Issue 28

Raindrops keep falling on my head
But that doesn’t mean my eyes will soon be turnin’ red
Crying’s not for me
‘Cause I’m never gonna stop the rain by complainin’
Because I’m free
Nothing’s worrying me

…It strikes us as we sit here in the gallery looking out at the lashing rain (again) that this should become our theme song because it does seem that the rain does nothing other than keep on falling. So we have decided to dig out ‘some of our favourite things’ and hang them on the wall to remind ourselves that Summer should be Icumin in anytime soon.

A few of our favourite things…

Our current hang has definitely taken on a pastoral theme; Christopher P Wood’s dramatic, Yorkshire-inspired landscapes draw us into his fascinating narrative; David Suff’s luminescent pastel, Conversation in a Shadowed Garden reminds us of what a true summer idyll should look like; and Graham Sutherland’s beautiful etching Field of Rocks brings us back to the very fundamental essence of all things. Dora Holzhandler’s dream-like watercolours, Eve in the Garden and Winter Sun, bring a much welcome smile to our faces while John Piper’s Moors of Cornwall reveal the marvel of the Cornish landscape, and Anthony Gross’ stunning etchings of landscapes from both home and abroad alongsideRigby Graham’s wonderful scenes from Malta, Gozo and Naxos just make us wish we were on holiday.

We have also included a few other choice pieces by such wonderful artists as Marc Chagall, Bruce McLean and Eduardo Paolozzi to tempt you across our threshold.

John Piper, Moors of Cornwall: signed screen print, £1,250
John Piper, Moors of Cornwall: signed screen print, £1,250
Rigby Graham, Church at Mtahleb: signed watercolour, £1,200
Rigby Graham, Church at Mtahleb: signed watercolour, £1,200
 Anthony Gross, Mirando de Ebro: signed etching, £950

Anthony Gross, Mirando de Ebro: signed etching, £950
Dora Holzhandler, Eve in the Garden: signed watercolour, £800
Dora Holzhandler, Eve in the Garden: signed watercolour, £800
Rigby Graham, Church at Mtahleb: signed watercolour, £1,200
Rigby Graham, Church at Mtahleb: signed watercolour, £1,200
David Suff, Conversation in a Shadowed Garden: signed Pastel, £14,000
David Suff, Conversation in a Shadowed Garden: signed Pastel, £14,000

Bowl-tastic!

Perfect for porridge (can’t believe it’s that cold), splendid for salads and great for gnocchi or guacamole; whatever your needs, we have a bowl suitable for the task. We are having a festival of bowls produced by a whole host of fabulous potters; their work can regularly be found on our shelves and lurking in our basement.

Choice saki cups aka guinomis or stanleys are currently nudging up alongside bowls of all shapes and sizes which have been fired in electric, oil and wood fuelled kilns. There is a dazzling array of finishes and glazes to behold from our supremely talented line-up of potters.

Phil Rogers, Chawan, Pine ash glaze wood fired: £190
Phil Rogers, Chawan, Pine ash glaze wood fired: £190
Mike Dodd, Footed Bowl, two ash glazes: £130
Mike Dodd, Footed Bowl, two ash glazes: £130
Jean-Nicolas Gérard, Large Salad Bowl, yellow with gold finger spots: £295
Jean-Nicolas Gérard, Large Salad Bowl, yellow with gold finger spots: £295

Late night extra

Don’t forget that Thursday 6 August is late night shopping night again; we shall be open until 9.00pm which should give you plenty of time to eat, put the kids to bed and drop by for a little cultural nourishment……and a glass or two of wine to help the relaxation process.

Important dates

Wednesday 9 September is the opening day of our next show – Original Artist’s Posters. This important art form was practised by many leading artists of the 20th Century and was championed by one of the foremost printers in Paris, Fernand Mourlot.

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Raoul Dufy, Untitled: lithographic poster printed by Mourlot, Paris, £950
Marc Chagall, Musee National-Message Biblique: rare lithographic poster, £650
Marc Chagall, Musee National-Message Biblique: rare lithographic poster, £650

Journalists refer to this time of year as the silly season so why not come and be silly with us and take something new and beautiful home with you!