'Sheep' by Katharine Lightfoot, oil on canvas, £2,640
'Art at Avon Mill'
The 'First Floor' 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 as well as tables and chairs, so you can sit back and soak up the calm and creative atmosphere. And in the summer months, take in the sunshine on the first floor decked terrace.
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summer collection june-13th september 2012
Our summer collection features the work of four quite different South West artists linked by common inspiration drawn from the south Devon landscape and the wider beauty of the natural world.
Within this collection we are delighted to host the first local exhibition, in a number of years, of renowned Kingsbridge wildlife artist, Mick Loates.
open daily Sept-Oct 2012
Friday 14 September 6-8pm
meet the artists
enjoy a glass of fizz with canpaes
why not stay for supper?
Cafe open to 9pm
serving bistro specials
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Summer art preview
Summer art preview
Born in South London, Mick studied at Sidcup and Ravensbourne Schools of Art. He has lived and worked as a wildlife artist in the South Hams for many years and now works from his home studio in Stokenham. His works are well known to collectors and to the many publishers who commission his illustrations. Employing both graphite and transparent watercolour he works into the white of the paper, building the tone with drybrush overglazes, avoiding use of body colour, white paint or masking fluid.
Mick was formerly represented by London's Malcolm Innes Gallery and has exhibited widely both in the UK and overseas. Examples of his work can be found in 'The Collins Guide to Fishes of Britain and Europe', Tony Sopher's 'Oceans of Birds', the novels of Henry Williamson, including 'Salar the Salmon', and many other publications.
His work reflects many of his personal interests: natural history and the environment, angling, gardening, travel, going to sea and distance swimming off his local beach. He is also a painter of portraits and life studies.
'Bass', watercolour, £3,350
A fine art graduate of the University of Plymouth, Katharine has lived and worked as an artist in Devon for the past twelve years. In 1998 she moved to Dartmoor, where she gained her inspiration for painting moorland and farm animals, within their hostile, remote, yet beautiful environment.
Painting primarily large canvases on oil, Katharine paints freely, enabling her to capture the tension and movement of her subjects. With the devastating foot and mouth outbreak in 2001, her painting of farm animals was temporarily curtailed. During this time she started to paint seascapes of the North Devon Coast, using minimal colour to evoke overcast, winter scenes and rough seas.
Katherine held her first major exhibition at the Arndean Gallery, in London, and has developed a great following amongst collectors in London, France, USA and Hong Kong.
'Cow', oil on canvas, £1,190
With a love of printmaking and textiles, Bev completed a BA Hons integrated arts degree at Crewe and Alsager College. She later taught art to disadvantaged young people in South London. In 1986 she was artist in residence at the Clapham Community Arts project, teaching fine art and textile classes.
Bev believes art should be accessible to all, and so has exhibited in small galleries across South London, as well as in prisons and mental health institutions across the UK. She has also exhibited as a solo artist in galleries in Devon and Surrey.
Influenced by many artists, Gustav Klimt, and his rich textures and colours, Van Gogh's movement and energy and Georgia O'Keefe's large format flowers, Bev's work is taken from the study of nature.
Her textile influence is evident, reflecting the form, vivid colours and optimistic quality of flowers and the mystery of what lies beneath the waterline. Experiments with textures and mediums creates her striking work.
'Seeds of Love' acrylic, one of a set of three, £590 each
Diana is another long term resident of the South Hams. On retirement, she returned to painting with renewed vision and energy, exploring an exhilarating, vibrant approach to the use of oils. She works in a contemporary style, using a knife, with oils on canvas.
The stunning and fascinating beauty of the South Hams, with its rugged form and structure of coastline, cliffs, beaches and landscape is a great inspiration to her, as is the great richness and splendour of the wider world.
Diana has exhibited extensively throughout the South West, including the National Trust's Barn Gallery, at Greenway, Dittisham's Arts Festival, the Ariel Centre, Totnes and Harbour House in Kingsbridge.
'Coast Path' (Near Wonwell), oil on canvas, £235