The vibrant yellow SAW guides are now well and truly in circulation throughout the region. Have you picked up a copy yet and started making plans for your artistic explorations? How will you plan your 2015 route? Is this the year that you will stray into uncharted art territory or choose to stay close to home and discover the art right on your doorstep? Either way there are over one hundred venues to choose from so here’s my first ‘Guide guide’ to help you make your selection.
These first suggestions are those entries that literally ‘jumped out’ from the page on my first viewing of the guide.
VENUE 66: for colour and diversity (and for using the word quixotic!)
ARTISTS: Lis Lawrence, Peter Lawrence, Lavinia Cellan-Jones, Liam O’Farrell, Dimitris Koutroumpas + Fay Rickwood
The Pilton Collective, unique work from six resident artisans in a barn overlooking Glastonbury Festival’s Pyramid Stage. Lavinia’s pottery is quirkily beautiful with unusual shapes and colours. Fay’s unique play on costume jewellery uses up-cycled objects. Liam’s paintings of people, architecture and landscapes are sought from Glastonbury to Dubai. After three Middle East publications, Peter focuses on Somerset’s landscapes in watercolour. Dimitris produces vibrant and quixotic paper collage and decoupage furniture. Lis’ handmade felt hats and accessories are colourful, funky and unique.
VENUE 67: for vibrant colour
ARTISTS: Heather Robinson, Marie Andrews, Thelma Masters, Jenny Blackburn, Hilary Farthing + Janet Hiscox
A vibrant exhibition by the Heptad group, who return to this award winning venue. Rural buildings inspired this new and eclectic collection of stitched textiles. Techniques include dyeing, stitching and mixed media, incorporating fabric, thread, paper and printing.
VENUE 75: the eyes have it…
ARTISTS: Richard Pomeroy, Kay Lewis Bell, Terri Hogan + Annie Fry
Annie Fry, work based on an interest in surface and light using subtle variations of tone and colour. Terri Hogan, semi-abstract mixed media paintings relating to the wild seas, harbours and coasts of West Cornwall. Kay Lewis-Bell, paintings and mono prints, ‘Fleeting Glances’ in colour and line. Images recalling unexpected meetings and passing strangers. Richard Pomeroy, paintings and drawings on the relationship between mankind and nature.
VENUE 86: for the striking image on page 9
ARTISTS: Myrtle Pizzey + Jake Vincent
An exhibition of drawings, paintings and lino-cuts by Myrtle Pizzey. Panoramic, atmospheric landscape photographs by Jake Vincent. Strong, individual, but complementary images, offering a range of concepts and materials.
However you choose which venues to visit this October, Somerset is about to reveal its creative side, soak it up while you can.
My next ‘Guide guide’ will seek out venues of curiosity and wonder…
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Published on September 13, 2015 // Davina Jelley