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h.Art 2015 – Review in Pictures

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A work of art in itself – the beautiful, half timbered Market House in Ledbury is a regular exhibition space for the Herefordshire Guild of Craftsmen.  Their pieces for h.Art Week 2015 included work in wood, felt, stained glass, leather, ceramics  as well as jewellery and paintings:

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My own prints and cards were on display at Venue 86, Studiocrafts, run by Susan Melvin and Frances Beaver – a new venue for h.Art . At the entrance to our display we had a colouring in board which proved very popular!

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The main inspiration behind my prints is the natural world and these are some of the images which  sold this year: strutyourstuff Tommy

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But of course there were almost 100 other venues this year and I was determined to see some of them for myself so at the first opportunity I hot-footed it down to Bankside Industrial Estate to see  a talented group of ceramicists: master potter Stuart Houghton – who kindly threw a pot just for me! – Stuart’s wife Wendy, who creates very delicate 3-D creations out of fine strips of porcelain paper clay, Fleen Doran, who produces wood-fired salt glazed pots , and Belatrova who make lamps, bird baths and pots in beautiful bold designs like this one – which I bought for my conservatory (bang goes my profit!!)

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Also on the same site is Sunny Todd, a screen printer, making jazzy, patterned cushions and fabrics for use in interior design.

  

A completely different but no less interesting  display of fabrics was to be found at the well known Weavers Gallery in Church Lane,  run by Jill Exell and Amanda Wright, two accomplished quilters  – well, an understatement if ever there was one! – the work is meticulous, imaginative, in short – impressive!

Being shown back at our own venue was the film made last year by Will Hopkins. If you participated in hArt in 2014 you will remember that Will took on the mammoth task of visiting all of the 100 and some odd hArt venues on his motorbike. His idea was to then produce a DVD to promote his own film making skills but also as a visual record of the event for all of us. We were treated to a viewing of the final 45 minute film as his partner, Angel, was exhibiting her photos with us and very enjoyable it is too. The DVD  is available through the h.Art Facebook Page.

I will leave you with some images of my best selling postcards and look forward to next year.

       

            

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We are now mid way through our h.Art Exhibition for this year- a good time to take stock.

We’ve met lots of interesting people from all over – some who do the h.Art Trail every year and plan their route, some who are just out enjoying the great weather and happen across us, and some who are local to our venue in Ewyas Harold and are just dropping in to their local pub. I enjoyed lunch there myself today with a few friends before heading back upstairs to welcome more visitors.

During the afternoons the sun streams in through the windows and literally lights up the exhibits. I was inspired to take a few more photos.  On one of them you can’t fail to notice the word ‘SOLD’ – I was chuffed to see one day when I arrived that one of my large canvas prints had sold to a lady who runs a local gallery – a discerning eye!  – but all the artists have sold lots of the pieces they have on display. I can only speak for myself and I am very pleased with how it’s going.  I imagine the others would say the same.

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