Coastal Summer Show at Avocet Gallery

Ammonite & Shell vases by Laura Hollis
Ammonite and Shell Vases by Laura Hollis

 

I popped down to the Avocet Gallery just before the weekend to have a look at their current exhibition ‘Coastal Summer Show’, and to sample some more of their yummy cake.

These vases by Laura Hollis were amongst my favourite things in the exhibition. She is a new artist for the gallery and I think that her work fits in very well.

I must admit that I like her pieces that are not completely covered in texture like the dish/bowl below more than those covered completely but I do like them all, if you see what I mean. I also love the deep blue colour that Laura uses on her pieces.

 

Sea Shell dish by Laura Hollis
Sea Shell dish by Laura Hollis

 

There is something I love about textured/tactile pieces, must be something to do with the kind of work that I do and the love of texture that I have had since I was little.

While we were sitting eating our cake and drinking tea and coffee I spotted these lovely little chaps deciding whether to take the leap off of the top of the shelving unit or not. They are by wood carver John Mainwaring and are full of character.

 

Carved wooden painted Penguins on driftwood by John Mainwaring
Carved wooden painted Penguins on driftwood by John Mainwaring

 

Another of his pieces peeked at me from the top of the jewellery cabinet. The little Blue Tit looked for all the world as if it were about to launch itself off of the cabinet down to a bird table just like they do in my garden. All it really needs is a cat sitting at the bottom looking up watching the bird.

 

Carved wooden painted Blue Tit by John Mainwaring
Carved wooden painted Blue Tit by John Mainwaring

 

Although I do find myself generally more drawn to three dimensional work I do really like the work of Meriel Ensom who paints onto driftwood.

 

Birds painted on driftwood by Meriel Ensom
Birds painted on driftwood by Meriel Ensom

 

They are so finely painted I really don’t know how she does it for the price. Beautiful pieces. I especially liked the fish piece below, though I’m not quite sure why.

 

Fishes painted on driftwood by Meriel Ensom
Fishes painted on driftwood by Meriel Ensom

 

I do like visiting Avocet Gallery as the owners have such good taste with the pieces they pick, I know that there will always be something there I will like. There is more to see in the show than what I have spoken about here,I just couldn’t put pictures of everything in this post!

The show is on until 9th September 2012 when it will change to the next exhibtion, if you’d like more details have a look at the Avocet Gallery website and check their opening times as they are not open every day.

As for the cake I went for the fruit cake again, and thoroughly recommend it, and my mum can heartily recommend the coffee and walnut cake, she said it was lovely and all home made too.

If you’re in the Rye area pop along and have a look at the exhibition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jutta M Stiller is a wood carver and sculptor specialising in Netsuke and Couture frames click here to subscribe to her newsletter ‘Tales From the Woodcarving Bench’ .