensuring processes are in place to maintain cleanliness and aid social/physical distancing.
New opening hours are Wednesday to Saturday 11 – 4.30pm. Other times by appointment.
Old Chapel Gallery sources the best in handmade British contemporary fine arts & crafts, made by both emerging and established artists and makers. The gallery is located in the heart of rural Herefordshire, between Kington and Leominster. Pembridge is a key position on the popular North Herefordshire black and white village trail. Old Chapel Gallery is firmly established as a centre of excellence for casual browsers and serious collectors alike. Lovers of contemporary British arts & crafts can find work by local and nationally established artists and makers, alongside the innovative work of talented newcomers.