New works of art and craft by members of the South Hams Arts Forum (SHAF) is showing their Contemporary Passions at the Harbour House in Kingsbridge.
Teresa Barlow’s lively collection of new work combines her skills in printmaking and ceramics with a sense of fun and the unexpected.
Alison Veazey’s landscapes are characterised by rich colour and striking composition. Well known locally as a printmaker, her most recent works are on a larger scale in acrylics and mixed media on canvas.
Also exploring the landscape, Elen Claire Williams works in the genre of the British Walking Artists and considers spiritual and environmental themes through a variety of media.
She works in series, exploring an interest in local history, local tradition, and personal faith, and says: “I have succeeded in my aim when the glory of creation encourages people to engage to celebrate and conserve the vanishing natural world on our personal doorsteps.”
Well known for her mastery of the translucency of watercolour, Ann Yeoman’s newest work explores new media, including printmaking.
She says, “I am drawn to explore the exquisite detail found in nature, and am fascinated by the abstract quality of so-called ‘real’ things: the delicate tracery of a skeleton leaf, the grain of weathered wood, the patina of a much-used mooring ring (with endless tales to tell could it but speak).”
Brett Hornby describes his approach to creative digital photography as “trying to blend what the camera sees with the eye of the imagination”.
Using recycled silver and glass, Fairtrade gold and ethically-sourced gemstones Caro Barrett creates jewellery inspired by the extraordinary features of Devon’s landscape: patterns in the sand, rocks and mud in the beaches, estuaries and river beds.
Elaine Sibley’s hand-forged silver jewellery designs are usually textured and inspired by geometric shapes as well as everyday objects. With a view to making her products sustainable and environmentally sound she often uses recycled gold and silver.
The colours and contours of South Devon’s coast and country inspire Susan Luker’s unique sculptural ceramics. Each smoke-fired raku pot is individually hand built and lovingly burnished. Striking rivers of copper or green glaze flow across the burnished surface evoking the setting sun shimmering on the River Avon and its marshland.
Jane Davarian’s inspiration is drawn from memories, people and places. Her portraits are precise but her approach to mixed media is playful and experimental, using layers of materials and processes to create depth and texture to a conclusion.
Judith Woodings’ printmaking, drawing and painting concern the legacy of mans impact upon the landscape, whether it be the shoreline of the Welsh coastline or the archaeological traces found in the man-altered landscape of the industrial past. Recently she has developed printmaking using a little-known Japanese lithography on wood process.
Mark Weston-Lewis is a professional wood turner with a background in Landscape Architecture, making bowls, vases, boxes and candle holders from fallen trees or pruned branches. All of his work is sustainable, and each piece unique. For every 20 pieces that he makes, he plants a young tree.
Contemporary Passions features new work by eleven members of SHAF and opens at Harbour House in Kingsbridge on Tuesday 6 June. There will be an opening view the same evening from 6-8 pm. Daily opening times will be 10am-5pm. Admission is free.
(top image: detail of Teresa Barlow Aquacise collagraph 43 x 43cm)