Signs of spring in Garstang

Bowl of plums by Janette Phillips.
Bowl of plums by Janette Phillips.

THERE are signs of spring at a new exhibition in Garstang, as a gallery opens its doors to glorious flowers, fabulous fruit and beautiful birds.

An eclectic collection of paintings, textiles, ceramics and carved birds have filled the Artroom Gallery on the High Street, with colour to brighten the greyest of days.

A spokesman for the gallery said: “Wood carver John Mercer has been carving birds from the age of 14, and has developed his own unique style.

“He is now an associate member of the Art & Craft Guild of Lancashire.

“The birds are carved in lime and mounted on Mopani Root giving each one its individuality. Perched in the gallery are a wren, kingfisher, gull, avocet, heron and owl. 

“Kate Bigland’s beautiful blowsy flowers aim to interpret nature, a touch of photorealism; her larger than life flower portraits in oils capture the glorious, sumptuous nature of tulips and amaryllis in full bloom.

“Joining us for the first time are ceramic duo, Ken and Valerie Shelton, from Cheshire. Ken throws each piece by hand on a potters’ wheel; made from fine white earthenware clay, when in a leather hard state Ken turns each one on the wheel, trimming away excess clay to produce the final shape and a smooth polished surface.

“Barbara Jepson’s flowery textile batiks are made by a process of drawing with wax on cloth; the wax acts as a resist to coloured dyes.

“Janette Phillips returns to the gallery with new work, flouncy blooms and vibrant fruits, a suggestion of shape, colour and tone, the imaginative marks leaves you in no doubt over the skill of this artist.”

See the Lancaster Guardian (01-03-12) for full story.