2016 New Exhibitor Winner – Sian Reading.
As we start to get organised for the 2017 Titchfield Art & Craft Show we thought we would remind our visitors and exhibitors of some of the winners from the 2016 Show. We always make sure we have a picture of all our winning works of art, especially the New Exhibitors, as these are used in the catalogue for the following year.
Sian Reading is a member of local art group “The Haven Artists” and is the second member of the group to be awarded 1st place in the New Exhibitor category.
Sians picture, “At the Races”, will be featured on the cover of the 2017 Titchfield Art & Craft Show catalogue.
If you have not entered the Titchfield Art & Craft Show before why not give it a go? Your work may end up being the on the cover of the 2018 catalogue!
For details of how to enter your work into the Titchfield Art & Craft Show for 2017 please visit our Artists/Photographers page and sign up for our newsletter so that you are notified when applications are being accepted for this years show.
Jessica Whitfield has been Exhibition Officer at Southampton City Art Gallery for the past 5 years. She is involved in the delivery of the exhibition programme across three venues in Southampton and recent exhibitions include Spirit of Place: Ben Johnson Paintings from 1969 to the present day and a presentation of works by the renowned French-American artist Louise Bourgeois, as part of ARTIST ROOMS on Tour.
Jessica will be judging for the overall Judges choice award, provided by Fareham Gallery. She will have a tough choice this year with 140 artists and over 300 individual pieces of work being entered into the show.
Setting up for Titchfield Art & Craft Show 2016
We have already made a start to the busy week that runs up to Titchfield Art & Craft Show. On Sunday we started putting up some of the boards that we display all our artists work on. We do this in order to give us enough time to get all 400+ pictures hung on Friday ready to be judged at 4pm. We also then have our Preview Evening on the same day, so Friday is a very busy day for us.
We are lucky to be supported by a lot of volunteers who help with cooking for the preview evening, hanging artwork, receiving Art work from artists and setting up the hall ready for all of this. We are very grateful for all the time that people put into helping us make this all possible.
Artists will be dropping off their work on Thursday afternoon and Friday morning, and then we hope to see all of our special guests at our Preview Evening on Friday, The Preview evening is ticket only, tickets can be purchased from Titchfield Community Centre.
We are now open for applications from Artists and Photographers to enter their work for the Titchfield Art & Craft Show 2016.
Please see the Artists & Photographers page for full information about exhibiting your work.
The deadline for applications is Friday 11th March 2016 although if there is high demand we may have to close earlier.
Hampshire Open Studios.
With it being day one of the Hampshire Open Studios for 2015 we decided to select an area and visit a few artists/groups to see. We chose a few in the Winchester/Romsey and Chandlers Ford area as a round route for the day.
As we have at least one exhibitor at Titchfield that is part of this group we started off at Winchester. The Exhibition is in the Link Gallery and is a great space to display work. We particularly liked Karen Eames 2 latest pieces from her Sky series, eminently displayed in front of you as you walk into the gallery. Today, Sunday 23rd August 2015, they have their meet the artists day from 12 – 4pm.
We moved on to New Road Artists in Timsbury, a group of artists that meet regularly at Jubilee Hall, New Road, Timsbury. This is a great hall, both as an exhibition space and as a working space for them to meet in. There was some wonderful work by several artists on display, and a couple of familiar names included in them. We particular liked the work of Jill Jennings here.
Next we visited Vivien Laura Verey in her beautiful home. She has a lovely collection of 50 paintings on display and we would recommend a visit to see her paintings of local landscapes. Vivien and her husband were very welcoming and it was lovely to sit and chat about painting with them on their stunning decking area.
We visited Christine last year, and we have been referring to her as the lady with the house ever since. She has an eclectic collection of her work throughout her house and garden. There is also Tea and Cakes on offer, which you can enjoy sat in the garden.
Open Studio 77 – Jenny Morgan.
As we were in the area we decided to pay a visit to one of our regular artists, who I don’t believe has missed one of our shows since she started exhibiting work with us. Jenny has a lovely collection of work in her home, and she is passionate about her current collage work which looks absolutely amazing. She uses scraps of magazines to create pictures. She has examples of work in progress which show how time consuming and difficult it can be to find just the right scrap of paper for each part of the picture.
Again we visited Louise and Gordon Brown last year, and I have to admit that the main reason for making their Open Studio our last stop of the day was to enjoy their wonderful home made cake and a pot of tea! Gordon’s photography is well displayed in his studio at the bottom of the garden, and displays a great variety of styles, from iPhone photo’s to local scenes and everything in-between. Louise has been interested in basket making and has now started to sell some of her baskets as well. They also do picture framing in their studio.
So after visiting 6 studios, and with quite a bit of talking with people, we decided to call it a day returning home with bags bulging with gift cards, prints and craft. It is always great to be able to visit artists in a different setting, and we hope that a few of the artists that we haven’t met before may consider exhibiting at our show next year.
Today we are hoping to manage to visit more studios in the area, and keep dry at the same time!
The 2015 Preview Evening was a great evening, enjoyed by all that attended.
During the day we had worked hard to get all of the pictures hung and ready for judging at 4pm. We had 3 judges, Dave West, from River Studio, who judged the Photography and Digital Art, Joanne Bushnell, from Aspex Gallery, who awarded the overall Judges Choice, Highly Commended and Commended awards and Helen, from White Dog Gallery in Lee-on-the-Solent, who judged the New Exhibitors.
Winners of the 3 groups are as follows:
- 1st place “Simply Yachts” by Tranquil Images
- 2nd Place “The Gap” by Andrew Ball
- 3rd Place “Eye” by Andrew Ball
- Highly Commended “Night Look Out” by Gemma Rustell
- Judges Choice “Old Venazza, Liguria” by Gillian Dollery
- Highly Commended “Day at the Beach” by Jessica Shaw
- Highly Commended “Foxglove – Primrose Carousel” by Elisabeth Blake
- Commended “Jar with Fruit” by Gary Miller
- Commended “Exbury Gardens” by Patricia Luff
- Commended “Aubergine” by Jo Ellis
- Commended “Woody” by Caroline Arthur
- 1st place “Steps to the Beach” by Jessica Shaw
- 2nd place “Rendez Vous” by Mike Lawrence, SFP
A weekend visiting some of the many Hampshire Open Studios
This weekend has been a weekend of meeting with Artists, Photographers and Crafters taking part in the Hampshire Open Studios 2014. We have been spreading the word about the Titchfield Art & Craft Show and will hopefully have a few more new faces joining us for the 2015 show. We decided to explore some of the Open Studios from Warsash through to Winchester and Chandlers Ford this weekend.
This is how our weekend panned out, and the places we visited;
The weekend started off with a visit to Warsash Studios, a great new studio just opened in Warsash. It has a nautical themed shop and the Garden Studio at the rear of the shop. The gallery is currently hosting a collection of work from local Artists, Photographers and Crafters for Hampshire Open Studios, but will be used to run courses on various different crafts for the future, you can find a list of day courses on their website in the Events section.
Warsash Art Group
Our next stop, as it is just down the road from Warsash Studios, was the Warsash Art Group Annual Exhibition. Although this is not part of the Hampshire Open Studios it was an exhibition not to be missed. The Warsash Art Group always have a wonderful exhibition of work on display. Unfortunately if you missed it this weekend it has already finished as it only runs for one weekend, but it is definitely an exhibition worth keeping an eye out for next year.
Stuart & Mark are first time exhibitors in Hampshire Open Studios. Stuarts work is generally Oil, and he paints seascapes. He is a really nice guy to talk to and is more than happy to share his knowledge and experiences in painting with visitors to his home studio. His fine art prints can be found at The Art Barn.
Mark is a photographer and specializes in long exposure seascapes. The pictures he has on display are amazing. If you are looking for some high quality Monotone images printed on Aluminium then he is the man to talk to. He also has colour images printed on Aluminium. If you have not seen this medium used for printing it is worth a look, as it gives the images a wonderful look and feel to them. Marks website is tranquil-images.co.uk
The Fair Oak Art and Craft Society have been meeting for 35 years at the Village Hall in Fair Oak. They put on a fantastic 35th anniversary exhibition of work by their members, from art to craft, there was a bit of something for all tastes. One thing that we enjoyed the most was being able to look through members sketch books and see how their work has changed over the years. Unfortunately this is also a show that was only run for the one weekend. However they will be holding their Annual Exhibition in November during the weekend of the 8th/9th.
As we were planning on venturing into Winchester we stopped off at Hilarys house on the way past, and we were glad that we did. Hillary is such an enthusiastic artists, she has her artwork all over her house. The only room that there isn’t a picture or sculpture or carving in is the bathroom. She was a wonderful collection of her work on display, and some that is not on display, but she pulled out from cupboards to show us. Her carvings are wonderful, and she uses a variety of different materials, she had some stone that came from Salisbury Cathedral and some wood work as well. Hilary has a website where you can see some of her work and find her contact details : hilaryarcherart.co.uk
As we drove through Badger Farm on the way to Winchester we noticed the familiar Open Studio signs directing us down towards Olivers Battery, so decided to follow them to see what was on display. We were well rewarded on finding this little treasure trove of Art including Photography by Brynja, Paper collage work by Dallas, Intricately stitched cards and felt work were all on display here.
A very well organised Exhibition of work by the members of this group held in a great light airy space at The West Downs Centre. The exhibition is over 2 floors and contained a good variety of work. The availability of a glass of wine was very much appreciated, as was the interaction with the artists, as most of the exhibitors were there to talk to about their art work and their journey in the world of art.
We were on our way to Romsey for our final visit when I saw that there was a Photographer in Chandlers Ford who sounded interesting, so we detoured to visit Louise & Gordon Brown at their home. There was an extensive collection of photographs displayed in their Garden Studio. Gordon is the photographer, and it was great to chat about photography with him and discuss some of the decisions around editing and framing certain images. Louise is a framer, amongst many other talents, and also had some basket weaving work on display which was interesting. As the day was getting on the home cafe with seating in the beautiful garden was welcomed and a cup of tea and slice of home made cake went down very well.
After discussing Photography with Gordon he recommended that we visited Purbeck Cottage Studios where several of his fellow Winchester Photographic Society members where holding their own Open Studio so we decided that as it was on the way back home we would go their instead of going into Romsey. This was another amazing find on our trail for the day. The amount and quality of Photography, Linocut prints, crafts and Jewellery on display was fantastic and it was displayed in the great setting of a barn which was converted into a gallery for the purpose of the Open Studios. There were also refreshments available, as well as most of the exhibitors to talk to.
And so we reached the end of a day and a half visiting Hampshire Open Studios 2014, and came away very satisfied to have met lots of wonderful Artists/Photographers/Crafters on our journeys. We are hoping that we will be able to get to as many more of the Open Studios venues as we can over the course of the next week, so if you are reading this, and have an Open Studio, please don’t feel put out that we haven’t mentioned you this weekend, we are quite probably on our way to see you…
Today I have been to pick up some of the signs that have been printed for us by one of our sponsors, River Studio in Warsash.
They look amazing and will hopefully make navigating around our show a little bit easier this year as they will point out where the Country Market, Photography/Digital Art section, Craft and Sales desks are as well as there being new signs to go outside by the entrance to the show.
We are most grateful to Dave at River Studio for providing the posters as well as sponsoring our Photography/Digital Art section for the second year in a row.
You can find out more about River Studio and the printing services that they provide in the Sponsors Section of our website.
Happy Thursday everyone,
As those of you that support us year after year will know, we always line up some great local artist demonstrations over the weekend of the show. This year is no exception and we have the following artists lined up to show you how they work this year :
Friday 25th April : Preview Evening : Rachel Baylis
Saturday 26th April : 10am – 1pm : Elaine Reed
Saturday 26th April : 2pm – 5pm : Belinda Colby
Sunday 27th April : 10am – 12pm : Gill Dollery
Sunday 27th April : 2pm – 4pm : Ron Moody
We hope that you will be able to come in and see some your favourite local artists in action during the weekend.