Tactile and colourful
New Open Studios artists in May 2017

A sensory feast from the group of artists joining the Open Studios scheme for the first time in 2017.

Lorna Goldsmith, exhibiting at City Arts in Newbury, experiments with natural fibres, producing woven textured wall hangings that are soft on the eye.  At Tarragon Studios, Burghfield Common, textile artists Dorothy Eggleton and Pat Foster complement one another.  Pat, a dyer and weaver, creates unique fabrics with designs based on ancient South American ceramics, among other things.  Dorothy is a quilter and embroiderer who takes inspiration from the natural and the built world.  Highly tactile too is the work of Petra Barnes, Newbury, her sculptures combine contrasting found objects to create new directions.

At Sanham Green, Lone Hudson’s large stoneware ceramics appeal to the sense of rhythm and are very touchable.  Many of her vessels for home and garden have an architectural quality – windows into new structural worlds.

Another ceramicist, Moya Tosh in Burghclere, is distinctive for lustrous use of gold and silver leaf, and cut then leather-stitched vessels.  Touch, colour, emotion and movement all come into play in the jewellery of Ros Hatt in Tilehurst.  Her hammered, rolled and etched pieces just cry out to be put next to the skin.

Shona Wheeler in Eddington, shows the versatility of the simple ball point pen, cutting paper and layering up ink to achieve results that are truly impressive in their detail. 

Painter Janet (Jay) Ford builds up deep textures in her work which can be seen at the Forbes Art Studio in Newbury.  Jay’s paintings are highly coloured and charged with emotion.  Her fresh, often abstract approach conveys a connection with her subjects that can be very moving.   High textural build is also a feature of the mainly abstract work of Chris Tebble whose experiments in oil, acrylic, pastel and charcoal will be on display at Stockcross House.  Working in oils and acrylics, David Cotton in Spencers Wood turns his confessed slight colour-blindness to advantage, enhancing as it does strong shades and highlights.

Painter Stephen Gedney of Inkpen seems to capture moments in light and life, and his paintings have an intimate feel.   Like him, in nearby Kintbury, much of oil painter Davina Fisher’s work is inspired by travel.  Her work is wide-ranging in subject and technique, encompassing both abstract and landscape, all in dramatic, contemporary style.  Compare and contrast with the vibrant tones of Christine Sharp in Bramshill, Hampshire, whose work encompasses animals, landscapes, nature, still life and the human form in a variety of media.  Back in Ashmore Green, Sydney Klugman explores resonant colours and contrasting moods in watercolour, acrylic, mixed media and collage. Miggie Bruce at Adbury Holt, Newtown gives botanical painting a new edge and excitement.

Hungerford has provided Open Studios with a hotbed of fresh talent this year.  Why not embark on the grand tour, taking in the work of painters Andi Mulholland, Shirley Cartey and Sue Acworth, with time out to try on and admire the sculptural jewellery of Claire Acworth, exhibiting with her mother at lovely Little Hidden Farm, rounding off the tour with sculptor Jane Corbett’s ‘cabinets of curiosity’.  All artists can be found in the Open Studios directory or at the Open Studios website http://www.open-studios.org.uk

Click on these links to open a high resolution jpg of the artists' image.

Andi Mulholland
Claire Acworth
Jane Corbett
Shirley Cartey
Susan Acworth

Front cover of the Open Studios 2017 Directory of Artists. Click here to open a high resolution jpg of the image. For a PDF containing the Open Studios logos click here.

Open Studios: John Brazendale chair@open-studios.org.uk, or admin@open-studios.org.uk or 01635 551981 


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