Issue 34

Welcome to our 2nd newsletter of 2016 which we hope finds you all back into your groove. With the gardens going crazy wondering what season of the year it is, everything and everyone is in a state of confusion. I know my garden has gone a little off script with many of my Spring plants already in flower: who would have thought that Crescent Fruiterers in the Village would have been stocking Daffodils in January!

Before we get into the art, we would like to make a big plea to everyone who has not yet focussed on theMatch4Lara campaign to pause and give it a moments thought. There is a strong online presence across the globe but that needs to translate into volunteer bone marrow donors. It is easy to get tested and if one considers that less than three per cent of the world’s bone marrow donors are from mixed race genealogy you realise the enormity of the task ahead. Time is short. Click to visit Match4Lara website

Back to the art. This is a short month and you are getting this somewhat late so we will focus on the show that will close this month, the one that will open next month and a few of the new things that you can view in between times.

Paintings by Christopher P Wood will be closing on 14 February – Valentine’s Day!  Perhaps one of his dream-like paintings would make an interesting and different gift to give to your loved one this year. His endless landscapes and creative imagery reveal themselves slowly; once you have been pulled into them, there is no escape. A touch of surrealism will add spice to anyone’s life. Click for more Information

Christopher P Wood, Distant Land, oil on canvas, 2008
Christopher P Wood, Distant Land, oil on canvas, 2008
Christopher P Wood, India Tears, oil on canvas, 2015
Christopher P Wood, India Tears, oil on canvas, 2015
 Christopher P Wood, Touchstone, oil on canvas, 2000

Christopher P Wood, Touchstone, oil on canvas, 2000

Once Wood’s work is no longer on the walls, we will be returning to our mixed bag of goodies. We have a couple of new pieces in by Julian Trevelyan; some wonderful new examples of the beautiful etchings that were created by Anthony Gross; and a couple of new pieces by Victor Pasmore. There will be more to come in over the next couple of weeks by various artists but we are just tying up the loose ends on our choices.

12 March heralds the opening of our next dedicated show – prints by Joan Miró. We are delighted to be able to bring you a rich variety of pieces by this surrealist giant. You will be able to preview the show because we are once again producing a full catalogue (much like the Chagall catalogue) so if you see something in the catalogue that appeals, don’t wait until the show opens to express your wishes because you might just be disappointed.  As has always been the case, the early bird gets first pick of the worms.

Joan Miró, Untitled XI, lithograph, 1972
Joan Miró, Untitled XI, lithograph, 1972
Joan Miró, Untitled IV, lithograph, 1977
Joan Miró, Untitled IV, lithograph, 1977
Joan Miró, Peinture Murale, lithograph, 1951
Joan Miró, Peinture Murale, lithograph, 1951

Jugs, jugs, jugs

We have jugs everywhere – or at least we will once we have reset the gallery at the end of the Wood show. Jugs by Collins, jugs by Dodd, jugs by Rogers, jugs by Gerard and jugs by Bowen. Jugs of all shapes, sizes and glazes. The beauty of jugs is that they have so many uses; these versatile forms can be vases, actually hold liquids of one sort of another on the table or in the fridge and also just sit and be admired.

Some of us believe that one can never have too many jugs in our lives.

Nic Collins, Large Devon type jug; natural ash glaze
Nic Collins, Large Devon type jug; natural ash glaze
Phil Rogers, Jug; pine ash glaze
Phil Rogers, Jug; pine ash glaze
Jean-Nicolas Gerard, Pitcher; black & yellow
Jean-Nicolas Gerard, Pitcher; black & yellow
Clive Bowen, Jug; yellow with green slip trailing
Clive Bowen, Jug; yellow with green slip trailing

Important dates for the diary

12 March 2016: Joan Miro
May 2016: Lee Kang-Hyo

As always we are here to serve. Drop in for a chat and let us help you find a perfect piece of art to hang on your wall or exactly the right pot to go home with you.