This July we see the start of many summer exhibitions and local art group shows.
Collette Hoefkens takes a closer look at just a few events taking place amongst some of East Anglia’s superb regional galleries and art centers.
From 21 July you can catch the beginning of the Sculpt Gallery’s Summer Exhibition 2013. This wonderfully textured show includes work from both established and emerging artists. Ceramics, sand-cast aluminum and bronze resin stand side by side to create this very rich and exciting show of three-dimensional art.
The exhibition will feature an inspiring array of original ceramics by professional members of the Craft Potters Association: Peter Hayes, Vanessa Bullick and Patricia Volk shown alongside the work of fellow ceramicists, Paul Colburn Jackson and Carol Pask.
Sulpt Gallery Summer Exhibition – 21 July – 24 August 2013
Sculpt Gallery, Priory Mews, Braxted Park Road, Tiptree (Nr Gt Braxted), Essex CO5 0QB – 07980768616
Staying in Essex, you can also catch the Aubrey Gallery Summer Exhibition. Why not call the gallery before you go? Secure an invite to the preview on Thursday 5 July and you will get the opportunity to meet some of the artists.
This show will feature work from many of the gallery’s resident artists including Tony Cocksedge, Tom Deakins and John Dobbs. With a variety of media they cover a range of subject matter from townscape and seascape to the sporting world of horses and sailing.
From magically sunlit woodland glades to vibrant, colourful beaches, many of these paintings seem to almost beckon the viewer to step within the picture frame. Each piece seems to offer true escapism through a simple two-dimensional plane that creates so much more than the space it claims.
Summer Exhibition – 6 July – 31 August 2013.
The Aubrey Art Gallery, Post Office Yard, High Street, Great Dunmow, Essex, CM6 1AW
Tel: 01371 873133 – www.aubreyartgallery.com
Over in the rural county of Hertfordshire, The Letchworth Arts Centre, as always, has lots of exciting exhibitions to visit. One to watch out for is “Living In” by students, staff and friends of Lonsdale School, Stevenage.
Lonsdale School is a special educational needs school for young people with severe physical and neurological impairment. Recently they have been exploring different perceptions of life. Some have considered inspirational living, whilst others have thought strongly about the past and future and how events affect the way we live and see ourselves. Through a diverse range of media the artists express their feelings regarding such topics as wrestling, guilt, family and the busy bustle of market life.
Living In – 2 July – 19 July 2013
Letchworth Arts Centre, 2 The Arcade, Letchworth Garden City, SG6 3EW.
Tel: 01462 670788 – www.letchwortharts.org
Before leaving Letchworth turn left out of Center and head down Leys Avenue to catch the second annual show from “The Weston Art Group”. This week long exhibition comprises a collection of work from this very dedicated and enthusiastic team of painters in oil. Meeting at least once a week the members support and encourage each other to create wonderful pieces of work, of which two have previously been selected for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.
Working on a range of topics and subject matter and constantly pushing beyond their individual comfort zones, each member strives to discover something new with every painting. Using an array of implements, including brushes, palette knives, credit cards, bottle tops and fingers, there is an honest abundance of styles and a richness of character, which oozes from each piece of work.
The Weston Group of Artists – 2nd Annual Exhibition of Work
Unit 2, 50, Leys Avenue, Letchworth, SG6 3EQ
There is always something exciting going on, in the art world of the east!! Have a look around, and if you can, pop in to one of the events mentioned here. Happy browsing.