Issue 43

Welcome to what must the first of our winter newsletters. The last few days have definitely sealed the end of summer/autumn and boy what a ride we had. The leaves are falling rapidly now and the vistas boast a beautiful range of browns, yellows, russet reds mixed with a little ever-green. We sit in our privileged and prominent position and look out upon fabulous blue skies and can’t help but think that this might be somewhere along the Mediterranean if only it were 20 degrees warmer….brrrrr!

Halloween is behind us and what a show everyone put on around the Village and now Guy Fawkes beckons, reminding us of the rich tapestry that makes up the history of this country.

And it is not just our social and political history that is enchanting and varied, so too is the art that has been (and continues to be) created here as well.

It is in that vein that we sound the trumpet to herald the arrival of our Michael Rothenstein exhibition which opens on Saturday 12 November. All of the pieces are arriving a week ahead of time so that we can plan this exciting feast for your eyes but if you feel so inclined, we are happy to welcome anyone who wants first call on anything in the show. We can happily re-plan things if, as often happens, some of the pieces disappear before we have even started to hang the show.

Townscape, Collage, 1950’s, £4,000
Black Pagoda, Woodcut, 1969, 73.5 x 58.2cm, £750
Untitled, mixed media on board, 1990s, 100 x 73.5cm, £4,500

Hampstead-born Rothenstein contributed so much to print-making in this country, experimenting widely with the medium and producing some of the most wonderful, interesting and engaging work; surely we should all have at least one of his pieces on our walls.

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Looking beyond…

We will continue to feature the work of the magnificent Phil Rogers in the main gallery space but as always, our pot-lovers are welcome to disappear down into the Room of Small Things…..and beyond to uncover the treasures that lie within. Indeed, it isn’t just pots that lay beneath our feet, there are myriad works by so many artists that it is impossible to list them all here.

Phil Rogers, PR1199, Dish; Impressed pattern, Pine ash glaze with Nuka pours, 5.5 x 25.5cm, £265
Phil Rogers, PR1143, Bottle; Combed Ridges, Ash Glaze, Woodfired, 26.5 x 17.5cm, £375

You must get bored of us saying this but as ever, if you are on the hunt for something specific or have spotted something on the site of our sister gallery then do not hesitate to let us know so that we bring it in for you to have a look at……no strings attached. After more than four years, we remain delighted when someone finally makes it across our threshold and talks to us because they haven’t yet found that perfect something.

John Nash, Christmas Roses, 1993, wood engraving, 8.7x 6.8cm, £250
David Jones, Reclining Cat, 1926, Copper engraving, 7.5x10cm, £250

Christmas is really only just around the corner so don’t forget that within our walls sit some excellent ideas for presents.

2016 has been such a busy year that we haven’t even managed to find time to ponder what will follow in 2017 so watch this space and hang on tight because those who know us know that we don’t stand still for long and whatever it is, it will be exciting and interesting.