Last night was the Private-view of the exhibition ‘Elixir’, at The Octagon Theatre, Yeovil. Great to see a range of work from 15 artists, working in a variety of media, that make up Yeovil Creatives. The exhibition is open Mon – Sat 12 noon to 5pm, and runs until 26th July.
‘Elixir’ is a first exhibition put together by Yeovil Creatives, an informal networking group for creatives in and around Yeovil, meeting monthly at Eastville Project Space, Yeovil since early this year. The exhibition gives us an opportunity to showcase our work and shares our creative ideas with the visitors. It includes works from more than 10 artists working with different media, including photography, painting, design, drawing, textile, installation, writing and mixed media.
The exhibition, at the Octagon Theatre, Yeovil, opens from 18 June – 26 July, Monday to Saturday 12noon – 5pm.
Growing and nurturing living willow sculptures has been the inspiration for my paintings and drawings. I have explored willow as material, as well as subject, and made my own charcoal to use in my work. I also experiment using natural materials from my garden. This creative dialogue is the ‘elixir’ that feeds my growth as an artist.
I hope to have 5 pieces of work in the exhibition.
The book will reflect some aspect of the creative and environmentally sensitive nature of the environment in and around Dove Studios, which includes a permaculture garden, a wildflower meadow reserve, a Land in Common re-wilding project, and the Dove and Greenhill with their print-making and pottery studios, along with other sustainable living projects.
Making an artist book in relation to my practice is something I have previously considered, so it is great to have this opportunity to explore this possibility and the prospect of developing new skills, whilst being mentored by experienced artist/facilitator Bronwen Bradshaw.
The book will become part of a collection by other commissioned artists that will be housed in The Tree-house Library, currently under construction.
At the beginning of December I received news of my final assessment and that I have managed to achieve a 1st Class BA (Hons) Degree in Painting. I can’t quite believe I have come to the end of my studies with the OCA, but so pleased to have ended on a positive note.