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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.

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

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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.

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

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

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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.

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

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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!

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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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