Exhibitions 2009

Land & Sea - 24th October - 14th November

Tony Chance - Cross Wave

Come and join us on Sat 24th Oct for a drink and the opening of our autumn exhibition 'Land & Sea'

We have eight artists who are exhibiting their work, three of whom are new to the gallery.....

Tony Chance loves the drama that our climate creates and the effect it has on our landscape and the challenge in trying to capture its essence.

Emma Pickering's work is influenced by the vast contrast of the Purbeck landscape, from the chalk stacks of Old Harry Rocks to the beautiful golden beaches at Studland, they became an inspirational force behind her abstracts.

Annie Campbell - Old Harry Rocks

Annie Campbell's pictures are a response to the atmosphere that seems to emanate from the water and chalk of the Purbeck coast where she is incredibly fortunate to be able to live, perched almost on the edge of the cliffs.

Andrew Giddens was born in Poole, Dorset and is considered to be one of Cornwall's leading landscape artists. His subjects are often the light, atmosphere and beauty of places he knows well, creating fresh, dynamic and exciting work.

Jenny Aitken - Walking Home

Jenny Aitken lives in Derbyshire and in 2007 was awarded Derbyshire Life Artist of the Year. Her passion is for landscape, both dramatic and still. She conveys the sense of a place with her personal reaction to the land, its history, weather, seasons, passage of time and of people.

Sarah Ross-Thompson is a Fine Art Printmaker living in Dorset. Her work explores Dorset's geographical variety, from hidden coves and rocky coastal paths to dense woodland and vast vistas overhung by massive skies.

Nicola Rose takes her inspiration from the wild and remote landscapes seeking to capture the essence of the weather, structures, ice and water through the use of oil paint.

Heather Gibbons' work is developed from her surroundings, interpreting the land shapes and coastline through colour, texture, pattern and line.


Venice - City of Light and Shadows - 12th - 26th September

Hazel Soan - Dappled Light I

Romantic, captivating, decaying - it's hard to describe Venice without using a cluster of adjectives - but one thing is certain, it is a city dominated by light and shadows, where the water is ever present.

Henderson Cisz - Canalside Cafe

The Mulberry Tree is thrilled to be holding a 2 week exhibition celebrating this wonderful city, original works by Paul Allen are in our main window and limited edition canvases and prints by Hazel Soan and Henderson Cisz as well.

Paul Allen - Morning, S Giorgio

Paul Allen enjoys painting a broad range of subjects, with a special interest in urban landscapes, interiors and beach scenes.

He works mainly in oils and occasionally in watercolour and acrylics. He only began exhibiting his work in recent years, but his paintings now feature in collections across the United Kingdom, Europe, America, Canada and the United Arab Emirates.

His work is about communication and seeing the world through his interpretation of life. He tries to simplify subjects in order to encourage the viewer to play a part in the creation of the image in front of them; avoiding the temptation of being too descriptive thereby leaving something to the imagination. He is particularly interested in light and what light does to the world around us.


Simplicity - 25th July - 31st August

Sasha Harding - Caught Short

Our eagerly awaited summer exhibition starts on Saturday 25th July.

We love paintings because they bring beauty and interest into our homes. The artists behind those images cast an eye over the colour and texture of life, choosing what strikes them for the canvas.
When six artists come together, you might expect a cacophony of ideas, or a great sprawl of concepts.

Instead, this summer, a collection of original work by six of the UK's favourite artists. Sasha Harding, Sophie Harding, Louise Braithwaite, Emma Ball, Rebecca Lardner and Anna Macmaidhachain are united not only in being female, but also in the distinctive outlook represented in their paintings.

Sophie Harding - Harbour

They come together to display the latest in their collections, drawn together by a shared love of Purbeck, and their long-standing partnerships with the Gallery. It is a unique exhibition. All the artists work from doorstep observations of land or seascapes, often featuring playful figures or astute portrayals of the remarkable so often overlooked in the everyday.

A common stripped back style gives an impression of the primitive in their work, so that everything is recognisable, even familiar. It's a refreshing combination, as we are presented with a stunning simplicity of vision. Be sure to take this opportunity to absorb the work of six artists offering such extraordinary clarity; in the noisy fog of real life, it comes as a breath of fresh air.


Best of British - Starts 20th June

Colette Fowler-Marson - Down to the Wire

Our front window is currently displaying some great works by:

Colette Fowler-Marson, Richard Adams, James Bartholomew and Ben Spurling - it has a distinctive bovine theme!

We are also displaying ceramics by Emma Bridgwater and new textiles by Poppy Treffry.


Dorset Perspective Exhibition - 23rd May - 12th June

Anne-Marie Kelly - Full Moon over Portland

May sees the start of our Exhibition Season with "A Dorset Perspective" running from 23rd May through to the 12th June.

The gallery will be exhibiting contemporary and traditional oil paintings, watercolours, mixed media and photography inspired by the Dorset landscape and coastline by some of the area's most collectable local artists.

Artists include: Anne-Marie Kelly, Ben Spurling, Carmen Watson, Jane Colquhoun, John Dimech, Michael Sole, Paul Liggins, Paul Schilling, Rob Marshal andl Sarah King

Paul Schilling - Jurassic Cliffs

Purbeck Art Week will be running from the 23rd to 31st May and is a celebration of the wealth of creative talent crammed into this small part of Dorset.

You will find painters, sculptors, glass makers, photographers, potters and more...talk to them in their studios or see examples of their work in local galleries around the area.

There are over 30 venues and exhibitions to visit in 2009. You can find out more on the Purbeck Art Week website at www.purbeckartweek.co.uk or pick up a brochure from the gallery or Swanage Tourist Information Office.

Look out for the colourful signs and arrows which will direct you to every venue. You may also find it useful to have a map of the area, such as the OS Explorer Map OL15 - Purbeck and South Dorset.


Louise Braithwaite and Aline Johnson - April

Louise Braithwaite - Tea at the Ritz

Louise discovered her talent for art and design at school, where she specialised in screen printing. Having completed an Art Foundation Course at Portsmouth College of Art, she embarked on a 4 year Degree in Media and Production Design at the London College of Printing.

Louise Braithwaite - The Shooting Party

The great love of the sea which took her back to the South Coast is reflected throughout her work, but we can also see a great affection for human interaction in a variety of social and public situations. Her paintings are predominately figurative and painted in oils on board. Her paintings have been described as "happy Lowrys".

The gallery has 3 new limited edition prints available from April called Tea at the Ritz, The Shooting Party and Vineyard - all are available for sale through the webshop.

Louise Braithwaite - Vineyard

Louise is currently undertaking a commission for the gallery based around Swanage Pier and the Padle Steamer the Waverley - the original along with limited edition prints will be available from our Summer Exhibition "Simplicity" at the end of July.

Aline Johnson makes a welcome return to the gallery where her glassware has proved very popular.

After graduating in Holland in fashion design, Aline freelanced in Italy for several years. On moving to England she felt motivated to translate her fascination for colour, pattern and surface texture into new media. She studied architectural glass at Central St. Martin's School of Art and Design.

Aline Johnson - Stripped Platters

Her inspiration is fuelled by her affinity for the Jurassic Coast of Dorset where she spends a lot of her time. The vibrant palette of beach paraphernalia, stripes on windbreaks and seaside rock translate with ease into bright designs in fused glass. The sparkling translucency, the fluidity and the ever-changing colour-palette of the sea have immediate relevance to working with kiln-formed glass and provide an infinite source of inspiration.


Gillian McDonald, Neil Tregear and Aline Johnson - March

Gillian McDonald - Winter Farm

Gillian McDonald is an acclaimed landscape artist, consistently one of the top-selling print artists of her generation. From the Scottish Highlands to the remotest shores of the British Isles, Gillian seeks out the dramatic locations that inspire her images.

Gillian's artistry is rich in drama and atmosphere. It evokes isolation and solitude and focuses on the interplay of light and the natural environment. Coupled with her bold, mixed-media use of colour, these are the hallmarks of her highly sought-after work.

Neil Tregear - Fish Jug

Neil Tregear's pottery has always been popular at the gallery and we are pleased to display his new work; beautiful fish jugs and fish pots.

The jugs come in three sizes, all with Neil's unique fish design. The small jug makes a perfect milk jug to complement Neil's very popular coffee mugs and the lidded pots could be used for delicious cookies - an ideal accompaniment to a cup of coffee.

Aline Johnson - Ammonite Dish

Aline Johnson makes a welcome return to the gallery where her glassware has proved very popular.

After graduating in Holland in fashion design, Aline freelanced in Italy for several years. On moving to England she felt motivated to translate her fascination for colour, pattern and surface texture into new media. She studied architectural glass at Central St. Martin's School of Art and Design.

Aline Johnson - Stripped Platters

Her inspiration is fuelled by her affinity for the Jurassic Coast of Dorset where she spends a lot of her time. The vibrant palette of beach paraphernalia, stripes on windbreaks and seaside rock translate with ease into bright designs in fused glass. The sparkling translucency, the fluidity and the ever-changing colour-palette of the sea have immediate relevance to working with kiln-formed glass and provide an infinite source of inspiration.


 

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