The Market Hall in Kingsbridge is the venue for the second annual Affordable Art Exhibition by members of the South Hams Arts Forum.
The show opens in the South Devon market town on Saturday, October 23.
Thirteen members of this lively artists’ collective show a wide range of work, with the emphasis on affordable arts and crafts in the run up to Christmas. Here’s a brief run down of the artists:
John Ashton is a renowned wildlife artist, who has been shortlisted for the David Shephard Foundation Wildlife Artist of the Year Award at the Mall Galleries. His favourite subjects include the birds, waters and light of the Avon Estuary, as well as hounds, harriers, dogs and horses.
Sheena White is also a painter, specialising in acrylics, and Joy Bettiss’ paintings are inspired by the water and countryside around her South Devon home. She also has a body of work produced during the years she spent in Texas.
Olivia Wotton and Christine East show jewellery in contemporary designs, while Elise Austrin bridges the gap between functional ceramics and decorative jewellery with her colourful, wearable pieces, and delightful accessories for the home. Sheila Hansford makes more traditional earthenware vessels, decorated with coloured slip underglaze and lively sgraffito embellishments.
Jean Lock also makes ceramic pots and figure sculptures, as well as being a printmaker, specialising particularly in relief methods such as linocut.
Emma Cook and Alison Veazey also produce original prints, which are then collaged or embroidered into new work, while Caroline Barker has produced an extensive range of colourful collagraph prints, calligraphy and handmade books, inspired by the local landscape and coastline.
Angela Holland is a basketmaker whose contemporary baskets and scultpures use traditional skills, keeping the craft alive.
Sandra Litchfield, using traditional metalsmithing skills combined with cast pieces, creates pewter vessels inspired by the geological formations exposed on the South Devon beach during winter storms.
Some of the artists work under the moniker of Press Gang Printers.
This year, the South Hams Arts Forum will take donations in support of St Luke’s Hospice in Plymouth, a cause close to the hearts of several of the exhibiting artists.
The South Hams Art Forum’s Affordable Art Exhibition will be at the Market Hall in Kingsbridge from Saturday, October 23. Opening times will be 10am-5pm daily, until the close of the show on Friday, October 29. At all times two exhibiting artists will be in attendance and will be happy to discuss their work. Admission is free, and donations are welcome to support the work of St Luke’s Hospice in Plymouth.
(image: Sandra Litchfield Pewter Vessel)
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