June Exhibition @ Sandford
Jenny Jones is this month’s Guest painter at Sandford Gallery. In this exhibition, Jenny’s rural colourful countryside folk and animals rub shoulders with humorous dog portrait paintings, in the style of the great masters from art history. The exhibition includes watercolours, oils and drawings. The selection reflects Jenny’s talent as a draftswoman using the surrounding flora and fauna as inspiration, especially her own disposition and reputation for rescuing and caring for injured animals and wildlife. Hens, geese, ducks, wild-birds and sheep, cats and dogs feature along side pastoral characters. Her light-hearted approach creates a gentle picture of life in the countryside. This simple handling shows her dexterity and flair for the subject. Her skill and popularity makes her currently one of the most successful Shropshire artists working today. She is very talented and very collectable.
Bishops Castle artist Alan Sidney is Sandford Gallery’s guest Ceramist throughout June. His quirky ceramic figures remind one of childhood visits to the circus or fairs with a good dollop of the fantastical. Clouds on wheels and clowns with amazing headdresses beautifully sculpted look like over the top designs from Cirque Du Soleil.
Alan studied at Liverpool School of Art in the 1960s, and worked as a book illustrator and graphic designer, before turning his talents to clay. This may explain the fantasy element of his work, which is always intriguing and even psychedelic. Working from his studio at home he regularly raiding his kitchen for objects that he can use as moulds. He also models forms directly. His works reflect his passion for architecture, machines and ancient civilizations, incorporating frogs, snakes, turtles, horses, even elephants. To Sidney it represents an enchanted world where animals live together happily, something which he contrasts with the way people live in the real world.
A new show of paintings and prints by resident gallery artists, Ros Burns, Di Purser, David Mace, Tony Purser and Steve Vicary also run along side Jenny and Alan’s work.
Sandford Gallery is Open: Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday
from 11am to 5pm and is manned by the Gallery owners.
Sandford Gallery, Sandford Place, Church Stretton, Shropshire.
T: 01743 233 085
Exhibition runs from 6 to 30 June 2008