ART WITH A VIEW
DORSET ART WEEKS: ART WITH A VIEW: Venue (to be confirmed)
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 ? is a sheer delight with Sculptor John Davey, and Ceramacist Belinda Sales joining Olivia to bring an unusual creative mix as they share these beautiful grounds and studios. Taster workshops in stone carving will be on offer as something for everyone to enjoy.
OLIVIA NURRISH studied painting at Bower Ashton Art College in Bristol and 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 2008 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 scenes to produce paintings that are bold, colourful and detailed. 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’. 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.
BELINDA SALES based in the coastal town of Weymouth, she handbuilds two and three dimensional ceramic wallart and sculptures from her garden workshop. Her work is influenced by the Dorset Coastal scenery and her lifelong interest in wildlife. Her stoneware animal sculptures are individually hand-built, each is unique and designed with its own character to make you smile. She likes to make ceramic pictures that are something different from the usual paintings and prints people have on their walls. Her aim is to make pictures that are bold and eye-catching, with an element of fun about them. In addition, Belinda has started a delicate ceramic jewellery collection based on plants collected on walks locally. Most her her wok is Raku fired, she is fascinated by the beautiful rustic crackle effect this ancient technique gives each piece with no two pieces come out of the firing the same.
ART WITH A VIEW is open every day during Dorset Art Weeks 14-29 May inc. from 11am to 5pm. 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/
Other Artists who have exhibited with Art with a View previously in DAW and Artwey's Open for Art with Olivia :
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.
ANDREA FRANKHAM-HUGHES is 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!’
Debbie specialises in clay modelling of a variety of subjects from plants and animals to dinosaurs and fantastical creatures, but her major interest is delivering her love of all the possibilities of clay to the public, through a range of workshops. Recognising that clay is suitable for all abilities and the practice of art is so wonderful for mental health wellbeing she delivers the opportunity to have fun and make something to schools, care and assisted living homes, community groups and parties. Recently she has added clay kits to her Etsy page and can post across the UK and she will be exhibiting in this year's DAW at her new studio .
15 Old Castle Road
Open 11-5pm daily from 14 May to 29 may inc