Snowy-High-Street
Animals06
Brazier
Pete-Gage-Band1
Turin-Brakes6
D4S9273
4MI-2013-11-28030
Civic-Service-18
Marlborough-under-snow-from-above---Pete-Davies
Christmas-Lights15-11-20097
Gordon-and-Sam
IMG9097
Camilla-2012-10-19152
White-Horse
D812668
SBJ
Remebrance-18-2
Torch-2012-05-23093-
Tina-May5
MYFC005
Mop-Fair---10-10-09------08
YELLOWHAMMER-473-
Camilla-MSM
MBORO-HOCKEY-YOUTH-473
Inbox2
TdB-Pewsey044
Landscape
FROSTY-MORNING-
Musical-Time-Machine5
Bluebells-in-West-Woods-10-05-09------30
JazzFestSat572
Remebrance-18-3
Scouting-for-Girls7
Duke-of-Kent086
EARLY-MORNING-CANTER-473-
Marlborough-2013-04-18StPeters
Roving-Crows1
Remebrance-18-1
Inquisitive-sheep-in-West-Overton
Sunset
Town-Hall-2011-05-0308-
IMG8472
Big-Bull
Brooks-Williams1
1stXV-and-others-with-Mayor
Ogbourne
George-Wilding-301
Inbox-1
D4S0472
Hares017cropped
Sunset2
Silbury-Sunset---10-06-08-----07
BABRURY-XC-JUMP-473

 

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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

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