Three artists, Sue Melville, Anja Penger-Onyett and Janet Cook express their love of the natural environment in their exhibition at the Eagle Gallery in Castle Road, Bedford.
Saturday 17th to Saturday 24th November. Open 10am to 5.30pm each day except Sunday, 11am to 4pm
Sue is a painter who loves to celebrate colour. Her inspiration comes from landscape and the natural world. Her paintings can sometimes be quite abstract and playful as she like to experiment with layering of colour and mark making. Her aim is to recreate a feeling about a place or landscape that she has visited.
Anja’s work is largely decorative for the garden, patio, balcony or indoors. She throws her work on the potters-wheel and then enhances it by adding, cutting and altering the clay. She is inspired by natural shapes and colours and in order to achieve these she develops her own glazes and fires her work in a gas kiln in reduction or in an electric kiln for the more vibrant colours. In short, Anja is “painting” with minerals and fire. Due to the high firing temperature the decorative work can be kept outside all year round.
Janet too takes her inspiration from nature, expressing her love of the play of light and shade on vegetation, the movement of birds, the changing colours of the seasons. Her medium is textiles, because as we are enveloped in them from birth to death we have a natural affinity with them. Sometimes her work has a serious point to make – about conservation, for instance. At other times her work is light-hearted, even whimsical. In order to put across what she feels about her chosen subjects she employs a wide variety of textile techniques.
This exhibition will not only give you a burst of colour and food for thought, it will provide the perfect opportunity to purchase unique Christmas presents!