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Silbury-Sunset---10-06-08-----07
D812668
Animals06
Mop-Fair---10-10-09------08
Gordon-and-Sam
Ogbourne
Christmas-Lights15-11-20097
Civic-Service-18
IMG9097
MBORO-HOCKEY-YOUTH-473
BABRURY-XC-JUMP-473
Duke-of-Kent086
George-Wilding-301
Camilla-MSM
JazzFestSat572
Remebrance-18-1
4MI-2013-11-28030
D4S9273
SBJ
Scouting-for-Girls7
Marlborough-2013-04-18StPeters
Turin-Brakes6
Bluebells-in-West-Woods-10-05-09------30
Marlborough-under-snow-from-above---Pete-Davies
MYFC005
Remebrance-18-2
1stXV-and-others-with-Mayor
Brazier
YELLOWHAMMER-473-
FROSTY-MORNING-
Tina-May5
Brooks-Williams1
TdB-Pewsey044
Landscape
Remebrance-18-3
Big-Bull
Musical-Time-Machine5
Roving-Crows1
Sunset
D4S0472
Torch-2012-05-23093-
Town-Hall-2011-05-0308-
IMG8472
Snowy-High-Street
White-Horse
Pete-Gage-Band1
Inbox2
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Hares017cropped
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Camilla-2012-10-19152
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Rabley Summer Exhibition: seventeen artists showing talents nurtured at the Rabley Drawing Centre

Amanda Ralfe: 'Wiltshire landscape'Amanda Ralfe: 'Wiltshire landscape'Rabley Drawing Centre is renowned for high quality exhibitions throughout the year, but I wonder how many people are aware of the thriving workshop sessions which are going on in the surrounding studios.

This year's summer exhibition of fine art prints features 17 artists, some like Arran Miles, Penny Furbisher and Suzy Miles have been working with Rabley since the early days in 2004, while others are new or occasional participants. It is an excellent show where every piece is visually strong and all are showing great skill and technique.

If you are not familiar with the variety of printmaking techniques this is an excellent show to visit.  You won't find any explanations, but look at the work where it is clear to see the diversity of the discipline.

Compare the etched and inked lines of Beetroot by Serena Nickson to the block colour in the relief prints of Penny Furbisher or the delicacy of the chine colle used by Alison Grant against the bravado of a Jean Stibbon monotype. These verbal descriptions don't do justice to the contrasts which every artist in this exhibition is able to show within each piece of work.

Two of the artists have been selected for this year's Royal Academy summer exhibition. Amy Jane Blackwell is an accomplished printmaker who works as a technician to some of the UK's top artists. At Rabley she shows two small pictures, curious and compelling to look at and much more than they might at first appear.

Suzy Miles' 'Burning Bush' captures the vibrant colour of the willow tree in her garden, seeming so ridiculously flamboyant, you know she has been looking at and absorbing its reality.

Susie Whimster: 'Song of the Rain, Series 1'Susie Whimster: 'Song of the Rain, Series 1'The detailed work of Amanda Cornish uses photopolymer gravure where photography and printing collide - in this case to create a stark close up of natural forms like dark recently discovered black and white stills from a lost folio.

Two monoprints by Susie Whimster are light and full of air and atmosphere. These beguiling pieces appear to drop off the gallery wall in their weightless quality.

Rabley Drawing Centre is much more than just a gallery where you visit to stare at the wall.  Director Meryl Ainslie has created a friendly community where anyone can go and work with her excellent collection of tutors - however inexperienced an artist you might be.

The beauty of this exhibition is that it shows in the right atmosphere high quality work can be achieved. It is on for a short time but I recommend you go and look, marvel at the work and even buy something.

The exhibition is open from Thursday, June 30 to Sunday, July 3 from 110.00am to 4.pm.

Rabley Drawing Centre, Rabley Barn, Mildenhall, Marlborough, SN8 2LW (01672 511999.)  Further details on the Centre's website.

And there are more examples of the works in the Exhibition here.


 

Print

White-Horse
JazzFestSat572
Turin-Brakes6
Musical-Time-Machine5
Inquisitive-sheep-in-West-Overton
Camilla-MSM
D4S0472
ARKManton-2012-01-1449-
Landscape
Big-Bull
Marlborough-under-snow-from-above---Pete-Davies
Remebrance-18-1
Sunset
Snowy-High-Street
Brooks-Williams1
IMG9097
Sunset2
Civic-Service-18
Marlborough-2013-04-18StPeters
Christmas-Lights15-11-20097
Silbury-Sunset---10-06-08---07
1stXV-and-others-with-Mayor
Pete-Gage-Band1
Camilla-2012-10-19152
Animals06
Town-Hall-2011-05-0308-
Scouting-for-Girls7
4MI-2013-11-28030
D812668
Bluebells-in-West-Woods-10-05-09---30
Gordon-and-Sam
CivicSelfie1
MYFC005
Duke-of-Kent086
Remebrance-18-3
Torch-2012-05-23093-
D4S9273
George-Wilding-301
Hares017cropped
TdB-Pewsey044
IMG8472
SBJ
Ogbourne
Remebrance-18-2
Mop-Fair---10-10-09---08
Brazier
Roving-Crows1
Tina-May5