A big thank you to everyone who braved the dark eveing last Friday to join us for the opening of "Through the Window". Thanks as ever to Peter and Jeff for keeping the drinks flowing and to Flic for her role as paparazzi - click on the images to look closer
"The Elements" is now open. Lovely to see you all on Friday night. Thanks to Peter and Eamonn for serving the bubbly, and to Flic for taking the fabulous collection of photographs. (click on the images for a close up)
when all that glitters is not gold but that doesn’t stop us dreaming
An underlying connection between science and art forms the basis for a show that, at first glance, may appear to be somewhat eclectic.
The jewellers continue a long tradition of alchemy, using fire to fuse and form and texture. Searching for rocks formed by intense natural forces, their chemical nature, beauty and rarity determining their worth. Silver, gold and copper are all thrown into the mix with tiny glass spheres reflecting the light, paper thin porcelain, enamels and pearls. The process as compelling as the end results.
Controlling the elements is a constant challenge for the ceramic artist. Combining earth and water to create each unique piece through the long process of observation, hand building, incising and burnishing. Oxides and glazes reacting to the heat, waiting for that exciting moment when the kiln is opened and the soft clay becomes everlasting. The magic of fire fusing powder into glass, creating a tactile object, enticing to the eye as well as the hand.
The painter reacts to the elements: depicting light and atmosphere from the stillness of night, racing clouds or the forces at sea. A connection with our landscape, whether the long view or looking closer, using materials created with a scientific mind.
A touch of fairy dust (or is it a dusting fairy) adds a reminder of the season to come.
"Across The Water" is now open. Lovely to see you all on Friday night. Thanks to Peter and Jeff for serving the bubbly, Flic and Paul for taking the fabulous collection of photographs. (click on the images for a close up)
July brings thoughts of holidays: trips to the seaside, swimming and diving, searching rock pools while collecting shells to take home. Old fishermen tell stories handed down the generations, truth or myth, sparking the imagination as we explore. Seabirds keep us company seeming to enjoy the dramatic weather and changing light, the rhythmic beat of the waves which shape ancient craggy rocks. Muffled misty days give a softer edge to the coast but no less inspiring for our painters.
We're leaving the garden to fend for itself as we fly to foreign lands, gently absorbing the language, culture and history of these exotic landscapes. Warmer waters bring tropical birds but also more familiar ones who spend our winters there. Fascinating to observe animals in unfamiliar habitats, I wonder where Murtle will be spending her holidays?
Those left in the cities during the summer months migrate to the rivers for a cooling breeze. Swans and ducks drift idly past the old industrial wharfs, now quiet places away from the tourists.
We're not far from the coast, just a short detour off the A21 as you head down to Hastings Old Town, the Jerwood and a fresh fish and chip supper or you can enjoy a walk to Bewl Water with dinner at the Bell or the Bull, both interesting establishments (apparently!).
"In The Garden" is now open. Lovely to see you all on Friday night. Thanks to Peter and Jeff for serving the bubbly and Flic for taking the fabulous collection of photographs. (click on the images for a close up)
A bit of a swimming theme has emerged from our current show.
From the watercolour ripples faces emerge amongst reflections of sunlight on the glistening water. Young girls chatting by the pool, a quiet moment of rest during the long summer holidays. A more chilly feel for the open air bathers, is this the Muswell Hill mums group?
Looking for a momento for your favourite swimmer - check out Helen's "swimmer" range or maybe a penguin is more up your street. I doubt that Alison swims in the Medway (perish the thought) but her mudlarking collection also provides inspiration for her silver bottle jewellery range.
The exhibition continues until 25th March but we'd love to see you well before then.
Frances May ... Susie Monnington / Helen Beard ... Helen Noakes / Alison Boyce / Helen Noakes ... Mary Cairns / Ray Sheldon
"All Shapes and Sizes" is now open. Lovely to see you all on Friday night. Thanks to Jeff and Peter for serving the bubbly and Flic for taking the fabulous collection of photographs.
"In The Landscape" is now open. Lovely to see you all on Friday night. Thanks to Peter, Jeff and Harry for serving the bubbly and Flic for taking the fabulous collection of photographs.
Lovely evening with the Bedgebury Pinetum Florilegium Society and representatives from the Friends of Bedgebury Pinetum. The exhibition continues until 17th September - come and take a closer look.
Thank you Felicity Flutter for your photography skills.
THE BEDGEBURY PINETUM FLORILEGIUM SOCIETY
Botanical illustration is a genre that requires accurate and detailed observation and water colour technique using numerous washes of colour, one on top of the other, to give a deep and intricate record of the specimen. This artistic form has its roots in the 15th century when herbal books describing culinary and medicinal uses of plants were printed containing scientific illustrations of flowers and plants. In the 17th century, wealthy patrons commissioned artists to record new and exotic plants as they reached Europe from all over the world. Modern-day florilegia record collections of, often endangered, plants from particular sites.
It should therefore come as no surprise that there is a thriving florilegium which records the rare and endangered trees of the National Pinetum at Bedgebury. The Bedgebury Pinetum Florilegium Society was established in 2009 and comprises 12 highly talented botanical artists.
This exhibition represents just some of the works of art that have been undertaken by members of the florilegium and which capture the detail of the beautiful and rare trees to be found at the National Pinetum.
BEDGEBURY NATIONAL PINETUM AND FOREST
The National Pinetum at Bedgebury is recognised as one of the most complete collections of conifers on one site anywhere in the world, and is a centre for international conservation. It contains over 12,000 tree specimens growing across 320 acres including rare, endangered and historically important specimens, not only of conifers but also of beautiful broadleaf trees.
The collection was started in the 1840s by the Beresford Hope family and was greatly improved following its acquisition by the Forestry Commission in 1925 who managed it jointly with Kew Gardens. Over the years, the Pinetum has developed links with other conservation organisations across the world and the dendrology team has gained an international reputation for their extensive knowledge of conifers and their propagation.
The Pinetum is recognised as a site of international scientific interest in tree conservation and is now cared for by the Forestry Commission for people, wildlife and trees. Bedgebury Forest offers facilities for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy healthy outdoor activities such as walking, running, cycling and adventure play. For further information about Bedgebury National Pinetum & Forest visit www.forestry.gov.uk/bedgebury
THE FRIENDS OF BEDGEBURY PINETUM
The Friends of Bedgebury Pinetum is a charitable organisation that aims to promote tree-related engagement, research and learning at Bedgebury, one of the finest conifer collections in the world. The Charity’s objectives are to support the Forestry Commission in its management of Bedgebury as a world-class centre of conifer research, conservation and education, a landscape of rare and endangered flora and fauna and as a site for high quality, healthy recreation.
For further information pick up our latest members’ magazine at the Artichoke Gallery or visit our website: www.bedgeburypinetum.org.uk.
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