‘Towards the Downs’ Exhibition at Avocet Gallery

'Wild wire hares' by Lucia Corrigan
‘Wild wire hares’ by Lucia Corrigan

The latest exhibition at Avocet Gallery, ‘Towards the Downs”, opened on 15th September and I went along on the opening weekend to have a look at it.

The last couple of exhibitions I haven’t managed to get there till much later on in the exhibition so it was nice to go and see it at the start before the rehanging happens as items get sold.

This exhibition is a little different to the past ones I have seen at the gallery as the work chosen does not focus on the sea and coastline or specifically wildlife but, as the title says, focuses on work based inland.


I really love these hares by Lucia Corrigan, they look so strokeable from a distance but when you get up close you realise they are made from wire which sticks out slightly all over the body. If you try to stroke them you’ll slice your hand! Yes I did try!



The Damselfly and Dragon fly shown below are by Pam Knight and are part of a larger display of other insects and birds. They are absolutely stunning and had me mesmerised for quite a while. Peter (gallery owner) told me that they are 100% accurate and the artist is well known for the accuracy of her work, I can well believe it.


'Small red Damselfly and Emperor Dragonfly' by Pam Knight
‘Small red Damselfly and Emperor Dragonfly’ by Pam Knight


I don’t think that this photo does the crow justice, it is a sculpture that just needs to be looked it, she seems to somehow be watching you. The texture and the stance just make you want to look more, not that I’m sure she is a she even. In fact I sat at the table opposite having a cup of tea and had a good opportunity to have a look at her.


'Which came first?' by Celia Allen. Ceramics
‘Which came first?’ by Celia Allen


I am really not at all sure why I like the Toadstool pieces by Ann Garnett, they just tickled my fancy. The piece of wood is really well chosen and must have taken a while to find as the fungus looks like it is growing out of the wood, which I know is the intention, but it really works.


'Toadstool number 2' by Ann Garnet. Stoneware and oak
‘Toadstool #2’ by Ann Garnet


Oh and I do have a fantastic recommendation for you if you do go to have a look at the exhibition, well my mum recommends it really as I only stole a corner piece.

Scrumptious home made chocolate cake
Scrumptious home made chocolate cake.

Yes its the lovely home made chocolate cake!

There is a lot more in the exhibition than the few pieces I have shown here. The reason I love going back to this gallery is the good taste of the owners Peter and Morgan, they choose lovely things to show of a very high quality. There also always seems to be a new artist or two to see at each show.

So if you’re in Rye any time soon do pop along to the gallery to see the show and sample the cakes. Visit the Avocet Gallery website for opening days and times and further information.

When you pop in do say hello to Peter and Morgan and tell them I sent you.








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’ .