Artwave: Nick Orsborn [Hop Gallery]

Nick Orsborn

Always party and holiday time in Orsborn’s bright tropical world, a great show from this prolific water colour artist in his stone-flagged white space, complemented by his iridescent insect acrylic jewellery. Moths and cicadas abound.

Artwave: The Sussex Guild

Find the Sussex Guild shop and gallery in its harmonious setting at Southover Grange

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Find the Sussex Guild shop and gallery in its harmonious setting at Southover Grange, an intriguing maze over several floors presenting the antiques and heirlooms of the future. Ceramics, jewellery, textiles, painting and wood turning – the highest standards and quality to use, wear, admire, give and love.

Just a random selection from a great show – all are worth your attention:

Sally Verrall – detailed embroidered landscapes taken from her own watercolours

Campoli and Nelson – futuristic silver and glass jewellery

Kate Hackett – patchwork-inspired ceramics

Jonathan Chiswell-Jones – imposing porcelain in deep Pre-Raphaelite-tones

Atkinson Jones – partnership creating woodland and seashore ceramic panels moulded live from tree bark, sand and shells with precious metal lustre finishes

Louise Turner-Creasey – textiles,glamorous evening wraps and bags in luxe fabrics

Tom Pockley – wood turner, from adorable little salt cellars and spoons to massive bowls; great contrast, yet each respecting the original wood, its bark and its flaws

Maurice Young – ceramics with a crystalline Jack Frost finish

Lewes Artwave 2013

We visit Lewes Artwave

The visual arts festival for the Lewes East Sussex district

August 24 – September 8 2013

Artwave 2013
Artwave 2013

We visit Lewes Artwave

The visual arts festival for the Lewes East Sussex district

August 24 – September 8 2013

Artwave flows through Lewes and neighbouring towns and villages. You really need a car or a good bus timetable to see everything on offer.

I sampled the event with a Sunday stroll around the Lewes trail – a necessarily random selection, a taster of what Artwave has to offer.

 

Sussex-Guild-logo_s4

Sussex Guild

Find the Sussex Guild shop and gallery in its harmonious setting at Southover Grange, an intriguing maze over several floors presenting the antiques and heirlooms of the future. Ceramics, jewellery, textiles, painting and wood turning – the highest standards and quality to use, wear, admire, give and love.

Just a random selection from a great show – all are worth your attention:

Sally Verrall – detailed embroidered landscapes taken from her own watercolours

Campoli and Nelson – futuristic silver and glass jewellery

Kate Hackett – patchwork-inspired ceramics

Jonathan Chiswell-Jones – imposing porcelain in deep Pre-Raphaelite-tones

Atkinson Jones – partnership creating woodland and seashore ceramic panels moulded live from tree bark, sand and shells with precious metal lustre finishes

Louise Turner-Creasey – textiles,glamorous evening wraps and bags in luxe fabrics

Tom Pockley – wood turner, from adorable little salt cellars and spoons to massive bowls; great contrast, yet each respecting the original wood, its bark and its flaws

Maurice Young – ceramics  with a crystalline Jack Frost  finish

 

Rosie Wooldridge

Rosie Wooldridge Photography

Among the traditional and attractive portraits, see the atmospheric studies of wrecked seashore ruin and decay. An intriguing contrast.

 

Alex Grey
Alex Grey [Star Brewery]

Pastel abstracts in a cool white space – a civilised exploration of colour and subtle texture.

 

Philomena Harmsworth

Philomena Harmsworth [Fisher Street Studios]

Vibrant celebrations of outdoor life, leisure and fun.

 

Jana Nicole

Group Show [The Hop Gallery Studio]

The first Christmas sighting of 2013 – ceramic house candle holders. Loved Jana Nicole’s works on reclaimed architectural salvage – painted cockerels on rusted corrugated iron.

 

Nick Orsborn

Nick Orsborn [Hop Gallery]

Always party and holiday time in Orsborn’s bright tropical world, a great show from this prolific water colour artist in his stone-flagged white space, complemented by his iridescent insect acrylic jewellery. Moths and cicadas abound.

 

 Mohamed Hamid

Mohammed Hamid and the Star Potters [Star Pottery]

A real working ceramic studio with artists at work surrounded by their inspirations and their materials today. Lots to see; presentation ceramics created to commission.

 

Phil Rawson

Phil Rawson Sculpture

Small scale ceramics – graceful, dignified figurative nudes in surprising ceramic and concrete with the air of aged bronze.

 

Rebecca Jewell

Group Show [17 St John’s Terrace]

Well balanced show, with Rebecca Jewell’s feathers printed with bird images and Janice Farrar’s Green Chrysler Building mirror the stand-outs.

 

James MacCauley

James McCauley Photography – ‘Busman’s Holiday’

Reportage photographer capturing the energy of real life on his world travels.

 

Colin Merrin

Colin Merrin and Sarah Burges [Lansdown Studios and Gallery]

Two artists present larger than life landscapes, still lives, sky and city scenes. Clouds, wind, air and light of the South Downs.

 

Jessica Zoob

Jessica Zoob [Symposium Wine Emporium]

Pale, tranquil contemplative canvases evoking a modern Monet.

 

Nicola Maxwell-Gumbleton

Nicola Maxwell-Gumbleton, Group Show

This stunner of a Victorian house is the owner’s home, studio and art school, the entire ground floor given over to studio and gallery space showcasing paint and print. Many art classes happen at this venue. Upstairs for the Vintage Pop Up Shop – a lesson in the beauty of nostalgia and display.

 

Erin MacAirt

Group Show [Pelham House Hotel]

Explore this historic Lewes hotel, hung with artwork throughout the public rooms, and sculptures half-hidden in the terraced garden

Erin MacAirt – fascinating 3D boxed scenes, faded mirrors, evoking Victorian miniature theatre, the flats and wings created from etchings

Emily Warren – papier mache animal heads

Tiffany Lynch – pretty pagan pastel woodland creatures in faded misty layers

Sam Hewitt – visions of the urban commute in all its bustle and light

 

Keith Pettit

Keith Pettit [The Hive] 

Through the rather dingy bare lightbulb-underlit entrance hall and upstairs for a showcase for Keith Pettit’s engrossing detailed monochrome engravings and the chance to see the artist at work at his miniature printing press.

 

Lomax & Skinner

Lomax & Skinner [The Hive]

Fittingly, up to the attic workspace of two bespoke milliners producing fantasy headwear for all occasions.

 

Christopher Knox

Christopher Knox Printmaker

The highlight of my visit to Lewes – Knox uses an acid-free method to produce superb, moody, detailed prints from his own drawings and photography. A must-see.

 

It was disappointing to find so many of the venues either not open on the day of my visit, or had individual opening times that meant I would miss them. And coloured dots on the map representing each venue to help the visitor navigate round town and save retracing steps would be helpful.

These minor points aside; a terrific wideranging show representing the best of the region’s artists.

Looking forward to next year’s Artwave.

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Uckfield Festival: Uckfield Art Trail

We visit the Uckfield Art Trail

Uckfield

Some of the artists whose work we’d enjoyed at the Brighton and Hove Artists’ Open Houses festival in May are exhibiting at this two-day event at the Uckfield Civic Centre.

On a blazing hot day we escaped Brighton by bus through the countryside to Uckfield

We started at Bridge Cottage, a 14th century riverside house still very much in use, now by photographer Mike Harvey-Penton hosting a range of artists and craftspeople as an addition to the Festival. Noted Sheila Hay’s detailed studies of animals, fruit and flowers and Mike’s landscape photography with occasional digital manipulations

Neatly concealed by scaffolding and rather untroubled by signage, we eventually found the Civic Centre

The wide-ranging show is a true community event, featuring photography, wood engraving, weaving, jewellery, embroidery, ceramics and all forms of painting together with craft production and local children’s art projects over an all too brief two day event

The work is arranged on two floors usually with the artist in residence to meet and chat, some demonstrating their work. Several are offering workshops to share their skills

Several artists remarked that the heat had kept people away – my thought is yes, it’s warm in there, so do the show in bites! It’s well worth the visit, and you only have one day

We enjoyed a pot of tea on the shady breezy terrace outside, looking at the brochure and listening to the folk duo Barber and Taylor

Standout exhibitors for me …

Tina Warren

The mediaeval calligraphy tradition is alive and well here, with accomplished penmanship, illuminated letters and impressive legal documents beautifully created. See the painting “Through the Seasons;” evocative words and images in luminous colours and gold ink on a black background

Laura Morgan

Art and society combine in respectful portraits of people and communities, a world traveller’s photographic study highlighting the fight against human trafficking

Lorna Holdcroft

Painting in watercolour, acrylic and pastel, her mysterious images emerge through rich glowing colour. Loved the “Bronze Horse 1stC BC”

Brenda May

Satisfying and assured powerful abstracts, textured layers and applied detail. Big statements in restrained, faded tones

Sue Petty

RHS silver medallist painter of butterflies, flowers and leaves. Delicate detail closely observed in watercolour and coloured pencil

Ann Knowler

Lavishly detailed pastel landscape and seashore studies as if seen through a film location photographer’s eyes. “Moorland Water in Yorkshire” is the highlight

Franziska Wieser

The ancient art of weaving so relevant today with a flourish of pastel wraps in luxe textured materials. Art to be worn

Julia Maynard

Graphic stylised acrylic seascapes in red, white and blue detailed with textured foam splashes. The teal blue “Midnight Sea”

Philomena Harmsworth

An exuberant joie de vivre powers these flamboyant and energetic oils of music, countryside, cafe society and city life

Keith Pettit

Enthralling little wood engravings of the countryside, architecture and the sea in fresh precise black and white. See the miniature printing press in action. Classes in the basics at the Hive, Lewes, 29th August and 5th September – see www.keithpettit.co.uk for details

Mary Grant

Muted, mysterious landscapes and stormy skies. “In Another Time, In Another Place”