Alan Cotton Studio Exhibition
1st and 2nd December 2018 10am to 5pm
Transylvania – The Vegetable Garden at Miklosvar
Oils on Canvas 51 x 61 cm 20 x 24 ins
Two summers ago Alan Cotton, our Club President, travelled to Transylvania to gather new ideas for his paintings. For many it is a land of legend and mystery, but for Alan it was an amazing discovery of a landscape and way of life largely unchanged for centuries.
The wildflower meadows, hayricks and village cultivation provided rich material for a series of paintings of this pastoral landscape.
For this studio exhibition he has produced a collection of new Transylvanian paintings together with work from Provence, Venice, Piemonte and Hartland in North Devon.
The exhibition is open for two days only, when the artist will be there to welcome Club members and other guests who would like to visit the studio and see his work.
Something completely different!
from Ralph and Julie
Having visited Porthleven in Cornwall many times over the years, we thought it would be fun to mount an Art Exhibition in the Old Lifeboat House which has been converted into an art gallery and workshop.
So together with Julie’s brother Kevin and wife Anne, our ex sister-in-law Kate with partner Stephen, who both live in Penzance and a long time ex work colleague of mine, Simon and his wife Julie, we took the plunge and booked the venue over Easter.
Little did we expect the weather to be so bad, but never mind, hopes were high of a good week ahead. Although the footfall was relatively low, we had a lot of positive compliments and all of us had decent sales by the end of the week. I have to say that regular visits to the pub, several good local eating establishments, consumption of good pasties and great company all made the week a real success.
As well as a range of different paintings in Acrylic, Oil and Watercolour mediums, we also had some beautiful, uniquely turned wooden bowls which Simon Farrimond has just started to produce. Simon spent a lot of time in Japan and that style has certainly influenced his designs. Commissions taken!!
For those of you who know Porthleven, or have seen it featured on “Spotlight” whenever there is a storm, suffice it to say we weren’t disappointed! Interesting! - especially as the Lifeboat House is as close to the sea as possible and waves actually smash into it’s foundations and have been known to destroy the roof! But great fun for all of us and we are seriously thinking about repeating it next year - maybe later when it’s a bit warmer.
Kevin’s popular range of printed mugs, slates chopping boards, tiles, tea towels all
printed from Anne’s original artwork. If anyone is interested in having their artwork printed on to a range of items then Kevin is your man! Just let me know and I’ll pass on his contact details.
The seal photos (in the middle) were part of a portfolio of photographs exhibited by Stephen Westcott. Stephen spent a lot of time in the Southern Oceans studying marine life and enthralled us all with his life in those hostile waters.
All in all a fun time was had by all - we are looking for a venue to set up a similar exhibition in East Devon, so if you know of anywhere suitable we would appreciate your ideas. Hope you enjoyed my short recap on a very happy week!