About the Artist
The Garden Gallery will show work by a diverse group of artists and crafters including paintings, willow basket weaving, Canal Art and weaving, giving some demonstrations most days (see elsewhere or phone for details). This venue is set in an attractive and colourful country garden, which will be open in conjunction with Scotland’s Gardens scheme for the duration of Open Studios. Tea + cakes too!
Sheila Patrick writes: I make baskets and structures from Scottish and English willow, most of it unstripped, so the natural colours of the bark are a feature of my work, as is its distinctive smell. I enjoy the process of using traditional techniques to transform the long, thin rods into unique three-dimensional forms.
Yani Homfray writes: This time I am going to exhibit a variety of subjects including my Street Scenes, Landscape and flowers using mixed media - applying tissue paper over a whole area, or different collage effects, for example – creates rich textures and deep colours in my work. The colours, textures and shapes conjure up different moods, and the play of sunlight and shadows lets me apply a bold and dynamic style for dramatic results.
May Cheadle writes: The techniques, materials and patterns I use to individually hand decorate objects come from a long tradition of ‘Canal Art’. I find objects, which I lovingly restore, treat, paint, decorate and varnish (durable enough to leave outside). Items range in size from a small cup to (theoretically!) as big as a barge. Commissions welcome to upcycle or personalise objects for the home, garden or boat.
There will be willow basket weaving demonstrations at week-ends and most week days.
Painting demonstrations on Wednesday morning and Thursday morning.
Canal Art demonstrations most days. It may be possible for visitors 'have a go' for a small fee.