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

Thursday, 29 May 2014

Reflection Exhibition at the Eagle Gallery 14-21 June

Only two weeks and a bit to go! I'm starting to get very excited about our Reflection Exhibition at the Eagle Gallery as my floor gets covered with all the miscellaneous artworks I'm putting together. They're stacking up everywhere! Patricia and I have worked hard to make this exhibition as full of variety as possible. We both have a mixture of paintings, drawings and photography, with Patricia adding in her prints. I'll be showing off my new Owl painting (used for the poster), Lunar Owl:

Lunar Owl © Sue Wookey
This is the latest in the series of paintings of Animals with the moon. The words around the border are by me and read: 'Owl goes hunting, soundless, white, hunting moon floats over fields of night. Bright feathers, bright bow cleave the dark with light.'

As well as my usual watercolours I will have the small acrylics I've been showcasing here, both black and white and colour photography, small paintings in watercolour and in ink and wash, and painted wooden hearts, so something for everyone at every price range. I'll also have my sketchbook for people to leaf through. Here's a little preview:

From our Exhibition blurb:

"‘Reflection’ is an exhibition of work by Eagle Gallery artists Patricia Ellis and Sue Wookey. Using a range of media to capture their experiences, Patricia and Sue present both a reflection of the world seen in the mind and heart of the artist and also challenge us to reflect on the world with its tension between urban life, landscape and nature.

In 2012 Patricia and Sue exhibited together in London at the Gallery in the Crypt, St Martin in the Fields, along with four other local artists. They realised that they both had a similar approach to how they work with their cameras and what captures their eye, and the idea of a joint exhibition started to come together which has now expanded to include paintings, prints and drawings. The work includes both urban and natural environments, people and wildlife, the external world and its inner reimagining.
Opening times: Saturdays and Monday to Friday 10am – 5.30pm, Sunday 15th 11am – 4pm 
Meeting the artists: Saturday 14th June will be a ‘meet the artists’ Open Day with refreshments.
Both Patricia and I will be present at the Gallery all day Saturday 14th and 21st and Sunday 15th. From Monday – Friday I will be at the Gallery from 10am – 1.45pm and Patricia will be there from 1.45pm – 5.30pm." 
14th June - 21 June 2014
Sue Wookey and Patricia Ellis
paintings    photography    prints     drawings
The Eagle Gallery
101 Castle Road
Bedford MK40 3QP

Monday, 26 May 2014

Mud, mud glorious mud

Jo, Patrick and Linda man the pitch
Well, I survived the Hertfordshire County Show! Six of us from the HVA manned a pitch over the Bank Holiday Weekend, showing off the wide variety of art that comes under the organisation's umbrella. It was a chance to talk to a lot of people about what we and the organisation does, and also occasionally get out and about and enjoy the show itself (thus avoiding Tent Fever). The Herts County Show is great. There were a lot of lovely cows, sheep posing on plinths, Cossack Horsemen charging about, 30 different places to buy Australian Outback All Weather Hats (yes I bought one) and a dangerous doughnut stall that was just too close for comfort (yes I ate one). Oh, and I fell in love with a horse.

Charging Cossack
I Love This Horse
Although we ended up having a huge amount of fun it didn't start too well - I got up at 5.30am in pouring rain and it kept on pouring all Saturday morning and off and on throughout the afternoon. The marquee had been pitched over wet grass and by the time we'd all gone in and out with our stuff we'd created a mud wallow that a hippopotamus would enjoy (possibly the only animal not at the show). We had the mud wallow all weekend and had to throw wood chippings at it to avoid sinking. I have never loved my walking boots so much for keeping my tootsies warm and comfy despite standing in a bit of a bog. Still - we got everything up on the grid-wall without disaster and then managed to arrange ourselves from complete chaos to order in about 30 minutes flat. Those do-it-all-in-an-hour reality programmes have nothing on the members of the HVA when they've got the paint brush between their teeth. When it was all up it looked surprisingly fab, despite the swampy atmosphere. In fact our whole tent was full of interesting stuff. We decided that the Made In Hertfordshire Tent was one of the Best Tents. If you had to be in any tent it was the tent to be in.

Our stall in all its glory
Hilary does her stuff
Sunday was lovely and warm and sunny. There were many more visitors, and they were all happier and more interested because they weren't sodden wet and seeking tent-refuge. We all had a much better day, made Open Studio converts and sold a bit of art. I went and stalked the Eagle and Vulture show because they had a Barn Owl. In fact I stared at the Barn Owl so much trying to memorise its feather patterns that the poor thing tried to hide from me behind its little podium. To give the Barn Owl a break I wandered over to the junior show jumping and ended up trapped in a cul-de-sac of horsiness and jodhpurs where I was distinctly Wrongly Dressed.

Strange Sheep Olympics Medal Ceremony
Latest News: Man's Head Eaten by Shire Horse
Although the weekend was, without doubt, a huge amount of work we all felt that the HVA should have a presence there, showcasing the arts 'made in Herfordshire' along with the produce and crafts. It was also a great showcase for those of us that took part and a chance to talk to a lot of people about what we create. So, a special Art Medal of Honour to the intrepid Hilary Taylor, Sarah Poppleton, Suman Gurjal, Linda Gifford, Patrick Joyce and, of course, myself, for taking it on. And an even bigger one to Jo Atherton for organising it and manning the fort (if only it had had a moat!) with us even though she wasn't showing her work. Guys - you all rock!!!!

Sarah captures the evening light
Baby Shire Horse!
Balloon wrestling
All photos: © Sue Wookey

Friday, 23 May 2014

Herts County Show

I think I swore I would never do another event-in-a-tent, but here I am again, this time taking part in the Herts County Show along with other members of the HVA (Hertfordshire Visual Arts). You will find us over the weekend promoting the HVA in the Best of Hertfordshire marquee (of course), along with a mini-exhibition of our work and assorted cards and what-not.

The Herts County Show is a humungous event with plenty to do and see. There are full details on the show website. Personally I can't wait to see the Vintage Farm Machinery. Just kidding. I really hoping to escape the marquee to see the wonderful shire horses, eagles, crafts and the Parade of Bassett Hounds. Who could resist? All that and Art too : -)

Hertfordshire County Show
24th -25th May
8.30am - 5.30pm

The Showground,
Dunstable Road,

Sunday, 11 May 2014

Harpenden Art and Craft Fair

We're Taking our art to market! Members of the Harpenden HVA attended the Harpenden Art and Craft Market yesterday - the second time our group have set up stalls there. Despite having to unload in the rain the weather brightened up and we had a lot of visitors throughout the day. We set ourselves up as a group on the stage area of Harpenden Methodist Hall and although it was a wee bit of a squeeze (I had to breathe in just to get out from behind my table) plenty of people came up to see our work and learn about the HVA's forthcoming Open Studios in September.

We'll be attending several more fairs this year:

Sat 5th July
Sat 20th September
Sat 18th October
Sat 8th November

I'll be at the July and November ones with the usual prints and cards.

All photos © Sue Wookey