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Mixed Show 09.07 - 06.08.2022

Some fantastic work included in this exhibition by Anne Aspinall, Kate Collins, Louise Jannetta, Ché Finch, Sarah Morley, Simon Plum, Meirion Watkin, Sandra Orme, Peter Rodulfo and Diane Nevitt

Mixed Show with

Simon Plum 

Simon Plum specializes in painting, drawing and intaglio printmaking. His practice is, in part, a surreal and darkly humorous commentary on the anxieties and absurdities of modern life, where animals and people appear in increasingly strange and unlikely scenarios; such as chasing each other endlessly around the kitchen table or clambering over rooftops above the terraced streets of my hometown, Preston. 

“Aside from this, I habitually returns to still-life paintings of old toy cars and lead animals, broken teapots, rusty paraffin lamps and other, seemingly worthless, household junk; finding much to celebrate in these forgotten remnants of people's lives. My work is partly biographical, evoking half-forgotten memories and events, a series of on-going visual narratives that drift between comedy and tragedy, reality and fantasy, the past and present”.  

www.simonplum.co.uk  


Anne Aspinall 

Anne Aspinall's work can be found throughout the UK and abroad, and is represented in collections in Europe, the USA and Australia. 

A colourist; Anne is known for her paintings of North Wales and the British coastline. Anne Aspinall's work has continued to increase in significance and is acknowledged as one of the best North West painters living today. 

www.facebook.com/anne.aspinall2 


Diane Nevitt  

Born in 1955 in Macclesfield, Cheshire Diane Nevitt has exhibited extensively since graduating in the early 70’s at Plymouth College of Art, going on to study Textiles at Taunton College of Arts and Technology. Diane firmly established her career early on; sharing a studio with Robert Lenkiewicz for many years at the on the waterfront at Plymouth Barbican, and exhibiting at the London Art Fair for many years. She is represented by galleries throughout the UK. 

  
Ché Finch  

Born in South Africa, and based in the North West since 2008 having lived on the Norfolk Broads since her early teens; Ché Finch’s work investigates the interplay between memory and ‘being there’. Exploring conceptual subjects through colour and texture; creating hand-coiled vases that often honour defining moments in life. She has a growing reputation for ceramics. 

www.chefinch.com 

  

Sandra Orme 

Former winner of the The Buxton Spa Prize and former Chair of the Peak District Artisans, as well as, a brand ambassador for Unison Colour Soft Pastels. Sandra is a leading pastel artist in the North West. With a degree in Fine Art and many years experience as an art teacher and tutor (including tutoring the occasional pastel class at the Ashmolean Museum); this is a great opportunity to see an extensive body of Sandra's work. Sandra is also a member of the High Peak Artists in Gallery in the Gardens at the Buxton Pavilion Gardens and the Peak District Artisans. 

With a studio in the heart of the Peak District in Buxton, Derbyshire. Sandra's work explores the ever changing sky and landscape that surrounds her studio; capturing the dramatic skies and sense of place. 

  
www.sandraorme.com  


Further info still to come; 

Meirion Watkin  https://www.instagram.com/meirionwatkin  

Kate Collins https://www.facebook.com/kate.collins.96199  

Peter Rodulfo https://www.rodulfo.org/ and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Rodulfo  

Louise Jannetta https://www.louisejannetta.co.uk/  

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PREVIOUS
EXHIBITIONS

Three Painters with Anne Aspinall, Ché Finch and Diane Nevitt 23.04 - 15.05.22

Cloudscape with Sandra Orme 11.03.- 02.04.22

Wild Walls with Meirion Watkin and Harsharn Gill 15.02 - 5.03.22

Christmas Show 2021 with Jo-anna Allen, Ché Finch, Lindsey Hambleton, Louise Jannetta, Ingrid Katarina Karlsson, Howard Levitt, Bruce Lyons, Sarah Morley, Diane Nevitt, Sandra Orme, Simon Plum, Peter Rodulfo, Gordon M Scott, Mark Sheeky, Faith Walker and 

Further details below with links to artists websites.

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Three Painters; Anne Aspinall, Ché Finch and Diane Nevitt

23rd April - 15th May

Anne Aspinall, Ché Finch and Diane Nevitt

Anne Aspinall


Anne Aspinall's work can be found throughout the UK and abroad, and is represented in collections in Europe, the USA and Australia.

A colourist; Anne is known for her paintings of North Wales and the British coastline. With a particular affection for North Wales which begun during early childhood observations of the area. Her work is a personal response to the patterns and rhythms inherent in the landscape and the “subtle seasonal tonal changes wrought by light and weather”.

Anne Aspinall's work has continued to increase in significance and is acknowledged as one of the best North West painters living today.


Diane Nevitt

Born in 1955 in Macclesfield, Cheshire Diane Nevitt has exhibited extensively since graduating in the early 70’s at Plymouth College of Art, going on to study Textiles at Taunton College of Arts and Technology. Although have a love of textile design, Diane’s first love was painting and she went on to become a professional painter. Sharing a studio with Robert Lenkiewicz for many years at the on the waterfront at Plymouth Barbican, Diane has exhibited on numerous occassions at the London Art Fair and is represented by galleries throughout the UK.

Over much of Diane’s career, she has taken inspiration from her many visits to Europe and especially her love of Italy. Diane’s second love is music, which played a great part in a series of early paintings such as ‘Music on the Island’, after Michael Galasso, and the wonderful bronze sculptures in the Musee D’Orsay, Paris.

Influences from the Art Nouveau movement and its Fin de Siecle paintings saw Diane’s paintings become more concerned with the timeless elemental nature of what lies beneath her work, rather than representation of the landscape.

‘I have no preconceived ideas of how the painting will end up. Painting is like music, it must be built on discipline and a firm understanding of paintings technical requirements but at the same time allowing for a freedom of expression’.


Ché Finch

Born in South Africa, and based in the North West since 2008 having lived on the Norfolk Broads since her early teens; Ché Finch’s work investigates the interplay between memory and ‘being there’. Exploring conceptual subjects through colour and texture; creating hand-coiled vases that often honour defining moments in life.

"My work is often emotional, depicting states of mind which are of the moment, as much as concepts. There are also meditative qualities during the initial making process of the vases, where scraping ‘clay off clay’ to sculpt the final shape produces a range of sounds that lend themselves to a gradual exploration of memories and new visuals. I am interested in visual disturbance; in placing a line or mark where it might not work, or might not please, and in the possibility of new visual signatures arising from this process. I also have a keen interest in neuroplasticity and in environments that cultivate intense focus and the facilitation of 'deep work'. Much of my earlier processes were based around reducing visual noise in order to focus on key elements (which resulted in more abstract work), this was in part influenced by earlier experiences working briefly as a tutor in African Rhythmic Structures in my early twenties, which uses a core rhythmic structure in which to generate innovative sound".

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Sandra Orme Cloudscape

11th - 27th March 2022

11th - 27th March 2022

https://www.sandraorme.com


With a studio in the heart of the Peak District in Buxton, Derbyshire. Sandra's work explores the ever changing sky and landscapes that surrounds her studio; capturing the dramatic skies and sense of place.


Former winner of the The Buxton Spa Prize and former Chair of the Peak District Artisans, as well as, a brand ambassador for Unison Colour Soft Pastels. Sandra is a leading pastel artist in the North West; with a degree in Fine Art and many years experience as an art teacher and tutor (including tutoring the occasional pastel class at the Ashmolean Museum); this is a great opportunity to see an extensive body of Sandra's work. Sandra is also a member of the High Peak Artists in Gallery in the Gardens at the Buxton Pavilion Gardens and the Peak District Artisans.

Sandra will be in the Macc Art Lounge on Friday 18th March and

Saturday (10.30am till 4pm). All welcome!

Sandra will also be teaching a pastel class on 6th June 2022 at the Macc Art Lounge. Full details can be found at https://www.maccartlounge.co.uk/book-online

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Wild Walls 

Meirion Watkin

Harsharn Gill

15th February - 5th March 2022

Wild Walls

Wild Walls showcases the works of both Meirion Watkin and Harsharn Gill.

Harsharn and Meirion met in Manchester in the 90’s.  Meirion found Harsharn’s early work in the Himalaya’s really inspiring.  Over the following years both photographers developed their own styles but stayed in touch and often arranged expeditions and adventures together.  In turn, through Meirion’s commercial photography and experimental projects, and through Harsharn’s work for the Peak  District National Park and events like the infamous Montane Spine Race, they have continued to influence each other’s styles. There is a strong connection and common interest in the wild outdoor world but they have quite distinct approaches and techniques.  An opportunity to contrast and showcase their work at Macc Art Lounge was too good to miss.

Meirion Watkin

Living and working in the Peak District, photographer Meirion Watkin grew up in the Staffordshire Moorlands, taking his early inspiration from pictures of mountains, adventure, and far off places. Early on he’d use whatever film cameras he could lay his hands on, taking pictures, experimenting with large format and holograms. 


With a career in jet engine design and an aptitude for ‘seeing’ the design and visualisation, his passion for climbing and photography provided a reason to escape, explore and develop his creativity further. 


“At the alpine summit of a rather dangerous solo climb in 2003, I was aware of a moment of absolute peace and calm that crystalized a direction for my photography. I still to try and capture the “silence between” and the moments of clarity in nature. I think I’ve greatly improved my mountain craft and judgement of risk but continue to take large cameras to inaccessible places”.   


Meirion now work’s professionally as a photographer, mostly in digital medium format but is always experimenting and visiting far off places taking his large camera lenses with him to inaccessible places. "I’ve travelled and photographed in the Americas, South Africa, China and the far North.  I consider myself very lucky to live in the sticks, on the Western edge of the Peak, with my wife and two small, adventurous children”.

Harsharn Gill


"Photography for me really began with my father. It was a keen hobby of his and like many things your parents have an interest in, they tend to be inherited in some form or another.

I have a passion for photographing landscapes, but as time has passed it has been combined with my outdoors lifestyle, hiking up mountains, multi-day pack packing trips, remote adventures to Scotland, Iceland, the Himalayas and Greenland.

More recently it’s taken a turn towards event photography, anywhere from local club races to multi-day ultra marathons, where the ability to compose moving subjects and think on your feet introduce challenges of their own".

Meirion Watkin: https://www.instagram.com/meirionwatkin

Harsharn Gill:

https://www.instagram.com/h4rsx/

Copyright Harsharn Gill
Copyright Meirion Watkin
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