Archive

Cafe Art – Nicola Richardson

Nicola’s full time occupation as a firefighter for Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service and family life with three children suggests that finding time to develop her Artwork reflects commitment and passion.

Subject matter for works in watercolour, pastel and oil paint initially favoured Animals and Wildlife and more recently has included human figures in narrative settings. The exhibition includes original works and limited edition prints of the originals.

Painsley Catholic College

The artworks by 2017 GCSE students illustrate skilful and imaginative interpretations in response to set themes. In both exam and coursework projects students have developed their ideas by researching Artists and exploring a range of techniques and media. These include sculptural processes using paper, card, clay, wire and mod-roc. Drawing and painting processes include pen and wash, watercolour, acrylic, oil and chalk pastels and pencil crayon. In addition students used photography, photoshop and collage to develop their ideas.

 

 

REBECCA WEBSTER-LAJMI

Rebecca’s Paintings in Acrylic and Watercolour are inspired by Nature. Closely observed and detailed illustrations of flowers, fruit, leaves, seeds, shells and pebbles are linked to a strong passion for colour.

 

Lucy Bennett

Lucy Bennett:
Lucy’s paintings are a celebration of the natural world and a distillation of her observations formed over time through drawing and photography. The semi abstraction captures the energy of growth and form and gives space for the spectator to respond to the new worlds on offer through her distinctive personal style.

Portraits – Leek High School

LEEK HIGH SCHOOL – PORTRAITS. A year ago the display of Portraits by students from Leek High was very popular with visitors to the Foxlowe. The current well observed and sensitively drawn images will undoubtedly invite equal acclaim.

A Long Way from Home

A new exhibition ‘A Long Way From Home’ has recently opened in the Heritage Room.

The exhibition has only been seen before in Leek for a short while in 2004 after the collaboration between Borderland Voices and the Polish Community, who came to England after the Second World War and settled at the disused army camp at Blackshaw Moor.

A series of in-depth interviews from survivors of prison and labour camps together with heart-rending refugee journeys were recorded and transcribed culminating in the publication of an accompanying book.

Sadly most of the interviewees have now died but it is hoped the exhibition will be a reminder of the bravery and stoicism of the Polish people who travelled so far from their own country and of interest to the new generation of Polish people who have settled in Leek and the Moorlands.

Pure Yoga Class – Wednesday mornings

A Leek-born Yogi has followed her dream of sharing yoga with her community after setting up a class in her home town.  Angela Riley, aged 38, currently teaches at Pure Yoga in Macclesfield but is now bringing her knowledge to Leek with a weekly class at the Foxlowe.

The style of yoga taught by Angela is accessible to all ages and physical abilities. “I so often hear people say that they can’t do yoga because they’re not flexible enough but my teachings focus on mindful movement and breath awareness to help people find some inner peace. Flexibility, strength and suppleness, to name but a few of the physical benefits, are great by-products of the practice”

Angela’s 75 minute class runs every Wednesday morning at 10am (in term time) in the Foxlowe’s Rainbow room.  She asks that you bring your own mat but there will be a limited number available to borrow.  Cost £7.00 per session.

Angela can be contacted on 07837 253161 or email angelajayneriley@icloud.com.

Continue reading →

Café Art – Philip Johnson

Staffordshire born artist Philip Johnson enjoyed drawing and painting anything and everything from a very young age.

He studied illustration and portraiture at The Birmingham College of Art and later worked as an illustrator for The Open University.

However he soon discovered that producing artwork every day, where time was an ever present factor, it eventually became a chore and he ultimately stopped drawing and painting for pleasure.

Philip eventually decided to leave the art world and spent 18 years bringing up his young family and running his own business working in the building trade.

At the age of 40 he sold his business and studied for a Bachelor of Education Degree at the MMU.

Subsequently he took up teaching and taught in Stafford for 16 years. Following a move to Cheshire he taught part time in the Crewe area for a further 7 years.

Now retired and after a 40 year break from his artwork, Philip finally feels able to devote quality time to developing his painting and drawing skills once again.

Philip still draws and paints anything and everything but feels that the human face is often especially alluring. His work is heavily influenced by his experience as an illustrator and he often listens to classical music while drawing or painting at home in his studio.

He works in many different media, from pencils and pastels to oils and acrylics. However his choice of media is primarily dictated by the image he is creating. As he sees them all as an extension of drawing swapping between them is not a big issue.

However Philip says that if he had to choose one medium it would probably be pencil because when working in monochrome he can concentrate entirely on the tonal quality of his work.

Website: http://www.realistportraits.com

HEROES – Westwood 1st School

HEROES : Years 1 to 4 have produced drawings  / collages inspired by learning about heroic men and women in recent history.
The following are displayed : Grace Darling,  Florence Nightingale, Mahatma Gandhi and Rosa Parks.

Café Art – Mike Reeves

Mike Reeves’ paintings explore both urban and landscape locations in Staffordshire and Cheshire. His distinctive and expressive works, in acrylic and mixed media, incorporate at times three dimensional projections from the canvas.  

Search

Categories