It has been a very busy few months for us here at The Sheep Shed Gallery and Tearoom so we thought we’d share what’s been going on with you all!
In January we hosted our Charity Open Art Competition in Aid of Andover Trees United, a local charity that works with schools to plant and create greener spaces within our town.
For this exhibition, artists were given a 9×9″ IKEA frame, in which to create a piece of work (in any media and in any style they so wished) on the topic ‘The Natural World’. In total, we received an amazing 52 entries from artists of all ages and backgrounds – it certainly was a wonderful showcase of work.
We held our Preview Evening on 15th January, with His Worshipful the Mayor Cllr Carl Borg-Neal and His Mayoress, Mrs Maria Neal, in attendance. It was a wonderful evening and a great success in terms of sales made and votes cast in the People’s Choice Award.
We would like to thank Keith Pattison and Renate West for being our Guest Judges for the night – we were glad we didn’t have to make the decision ourselves! Thank you also to all of those who took part and those who came to support the Gallery and the participants.
A huge Congratulations to our winners:
1st Place Judge’s Award – Peter Moore
Highly Commended by our Judges – Colin Adey, Sue Jones and Teresa Munn.
People’s Choice Winner – Kaz Trinder
In total, with all your help, we managed to raise £470 for the Charity through the purchase of artworks and extra donations. This money has since been given to Andover Trees United and is being put to good use in the area.
Following the Charity Open Art Competition, we hosted an exhibition by local artists Susan Hawkins and Sylvia French.
‘A Brush with Colour’ was a vibrant collection of Oil and Acrylic paintings featuring landscapes, still-life, floral works and scenes from abroad – there was truly something for everybody!
Once Susan and Sylvia’s exhibition had ended, it was the turn of our Open Exhibitions – three 2-week runs which saw Print, Textiles and Photography in the limelight.
We put out adverts looking for artists across each medium and asked them to submit their work to our exhibitions. The response was better than we could have ever imagined with applications for the Print exhibition having to be closed early!
Across the three exhibitions, we featured the work of 25 different artists from across the South of England and across the three artistic techniques.
Open Print Exhibition
The Open Print exhibition was the first of the Open Exhibitions; opening on Tuesday 20th February and running to Saturday 3rd March.
We had the pleasure of featuring a number of print techniques including (but not limited to) Screen Printing, Lino Printing and Collagraphs.
Thank you to John Bloor, Jeff Crabb, Joel Davies, Kirstie Dedman, Lydia Fee, Polly Gough, Barry Jones, Sarah Maddison and Alison Saunders for submitting their work to the Print exhibition – the work was exquisite and it was a true pleasure to be able to display it on our Gallery Wall.
Open Textiles Exhibition
The next of our Open Exhibitions was based in Textiles; opening on Tuesday 6th March and running until Saturday 17th March.
Within this was a collection of both 2D decorative wall-work and 3D Textile arts (including both wearable and functional pieces!) From Embroidery and hand-stitched work to felt jewellery and crocheted pieces – it was quite the showcase of local talents.
Thank you to Susan Blandford, De Crabb, Jane Crofts, Mandy Dunning, Di Gibson, Sue Jones, Sarah Maddison, Rebecca Marie and Tricia Ross for submitting their work. There was such an array of works on display, Celebrating the diversity of Textile Arts.
Open Photography Exhibition
Our final Open Exhibition has been our most recent exhibition, starting Tuesday 20th March and closing yesterday (Saturday 31st March).
With the theme ‘Town and Country’, there has been a display of beautiful photographs which highlight the beauty of and main focal points in both urban and rural environments. With both digital and wet-film photographs on display, it has been a true celebration of the art of Photography.
Thank you to Steve Davies, Lizzie Dewey, Chris Lemon, Bea Maddison, Ken Rich, Ian Wallace, Tony Walters and Paul Wyse for submitting their photos to our exhibition.
This exhibition has been such a success, with a great interest in the works on display and a new appreciation for Photography amongst many of our visitors.
Botanical Art Workshop
We had a lovely workshop with returning tutor Sally Pond this month too!
Participants learnt how to get to grips with drawing detailed images of the Tulips in front of them, as well as using Watercolour paints in an effective way.
The workshop was a real hit with the group and the drawings and paintings produced were wonderful!
Thank you to Sally for a great workshop and thank you to Alan, David, Doug and Sarah for attending – we hope you all had a great morning!
A Bit of Sad News….
Sadly, on early on Saturday mornin we were made aware that we were one of several units on the Fairground site that fell victim to theft and property damage during the night of Friday 30th March…
We were very lucky that our artists’ work was not damaged or stolen, however our Gallery door, kitchen and store cupboard were not so lucky. This morning we found a broken door, missing money and Gallery computer, broken glass in our store cupboard and an upturned kitchen.
We are, of course, completely aware that this could have been so much worse and we are so grateful that there wasn’t more damage, but it still hurts to know that someone would target a site of local makers and small, independent businesses. We did reopen on the Saturday at 11.30am after the Police and Forensic team had been, but I think it is fair to say that we all remained rather in shock throughout the rest of the day…
On a brighter note, we would like to say a huge thank you to all of those who came in today, for both your patience and understanding with our limited menu and rather frantic staff members. It was great to see so many smiling and polite customers after such a sad start to the day.
We will reopen for regular opening hours following the Easter Weekend, on Wednesday 4th April at 10am with our new exhibition: ‘Travelling Trees’….
What’s Coming Up…
After the Easter weekend, we will be re-opening for trade on Wednesday 3rd April with our new exhibition ‘Travelling Trees’ which is an exhibition of works by Eve’s Garden Studio and the Hampshire Home-Schoolers. It will be a great exhibition of works by local children, ages 5 to 14, inspired by the environment around us.
Following that, we will be hosting Andover Arts and Crafts Society’s Spring Exhibition. This year, members were given a postcard and asked to create their own works of art inspired by the style, subject or medium of the artwork on their postcard. It looks set to be a great exhibition full of works by our local artists.
We will also be running a number of workshops over the next few months, so if you fancy getting a bit arty and learning new skills, check out our Workshops Page!
There’s plenty to choose from and we will be releasing the details of a few more in the next few weeks too!!
So, that’s all from us for now!
We do hope to see you all soon for a wander around the exhibitions and for a delicious slice of cake and cup of tea (as you can see from the photos below, we always have plenty of flavours to choose from!)
The Sheep Shed Gallery would like to wish a
Happy Easter to all of our Customers, Artists and Social Media Followers!