Verve captures perfectly the zest, intensity and sparkle of this exhibition. It features the work of four artists, all of whom are interested in exploring colour, pattern and texture in their work. The textile artist Angela Forte has made a series of hand-woven tapestries especially for this exhibition which sing of her joy in colour and pattern. Circles, roads and stars are fixed in the weave and speak vividly of a lifetime of journeys and contemplation.
Vivid colour and strong shapes are also obvious in the work of the other artists, all creating three-dimensional work in different mediums. Gráinne Watts creates wonderful, daringly coloured and patterned ceramic pieces that will seduce you. Cecilia Moore uses a variety of materials in her practice. The pieces in this exhibition are intriguing, patinated vessels in silver and copper based metals, made using the technique of “raising”. Texture and colour are also central to the work of Paula Stokes. Her off-centre glass vessels capture colour in a very concentrated form; this is further enhanced by the sandblasted finish which give them an unexpected softness.
This exhibition opens officially at the Blue Egg Gallery, John’s Gate Street, Wexford on Saturday 8th April 2017 at noon; the guest speaker will be architect, Angela Rolfe. The exhibition continues until Saturday 6th May.
JUGS (May-June 2017)
This exhibition will feature a feast of jugs in clay and glass by about 30 makers from Ireland. It will be curated by Hilary Morley and Mary Gallagher. The opening day is Saturday 13th May. The exhibition will then run until Saturday 10th June. It will move to McCambridge’s in Galway city for the annual arts festival (17th – 30th July)