by Sabine Jesse-Kniesel
What a great start it was for our new gallery, which will soon be preparing for Steven Bramble’s work in Art Week Exeter at the end of May.
In the meantime the gallery gave a briefish home to a few witty drawings by Sabine Jesse-Kniesel, a German artist who was a spirited exhibitor in our past life on May Hill in Gloucestershire, as was Philip Weaver whose pages from a sketchbook mix lively drawings with journalistic descriptions. Not a big exhibition, that will come later, but a very interesting one!
Gordon Hill’s colourful expressions will remain up for a while, until his exploration of trees in various landscapes takes its place.
Our new gallery space opened in March with exhibitions from Gareth Williams and Gordon Hill.
Gareth Williams – Black Throated Diver
Gordon Hill 2018
We were sold out for this event which was a great success!
A Beginner’s Guide to Birds through the Seasons drew on the rich traditions of birds in songs and in folklore. A Mischief of Magpies mixed old and new ballads, and ancient songs with new arrangements, offered on some extraordinary instruments and interwoven with spoken words and ornithological poetry. Together the Magpies weaved a nest of bright, shiny and surprising things which happened to have caught their eyes and ears.
A Mischief of Magpies is a collaboration between multi-musicians Nick Peed and Philip Robinson of “A Bold Set of Ruffians” (amongst many other bands), and Pippa Marriott, writer, reader and twitcher.
The snow did not deter the many who came to the opening of our new gallery on March 18th. We had a full house to enjoy the poetry of James Turner, the music of Ric White, tea, cake, conversation and not least the artwork of Gareth Williams and Gordon Hill.
Our Age UK Budding Friends, gathered each Autumn and Winter week at Studio 36, busily and enthusiastically creating artwork for the Conversations in Colour exhibition, to start at the Barnfield Theatre on 5th May.
As can be seen above, actual conversations within the group were turned into fabulous works of art created by all of the participants.
Further interest and enjoyment was achieved through the involvement of Professor Michael Schillmeier of Exeter University’s Sociology & Philosophy department. He has been taking an ethnographic approach to help to understand and engage with the questions, issues and requirements of the Budding Friends’ everyday life.