'Artists are gnostics, and practise what the priests think is long forgotten.' - Hugo Ball

Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Aim at the Gallery

Another exhibition - this time with the ANB (Artists Network Bedfordshire) who are exhibiting at the AIM Gallery, Milton Keynes until the 24th April. The Gallery is very easy to find as it faces Waitrose in the main shopping area and it has plenty of parking in front of it. I'm showing 'The Road' and 'Tree of Transformation' which has pretty much cleared me out. I now have more paintings hanging about bits of Bedfordshire than I have at home! It's nice not to be shuffling them about the place.

'A springtime show that continues the year with a fresh and dynamic selection of works by a variety of artists and crafts people from across Bedfordshire'.

You will find the Gallery at 759 Midsummer Boulevard, Central Milton Keynes, MK9 3BG, tel: 01908 674069.

Saturday, 13 March 2010

New paintings at B Gallery

Skellig Michael, Kerry
© Sue Wookey

I've been to b Gallery in Toddington this week and changed around my paintings so it's all nice and fresh and new. My 'Green Man' is there, glowering at visitors, along with 'Balance' and my newest one 'Skellig Michael' (above). And mine isn't the only new stuff there - there are several artists and photographers exhibiting at b Gallery for the first time and, to jazz things up even further, many of the other established artists have also changed their work around. Well worth another trip as the Gallery just gets better and better.

Best of all, visit on their Gala Day on Saturday 17th April where there will be several artists demonstrating throughout the day along with drinks and nibbles. There are well attended and a lot of fun! You'll find the b Gallery at The Old Town Hall, Market Square, Toddington, Beds LU5 6QJ, just off M1 J12. info@bgallery.co.uk

Now on to the painting! Here is a bit about Skellig Michael from the Galley Hill Art Website:

Skellig Michael (Michael's Rock) is one of the world's most amazing places - the site of a tiny 7th century monastic community whose beehive huts cling to the top of the sheer rock, 9 miles off the coast of Kerry. It is also the start of the great Apollo-Athena line that links the island with distant Megiddo, taking in countless sites dedicated to Michael, and the ancient oracular centres of Delphi, Athens and Delos along it's way. I've depicted the crossing of 'Apollo' and 'Athena', and in the doorway of the hut can be seen another cross - the ancient island one that has worn down almost into a figure. The words around the border read:

Still you meet on Michael's Rock, Mother Moon and Father Sun, and dance the old and winding dance until all days are done. - Sue Wookey.

A mysterious painting for a mysterious place. Isn't the old cross rather spooky in the doorway?

Wednesday, 10 March 2010

6 Degrees Exhibition, AiR Gallery

 How everyone is a new door, opening into other worlds.' - John Guare

I'll be exhibiting Raven and the Sun at the AiR Gallery at Barnfield South Academy, Luton, throughout April. The exhibition is called 6 Degrees and is 'An exhibition of the creative talents of the local, the national and the international'. It's only a small gallery but is a beautiful space and the exhibition should be really interesting. The Gallery is usually used to showcase the considerable artistic talents of the Students of Barnfield South Academy.

You'll find the Air Gallery at Barnfield South Academy, Cutenhoe Road, Luton LU1 3NH and is just off the M1.

Monday, 1 March 2010

The Green Man gets going

The Green Man Ready For Battle
© Sue Wookey

This is another of those paintings that ran off and did it's own thing.  It started as a perfectly reasonable 'Green Man', that woody spirit of all things green and growing that puts his pagan stamp on churches up and down the country. But the leaves he's spouting wanted to form a helmet and as he went on he got more and more militant, spewing brick destroying ivy and wearing a sprouting seed as an emblem on his forehead. The sort that comes up in your concrete path and gives it what for. I'm not sure I like the look in his eye and the vast array of bugs he's sheltering. I think this is the Green Man very definitely taking a long look at 2010 and getting ready to demonstrate that Nature can be battered but in the end it always wins. And thank goodness for that.

The words around the painting read:

When the oak is felled the whole forest echoes with the fall, but a hundred acorns are sown in silence by an unnoticed breeze - Thomas Carlyle.

Wise words to take to heart next time you see a new mall popping up where you used to look for fairies when a kid.