'Drifting summer', Richard Thorn, watercolour, £1,175.00
'Art @ Avon Mill'
The 'First Floor' gallery is home to a seasonal collection of elegant, original and limited edition artworks, with a new collection every three months. More art is on show in our Cafe on the ground floor, so two floors of art to peruse.
Each collection showcases the work of professional and amateur artists from the South West. Open daily, monday-sunday, 10am-5pm.
Whilst viewing the art, why not relax and enjoy a coffee or glass of wine or may be even take lunch, just order from the Cafe below? The 'First Floor' has comfy sofas, so sit back and soak up the calm and creative atmosphere. And in summer months take in the sunshine on our lovely first floor decked terrace and wander the secret garden...
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autumn collection sept-nov 2012
Our autumn collection once again takes inspiration from the stunning landscape and natural world of Devon's coast and countryside. Skies, water, flora and fauna feature strongly in the work of all four exhibiting artists, executed in a diverse range of media including watercolour, print and photography.
10th Nov 2012- 31st Jan 2013
Friday 9th NOVEMBER 6-8pm
meet the artists
enjoy a glass of fizz with canapes
why not stay for supper?
cafe open to 9pm
serving bistro style specials
tel 01548 55066 for table reservations
Born and raised in Devon, the sea is a constant source of subject matter for Richard, as Dartmoor was inspirational in his formative years; the rugged hills and streams engendering an enduring affinity with nature and landscape.
An intuitive artist, Richard prefers to paint from 'feeling' rather than an academic standpoint. Reasons for choosing to paint in watercolour are vague but he was never-the-less attracted to the medium as it retained the drawing and sketching elements so intrinsic to his art, a talent evident from early childhood forays into drawing.
He loves the poetry of land and sea and tries to convey their association in his work. Composition and contrast are the keys that inspire his subject matter. And, as he gets older, he is drawn to incorporate drama into his work. Light and dark passages, contra jour and strong composition serve to achieve this end.
Never a watercolour 'purist' nor driven soley by technique, Richard aims to capture the myriad textures that exist in nature. To achieve this he likes to incorporate other media, including acrylic, body-colour, pastel, ink, coloured crayon and even the humble biro!
'By the Dart', watercolour, £860.00
One of the Pressgang printmakers meeting at the Loft Studio in Salcombe, Caroline is a also a calligrapher. She teaches calligraphy and is a member of Plymouth Calligraphers.
Caroline likes to use the collagraph technique for intaglio prints but also makes relief prints from linocuts, often using these to illustrate her handmade books. She enjoys exploring new approaches to her work and has been a regular exhibitor in the South West since 2006.
She enjoys walking her dogs along local footpaths, composing images of the locality to convey the essence of a place.
'Sea whispers over the rock', collagraph, £120.00
Another printmaker, one who uses glass instead of paper as the medium for her finished work. Martine researched the technique of printing onto glass with a special ink, then curing the ink to form a resist. The resist enables her to sandblast the work, with the varying depth of the ink yielding a variation of opacity as the ink is gradually removed.
Concentrating on subjects drawn from the natural world - insects, spiders' webs and flora - she uses magnified images to subtly texture the medium of plain glass. A technique developed whilst studying fine art at the Surrey Institute of Art and Design.
Martine exhibited widely in the Home Counties before her move to the South Hams and now lives in Salcombe. Insects are her passion and in 2008 her work featured in exhibition at the Annual National Entomology Conference, held at Plymouth University.
'Cricket Borneo', sandblasted glass, £275.00
Tobie is an experienced commercial photographer who lectures in photography and digital imaging. Currently course leader of the Extended Diploma in Photography at Plymouth College of Art, he also runs his own freelance company specialising in weddings, portraits and architecture.
Along side this he pursues his interest in landscape photography, regularly photographing the Devon and Cornish coastline, both in and out of the water. A recent body of his work titled ‘Watervisions’ - exploring dispersed energy and the interaction of water and land - has exhibited in several major exhibitions and featured in Devon Art magazine.
Tobie has a BA (hons) degree in Photo Media and Design Communication, a post graduate degree in Education and holds a qualification from the British institute of Professional Photography. Whilst living and working in Plymouth, much of his leisure time is spent in the South Hams, where he grew up, and elsewhere in the South West, often to be seen out on the water enjoying another of his interests, surfing.
'Lanacombe sunset', photograph, £95.00