A week or so ago I went down to the Percy Thompson Gallery in Stafford with my friends Wayne Morris and his wife Sarah to the official opening of this years art trail. The gallery featured a range of local artists involved and was a lively affair - complete with music..
The Percy Thompson is a real asset to the province and is always worth a visit.
Next year perhaps. There is only so much you can see in a day
|Amanda's three flags|
So first stop Jan Huijbers. A great start. I had the artist to myself and he explained the use of patterns on shells as a core motivation which he interpreted to develop his own themes. I was really impressed with some detailed pen and ink drawing of tree ferns that he had completed a few years earlier.
|Tony Rumball - red chair|
|Howard's bowl in garden|
Next visit was to Sarah Buist's newish studio. Sarah's drawings are very different and comprise of detailed abstract drawings using pen, pencil or goache on paper.
By now I was running out of time so it was time to head North to my final stop. Sadly I had had to miss out visiting a number of other artists - next year!
John's gallery and studio were full of his recent work, both paintings and prints. I particularly enjoyed John's recent return to local landscapes that usually provide the backgrounds for his narrative paintings.
Chris has some beautiful 'collages' that reminded me of some sort of abstract Viennese treasures.
Howard had on display a variety of his unique time consuming stone and wood bowls.
|Howard's bowls, garden and view|
All in all a great day illustrating the wide variety of talent that exists in this province. A number of the artists visited are full time artists while for others it obviously it is an important part of their lives.
Certainly motivation to get back into some art myself.
|John and Chris McLean's gallery and studio.|