Summer Art Exhibition FREE EVENT
Saturday 17 June 2017 – Saturday 24 June 2017 Open 11.00am – 5.30pm
Town Hall Ballroom, Market Place, Ashbourne DE6 1ES
The prize for the best work submitted is sponsored by St John Street Gallery.
Once again the elegant ballroom of the Ashbourne Town Hall will host the Summer Art Exhibition. The exhibition is an opportunity for local artists, whether amateurs, professionals or students, to submit work their work for display and for sale. As in previous years we have also invited a number of professional artists from the Derbyshire area to show their work. This year these are painters Lewis Noble, Stephen Snoddy and Anna Thomas; printmaker Graeme Reid; sculptors Mari-Ruth Oda and Miles Halpin; ceramicist Deiniol Williams and furniture maker Malcolm David Smith.
If you wish to enter your own work, download the details and the application form here. The submission time for entries is Saturday 3 June 2017 between 11.00 am and 3.00 pm at St John’s Community Hall, off King Street, Ashbourne DE6 1EA.
The prize-winning work will be selected by artists Lewis Noble and Maggie Cullen and there will also be a £50 prize for the favourite work selected by visitors to the art exhibition
Invited artists exhibiting this year – use the links for more information
Miles Halpin www.mileshalpin.com
Miles Halpin is showing his distinctive metal wall-hung relief coloured and pierced sculpture at this exhibition, but is something of a polymath, working in photography and music as well as sculpture. He says of his process, ‘It’s been useful to ally all three forms of expression and I think/hope that each reinforces the other. For me they all these different expressions originate in the same place – the pictures are of things that may show you how I see the world – the things I tend to notice, the highlights of my experiences in the visual world – these are the things that make me think of sculptures as an extension of the world, filling in the missing blanks.
Lewis Noble www.lewisnoble.co.uk
Lewis Noble has lived and worked in Derbyshire since 1996. Over this time he has built a reputation as one of central England’s foremost artists. His focus lies in the physical and emotional impact of the landscape on the senses and how it the experience of being in landscape effects us as human beings. The result is a body of work that speaks to the very heart of what it means to be part of the environment around us.
“This work is drawn mostly from the landscape near my home in the Peak District, and the coastal landscape of Cornwall. It’s essential for me to paint outside, as the main theme of the paintings is the experience of being in the landscape so all of the smaller paintings are completed on location. The atmosphere of the place is the real subject. I will often return to the same location many times, reworking paintings, until they start to give back some of the felling I am looking for.”
Mari-Ruth Oda www.mari-ruthoda.com
In her work Mari-Ruth Oda explores the intricate matrix of repetition that appears throughout the natural world, citing nature’s design to unveil its organic beauty and serenity. It is when such beauty is lifted from context that the interpretation process can be allowed to stray into the wonders of ambiguity.
Mari-Ruth Oda is a Japanese artist and designer. As a child she lived all over the world including Tokyo and New York before moving to Manchester to study 3D design at MMU. She still lives and works in Manchester. In 1998 she set up her own studio where she has created pieces that have been exhibited internationally in galleries and museums including the Royal Academy and V&A Museum, London.
Graeme Reed www.graemereedart.co.uk
Graeme Reed, artist and illustrator, has been a frequent contributor to the Summer Exhibition in previous years. He lives and works in Ashbourne. His prints have a fresh and inventive quality; many have been of Ashbourne and Derbyshire subjects.
He says: ‘I take inspiration from everyday people, the way they look, the things that they do and the extraordinary spaces and places that they inhabit. I want to draw attention to the ‘beauty’ in the ‘commonplace’.
His work involves combinations of drawing, painting, digital imaging, printmaking and photography.
Malcolm David Smith https://malcolmdavidsmith.jimdo.com/
Malcolm David Smith is based in his small studio and attic gallery at 29 Market Place, Cromford where his work may be seen by the public.
His specialism, pursued since 1989, comprises stools and chairs, handcrafted in wood to his own designs, of quite extraordinary and distinctive character. They are highly articulated – almost reminiscent of human and animal skeletal elements, but at the same time with a lyrical flowing quality which gives them a feeling of movement and life.
Stephen Snoddy is a painter, gallery director and curator who was born in Belfast and currently lives in Manchester. He trained as a painter at Belfast College of Art where he graduated with an M.A. in Fine Art. He is currently Director of the New Art Gallery, Walsall. He exhibited at the Royal Ulster Academy last summer and has had a recent solo exhibition, ‘Looking Out’ at the Roberto Polo Gallery, Brussels and had an exhibition at Southampton City Art Gallery in February 2017.
In his In Conversations series of monotypes, some of which will be exhibited in Ashbourne, Stephen shares Matisse’s lifelong obsession with a visual conversation between inside and outside and often uses the window motif as a formal device to construct work.
Anna Thomas www.tomedi.com
Anna Thomas is an artist living and working in South Derbyshire. Using oil and mixed media her richly textured paintings are a direct response to the ever-changing scenes that surround her, and illustrate her fascination with the esoteric aspects of nature. Her painting “Sheep on Hard Ground” was the winner of the Derbyshire Trophy in 2014. Her most recent works continue to reflect a rural context and begin to explore the possibility of the narrative.
“…even on the longest, darkest days, there are elements of the land and sky that compel me to scribble, record and paint. From the harsh frosts and wind‐ buffeted sheep, to the first swelling buds of the hedgerows, there is always some wonder to contemplate.”
Deiniol Williams www.deiniolwilliams.co.uk
Deiniol Williams works in Glossop, and he produces wood-fired stoneware influenced by the town’s surroundings. Locally sourced stones and minerals are sometimes mixed into the clay, and wood ash used to create the unique glazes.