Soon after the Wight Link Ferry casts off from Lymington it will pass the local yacht club on the starboard side before winding its way out into the Solent. Sue Stitt has made her latest poster a celebration of this busy stretch of the river, bustling with activity, colour and sunshine; a welcome glimpse of the summer we hope lies ahead after this long, grey, wet, windy winter. Our first copies should arrive at the gallery in the next few days. You can reserve your copy now. It is a limited edition of 195 and will cost £90 for the A3 mounted print or £135 for the A2 size.f All are signed and numbered by the artist.
How nice to wake up to sunshine several days in a row. Apricot sky behind the bare branches of the trees in my garden at Freshwater Bay and silvery light through a gentle mist on the River Yar as I drive over the bridge to work at the Yarmouth Gallery - if I can call it work to be surrounded by beautiful things each lovingly designed and made by individual makers. Professional artists are a dedicated bunch. Paintings, prints, ceramics, glass, jewellery, textiles, all made with such care and attention. I wish the whole country would decide to by-pass the mass produced, profit led stuff and just come and browse in all the small galleries and independent shops in our towns and villages - especially ours! Here are just a few of the pieces we have on display. Drop by or use the email on our contact page to inquire about anything you see on this site
Spent some time this morning with Martin hanging this 48" x 36" painting. It was a bit of a struggle as it is painted on board and quite weighty but well worth the effort. 'Green Boat at the Causeway, Freshwater' is so full of sunlight and fresh air it belies it's physical weight. Unusually for Martin, it is an acrylic.
Martin also brought two more small paintings, oils on stretched canvas and very easy to hang, a blessing as the gallery was filling with people by then. The paintings look wonderful: each radiating its own serene light.
Inspiring as ever my annual visit to the British Craft Trade Fair in Harrogate was doubly enjoyable this year thanks to my being accompanied by Tessa Hilton, latterly Roving Editor of Woman and Home Magazine, who gave me a whole new take on choosing from the stunning variety of craft work on show. It was great to meet new artist/makers and to chat to them about their work and to learn more of their techniques and motivation. Earning a living from designing and making beautiful original objects requires huge enthusiasm and dedication and that was apparent everywhere as Tessa, with her journalist's curiosity and empathy delved into the facts and feelings behind each artist's work.
After leaving the show and still buzzing with inspiration we headed into Harrogate and another annual treat, Betty's famous Tea Shop. Yum!
As new work starts to arrive at the gallery over the weeks ahead I look forward with great excitement to unpacking and displaying new ceramics, glass and jeweller...
IN HER ELEMENT - PREVIEW 6pm - 8pm, 21st September
'In Her Element' is a new exhibition from Jill Wilkinson, an artist we have have not featured before at Yarmouth Gallery. At first glance these paintings may seem purely abstract but a few moments of contemplation by anyone who knows the Island's wild beaches soon starts to reveal the source of Jill's inspiration to be the South West coast of the Island which is just a short walk from her home.
Working directly in the landscape is part of Jill's practice and many of these works are made using not conventional painting media but the local clay itself, combined with predominantly indigo ink. This gives the paintings their characteristic earthy tones: these works are not simply about the natural environment but of it.