Green Door Artist Exhibition
We’re pleased to be exhibiting pieces by Mike Barlow and Joyce Eldred of the Green Door collective.
The Green Door members’ works can be seen in our café until September 14th.
This new joint exhibition showcases work based on found materials from Mike and flower paintings from Joyce.
For many years, Mike Barlow has made work from found material, initially beachcombing the Lune estuary and the west coast of Scotland.
“My main concern has always been with the overall design: the elements of colour, balance, texture etc,” said Mike. “However, in the course of working, a meaning, be it narrative or symbolic, often emerges. But I prefer the viewer to make their own interpretations; my pre-occcupation being to work with what a piece suggests as I go along – being led by the nose as it were – up to that point where the thing feels finished.”
Joyce Eldred has been living, working and teaching art in Cumbria for the past 25 years, and the area inspired her to take up painting again.
“I paint various subject matter including landscapes and for this exhibition the theme is flowers’” said Joyce. “I am always looking at new ways of representing subjects, experimenting with different mediums and techniques. I’ve recently explored abstract interpretations and developed my way of seeing.”
“This exhibition brings together contrasting work from two very different artists,” said Green Door administrator Janice Benson. “Mike’s work incorporates some fascinating textures and colours which complement the beauty of Joyce’s flower paintings. Overall, the effect is surprisingly harmonious yet intriguing.”
Low Sizergh Barn artists
We also have some local artists who feature year round and are a firm favourite with our tea room customers.
Thuline de Cock
Thuline says of her work: “I observe animals, their shapes, gestures and mannerisms and in developing my ideas, I take them quite often out of their context. I like using bold colours. In my work, I explore the possibilities of bringing the subjects in and out of focus. Composition plays an important role in my paintings. I sometimes use perspective to distort images. I enjoy the gathering of information as much as I do the painting. Cows are funny creatures. Just like humans, they have their own characters. Their faces show expressions and a curiosity that never stop to amaze and fascinate me.”
One of the distinguishing features of Libby’s work is a vibrant use of colour. Much of her recent work reflects her interest in the local Lakeland landscape, which she describes as being “both geographically and spiritually enriching”. Libby uses acrylic to respond to the landscape and interpret it in her own unique style.
We also have two Frances Winder paintings which we commissioned. The first is of the milking parlour and the second is of the shippon. We haven’t got room to show you both here so you’ll have to pop in to the tea room to see the story of the shippon on canvas!