Throughout the summer, Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens hosts a series of art exhibitions both in the tea room and the garden showcasing local artists.
All the artists are selected because their work fits in with our focus of plants, wildlife and landscape that we promote throughout the garden.
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The art exhibitions are open during normal opening times and regular admission price applies for the garden, although visitors are welcome to come to the tea room and admire the exhibitions, without paying to go round the garden.
Art Exhibitions 2018
Our first exhibition of 2018 features the work of two very different artists: Heather Shaw and Jo Hunter.
Heather creates box framed pictures which combine layers of various papers and postcards to reveal images and text within different layers. It is her butterfly box collections that she will be exhibiting here. You can visit Heather’s website to find out more about her work.
Jo is a textile artist who combines merino wool, silk and other fibres along with print elements to create individual felted pieces of work with a contemporary feel.
Jo loves to combine her creativity and teaching background by sharing her skills and encourage other to develop their felt making through a variety of felt workshops. For more information about Jo you can visit her website.
Helen Roddie is our artist for May.
Helen is a printmaker, inspired by nature and a passion for plants, creating botanical linocuts from detailed observation and drawing.
Floor tiles provide the printing surface for cutting her designs in relief. The choice of material and tools gives her work a strong, graphic quality.
Helen enjoys giving regular workshops at RHS Garden Harlow Carr to help others explore the creative magic of linocuts. Visit Helen’s website for more.
We will be welcoming Rachel McNaughton back to exhibit her beautiful water colours.
A Talented Trio. We are pleased to confirm that during July we will have a photo exhibition of the garden.
Three women photographers, Christine Carr, Georgina Brown and Sarah Kellett take different approaches to their images. We will exhibit their individual interpretation of the gardens as seen on visits last April.
Christine enjoys creating an artistic style, influenced by impressionist painters and reflecting the scene as a whole. Her love of gardens and nature provides a base from which to work. She is happy to experiment with different effects to achieve the images she sees in her mind’s eye, rather than present an exact record.
Georgina particularly enjoys macro photography and likes to capture the minute and intricate details of plants and flora in its simplistic form. She always looks to seek out fresh perspectives and new angles in her photography, drawn by vibrant and bold colours. Post processing is kept to a minimum to retain the originality of the subjects captured.
Sarah grew up with a love of plants and flowers thanks to the many happy days spent at her family’s nurseries in Cawood. She now grows a variety of flowers in her own garden to enable her to photograph them at their best. Sarah is particularly attracted to delicate pastel shades and strives to make her images reminiscent of a water colour painting rather than a true photographic image.
We look forward to welcoming Michelle Hughes as our August artist.
Michelle is a freelance graphic designer and printmaker. Her linocut prints are inspired by nature; her love of gardening and the great British countryside. Her interest in 1950s textiles and ceramics also influences much of her work.
Michelle loves exploring the countryside by bike or on foot, camera in hand, capturing ideas for her next prints.
Back in her garden studio, Michelle creates simple but stylised silhouettes based on her photographs, and cuts these shapes into lino. She hand prints with an etching press, using oil-based inks to create tonal blocks of colour. Michelle’s prints are limited editions.
Michelle often incorporates her hand-crafted techniques into her graphic design work. You can visit the Michelle Hughes Design website to find out more.
Kate Pettitt will be our final exhibitor of 2018.
Working from a bright Georgian studio in central York, Kate mainly paints landscapes and people using a variety of media including oils, acrylic, ink and graphite. She works from memory, notes, sketches and studies, collected objects and where possible, from life or plein air.
Kate’s work aims to evoke the memory of a moment and is often elemental and textural. Inspired by movement, shifting light and changing weather conditions, she loves to capture the character and uniqueness of people and place, working quickly and instinctively.
Visit Kate’s website for more.
Here is a selection of the artists and art that have been on display at Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens over the last four years. We will be welcoming some of them back in 2018.