Christmas Exhibition at Avocet Gallery

Heron wood sculpture by John Mainwaring
Heron wood sculpture by John Mainwaring

The lovely Avocet Gallery has a new Exhibition that started on 24th November and runs right up till 23rd December. We went to have a look the day after it opened and neither of us were disappointed by what we saw.


It is billed as a Christmas Exhibition but rather than there being loads of Christmassy type things to buy its more a chance to buy interesting things to give as Christmas presents.


This beautiful Heron wood sculpture by John Mainwaring caught my eye, I love the fact that it is ‘essence of Heron’ rather than a detailed rendering. I also love that the colours are more of a ‘wash’ than solid so that you can see the grain of the wood through them. I would be more than happy to give this room in my home.


One thing I have been very bad about this visit is to find out the proper names of the pieces on display. I only realised what I had done when I started to write this post and didn’t have any idea of what most of them were called. I make sure I take a picture of the name of each piece but completely forgot to move the labels enough so that I could see what each piece was called, I do apologise.


These delightful little sparrows were nestling on top of a set of shelves looking as though they were about to take off at any second. I have attributed them to John Mainwaring but I cannot guaranteeĀ  that as I couldn’t see a name next to them. I really do hope that they find a home as a group as they look so sweet there together.


Sparrows, carved & painted wooden, by John Mainwaring
Sparrows, carved & painted wooden, by John Mainwaring


At each exhibition there are both new works by artists you have seen before and also works by new artists. Lucy Hook is a new artist at this exhibition and I really liked a couple of her pieces.


Ruth Hook Trees & pig
Ruth Hook piece ‘Sussex by…..’
Ruth Hook 'Sheep'
Ruth Hook ‘Sheep’


This image by Annie Soudain caught my eye, I really like the colours and the way it draws your eye out towards the back of the landscape.


Annie Soudain 'Dusk'
Annie Soudain ‘Dusk’


The painting that I would take home if I had the money is this one by Cliff Howe, I cannot put my finger on what it is I like about it but it had me mesmerised for ages, and I went back for a second (and third) look! Though I do apologise for my particularly bad photo.


Cliff Howe painting
Cliff Howe Painting



I am pleased to report that they have now started to serve Hot Chocolate again, something that they don’t do in the Summer, and my mum says the mince pies she had were lovely.

And just to prove it is a Christmas based exhibition they have a lovely Christmas tree by the door.


Christmas Tree at Avocet Gallery
Christmas Tree at Avocet Gallery


So there you have it a little snapshot of the Avocet Gallery Christmas Exhibition, I highly recommend that you go and have a look yourself if you’re in the area. The exhibition does change over its run as pieces are sold and new pieces are hung, it is open Thursday – Sunday 10.30am – 5pm. Though if you want to double check dates and times they are open please check with the gallery direct.







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’ .