Art Exhibitions at the d.@rt
In order to reflect the diversity present within our community, the d.@rt plays host to a wide range of exhibitions throughout the year. Check back for details of future exhibitions.
Tom Strutton’s STARE will have an official launch evening on Wednesday 23rd August, 6.30pm – 8.00pm, at which you may meet the artist and ask any questions you have about the artworks.
Encaustic Art by Karen Tait, February – March 2017
Encaustic Art is the art of painting with melted wax using a painting iron or stylus. Karen Tait is a master of this art form and runs regular workshops at the d.@rt to teach Encaustic Art to others. She applies her wax artwork to items such as cards, boxes and jewellery (examples shown in the cabinet) as well as paintings, and says that Encaustic Art is appealing because you will never create exactly the same image twice, even after years of practice.
Fashion, January – February 2017
Featuring Eco2Wear’s latest collections of upcycled clothing and accessories and introducing Leah Nabayega’s first exhibition of fashion photographs.
Mihaela Zhekova Price, Creative Director of Eco2wear is an Award Winning sustainable fashion designer with international training and work experience from the UK, USA and Bulgaria. Mihaela upcycles materials and specialises in creating refashioned -cutting- edge, made -to- measure custom pieces for women. http://www.eco2wear.com/
Leah Nabayega, Freelance fashion photographer, has just completed a fashion photography degree in Southampton where she lives, although she was originally from London. She is looking to collaborate with local businesses to build up her creative portfolio and is particularly interested in product, beauty and fashion photography. If you would like to find out more about her and her work please contact the d.@rt Centre, and Leah will get in touch.
Art Collective 2016: Sharing the talents of local artists and friends of the d.@rt: October – December 2016
Art Collective 2016 opened on the evening of Saturday October 22nd 2016, and features work by local artists from a wide range of disciplines, from sculptures and textiles to pencil drawings and paintings. The large and varied group of local artists participating makes this exhibition a vibrant one with something for everyone to enjoy.
David Booth has a varied body of work with a background in sculpture, product and landscape design, shop fitting and construction industries with a focus on community led public art and regeneration projects. He is currently in Fiji assisting with recovery work following the devastation caused by Cyclone Winston (http://gvi.org/Fiji%3A+Cyclone+Winston+Update). A booklet showing a variety of his work will be on display at Art Collective 2016.
Karen Donnelly was born on the Isle of Wight where her first job, aged seventeen, was in pottery production. Despite the draughty barn location and odd jobs, pottery quickly became and remains her favourite art form. She studied at Art College in Southampton for a year, got a job making clocks, and then met a fellow potter, who was seeking help with painting work for the British museum. Since then Karen has worked on around 15 000 pieces for the museum and still does commission work for them. More recently she has become involved in teaching all kinds of skills, with pottery remaining a favourite. Karen ‘loves to be making things every spare minute’, preferring to spend her time creating something than being entertained by television or any less productive pursuits.
Sue Dornom started her own business making jewelry, fascinators, tiaras and bouquets for weddings after medically retiring in 2005. She decided to go to art classes and now works in watercolour, acrylics, inks and pastels.
Wendy Fleckner has pursued her love of fabric and stitch in various ways throughout her life, achieving a BTEC (distinction) Machine Embroidery in 2010 and an FdA (Merit) Stitched Textiles in 2014. She mainly works in a highly representational, controlled and detailed style, but occasionally takes a more conceptual approach as was demonstrated by her ‘Red Knot Migration’ installation exhibited at the Mall Galleries, London 2015. Whilst she has been influenced by a number of artists from differing practices, including printers and artists as well as many textile artists. Wendy’s inspiration usually occurs by chance; it could be a word, a story, a photograph or an environmental issue that captures her imagination, prompting a range of diverse and sometimes unusual work. www.wfleckner.com
Richard Groom ‘I am passionate about portraiture; I always have been. I have produced a variety of artwork over the past 22 years, but have always been drawn back to making portraits. A face, expression, a set of features is a character map, a glimpse into a person’s narrative. My subjects range from family and friends to total strangers. If I see an expression on someone who interests me I want to capture it.’
Harry Hornsby is an experienced photographer and currently works at the Winchester Science Centre as a STEM Schools Liaison Officer. His photography is featured in Art Collective 2016.
Anthony Kawalski produces art in a range of mediums including photography, voice, painting, and interior design. He has painted murals as public art across England and taught in English grammar schools, as well as working for the National Trust. His work featured in this exhibition is a selection of his photographs of Canada, where he is currently http://www.kawalski.ca/index.html
Linda Lines works in varied mediums and often tutors at the d.@rt, and has contributed both a painting and a paper porcelain candle holder to Art Collective 2016.
Lorna Rebecca Miller works as a textile artist and for the last twenty years has been the Course Leader of A level textiles at Barton Peveril Sixth Form College. She creates an eclectic mix of relief and sculptural textile pieces, often inspired by memory and change. Working both figuratively and abstractly, free machine and hand stitch is used as a means to draw, shade, darn and more recently to produce a fabric in its entirety. The absence and presence of the figure, fragments of the body such as the torso, feet and hands are of particular interest to her. Memory, sentiment and place are beginning to evolve in her recent work.
Emma Morrissey BA is a fine artist and author, specialising in portraiture. She works in graphite and acrylic and creates her portraits by eye with no tracing or photo manipulation. She regularly teaches workshops in Art and Business Enterprise skills, some of which occur at the d.@rt, such as the painting with acrylics workshops earlier this year. https://emzportraitscrafts.wordpress.com/
Jeanette Neale has enjoyed all types of stitch, drawing and painting since early child hood. Greatly influenced by her mother who was a tailoress and her father who enjoyed drawing and painting as a hobby, she was never short of help or materials when needed. On retirement from a successful nursing career, Jeanette wanted to recapture and develop skills enjoyed earlier in life and enrolled on a City & Guilds in Design and Craft for Patchwork and Quilting completing both parts 1 and 2 at Eastleigh College. She went on to attend West Dean College where she obtained her Foundation diploma in Art and Design in 2013. Jeanette is an accomplished artist and uses this skill to great advantage within her Textile Art. She is an active member of several textile and quilting groups as well as her local art group. The love of her garden, the countryside and nature in general, is reflected time and again in her work. She is of the belief that something should either be useful or beautiful (preferably both), and whenever possible portray a message.
Jacqueline Rolls inspiration for her work stems from a fascination with pattern, shape, texture, colour; the natural world and the desire to capture a fleeting magical moment inviting you to explore further. Her work often starts life as a simple line, a pattern or a texture which then evolves. ‘I just love seeing what happens, immersing myself in the experience, responding to the moment, allowing an idea to evolve and develop, taking me on a journey.’ She creates paintings using a range of materials and digital art works using a range of software.
Elizabeth Saunders is a Textile Artist who works with print, paint, collage and stitch within her work. Elizabeth has exhibited her work within galleries and in National shows. Continuing to be influenced by historic and contemporary artists she finds motivating people about textiles exciting and rewarding. Her work is often inspired by a narrative of her own memories and journeys through life. The expression of imagination, fragility, motivation, experience and determination unfold within her work aiming to make the invisible memories-visible. Elizabeth has been integrating photographic image transfer as a development to her practice and enjoys working with vintage Maps. www.elizabethsaunders.co.uk
Sam Strutton is a painter and sculptor who draws inspiration from the sea, which has been her first love for as long as she can remember. The sculpture in this exhibition is one of a set conceived and constructed earlier in the year, comprised entirely of sea glass and shells sourced locally from the shores of Southampton Water. The soft-edged glass, shaped and formed by the sea, is carefully pieced together to assume the form of that which shaped it.
Tom Strutton Tom Strutton is a contemporary artist specialising in detailed, realistic pencil portraits of birds. He has been drawing and painting birds since 2004, enjoying the challenge of recreating their shapes, colours and characters on paper. Working from photographs and using Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils to achieve rich, warm tones, Tom seeks to bring life to his subjects and celebrate their majesty.
Karen Tait is an avid crafter and loves all crafts. She started sewing when her children were small making clothes and dressing-up clothes , and began jewelery making about four years ago. She now makes jewellery, sews and paints with wax which she then mounts into different items including cards. Karen’s skills painting with wax are regularly passed on to students in her Encaustic Art workshops held at the d.@rt Centre. https://www.facebook.com/kazies.encaustic.art
Torri Taylor is an illustrator based in Bristol. ‘I have always been obsessed with drawing; my work is heavily influenced by the traditional drawing techniques learnt during my education brought to life using mixed media and a vibrant approach with colour.’ Torri completed her foundation year at Kent Institute of Art and Design before graduating from Kingston University with an Illustration degree. She has since sold a number of drawings and paintings in the UK and France and taken the leap into the freelance world. http://torritaylored.com/about/
Tim Watson works in a variety of mediums and is closely connected with the d.@rt after five years working here. He has contributed a print to Art Collective 2016 which is layered with different aspects of a story.
Mihaela Zhehova is the owner of Eco2wear, creating upcycled clothing an accessories made to measure for women. Her aim is to reduce the amount of clothing going to landfill to combat climate change, trade ethically and help customers lead sustainable lives. She will be exhibiting two pieces from her latest Upcycled collection ‘Vision’ AW16′. www.eco2wear.com
The hillside chalk figures are a unique part of our British heritage. All drawing begins with a mark or a line, like the thread of a woven fabric the drawn line acts as a line or pivot connecting people and places. The chalk figures create an illusion of depth highlighting the chalk within the hills enabling the image to become a landmark defining shape and texture within this unique art form.
Artists Sue Emery, Wendy Fleckner, Jeanette Neale, Elizabeth Saunders and Barbara Strange aim to engage and raise awareness about the art heritage of the hillside chalk figures through this exhibition.
Each Artist has developed and interpreted their ideas following research. Using textiles/mixed media within their work, each has brought their own particular style to the exhibition.
All work is for sale and can be purchased directly through the d.@rt Centre.
Our last exhibition was a showcase of the amazing talent at Wildern School.