17 June – 4 September
A wide-ranging collection of work from Green Door members who have been invited to express themselves freely, unbound from any specific theme.
“My illustrative lino prints are inspired by nature and British folklore and feature animals birds and plants arranged in detailed layouts,” said Sue Rowland. “I have also created a range of designs looking at the textures of the landscape in one colour prints celebrating outdoor pursuits and the Cumbrian fells which I walk whenever I can.
I spend time working from my home in the beautiful Kentmere Valley, drawing and creating designs, cutting these into the lino and then using a tabletop press in my Kendal studio to make the prints.”
Living and working in Alston, an area of outstanding natural beauty in Cumbria, Helen Johnson is influenced by the beauty and majesty of the landscape that surrounds her. Her work aims to explore the relationship between people and nature, and how they can work together in harmony to make the world a better place!
She makes her work from a combination of first-hand observational drawings and paintings in the open air, backed up by photos as aide memoirs back in the studio, as well as imagination to produce a final piece on canvas using mixed media, including oil paint, non-recyclable plastics either collaged or ‘soldered’ onto the canvas, gold leaf, pastels as well as more natural materials found in nature such as peat, elderberry juice, beetroot.
Helen wants people to enjoy her images and to perhaps re look at their own environment through a more vibrant lens, but then on closer inspection to discover the different materials on the canvas and ask questions as to why she has used them on her work; why it is there.
“These four sculptures reflect complementary aspects of my current work,” said Seamus Hanna. “The larger pieces Sentinel and Cruciform are linear in nature, using strong defined vertical, horizontal and curved forms, constructed from wood and aluminium. The two smaller pieces Within Without and Hollow Form are solid organic forms created as vessel-like objects. In these, plaster, cotton scrim, jute, raffia and paint are used to create textural variations.”
Exhibiting artists include: Mike Barlow, Jacqui Bassett, Averyl Bradbrook, Alan Calvert, Sharon Cash, Julie Connolly, Martin Connolly, John Davenport, Rachel Eaves, Joyce Eldred, Robert Finch, Eileen Gledhill, Ray Green, Heather Hanna, Seamus Hanna, Sam Harrison, Ciara Heaton, Judith Horsley, Helen Johnson, Jess Levine, Delcia McNeil, Anne MacKinnon, Marjorie Park, Fiona Reeves, Sue Rowland, Roger Salmon, Elizabeth Shorrock, Gilli Slater, Caroline Stow, Elizabeth Tracey, Cherrie Trelogan, Geraldine Walkington and Frances Winder.
The Gaddum Gallery, Brockhole on Windermere, LA23 1LJ
17 June – 4 September 2022
Open 10.00 – 5.00 daily