ART WITH A VIEW
DORSET ART WEEKS: Venue 228: ART WITH A VIEW
Walk through the garden gate at Glenthorne in Rodwell and enter another world. Set against the spectacular backdrop of Castle Cove and the Isle of Portland, Painter Olivia Nurrish is hosting an eclectic group of Artists for Dorset Art Weeks. Venue 228 is a sheer delight with Sculptor John Davey, Jewellery designer Clare Frances Buckle and Designer/ tutor Andrea Frankham- Hughes joining Olivia to bring an unusual creative mix as they share these beautiful grounds and studios. Taster workshops in stone carving and Viking inspired spiral jewellery, will be on offer as something for everyone to enjoy.
Olivia Nurrish studied at Bower Ashton Art College in Bristol, where painting was her specialist subject. After graduating with a degree in Fine Art, she lived in London for twenty years, working in television and raising a family. She moved to Weymouth in 1996, following a long-held dream to live near the sea and pick up her brushes again which she finally did after being motivated to join Dorset Art Weeks in 2006 and subsequently founding Artwey to promote local artists. Still life, portraiture and landscape are the principal themes of her work.
Her studio overlooks Portland Harbour, and it is here that she follows up the fieldwork that precedes many of her outdoor scenes. Olivia says ‘I have been specialising in commissions portraying the colour and charm of Weymouth’s traditional seaside heritage but featuring several generations of families and their nostalgic memories’. Much time is spent on preparation: selecting angles of view and compositions, making sketches and colour sets. Her love of painting finds expression in her combination of boldness and attention to detail. As well as Olivia’s original paintings, en-plein air and life studies, she has affordable prints, cards and souvenirs available.
John Davey was born in Belfast in 1961. Studying his craft at Bournemouth and Brighton before honing his skills at The Tout Quarry Sculpture Park at Portland and later in Provence, France. With over 30 years’ experience carving stone John now lives in Weymouth, Dorset where he creates handmade, original sculptures inspired by the land and seascapes of the Jurassic Coast.
‘Right from childhood, I have felt the need to create, inspired to make something that has never existed before. Wood and stone speak to me on a subconscious level. I like the resistance and feel of these materials. The way in which distinctive characteristics are revealed as the skin, surface, is carved away. Discovering inherent strengths and weaknesses. Through a dialogue between maker and material, natural forces help to create a harmonious balance that respects the character of each.’
John will be inviting visitors to the venue to try their hand at carving during a series of taster workshops.
CLARE FRANCES BUCKLE
Born on South London Clare studied exhibition display at the CDT and specialised in TV/film design at Chelsea College of Art. She has planned and built large projects for clients such as Brighton Festival, theatre and opera companies and her work has featured in national press, television and radio. Since moving to Weymouth 19 years ago Clare was a founder member of Artwey and her work is informed by her professional passion. At college she learnt how to make jewellery and has recently created new pieces for DAW. The work has a distinctive, sculptural aspect inspired by the great modernist designers. Her use of mixed metals and striking gemstones makes individual contemporary pieces and she can tailor wishes and ideas into commissions, including wedding rings. There is also the more instinctive and tactile art of wire wrap jewellery, making a range of necklaces, bracelets and matching earrings with semi-precious stones, ideal for everyday gifts.
One of the original co-founders of Artwey, designer, maker and tutor Andrea Frankham-Hughes works in jewellery, textiles and print. Her quirky designs are intuited from her love of Portland, its environment and nature. With over 30 years in the Creative Industries she has designed & made jewellery ranges for Virgin Bride, Jigsaw Kiss the Frog as well as being featured in national magazines. ‘Earlier this year I taught Schools’ workshops in Viking inspired spiral jewellery making & really developed a deeper understanding of their culture. I was thrilled to learn that the Vikings first landed on Portland and this fact spurred me into creating a range of contemporary jewellery pieces, inspired by the intricate stamping of Viking hacksilver. During DAW I will be offering short sessions to learn how to make a Viking style spiral pendant necklace or bracelet. Suitable for ages from 10 upwards, no experience necessary and a great way to create your own treasure!’
ART WITH A VIEW is open every day during Dorset Art Weeks 26 May-10 June inc. from 11am to 6pm. Come and meet the artists and immerse yourself in the art & scenery.
For more details of workshop timings and prices for Carving visit https://johndaveyartist.com/ and for Viking jewellery www.andreafrankhamhughes.co.uk. Or search for ART WITH A VIEW on Facebook www.facebook.com/ArtwithaView.DorsetArtWeeks2018
15 Old Castle Road
Open 11-6pm daily from 26 May to 10 June inc