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NSA member Jasmine Mills, together with fellow artist Lillian Thomson, are taking part in a joint exhibition – Quiet Portals – at Centre Space Gallery in Bristol in April.  

Showcasing in Bristol for the first time, Quiet Portals is a body of work developed since 2020 exploring themes of loneliness, space, and the place in between real and imagined.

Originally from Bristol and Norfolk, Lillian and Jasmine currently work and live in Cornwall. Both artists find common ground in paint, print, and drawing inspired by place and figure.

The show runs from 16th – 20th April, 10am – 4pm, with the Preview on 15th April at 4pm. Centre Space Gallery, 6 Leonard Lane, Bristol BS11EA.

 

NSA member Catherine Harvey Jefferson is exhibiting work in a solo show at the Salthouse Gallery in St Ives. The show is called JOURNEY – Paintings about Walking in Wilderness and runs from 19th – 25th March, 10-5pm daily.

Salthouse Gallery, Norway Square, St Ives, TR26 1NA

www.catherineharveyjefferson.com

During the second module of his MA in painting at Plymouth College of Art Tim has been transferring a series of oil sketches made from a single panther reference image onto found clothing. The dye sublimation works best on clothing with over 65% polyester in the fibres.

“There’s a tension here, polyester is made from petrochemicals and although cheap and versatile, at the moment there’s no system for large scale reuse or safe decomposition.”

This auction on the 18th of December of shirts from charity shops seeks to open up a dialogue around the ethics and future of animals, polyester and painting.

With thanks to collaborators Hollie Kirk from Exeter University, Marta Martin from Cornwall Wildlife Trust and Liam Jolly of the Auction House.

Symposium is invite only due to restricted spaces.

 

 

 

 

NSA member Janet Lynch is currently exhibiting work at Livingstone St Ives gallery in St Ives. Entitled The Geronimo Hot Springs Motel, the show runs from 4th to 20th November and includes paintings and poetry.

Janet’s work continues to evolve in unexpected ways but this figurative exhibition which shows work created over many years confirms that at the heart of most paintings there is a constant referral to ‘relationship’. These relationships are indicated metaphorically, the other being represented by a formalised depiction of an animal, often dogs or horses, occasionally birds or other creatures. Sometimes these relationships are pleasant as with Woman with a Red Horse, or disturbing such as the dog in Birth. In one of the earliest pictures painted there is definitely an inferred sexual implication.

Woman with a Red Horse

 

Birth

“I love travel, and when I am away from the studio often find myself writing a few lines as a substitute for painting I suppose. The title of this exhibition was taken from one of these little poems – The Geronimo Hot Springs Motel, a small book of which is available to buy at the gallery.  As with the paintings these personal poems are all the distillation of personal experience.”
Livingstone St Ives, 71–73 Fore Street, St. Ives, Cornwall, TR26 1HW. More examples of work in the exhibition can be seen on the Livingstone St Ives website

NSA poster

This autumn, Tremenheere Gallery presents a landmark exhibition
celebrating 125 years of the Newlyn Society of Artists. The NSA was Founded in 1896 and is one of the longest- surviving art organisations anywhere. It currently has close to ninety members, and includes artists working across all disciplines from painting and printmaking and sculpture to film, all of whom either live in West Cornwall or have close links with the area.

Please follow the link to continue with the Press release NSA125 Past, present, future

 

Read more:

Artist’s Connections: Each Exhibitor was asked to write a short paragraph explaining their inspiration for the artwork shown, specifically how it connected with the history of the NSA.

 

Inventive Century – Drift Magazine. Words by Mercedes Smith

NSA 125 Feature for Drift Magazine | October 2021 Issue 15

16 October to 7 November 2021  Tremenheere Gallery,
Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens, Gulval, Penzance, TR20 8YL.

 

 

 

 

 

 

NSA member Kate Walters is currently taking part in the exhibition Bathing Nervous Limbs at Arusha Gallery, Edinburgh. The starting point for this group show, which includes the work of more than 20 contemporary artists, many of them recent graduates, is the Balneum, an illustrated manuscript from the early 15th century about the therapeutic benefits of different bodies of water. In a review of the show, Susan Mansfield writes:

The show is a mixture of new work made in response to ideas in the Balneum and existing work on relevant themes……Kate Walters’ mystical evocation of baptism is one of the best works here.

Magician with Gentle Hands holds Girl for Baptism, Oil on linen, Kate Walters

 

The exhibition runs until 29th August at the Arusha Gallery, 13A Dundas Street, Edinburgh EH3 6QG and is part of the Edinburgh Art Festival.

Three artists living and working in St Ives are showing a selection of their work in a group exhibition in St Ives this July. The show runs from 17th July to 30th July at the Crypt Gallery, Mariners Church, Norway Square, St Ives, TR26 1LU. Opening hours 10.30am – 5.00pm daily.

Heather McAlpine is a member of the Newlyn Society of Artists and a member of the St Ives Society of Artists. Working from her studio nearby in Whites Old Workshops (studio 2), her current body of work reflects her love of wild swimming and the colours of the St Ives coastline.

Heather McAlpine

Mike Newton is a committee member of the Newlyn Society of Artists and currently works in Studio 4a in White’s Porthmeor Studios on Porthmeor Road, St Ives. He will be showing recent works from his ongoing series of paintings, mixing abstraction with figuration, narrating the myths in Ovid’s Metamorphoses.

2019 Boreas abducting Oreithyia 140×120 Mike Newton

Lynette Pierce is a member and director of the St. Ives Society of Artists and an associate member of the Penwith Gallery, and works from her Penwith studio no. 5 Back Road East, St Ives. Lynette’s colourful abstract paintings are inspired by the natural textures of her coastal surroundings.

Lynette Pierce

‘Mark This Moment’  

A joint exhibition of abstract works by contemporary painters Laura Menzies & Stephanie Sandercock  

The Crypt, Mariners Church, Norway Square, St Ives. TR26 1NA

Sat June 26th– Fri July 2nd /  Open 10 – 5pm daily.

‘Mark this Moment’ is a joint exhibition by contemporary painters Laura Menzies and Stephanie Sandercock that showcases recent work, documenting the artists’ individual experiences of this unique time.   Demonstrating a powerful approach to process and the materiality of paint, this exhibition aims to provide a contemplative and uplifting space where viewers can lose themselves in the rich layers of texture, colour and marks that unite these works. Both artists will be at the gallery during the duration of the exhibition to greet visitors and share more about their paintings and processes.

Laura combines oil, cold wax, collage and spray paint to create abstract paintings that are lyrical in style. Her work has an organic and imperfect feel and often contains harmonious pallets and soft shapes, inspired by living stones thrown from the coastline. www.lauramenzies.co.uk

Stephanie creates unique effects with ground limestone and marble plaster. Large-scale acrylic works on aluminium and rusted steel add a strong physical presence to the show, while delicate natural mica crystals catch the light like quartz in the Cornish coastal rock. www.stephaniesandercock.com

Looking Forward

‘After a year of being locked-down, shut-down and closed in, this show is a chance to reflect on past experiences, or look to the future and expand our horizons… Art can give us a way to explore our own souls – there has been a powerful energy in the NSA during these times of change and we’d like to invite people to come and share this. In the beautiful space of Tremenheere Gallery, you will undoubtedly find ‘Looking Forward’ thoughtful, serious, joyful, sometimes playful… and up-lifting’, Yolande Armstrong, Chair of the NSA.

Read more Looking Forward Press release

Read more List of exhibitors Looking Forward 2021

Sat 19 June – Sun 11 July 2021
Tremenheere Gallery

Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens, Gulval, Penzance, Cornwall TR20 8YL

The exhibition is subject to government guidelines

‘ALKEMI – 

 in search of re-Enchantment’  

Sara Bor, Feargal Shiels, Pete Ward and Patricia Wilson Smith

Jupiter Gallery

3 Chywoone Hill, Newlyn, Penzance, TR18 5HQ 

Tuesday 15th June – Monday 28th June 2021

Open 12 – 5p.m. daily

In the wake of a second national lockdown, is it realistic to return to the way we are accustomed to living?  While imminent threats such as climate change are pressing from all sides, do we allow our governments to divert us with promises of a new ‘normal, or should we be looking back, to learn lessons from the past?  

These are the questions shared by four artists who launch their exhibition of experimental work at Jupiter Gallery in Newlyn, on 15th June. 

‘Perhaps we should embrace the darkness?’ suggests Pete Ward, whose work involves intimate contact with the earth as an animate force. Pete works instinctively using natural materials and primitive processes to express his relationship with his environment.

Painter Sara Bor, who explores landscape in its many forms, has been using earth pigments in recent paintings, and has begun tracing the history of land use on the farmland where she has lived for 25 years. Feargal Shiels mines meaning from the repetition of quiet acts of drawing and painting. His meditative work recalls a simpler, monastic tradition. Patricia Wilson Smith, who curates the exhibition, uses clay to explore the power of the primitive. She believes we have gone too far in our destruction of the natural world.  ‘So my work is about mourning: my cups and bowls are empty, blackened, damaged. We have lost ourselves and lost the earth and it seems we don’t have the will or the power to reclaim it.’ 

Alkemi is a dark exhibition, but not without hope. The artists will also explore the possibilities for optimism, and invite visitors to join their discussion ‘In search of re-Enchantment’  on Saturday 26th June at 3pm. 

 

The artists are members of the Newlyn Society of Artists, and Alkemi is a satellite show to the Society’s spring exhibition ‘Looking Forward’ which will run concurrently at the Tremenheere gallery.

Admission to Jupiter gallery is free. For opening times and more information: email

patwilsonsmith@icoud.com   Please observe Covid guidelines; masks and social distancing at all times in the gallery.

 

Alkemi – Exhibition at Jupiter Gallery, Newlyn. Four artists explore their relationship to an uncertain future through experimentation with materials, a deep connection to the landscape in which they live, and a desire to reclaim fragments of their personal history.

Contact: Patricia Wilson Smith 01736 788358 or 07530 446499

Participating Artists:

Sara Bor is a painter based in Devon. Her new project documents the historical and current  land-use of where she has lived for almost quarter of a century and some of the people who have lived and farmed the land. www.sarabor.co.uk 

Feargal Shiels  graduated in June 2015 from the BA (Hons) Drawing course at Falmouth University. His mixed media works on paper are inspired by contemplative transcription as well as by the West Cornwall landscape.  www.feargalshiels.com

Pete Ward’s artistic practice is rooted in a sense of evolving human relationships within the animate earth. An intimate response to the social and ecological conditions of our age, his work is shared through painting, photography, workshops, installations and presentations.  www.peterward-artist-illustrator.co.uk

Patricia Wilson Smith is a multimedia artist whose work in recent years is evolving into a personal archive of the landscape of West Penwith. Through paintings, digital media, words and now clay, she continually explores the everyday of her natural surroundings. In 2016 she moved to Cornwall from Kent, where her practice included curatorial collaborations and exhibitions.   Inventing Alkemi has given her an opportunity to shape and curate an exhibition that questions our expectations about returning to a ‘normal’ life post-Lockdown. www.patriciawilsonartist.com

Artist Talk – ‘In search of re-Enchantment’ Saturday 26th June 3-4pm   This talk will begin in the gallery and depending on numbers will continue outside in a convenient location to maintain social distancing. Visitors are encouraged to join in with the discussion.

Image: Fergal Shiels (paint on card)

Image: Pat Wilson Smith (black clay and sand)

Image: Sara Bor, (paint and found objects)

Image: Pete Ward (earth face and body painting, video collaboration with Sean White-Hayes’)