Borderland Visual Arts 2019
Exhibition : Saturday 18th May – Saturday 29th June
Meet the Artists Evening: Friday 31st May. 7pm
Open Studio Weekends: 8th & 9th June and 15th & 16th June.
Gallery Open on Open Studio Sundays : 10am to 4pm
As part of Open Studios, the Willow Gallery presents a rich variety of work by emerging and established artists. All the artists are members of Borderland Visual Arts (BVA), a thriving artists’ community based in Oswestry and the Borders, Since 1999, this annual show has attracted many visitors from across the region. This is a unique opportunity to see high quality art on display and to meet talented artists working in their studios. The 60 members of the BVA work in a broad spectrum of art-forms. As well as painting and drawing, members work in textiles, printmaking, woodcarving and photography. There are ceramicists, sculptors, and jewelers too. Working with the Willow, this is the largest showcase of work by the BVA, and Oswestry’s largest art event. Most of the works on display are for sale, making this a great opportunity to buy an original piece of artwork at an affordable price.
Visit the Borderland Visual Arts Website for full information on each artist.
Free Demonstration Workshop with Judith Harrison & Suzette Smart
in the Dunbabin room at Willow Gallery – 8th & 9th June and 15th & 16th June.
Judith will be demonstrating using a pasta maker as a press for printing drypoint and encouraging visitors to join in and make and print a simple plate.
Suzette will be demonstrating free machine embroidery with a little mixed media. There will be a second sewing machine available for those who would like to have a go!
Janie McLeod is essentially a landscape painter but draws on the thinking and working practice of Abstract Expressionism. What goes on the canvas is not so much about creating an image but more a process that seeks to show the immediacy and excitement of painting.
It is the often difficult battle between what is seen and what is felt that is played out on the painted surface. The sheer physicality of moving paint around whilst retaining an emotional connection to ‘Place’ (most often the far West of Cornwall and North Wales) is what challenges Janie during each work.
Fundamentally I am drawn to the underlying structure of landscape and of human interaction with it.
I work with landforms from drawings, photographs and memory. Points of departure come from direct experience or from the written word.
The materials I use are mostly water based (acrylics and inks)plus collage and maybe oil pastels. I build layers of texture and paint and although I usually have an idea to begin with I am led by my dialogue with the colour, shapes and marks that I make on the 2D surface.
Self-taught, my work is predominately figurative, with my paintings leaning more towards portraiture.
Since training as a painter at Birmingham, Stourbridge and Liverpool Colleges of Art John Smout has exhibited and taught widely. He says it is difficult to explain his paintings and that he would rather they spoke for themselves. The real and the abstract constantly intermingle in his work, though he does like to emphasise the order and structure in the visual world, whether landscape, architectural painting or life painting. His work often involves letter forms and shapes as an integral part of the whole image, and most paintings follow numerous working drawings.
Allanah’s Paintings are primarily concerned with making an image which has a meaning for herself. Usually, this will reflect some aspect of a myth, symbolism, art history, or the concept of time which fascinates her, past, present and future and how they are all intertwined.
“My paintings are mostly figurative, and I enjoy making stories from still life and ambiguous human images juxtapositioned or combined.”
I’m a textile artist living in North Shropshire with a passion for colour and all things stitch. After sampling other textiles I discovered free machine embroidery in 2002. I burned out my first sewing machine but found new love in a Bernina 1008.
I find inspiration in all sorts of places, including the landscape around me, a sentence jotted down or sometimes a piece of found or inherited cloth. As I have a strong sense of narrative, you will find that whatever the piece of stitch, there is always a tale to tell.
I paint various aspects of the landscape, including horizontal and aerial views, which is a result of many years of rock climbing in my former years. Subjects have included seascapes, the River Severn from source to sea, aerial views, Japanese landscape and abstraction.
I am a printmaker who also works in mixed media and collage.
The inspiration for my work usually starts in the Celtic landscapes of Scotland and Wales with the animals and people, real and imaginary, which inhabit it. The work is primarily narrative and aims to superimpose the myth into the landscape and the ancient onto the visible relic. At other times my work strays into more modern literary influences and Dogs.
“My paintings try to reflect the beauty of nature that surrounds us, pathways leading into the landscape or seascape, the flash of sunlight breaking through the clouds or trees or shining on water, creating a painting using richly layered watercolour washes building up a contemporary rhythmical landscape or seascape. Imagination takes over and the creativity begins, sometimes resulting in quite a different painting from the original observations which are taken from sketchbook studies carefully observed and taken back to the studio. “
Diana takes inspiration from many sources, including visual references, and has developed an abstract expressionist style of painting reflecting her character and need to search for the ‘otherness’ or ‘intangible’ in life.
Diana combines dyes and paints with collage and fabrics, layering, folding, shredding and tearing to create texture.
My weaving begins with a visual and emotional experience of landscape, often the coast and rivers of Wales, and with an impression of mood and colours, shapes and lines. As time goes on, I discover both myself and the landscape in the process of weaving, in an almost spiritual way. In the hours of concentration and the rhythmic manipulation of warp, wool and colour, I become one with the place that I remember and create a bond of colour and texture between myself and the land and water. I use local fleece, which I dye and spin. mixing colours during carding as I need them. This gives my work a uniquely watercolour effect.
Featured Artists as part of Open Studios
Sara Piper Heap
Hilary Cowley Greer