WHAT’S ON AT THE WILLOW GALLERY

The Willow is excited to welcome you to join us for a wonderful variety of events, exhibitions and workshops this summer. Please scroll down for full details.

Events:

Craft Fair – A Celebration of Local Crafts – Sat 6th July 

Featuring a variety of stalls promoting the work of local craftspeople including ceramics, prints, wood, glass, textiles, jewellery and much more. The perfect opportunity to discover the inspirational creativity of craftspeople around Oswestry and see demonstrations of different crafts. Children’s craft activities will also be taking place throughout the day.

If you are interested in book a craft stall please contact the gallery for further information.

LIVE at The Willow – Friday 9th of August – Monthly Acoustic Music Night Launched by The Gregory S. Davies Band & Little Red Bird.  8pm (Tickets £4 available from Willow Gallery)

Recently identified by the Shropshire Star as “one to watch”, The Gregory S. Davies Band is a new Americana-style collective fronted by local singer-songwriter Gregory Davies. With a diverse sound encompassing gypsy folk, latin, blues, boogie-woogie and americana, the group will be playing acoustic versions of songs taken from their 2013 album ‘Santiago’, which includes a BBC Radio Shropshire Song of the Month .

Local favourites Little Red Bird will also be performing a collection of songs sure to get you on your feet.

A special selection of savouries, deserts and drinks will be served by the Willow Eatery throughout the evening.

Artists in Residence:

Felt artist Sue Mulcock will be creating a unique felt landscape in the gallery throughout theweek from Tuesday the 16th of July. This will be an opportunity to observe a variety of hand felting techniques being used to capture the atmosphere and texture of the landscape.

Karl Robinson-Bray – Painting in the Dunbabin room daily. 

Karl Robinson-Bray is an internationally renowned painter who’s large scale oil paintings capture the atmosphere, character and texture of the landscape and rural life. Watch Karl’s paintings develop throughout the summer.

Workshops:

Three Day Figure Sculpture Course with Maxmillion Bacconello -Three day workshop: Friday 5th, Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th of July from 10am – 5pm each day. 

Max Studied fine art in Florence, Italy, and has recently had work accepted to the Royal Society of Portrait Sculptors exhibition in London. Learn how to sculpt a figure from life. Over the 3 days you will experiment with a variety of sculpting techniques to create a clay figure from making the armature to the final details that bring a sculpture to life. All this will be done using the sight size tradition. The course will include demonstrations of a variety of sculpting techniques and continuing individual advice and assistance will be given during the sessions. Supplied on the course and to take home: Steal armature stand, wooden base, aluminium armature wire, modelling clay. You are able to take your sculpture home at the end of the course, giving you the option to have it cast. Sculpture Stand and modelling tools will also be supplied therefore you just need to bring yourself, but if you would like to bring your own tools please do so.

Due to limited places please book in advance.

£185 for the three days, including all materials and armature.
£50 deposit required on booking.

Painting with Felt – Landscape felt making workshop with Sue Mulcock – Saturday 20thJuly 10am-4pm

Create your own unique felt landscape with expert guidance from professional artist Sue Mulcock. Bring your own photograph or image to inspire your exploration with colour and texture in the landscape. A variety of felting techniques and British wool types will be explored.

Workshop suitable for beginners and improvers

£35 including all materials

Introduction to Wood Carving Workshop with Jim Heath. 20th July. 10am-4pm.

This course provides an introduction to wood carving with tuition from professional wood carver and artist Jim Heath. Throughout the day you will learn all the basics and get to grips with the tools used in wood carving. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn a new skill. £30 per person, including all materials.

For all courses and workshops please book in advance as places are limited

Children’s Events & Art Workshops

Food Festival Fun – Create your own imaginative sculptures – Sat 13th July – 1-3pm  – All Ages Welcome

Join in with all the food festival fun by making food themed sculptures from felt, wire and paper. You can decorate these using a variety of different techniques including painting and embroidery.

Get your creative juices flowing!

£6 per child

The Big Paint, Print & Sew – Friday 26th & Saturday 27th  July – 11am-1pm £5 per child.

Have fun experimenting with a variety of techniques to create your own unique artwork to be exhibited as part of The Willow Gallery’s ‘Big Paint, Print & Sew’ panel. Pop in anytime between 11 and 1.

Summer Holiday Workshops – Wednesdays & Fridays 1-3pm. Suitable for ages 6-12 years

Get Creative this Summer with an exciting variety of art workshops. Take home what you make.

Miniature Theatre Making – Wednesday July 31st

Create your own theatre and sets using acetate & glass paints.

Puppet Making & Puppet Show – Wednesday 7th August  

Make a moving puppet and put on your own puppet show at the end of the session.

Pattern & Paint – Friday 9th August

Explore a variety of techniques for painting on fabric and decorate your own pencil case, bag or other fabric item.

Creative Victorian Cameos  – Wednesday 14th August

Capture a portrait in relief to make your own unique Victorian Cameo,

Crazy Collages – Friday 16th August  

Use fabric, felt, special paper and card to create your own unique collage artwork.

Wednesday 21st August – Make your own Movie

All workshops are £6 per child including materials. Please book in advance.

Exhibitions

Sara & Edwin John Collective Exhibition – 29th June – 17th August. 

The Willow Gallery is privileged to be showcasing works from this distinguished family of Welsh Artists. Both son and granddaughter of Augustus John will have their artwork exhibited together for the first time in this special exhibition. With an upbringing nurtured by Augustus and his sister Gwen John, Edwin and Sara were influenced by two of Wales’s greatest visual artists. A wide selection of oil paintings, watercolors, drawings and studies will be on display.  This exciting exhibition is likely to attract interest from a wide audience due to the rarity of this first time collection of Sara and Edwins works inspired by the Welsh landscape and their travels.

Feature Artists:

Sue Mulcock: Atmsopheric felt paintings created from a variety of British wools and beautifully embellished these wonderful works of art capture the subtle colours, atmosphere and topography of the British landscape.

Steve Ferguson: Creating vibrant and painterly works of art, Steve channels his inspiration from nature, texture and form. He is particularly influenced by Cornish artists and sculptures. A selection of Steve’s paintings of Birds in Acrylic on reclaimed wood, will be exhibited throughout July and August.

Lyn Evans: Lyn Evans captures the essence of local scenes and areas of natural beauty through her bright and eye catching collages.

Boo: Free flowing ephemeral paintings of fish from a underwater viewpoint glimmer, glisten and shine in the sunlight that streams through the surface of the water. Boo’s use of metal leaf adds to the reflective quality of the work.

Gerald Dewsbury: Gerald Dewsbury is known for his intricate and beautiful oil paintings of trees, woodlands and surrounding hills. His paintings combine vivid colours with his distinguished style resulting in a unique representation of nature.

Llewellyn Cummings: With his timeless style and dynamic use of oil paint he captures the atmosphere and essence of the landscape.

Ostinelli & Priest: Renowned sculptors Ostinelli and Priest are currently exhibiting a selection of their unique animal sculptures, including dogs, bulls and horses. Their distinct techniques and delicate colour pallet enables the artists to embody the character and personality of the animals in a way that is unique to them.

Judith Harrison: Judith Harrison’s subtle and detailed Collographs are inspired by landscape and Celtic myths and legends.

Alison Holt: Skilled combination of freehand machine embroidery and silk painting, by this internationally renowned artist, capture the subtle colours and details of the natural world.

Allanah Piesse:  figurative acrylic paintings reflect aspects of mythology. She creates stories through the juxtaposition of objects and figures. The concept of time, past, present and future become intertwined in these surreal and sometimes eerie paintings.  Colour and texture are also an important aspect of Allanah’s work.

Willow Gallery Shop

The gallery shop showcases a wide variety of handcrafted products and cards by local people including ceramics, wood turning, jewellery, textiles, woven rugs, clay and wooden sculptures and much, much more!

The Willow Eatery

Open Mon-Sat: 9.30am – 5.30pm

Willow Eatery is the newly refurbished cafe at the Willow Gallery. Under new management since April 2013, it is run by Lindsay Chaplin from Lindsay’s Cakery. Serving a range of fresh, tasty home-baked cakes and lunches including quiches, soup with homemade rolls, paninis, wraps, locally sourced Treflach Farm free-range pies and more. Drinks available include fair trade coffee made with organic milk, loose-leaf speciality teas, milkshakes and soft drinks. Catering for the individual, Gluten-free snacks, decaf tea and coffee and soya milk available.

Drinks, cakes and a selection of lunch options are now available for Takeaway too!

We are now offering ‘Afternoon Tea at Willow Eatery’, so please pop in or email us at willoweatery@gmail.com  to enquire about enjoying a relaxing afternoon full of scrumptious delights within the Willow Gallery. Afternoon Tea vouchers make the perfect gift. (Please book Afternoon Tea at Willow Eatery at least one week in advance. Time restrictions may apply).

 

Dunbabin Room – Available to hire for functions, courses, exhibitions and events.

Please contact the gallery for further information.

Shop/Studio Space Available to Rent – Please contact the gallery for further information

The gallery is launching an exciting programme of ‘Artist in the Gallery’ and we are very keen for you to be involved. Every Saturday or Wednesday we are hoping to have an artist being creative in the gallery. This could involve sketching,painting, sewing, knitting, hand throwing pots, card making, silk painting, etc… This will be a great opportunity for artists to be able to share and further promote their work. This will also enable gallery visitors to gain an insight into the creative process and the time and skill involved in hand crafted items. Any artist working in the gallery will be promoted on the what’s on and gallery website/blog, If you would like to be involved then please contact the Willow for further information.

 

The Willow Gallery CIC is a not-for-profit organisation run for the community, mainly by volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering at The Willow or would like to support the gallery in any way, either through a donation or your time, skills or financial support, then please contact the gallery. Any support is much appreciated.url

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