Lympstone harbour boats - Sue Patterson
'Art @ Avon Mill'
The 'First Floor' gallery is home to a seasonal collection of elegant, original and limited edition artworks, with a new collection every three months. More art is on show in our Cafe on the ground floor, so two floors of art to peruse.
Each collection showcases the work of artists from the South West.
Open daily, monday-sunday, 10am-5pm.
Whilst viewing the art, why not relax and enjoy a coffee, glass of wine or lunch..... just order from the Cafe below.
The 'First Floor' has comfy sofas, so sit back and soak up the calm and creative atmosphere.
In summer months take in the sunshine on our lovely first floor decked terrace and wander the secret garden...
for more info on preview evenings & art news, click here
Next Collection - Summer July 12th - 17th October 2013
10am - 5pm daily
The artists exhibiting in our summer collection draw inspiration from the beauty of the natural world, both at home and abroad. Coastal and beach scenes, feature strongly, executed in a diverse range of media.
To view the work of Jane Hodgson, Sue Patterson, Kate Barker and Diane Fifield head to the 'First Floor Gallery' in the Mill. 'The Gallery Project' will feature Theresa Shaw, together with an eclectic selection of gorgeous arts and crafts from local artists and artisans.
Friday 12th July 6-8pm
meet the artists
enjoy a glass of wine with canapes
'The Gallery Project'
is also open on this evening
Born in Hertfordshire, now living and working in Bovey Tracey, Devon. Expressionistic Landscape Painter.
In 2000, having worked as a graphic designer for 30 years, I made the decision to explore my instinctive artistic practice and pursue my lifelong desire to paint. In 2005, I graduated from the University of Hertfordshire with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art (2:1). When I moved to Devon I continued my studies and graduated from Dartington College with an MA in Arts and Ecology (Merit).
My art communicates my love of this beautiful, yet fragile earth. I love colour and texture and use oil on canvases of a variety of sizes, the largest being 6ft. x 4ft., using multi canvasses. I paint quickly and spontaneously – my best paintings may not take me long to complete but they have taken a lifetime to create.
Some of my new series of paintings, based on 10 years of travel to New Zealand, will be shown at Avon Mill. This work sits under my umbrella title ‘Fragile Earth’ and always references geographical co-ordinates. I am obsessed with Antipodes: New Zealand is our nearest land-based antipode. Points that are antipodal are diametrically opposite to each other and a straight line drawn from one to the other through the centre of the Earth forms a true diameter. When people stand in front of my paintings I hope to inspire them to wonder about what is happening on the opposite side of the world and consider our interconnectedness.
This year, I was awarded an ‘Emerging Artist’ Bursary by Devon Open Studios and, later this summer, in addition to my exhibition at Avon Mill, I will be exhibiting in Gloucestershire and at my own studio in Devon
Kate was born in 1974, in Exeter, Devon and grew up on a small-holding where she was immersed in country life.
Kate studied at Manchester, and gained a First Class Hons Degree in Fine Art Textiles. As part of her degree she studied for one year in Valencia, Northern Spain, at The School of Arts ‘La Facultad De Bellas Artes’. Here, began her enthusiasm for printmaking. The Spanish way of life engulfed her and Kate became fascinated with the city its people, architecture and culture.
Kate then moved to London and began to make work at The LondonPrintStudios, West London, producing works for numerous group shows, engaging on collaborations and also working with local community groups to realise exciting creative visual arts projects.
In 2007 she moved back to Spain where she lived and worked in Vejer De La Frontera, Andalucia for another year. Fascinated by the regions architecture Kate began a new body of work focusing on drawing and mono-printing. Represented by the gallery La Rampa Kate has been successfully selling work ever since.
Kate has now returned to the South Hams, Devon and has embarked on an exciting new body of drawn and printed works. The work is predominantly in black and white with a focus on line. Her work is fluid and figurative with a contemporary twist. Kate works outside on location, which enables her to capture the true feeling of a place through the thoughtful collection of lines.
“I need to capture the essence of a place quickly, quietly and thoughtfully”
Her personal practice has been enriched through cultural exchange and travel. Kate has lived and worked in Devon, London, Spain, and India. All of these places have influenced and continue to influence her work.
Having completed a Degree in Fine Art in the 80s I have recently returned to painting and held my first exhibition this September as part of the Devon Open Studios event.
Living in the picturesque fishing village, Lympstone in Devon affords me spectacular inspiration.
With a love of the coastline and shore-side and the vibrant colours of the estuary, everyday I am lucky enough to have an ever changing view of the Estuary, the harbour, moored boats and the ever inspirational traditional washing lines.
After working on studies & sketches I return to my studio to work mainly with acrylic, watercolour and pastel, producing the final pieces.
Diane is a Garden and Floral photographer who enjoys adding a modern and abstract twist to her work that draws the viewer to look at the intricate details of a particular flower from the emerging bud to the full bloom.
Macro photography can show up all the intricate details in which the human eye can easily miss and you can lose yourself in a world of fascinating shapes and colours.
In 2012 Diane gained Associate Level with The Royal Photographic Society Of Great Britain
A Published photographer with International Garden Photographer and also published on the front cover of IGPOTY Celebrating Five Years of Award Winning images
Born in Nottingham but now living in South Devon, Theresa has exhibited and sold many pieces of art over the years and her work continues to evolve in different directions whilst always remaining inspired by the natural world and attempting to express that in a unique and personal way.
At present she is absorbed in the use of acrylic inks for their brilliant colour and incredible fluidity helping to create truly individual pieces of artwork that reflect how she feels about beauty and life.
Theresa's work will be on display in 'The Gallery Project', the art and craft gallery in the heart of the garden centre.