Friends old and new, ladies and gentlemen, welcome to our Winter Newsletter. We invite you to share in our artists' achievements, visit their Christmas events, read their news about their involvement in exotic 3D items, eclectic mix of painting and ceramic shows, glamorous fashion even, wonderful Wiltshire wildlife photography, recent awards and commissions! We also list what's on in nearby galleries. Do make a note of the dates and drop in if you can. Some shows are off the beaten track and a few outside Wiltshire. All are in lovely locations.
In a hurry? It takes about 5 minutes to read our newsletter. You can retrieve our winter newsletter and links on our Friends page of our website here at any time.
Jane is also showing in a group winter exhibition 'PRESENCE' at Lingwood Samuel Art, 12 Church Street, Godalming. Jane has just written to confirm that her first solo exhibition at Mount House Gallery, Marlborough will be from 3 to 29 March immediately before the MOS Preview Show.
Fabric featured in The Crown
The Princess Margaret collection in the line up above were on display at Liberty's until last week. Don't miss the mannequin at the back by the window! Trompe l'oeil artist and textile designer Michael Angove designed the Liberty print fabric for the dress of hand drawn ruffles and folds in a dusty pink Crepe de Chine silk. Actress Vanessa Kirby is pictured here wearing the dress designed to make the princess appear "wrapped up like a gift".
Stephen Davis is an ecologist and Open Studios photographer au naturel. "I never use photoshop" he once told me. For over two years Stephen, with a team of outstanding natural history photographers, worked on an inspiring book to celebrate our local wildlife, habitats and living landscapes.
The result is WILD WILTSHIRE, a treasure trove of colour photographs illustrating the great diversity of landscape, woodland, meadow, downland, plant and animals.
Proceeds in aid of Wiltshire Wildlife Trust. Full details and preview here Above: Stephen's Winter Sunrise at Avebury Stone Circle
It has been a long journey to the final resting place of Blown Away by sculptor Sioban Coppinger. Originally created for a WWI commemorative exhibition at The Garden Gallery in 2014, the piece's first temporary home was in the National Trust garden of Stanley Spencer's Sandham Memorial Chapel. The bronze, a homage to those whose lives have been fleeting, has been gifted by a sponsor to the National Memorial Arboretum and permanently rests on its rusty pedestal in the Boyes Garden, adjacent to Heroes Square at the heart of the Remembrance Centre.
Award for Bigglestones
Photographer and mature student Susie Bigglestone who has been pursuing a photography degree at Plymouth University made it to the student's finals of the Assoc of Photographers' Award. Further more images by Susie and husband John (also a mature student), were not only selected for Frame 16 but Susie's picture (opposite) won 'Best in Student' category. It pays to learn later in life!
Exhibitions, events and gifts Tree decorations by Jacqui Melhuish
Winter in Roundway
Detour to 'Winter' for a seasonally special photographic show by Alan Cowley. On now, the exhibition continues every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday until 24 December from 10am to 2pm, or by appointment. For a flavour of his wilderness landscapes visit Alan's website here.
Festive Wagon Yard
Something for everyone from the Marlborough art group at Wagon Yard is available over the week end of 3/4 Dec and two further Saturdays 10 & 17 Dec from 10am to 4pm: glass, ceramics, paintings, jewellery and decorations by Jacqui Melhuish, Colin Palmer, Jane Renwick, Jeannette Therrien, Mary Thorne, Kate Wade. Details here. Illustrated: Jane Renwick's lamps and tea lights PRIVATE VIEW & mulled wine Friday 2 Dec 6-9pm
Hanlon at the Wykeham
Painter and bronze sculptor Bryan Hanlon is currently exhibiting at the prestigious Wykeham Gallery in Hampshire in their Christmas show until Christmas eve. Bryan has been commissioned to sculpt Artemis, goddess of hunting. It is his first attempt at the female form in bronze and said "I am finding it quite a daunting thought."
Froxfield Artists invite...
Mavina Baker, Normandy Barcelo-Soto, Diana Baraclough, Diccon Dadey, Susan Kirkman, Pattie Medlin, Arran Miles and Lorraine Saville invite you to a show of paintings, prints, books, photography, stained glass, ceramics and metal sculpture. Most have been or are currently OS artists. Froxfield Memorial Hall, Froxfield, SN8 3LD is on the Village Green. PRIVATE VIEW on 26 Nov 6-9pm
Calne Artists invite...
The Calne Artists, a very well established group of fine artists, are holding an exhibition of new work at Calne Heritage Centre, on Friday 2nd, Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th December from 11am to 5pm. The Heritage Centre is on the A4 opposite Marden House. PRIVATE VIEW on Thurs 1 Dec 6-8pm
Innovation in Netheravon
Diana Neale's latest innovative photography forms part of a Christmas show of paintings, sculpture and ceramics at the Aubrey-Fletcher Fine Art gallery in Netheravon. Saturday 20 November 10am to 5pm and Sunday 27 November 11am to 4pm. Thereafter on specific days until Sunday 18th December. See website for details. Christmas drinks this Friday (25 November) 6 - 8.30pm
Divert to Hay on Wye
New OS exhibitor Jill Annfield has several paintings on show at The Lion Street Gallery, recently rated as on of the best galleries in Wales. Illustrated here is Plane trees in winter in France where Jill divides her time between Collingbourne and France. Gallery details here.
Open Studios represents a huge annual collaborative effort for professional local artists without paid staff. The Open Studios committee is sorry to have to say good bye to two MOS heroes.
Paul Swan, wood turner and box maker, who with painter, Simone Dawood, has increased our profile and visibility with his sign posting and road side banners over the last two years.
Paul has also been instrumental in securing major sponsorship.
CHANGES AT MOS
Oliver Freeman, painter, has been in charge of all the logistics involved in producing the fabulous brochure, its distribution for the last three years and much wise counsel besides.
Brochure production has been taken on by sculptor Jane Corbett and photographer Diana Neale will take on signs and banners. A very warm and appreciative welcome to both for volunteering.
Luckily, some things stay the same. Lisi Ashbridge, who somehow fits in stone lettering, will continue as Chairman for MOS 2017. Three cheers and a virtual bouquet for Lisi!
S T O P P R E S S
More awards for Bronte
OS Bursary award holder for 2015 Bronte Adams, a new textile design graduate, was awarded the Print & Design award by the Clothmakers Company at her final show for her cheerful children's collection 'Shall we go to the seaside?' Bronte has just collected her award which included £1,000 to be invested in a new website. Well done! Photo: Bronte with her array of winning textiles
Other art events nearby
Swindon Museum & Art Gallery
From where I'm standing
Swindon Museum & Art Gallery is often overlooked by many but has repeatedly been our artists' top destination of choice. Recommended is the current exhibition by ten ceramicists from the West Country showcase new work inspired and informed by their choice from the Swindon Collection of Modern British Art. Lunch time talk on 16 Dec. Open Wed to Sat 11am to 3pm until 28 January 2017. Free entry.
Rabley Gallery, near Marlborough
20 Nov to 18 Dec
Rabley Contemporary Drawing Centre is the spiritual home for many MOS artists who have regularly attended its courses and workshops. The current exhibition ISOLA in sight of Titan's Garden and the Laguna Venetta with Sara Lee, Prudence Ainslie and Meryl Setchell Ainslie is an exhibition of works on paper and sculpture inspired by the Rabley Venice Residency at Palazzo Dalla Rosa where the artists stayed during the summer of 2015.
See website above for opening times
Wine St. Gallery @ No 10
Exhibition until 17 February
On the outskirts of Devizes on the Hopton Industrial Estate is an unusual gallery squeezed between warehouses and a cookery school. Currently on show is The Best Ever Christmas Exhibition packed with an array of handpicked and affordable gifts you won't find in the high street: stained glass, limited edition wood cuts and etchings, textiles, ceramics and sculpture.
The exhibition continues until Friday 17th February 2017.
Further details on Facebook Facebook here.
Follow David Dudley here on Facebook for special ideas. David Dudley is a collection point for Helping Victims of Domestic Violence Christmas shoebox/gift bag appeal 2016. The closing date is the 9th December 2016. Their opening hours are 9:30am-5pm Monday-Saturday.
MOS is delighted that David Dudley was lead sponsor for MOS2016
Do take a look at Benchmark's exquisite woodwork for the kitchen. Follow on Facebook here. Benchmark showroom is open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm and 10am to 4pm on Saturdays.
MOS is delighted that Benchmark was a main sponsor for MOS 2016
FOOTNOTE: An appeal
MOS 2017 will be the last year for our editor Kate Freeman. Kate is one of two MOS volunteers who is a non artist. The other is our treasured treasurer Brian Devonshire. Both are married to MOS artists, so you could say it is enlightened self interest, or the secret of marital longevity! If you enjoy writing and/or could help with the mailing list from next September, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Attendance at meetings not part of the deal.
Footnote #2: With the exception of our headline image, all the illustrations above are cropped images.