We hope that you are all well and have been enjoying the gloriously sunny summer that we have been having!
We thought we would take a few moments to update you all on everything that has happened recently, and that which is coming up soon….it’s definitely been a busy few months for us!
We kicked off May with a colourful and locally-inspired exhibition, ‘Familiar Teritory’, by Hampshire artist Wayne Jefferson.
It was Wayne’s first time exhibiting with us here and he provided us with a great collection of works inspired by Hampshire, Dorset and all-things natural landscape in brightly coloured oils.
Following on from Wayne, we had the pleasure of hosting local art group QuARTet. Clarissa, Liz and Renate are frequent supporters of the Gallery and host an exhibition of their works with us each year.
The work was beautifully executed as usual, and provided visitors with a great collection of works in Acrylic, Oil, Paper and Mixed Media to view.
Bridging the gap between May and June was the talented photographer, Ken Rich, with his exhibition: ‘Parallax; the Alternate View’.
Ken exhibited with us last year and we were very excited to have his work back on our walls. With a fantastic collection of photographs, both in colour and black & white, we were introduced to a new way of looking at things through the lens.
Following on from Ken’s exhibition, we hosted ‘The Earth has Music’ by Weyhill-based textile artist Sarah Maddison (SixtyFourPackingCases). With this collection of works, Sarah created pieces based on lines of old poetry and song lyrics.
It was a vibrant collection of works which covered landscapes, seascapes and more ethereal scenes of the moon and the stars. It was a great exhibition enjoyed by many.
In June we also had the pleasure of hosting an Introduction to Watercolours workshop with one of our regular tutors, Maureen Bond.
This was a great way for newer artists to learn how to get to grips with such a temperamental medium and gain new skills in the paint. It was a workshop enjoyed by all and we look forward to the next!
Thank you Maureen!
Ending June in style, we had the Challenge Art Group’s most recent works on our Gallery walls in ‘Hidden and Revealed’.
This exhibition came form a group of Artist friends who regularly meet for tea, cake and to show their work to each other. Overseen by local artist Renate West, this exhibition feature an array of media and subjects: including quilting, acrylics, oil, watercolours and more.
July was a very busy month for us here at The Sheep Shed Gallery and Tearoom.
Not only did we have two exhibitions, a workshop, a charity event and a change of menu in the Tearoom, but we also learnt that we are a finalist in the Test Valley Business Awards!!
We are proud to be able to say that The Sheep Shed Gallery is in the top three for the ‘Doing Business Locally’ award and we cannot wait to find out the final result in September!
Kicking off our exhibitions in July, we had Hampshire artist Claire Leach adorning the Gallery walls with: ‘From the Road’.
This exhibition was a collection of Claire’s intricate and extremely delicate pen on paper drawings of South America – with all images having been inspired by her travels around the continent.
The hard work and effort that goes into each individual work of art is just astonishing and it was a true pleasure to have such works of art on the walls (you will be able to see more of her work on our wall soon!).
On the final day of Claire’s exhibition, we hosted an Charity Raffle in aid of Breast Cancer Care. We were so overwhelmed by the generosity that our artists showed when kindly donating prizes for our customers to win.
We had a great selection of prizes on offer, including: Afternoon Tea for Four, A leather make-up bag, tickets to a local music concert, handmade brooches, jewellery and much more!
We managed to raise a total of £300 for the charity and couldn’t have done it without the generosity of our artists and our customers!
We were also lucky enough to hold a Coptic Bookbinding workshop with tutor Isabel Carmona at the end of July!
This workshop saw participants create their own sketchbooks/notebooks using layers of paper sewn together in a particular style, demonstrated to them by Isabel.
It seemed as though the ladies had a great morning with Isabel!
Our second exhibition in July (running into August), ‘Elements’, was a collection of works by 16 artists across the South of England within our fourth Open Exhibition!
This time around we chose to have a theme as opposed to one specific medium; a choice which seemed to be a go down well from the number of entries we had!
With the theme ‘Elements’ open to interpretation, we were able to hang a wonderful collection of works on our walls, by a number of artists who had never exhibited with us before.
A huge thank you to all the artists who took part:
Colin Adey, Eve Dawson, Christine Dodd, Alec Doris, Samantha Emmons, Trevor George, Jacob Marie, Helen Matthews, Fran McCaskill, Sarah Moorcroft, Teresa Munn, Nancie Rowley, Alison Saunders, Tina Scahill, Jenni Walters and Paul Wyse.
What’s coming up….
We have just kicked off Hampshire Open Studios 2018 in style! We have a great collection of works by Andover Art Society on our walls and we are fully stocked with gorgeous pieces of art by our regular artists too!
So make sure you pop in to see what goods we have on offer before Open Studios ends on Bank Holiday Monday (27th August)!
Following on from Open Studios, we have an exhibition of works by Print artist John Bloor and Pen on Paper artist Claire Leach. ‘O Simple Nature’ will be on display from Tuesday 4th September to Saturday 15th September.
We also still have spaces on our upcoming workshops:
– Two Ways with Inks with Maureen Bond – Wednesday 5th September: 10am to 1pm
– Visual Journalling with Lucia Leyfield – Sunday 23rd September: 10am to 4pm
– Autumn Flowers in Watercolour – Tuesday 23rd October: 10am to 1pm
– Christmas Decoration Painting with Roelofs & Rubens – Monday 12th Nov: 10am to 1pm
To find out more about the workshops check our website and Facebook page!
Charity Open Art Competition
Many, many people have been asking whether or not we will be hosting a new Open Art Competition…well all will be revealed very soon so keep you eyes peeled on the Website, Facebook and our Instagram page….
Finally…having mentioned our Test Valley Business Awards nomination…as a team, we are very much looking forward to attending the Awards evening on Thursday 13th September!
Fingers crossed for a win!
So, that concludes our very long Summer Newsletter!
We hope that you are all well and that we will see you all very soon!
With all our best wishes,
The Team at The Sheep Shed Gallery and Tearoom!