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Fields and Hedgerows come alive in the Gallery at The Witham

Fields and Hedgerows, an exhibition inspired by the magical discovery of the natural world is at The Witham from Thursday 25th May to Saturday 17 June 2017.

Open from 10 am - 4 pm Tuesdays to Saturdays, the Fields and Hedgerows will bring the outside in, inspired by the natural, rural habitats of Teesdale countryside as exemplified in The Witham’s wonderful Storytelling Chair, a commission by local textile artist, Hotch Potch House Upholsterers Glynis Manning and Steve Parkes.

The Witham’s Summer of Stories 2017 will feature the Story Chair too, to encourage everyone to share, create and enjoy stories. This wonderful, creative and beautiful Story Chair will inspire the imaginations of the young and old for years to come

The Fields and Hedgerows exhibition will be a joyful show featuring images of animals and insects that might be found in Teesdale fields and hedgerows and has been curated with the intention of appealing to visitors of all ages.  

Local artist Keith Alexander who comments ‘Living in Teesdale for the last 26 years has had a big impact on my subject matter. Working from my studio adjacent to an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, my work is influenced by the special nature of this spectacular landscape – open moorland and beautiful dales, the habitat for a range of distinctive birds such as the Curlew, Red Legged Partridge and the Greater Spotted Woodpecker, which co-exist with farming.’ 

The Witham are also working with textile artist Dori Henderson who’s work features in Fields and Hedgerows to hold a one day rag rug workshop on Thursday 15 June. With an early bird rate of £68, the workshop includes tutorial to start off your rag rug as well as the kit you will take home after the day: hessian, latch hooks, strong linen thread, and a handmade wooden stretcher frame for each participant to which you will attach the hessian to keep the work taut. Fabrics will be provided but bring any you would like to use and ideas for your design.

Other artists include Ann Mason’s striking prints, stunning textile works by Ann Lee, painter and printer Emerson Mayes pieces inspired by flora and fauna, beautiful bird prints by Michael P Smith and more.

As Sarah Gent, Marketing Manager of The Witham arts centre in Barnard Castle says, ‘This exhibition is thrilling as it incorporates so much of what is beautiful and unique about our landscape here in Teesdale. It also brings the beautiful story chair by Glynis and Steve of Hotch Potch Upholstery into the Gallery where it belongs.

What could be finer than art celebrating the life and vitality of the Fields and Hedgerows that surround us? Thank you to all the artists who have created these amazing works and bought them to us here at The Witham for all to enjoy’

 

Come to enjoy the Fields and Hedgerows Exhibition from 10am to 4pm, Tuesday to Saturday (free admission) or call on 01833 631107. You can also email info@thewitham.org.uk for more information. For future exhibitions and more information on The Gallery at The Witham, please head to www.thewitham.org.uk and select Opportunities. 

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