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Somerset Art Weeks

September 30, 2013

I’m not taking part this year, but I did enjoy visiting a couple of venues near Bruton.

First was the Pink Wood, where members of the 62 Group have made interventions in this area of mixed woodland.


Above is a view of the wood. Below, some of the many works. The photos are in no particular order.






A few of the pieces struck me as being visceral responses to what the artist saw on arrival, or as subtle and sympathetic arrangements of material found on the site, while a few had clearly been made and possibly already exhibited elsewhere, and seemed, to me at any rate, to have an agenda that bore no relevance to the landscape. Perhaps I was missing the point.

Next we spent some time at Shave Farm, a treasure-house of imagination and intuitive ways of working. Terri Hogan’s work sings with the colours of Cornwall and her style has gained a certain freedom since she retired from teaching. You can see more on her website here.


Kay Lewis Bell’s paintings are growing ever more subtle and mysterious. See her website here. I was particularly drawn to her accompanying books.


Colin Bell’s amazingly detailed ceramic sculptures make me think of ziggurats or Mayan architecture.

Four ways

Rowena Pearce’s paintings and drawings are taking her on a new adventure in ink and watercolour. I bought some of her hand-painted cards. Here is one. The “Moth” series of paintings displayed on the walls are big, and far more complex than this. I wish I had taken a photo.


Below: “Moth Dreaming ll”, watercolour on canvas. This was scanned from a postcard.

moth dreaming 2

Unfortunately we have run out of time to visit any other venues, what with preparations for a month-long visit to the Outer Hebrides, not to mention time spent getting to know our grandson!

3 Comments leave one →
  1. September 30, 2013 5:18 pm

    Have a great trip, both of you. I’ve seen some wonderful art this last week, and more to come… love the art weeks!

  2. September 30, 2013 7:20 pm

    Thank you Jo. Wish I could have seen more.


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