It’s that time again – Somerset Art Weeks Open Studios (15th – 30th Sept) starts soon, highlighted by hundreds of yellow SAW signs around Somerset to indicate artists’ venues and arts events open to the public. I’m at Venue 10 (West Cranmore BA4 4RH). I’ve formed a cluster group “The East Mendip Collection” with 5 other artists from my area (David Brayne RWS and Jane Brayne, Christine-Anne Richards, Thea Dupays and Sally Jacobs) to encourage visitors get round to each of us: SAW Cluster flyer ’12
My SAW venue will include an exhibition of large sculptural work in my garden and smaller work/sketchbooks/drawings/prints etc in my studio. I’m also offering lunchtime wire workshops each Sunday (16th/23rd/30th, 12-1pm) – booking advisable (01749 880394). For updates and images please see my Facebook page.
Some of my sculptures are currently on show in the Bishops Palace Summer Exhibition, Wells (’til 30th Sept), which coincides with the SwansofWells Swansong auction preview weekend (15/16th Sept) – also in Bishops Palace gardens. This features over 60 decorated Swan sculptures – including my swan ‘Candela’ (sponsored by All Hallows Prep School), which I decorated with help from pupils, using colourful recycled materials.
Candela has proved a hit with children – her encrusted beak and body adorned with exotic and everyday collected objects including gogos (miniature luminescent toys), beads, buttons and wire cranes – made by children in workshops at All Hallows. Her name originates from the Latin word for ‘Candle’, which features in the All Hallows motto: ’Sancto cuique sua candela’: ‘for every saint there is a candle (light).’ Every child is a potential saint and they too have their lights. It also relates to my design of flame-like linear patterns overlaid with vivid, interwoven materials and luminous paint. Hoping the auction at Bishops Palace on 29th September will fetch a handsome figure for Candela (funds go to local charities). Ideally, it would be lovely if it returned to All Hallows, where it was created. Alongside this, SwansofWells have a Swans photographic competition – one of the prizes will be a wire workshop with me.
In addition, a series of my hanging “Nests” will be on exhibition at the Quartz Arts Festival, Queens College, Taunton TA1 4QS (26th Sept – 6th Oct). See Current and Forthcoming Exhibitions for further details.
Here’s hoping for a lovely Indian Summer this September…