Somer Inspiration 2019
Tuesday 16th - Saturday 27th July 2019
8 Cathedral Green
The Exhibition is in its second year.
The Artists are Local, National, and International Exhibitors
collaborating together to provide
an eclectic mix of two dimensional work
and three dimensional work in several mediums
including paint, wood, glass, ceramics and textiles.
Alicia Merrett is a textile artist, passionate about colour and texture. For several years she has been making stitched and quilted maps, either imaginary or based on real ones. Alicia believes maps are an ancient and important part of mankind’s quest to interpret and understand the world. Alicia exhibits all over the world, lectures, and teaches workshops. In Somerset, she has exhibited at the Bishop’s Palace in Wells, the Somerset Rural Life Museum in Glastonbury, the Museum of Somerset in Taunton, and recently at Glastonbury Abbey.
Contemporary Art Quilts
Caroline Walsh- Waring
Inspired by the landscape Caroline’s surrealist images convey insights into a world of thought provoking images, imbuing her work with a sense of life and energy. She carries this imagery on into her recent explorations with ceramic sculptures. She trained in Textiles then went on to study painting and drawing in London and France. She exhibits successfully throughout the UK, including London, Europe and America and regularly undertakes commissions.
You can gain an insight into her world via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
My interests have always been in art history, cultures, museums and theatre, expressed in two and three dimensions in prints, paintings and wire mesh.
I studied at Chelsea School of Art and Falmouth College of Art and later did an art history degree at Queensland University. I have exhibited in London and Bath and at the RA and RWA and now live in Bath.
I have always enjoyed drawing/painting but it was not until I retired that I found the time required. I work in acrylic or oils,although representational my work intends to suggest rather than depict an accurate observation of the subject using simple composition and minimal palette always preferring ambiguity to clarity.
When I retired,I chose to take up art as a hobby I am a self -taught artist working in pastels.My favourite subject being dog portraits but I also enjoy doing horses etc. Being a bit of a petrol head, I also like to do cars with a bit of a twist incorporating animals and other quirks into the artwork when I can.
Geraldine (Gerry) McLoughlin
Originally, I studied Art and textiles but glass has captured my imagination. Having worked with international glass artists through master classes and mentorships, I now have my own studio and workshop. Here I create fused and cast glass for exhibitions and private clients in the form of wall panels and free standing sculpture for both internal and external display.
My pieces are in private collections worldwide.
I am a member of various groups including the Cotswold Sculptors Ass. The Contemporary Glass Society and Plain Arts Salisbury.
Contact – 01747 870390 07772 101084
I began painting when we moved to Portugal 1986. I worked for an interior designer - doing paint affects, hand painted designs and stenciling on walls, table lamps and furniture.
Then I discovered that a talented British artist called Sue Rubira was running painting work shops in the sand dunes on Meia Praia beach in Lagos - a truly wonderful location with big views of The Atlantic Ocean, I joined the group and loved every minute!
We moved back to the UK in 1993 to my family roots, near Wells in Somerset, from where I continue to paint.
Until 2008, I returned to Portugal, several times every year to exhibit with a group of friends, in various historic buildings in Lagos. We met lots of interesting travellers from across the world.
My inspiration is the ever changing light, colour and seasons of the Somerset landscape.
My chosen medium is usually mixed! I usually start off with water colour and then I get tempted, carried away and experiment with anything to hand - mostly things water soluble!
I am a member of Somerset Art Works. I was a regular exhibitor from 1996 until 2013
SAA society for all artists and The Bruton Art Society
I have my paintings at The George in Croscombe
I am one of the Square One Artists at The A2 Gallery in Wells -
I have been there since it reopened in late 2013 at 80 The High Street in Wells.
I have been an artist most of my life, originally using watercolours, pen and ink, but in more recent years I have developed my textile art work.
I love putting different colours together and painting using yarn instead of paint. I also enjoy making sculptures, either knitted or felted, of various aspects of the natural world.
Julie had a love of art, particularly painting, from a young age and showed promise when at school, but found, mainly due to a lack of confidence, she veered toward a more academic direction. It was in 1993, when a single mum, that Julie discovered an Adult Education watercolour class which reignited her passion. She found watercolours to be a quicker and more practical medium when bringing up children and having little time. She would use nap times to paint, teaching herself by experimentation, and finding tremendous peace in doing so.
Julie taught art at a local primary school for five years; she found art a great way for a child to learn to express and so boost their self-esteem.
In 2011, Julie became self-employed giving her more time and freedom to paint, her children all grown up. She discovered oils, which quickly became her preferred medium. She says she finds them very healing by their being more natural. So, she is primarily self-taught by experimentation.
Julie usually enjoys painting nature, either landscape or animals; she finds her love of the land and light, and its creatures, comes out in her work. Lately, she has been branching out into different areas, so trying her hand at celebrity portraits and more urban landscapes. She has a husband, Gareth, and two grown up human children and three furry children (a dog and two cats). She loves taking her dog, Barney, for walks in the countryside where she finds her inspiration. She is also a Yoga teacher, spiritual healer, counsellor and clairvoyant.
It’s difficult for me to write about my own art as I never think it has any merit. I do take some comfort from Salvador Dali who said ‘Have no fear of perfection - you'll never reach it.”
During my own artistic journey I got lost years ago. I have jumped from one subject to the next, from one medium to the next while trying to find my way as a self taught artist.
It surprises me still when a buyer likes my work or I am commissioned to paint.
My pieces here cover many years of trying, I hope you enjoy looking at them.
Ken’s work shows his eye for detail and composition, the product of his many years spent in the advertising industry. Between producing new work and fulfilling commissions, he currently chairs the Chandos Society of Artists and encourages its many members to explore the joy and challenge of expressing oneself in creating art.
Oils, watercolour, acrylic, graphite, photography and mosaics, all serve his passion for making art.
I design weave textiles from which I create wall hangings and textile items particularly delicate scarves. I use traditional handmade and age old techniques to produce cloth designs that are totally original. I am a member of the Guild of Weavers Spinners and dyers and a member of the Frome Weavers Spinners and Dyers. Frome Weavers Spinners and Dyers is a Charity based in Frome that seeks to promote and instruct in the traditional methods that were once part of every life in Somerset.
Painting has in recent years become a major part of my life. My inspiration comes from the colours, lines and shapes of nature.
The paintings do not replicate a landscape exactly but come from imagination and stored images taken from memory of places visited. This way of working encompasses my mind’s eye to create a more abstract representation of all the wonders around us.
My preferred medium is oil paint, I delight in the experience of having a fresh new canvas to work on and often rework old paintings, bringing new life into them.
Michael lives and works from the City of Wells and much of his work is related to this City and the surrounding Somerset Levels but with a fondness of the sea, also sea related.
In his work, it is the story of what is taking place and the atmosphere of the scene that is the main feature.
Painting mostly in acrylic but occasionally other mediums he has also worked on, illustrating publications.
Phil (Pip) Wilson
A 100 years ago Bauhaus artist Wassilly Kandinsky remarked that there is a piece of oneself in every painting – and he was right !
I paint from my small studio at home in the lee of the Polden Hills and many of my inspirations come from around here, Wells , Clarks Shoe Museum and Cornwall.
I’ve used oils, acrylics, pastels, gouache water colour and charcoal over the last few years - the learning curve never ends !
My preferred medium to work in is wood, both the native timbers or Britain and Europe, along with the occasional use of exotics, sustainably sourced from around the world.
My work is predominantly lathe turned, although frequent use is made of colour, texture, carving and pyrography, as demanded by the design.
My designs do not have a single identifiable style, ideas coming from doddling and refining, or picking up a piece of wood, looking at the grain, colour and proportion to develop an idea."
Having studied Textile and Surface Pattern Design in the 70’s I then returned to study Graphic Design/ Visual Media in the 90’s. It’s a field I have been working in since. My passion is for colour, pattern and texture and to mix paper, wet felting and sewing - not always together are recurrent in all my work. I love to create and see designs all around me. There is just not enough hours in the day to make all the ideas I have.
So I hope you enjoy the small selection I have to show you