Updated: Jun 28
For Oxfordshire Artweeks 2021, ten fantastic CLG artists took part in a real, physical exhibition at The Mill Arts Centre in Banbury – and we are excited to announce the exhibition is extended for another month!
The evening of Thursday 24th June sees a change-over of artworks, with some new artists added to the mix. Read on to explore the new work.
Rosy Burke will be exhibiting two new pieces: UP THE CREEK is floating off to The The Mill Exhibition – acrylics on canvas; and LUNCHTIME – a linoprint in two colours.
Rosy discusses her LUNCHTIME artwork with us:
"It shows one of my favourite subjects – sheep - this one is wrapped up to travel to The Mill Exhibition! I paint from my original photographs – this was a smiley one at Warriner School Farm quite a few years ago. It was loving the clean straw in the barn on special display for the visitors and surrounded by lambs in spring" – Rosy Burke
Emma Wilkinson will be showing a collection of Life of Bear cartoons, featuring her cheeky chocolate labrador Bear and his adventures in their home village of Fenny Compton, Warwickshire. Coincidentally, Emma began drawing cartoons right here at The Mill in classes with the fantastic Chrissie Borland. Since that first dip into cartoon art, Emma has drawn a cartoon every month for the children's pages of the Compton Chronicle village magazine. The cartoons became especially important during the Lock-downs, when Bear's wise words and general naughtiness helped to keep up village morale.
Emma's indian ink portraits of Mr Bean and The Vicar of Dibley were displayed in the local Merrie Lion pub window in Fenny Compton during lockdown as part of The Great Big Art Exhibition 2021. Emma chose her favourite British comic characters, to raise a smile or two from passers by!
Madeleine Allcock will show a new map illustration, this time of Oxford, sharing her love of museums, history and miniature digital painting, capturing the city of dreaming spires at her favourite time of day. The digital giclée print will be unveiled for the first time at The Mill Arts Centre on Thursday evening. Until then, here's a small teaser...
Cherry Red loves a good road trip, and believes half the fun is getting there. She will be exhibiting a six-piece series of paintings, inspired by a trip to the Malui Mountains in South Africa. The drive to get there is as long as it is beautiful. The thick textured oil paint was applied with a palette knife on canvas board to give that loose, blurry impression of the landscape as it speeds past your car window.
Karen Baum is showing four signed, limited edition giclée prints from original felt and stitch work: Sunflower, Cockerel, Blue Tits and White Blossom.
Janet Bird has four new acrylic and oil canvas paintings at The Mill: Windswept, Arabian Dreams, A Quiet Intimacy, and Stan.
Janet shares the inspiration behind one of her pieces, Arabian Dreams:"For as long as I can remember and – I am told even before that – I have loved horses. I have always felt Arabian horses are perhaps the most beautiful of all breeds and I could not resist painting this beautiful grey mare. There is a luminous quality to her that I felt could best be conveyed in monochrome, although I did add just a touch of ochre for a little warmth. Such a treat to paint!" – Janet Bird
Louise Regan will be exhibiting four architectural illuminations, including her latest – Stratford upon Avon, as well as Banbury Surrealist pieces and original artwork Celtic River.
Louise Brook joins the exhibition with a selection of her coloured pencil artwork of wildlife, nature and pet portraits, including Husky Eyes, Sunflower and Look At Me! – a magnificent, vibrant peacock inspired by a recent visit to Sudeley Castle in the Cotswolds, where peacocks roam freely in the grounds. Coloured pencil was a perfect medium for this subject giving a great depth of colour and allowing a lot of fine detail in the spectacular feathered display.
Jane Griffiths initially trained as a bookbinder at the London College of Printing, but began making jewellery in 2008, when she took classes with Alice Goldsack in Bristol. She works mainly in sterling silver and copper, using semi-precious stones as well as china and sea-glass collected from beaches in Cornwall and polished in her studio. She is a member of Chipping Norton Arts as well as Church Lane Gallery.
Marta Wojnas creates beautiful and practical home decor pieces with epoxy resin, experimenting with techniques and pigments to create unique work. Her inspiration comes from nature, based on gems, rocks, sea waves and plants.
We also welcome artist Lianne Hancox to the exhibition. Watch this space for more on her artwork soon.
Pop in for a coffee and a browse at The Mill, Banbury. As well as the framed artwork on display, we have prints, greetings cards and jewellery for sale by our talented artists. We hope to see you at the Mill soon!
Covid-19 procedures will be in place to keep everyone safe.