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.
For 2017, we are featuring 8 different artists in the cafe throughout the year and 3 in the garden during our ‘Sculptures in the Garden’ exhibition which is in situ for the whole of August.
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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 2017
Our first exhibition of 2017 features the work of two very different artists: Janis Goodman and Heather Shaw.
Heather is based in West Yorkshire. She uses the notion of ‘Collecting’ as inspiration – 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.
Janis is a printmaker creating etchings and aquatints that reflect her architectural training and interest in the inner city and familiar parts of the countryside.
She loves pattern and her prints are preoccupied with the repetitive patterns formed by roofs, windows and chimney pots and how they contrast with the organic forms of plants and especially birds.
She 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.
We are pleased to announce a new artist, Jane Dignum, who will be displaying her nature-inspired prints.
We will be welcoming Rachel McNaughton back to exhibit her beautiful water colours.
We look forward to welcoming Maggie Goodwin as our August artist. Maggie uses a hand operated etching press to make her original prints. Each one is an individual piece of art, having been inked and pressed separately. She was born and grew up on the Pennines, near Haworth and now lives in Lower Wharfedale, a gentler part of the county. Her inspiration comes from nature and the countryside, particularly the wide-open spaces of the moors and dales of Yorkshire and the big skies and coastal marshes of North Norfolk.
We will be welcoming back two very talented artists who approach botanical illustration from very different places, but both produce stunning images.
Caroline Holley is a Botanical Illustrator living and working in Sheffield. She will be exhibiting prints and watercolours.
With a degree in Botany and Geography from Newcastle University (1979) and a certificate in Botanical
Illustration from Sheffield University (2003) she combines her love of plants and painting in watercolours to produce beautiful detailed flower portraits. She has an RHS silver gilt medal (London, 2007) and 2 RHS gold medals (London 2005, Malvern 2013). Caroline als o has work in the permanent collection at the Hunt Institute,Pittsburgh, USA, the RHS Lindley Library in London and the Sheffield Botanical Gardens as well as in many private collections around the world. She has had regular exhibitions throughout Britain, teaches and undertakes commissions.
In 2008 John Shepherd FRPS embarked on a project, creating Botanical Images of the apple species found within the Ampleforth Abbey Orchard. 50 images were created over a period of three years, which culminated with the award of a Fellowship from the Royal Photographic Society in 2011.
Following retirement from the Design Technology Department at Ampleforth College in 2006, John was able to devote time and effort to his passion for photographing the flora and fauna of our natural world. It was during the emergence of the computer age that he became absorbed with electronic image manipulation and spent countless hours exploring the creation of computer generated digital art. Developments in digital technology provided a platform on which to expand his interest in botanical illustrations, eventually leading to their creation through the use of photographic/digital media.
John’s current work encompasses illustrations of both cultivated and wild flowers, with meticulous attention being paid to their colour rendering, ensuring the original scene matches the final print.
Here is a selection of the artists and art that have been on display at Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens over the last three years. We will be welcoming some of them back in 2017.