There have been an amazing number of entries for this year’s Spring Exhibition (27 April to 8 May) run by the Henley Arts and Crafts Guild – ranging from beautiful pictures in various media to wood and ceramic sculptures – all from the many talented artists who are members of the Guild. The Spring Exhibition at the Old Fire Station Gallery will also be the first venue for the Henley Arts Trail which is taking place over the Bank Holiday May weekend.
Keith Appleby, a relatively new Guild member, is entering this exciting “object d’art” made from ash. It is a turned and carved hollow piece entitled “Sunburst”. This is one of many other pieces of his work that is fast becoming a regular feature of the Guild’s exhibitions. Meanwhile one of the pieces Judith Fletcher has entered for the show is a watercolour of Hambleden Weir. Judith who has been a hard-working Guild member for many years says of Hambleden Lock said, “Its a wonderful place to visit as there’s always something new and interesting to see. The view changes with light, weather and water flow; the mood can range from sad or mysterious through dramatic as water surges through the weir to beaming bright as boats come past and waterfowl dabble. This picture was inspired by the contrast between the bold, flat structural shapes of the weir and the complex textures of the landscape.”
Some of the fastest selling items in the Henley Arts Guild’s exhibitions over the past few years have been Jo Reid’s lovely wire animals. In time for the Spring exhibition Jo has produced this lovely leaping hare (above) and a duck with a golden beak!
“I love working with wire, predominantly chicken wire & copper wire” says Jo, “as there are no time constraints. This enables me to work on a piece at leisure, experimenting as I go.” With spring in the air at last, perhaps this little hare will be leaping off to someone garden soon.
The Guild’s exhibition lasts for nearly two weeks, beginning with the official opening on 27 April at 6pm so if you are looking for something delightful to brighten your home or your garden maybe, the Old Fire Station Gallery is the place to come.