Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Introducing...Mike Cheetham

The last of our artists exhibiting in "To Linger in a Garden Fair" is sculptor Mike Cheetham.



Mike painted in a variety of media for more than 25 years before returning to stone-carving five years ago.

He originally attended a short course in Streat with Helen-Mary Skelton, daughter of the sculptor John Skelton and has been attending the Skelton Workshops' courses ever since.

Initially producing figurative pieces from his workshop in Hurstpierpoint, Mike soon moved to more abstract forms and is particularly influenced by Barbara Hepworth.



"I often choose unusual shapes and varieties of stone and just 'see what emerges' until I am satisfied with shapes and textures that please me," says Mike.



"To Linger in a Garden Fair" ends on Saturday 6th May.

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Introducing....Min Maude

Min initially studied Fashion and Textiles at Nottingham College of Art and then following post-graduate Theatre Design, she worked extensively in the theatre and film industry.



As a painter, she has exhibited on the Arundel Trail, at West Dean House, West Stoke House, the Moncrieff Bray Gallery and the Chichester Open. She has work in many private and corporate collections in both Britain and France.



Her work varies from the representational to the abstract with more of an emphasis on colour and texture than subject matter. Her paintings tend to be more about a situation or an object than of it.



"I'm always trying to surprise myself," says Bosham-based Min. "It's usually a good painting if I don't know where it's come from!"

"To Linger in a Garden Fair" ends on Saturday 6th May.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Introducing....Nichola Campbell




Nichola loves working with colour and pattern. The colourful, repeating shapes of fruit and flowers are ideal subject matter for her and are timelessly appealing.



"My work is about the things I enjoy: natural things that inspire me because of their beauty, colour and shapes," says Nichola.

"My aim is to express a mood or atmosphere whilst conveying the essence of what I am painting, hopefully in a new way."

"I use flowers (and especially roses), fruit, feathers and shells as subjects for my work. My collages are made from torn or cut pieces of my ink painting, sometimes combined with decorative papers and I value the unexpected results I achieve with collage."



She is influenced by an interest in textiles, costume, pottery and illuminated manuscripts and one of her favourite places to be inspired is the V & A Museum in London.

She has a BA (Hons) Illustration degree from Brighton University and lives in Newick.

"To Linger in a Garden Fair" continues until 6th May.



Thursday, 20 April 2017

Introducing....Jackie Bishop




After experimenting in different forms of art, Jackie found the medium of mosaics in 2010. Prior to that she had spent several years developing her watercolour skills. She concentrated on flower painting and discovered she had an eye for almost botanical detail.



From watercolours, Jackie moved on to stained glass panel making and from there to mosaics. Most recently she has experimented with stained glass applique, where the precise cutting and shaping of the glass sheets follows the opus sectile style.



Jackie's works include mosaic mirrors, wall panels, table tops and wall plaques.

"Mosaic is durable, water- and weather-proof and hardwearing," she says. "It can be muted or vibrant, gentle or exciting, but there is always flow and colour and texture to enrich the soul."

"To Linger in a Garden Fair" runs until 6th May.

Monday, 17 April 2017

Introducing....Liz Toole



Brighton-based Liz originally studied ceramics but after 17 months' working and travelling around South Africa with little or no access to clay, her sketchbook work became more important to her. With its beautiful and extreme flora and fauna, Liz says Africa reintroduced her to nature.


Back in the UK, she painted and exhibited and then in 2005 she discovered printmaking, embracing it full time in 2009.

In her recent work, Liz has been creating imaginary scenes filled with the patterns of nature inspired by both the Sussex countryside and the diversity of life she discovered in Africa.

"Within my work as a whole, I use nature as a metaphor for human emotions," she says.

"To Linger in a Garden Fair" continues until 6th May.


Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Introducing....Sophie Elm of Jeff Josephine Designs

Sophie Elm is another artist who is exhibiting with us for the first time.
She graduated in Visual Communication and Illustration from Edinburgh College of Art in 2008 and has since undertaken a wide variety of commissions, from children's books to wedding stationery.



Now working under the alias of Jeff Josephine Designs, she has produced her own range of limited edition prints, hand-painted ceramics and stationery as well as hand-printed textiles.



Sophie's love of bold colours, hand lettering and pattern is prevalent throughout her work.



"I aim to create pieces that celebrate the mundane and embellish the every day," she says.

"To Linger in a Garden Fair" continues until 6th May.

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Introducing....Elda Abramson



Elda Abramson is exhibiting with us for the first time. Born in England and trained in America, Elda has more than 30 years' experience in painting, weaving and teaching.



She holds a BA in English and an MA in Art from East Carolina University. In the 70s she concentrated on large textural tapestry weavings, commissioned by public and private clients, including the Royal Northern College of Music and the Duchess of Westminster.



Elda's work is in the Arts Council collection. Over the past two decades she has developed her own ink painting approach and techniques, which she teaches on creative holidays abroad and in workshops in the UK.




Thursday, 30 March 2017

Where does all the time go?


The first three months of 2017 have been as busy as ever here at the Green Tree Gallery, so sadly this blog has been rather neglected!

First off was the annual redecoration and spruce up during our January closure before we kicked off 2017 with our popular Annual Art Sale.


In addition to our artists clearing out their studios, we mark down past seasons' stock, which means lots of opportunities for our customers to pick up some great bargains.


Once the decks were cleared of the many arty bargains, it was on to our first exhibition of the year, "To Linger in a Garden Fair", which opened on Saturday.

Glorious sunny weather ensured a jolly mood at our Launch Party on Saturday. Prosecco, canapes and sunshine were the perfect accompaniments for our customers, friends and families whilst they browsed the fantastic art by the featured artists.


Mosaic artist Jackie Bishop (right) and paint and collage artist Nichola Campbell (left) compared notes...
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...and were joined by sculptor Mike Cheetham.


Other artists taking part in the exhibition are painter Elda Abramson, printmaker Sophie Elm of Jeff Josephine Designs, painter Min Maude and printmaker Liz Toole.

"To Linger in a Garden Fair" runs until 6th May.