Café art

Artist in Residence at the Café – Nov to Dec

Sarah Rowley is a mixed media artist from Leek.

Not long after completing her art degree, Sarah got married and had two children. She then put her goals to one side and spent many years working hard to provide for her family. Over the years Sarah juggled her time between working, raising her sons and keeping her dream alive, by creating art and experimenting whenever she had an opportunity.

Sarah’s perseverance finally paid off and in the last year she was able to make the leap to becoming a full-time artist. Since then she has launched her new website, her work has been displayed in an exhibition at Burslem School of Art, she has pieces up at the Business Lodge in Fenton, The Auctioneers Arms in Caverswall, The Guild Hall Gallery in Stafford and now in the Gallery and the Café at the Foxlowe Arts Centre.

Recently, Sarah also secured a large room in the communal enterprise “The Artisans’ Gallery” in Biddulph, where she has opened the first Roanoke Art Gallery. Along with her own work, there is an eclectic mix of stunning pieces available, from a range of talented artists and some of the art for sale will have their entire value donated to the Stroke Association; where Sarah volunteers.

Artist Statement.

I paint what I think is beautiful and I’ve been fortunate enough to be surrounded by beautiful landscapes in Leek and the Staffordshire Moorlands.

I love to include items for texture in my work and wherever possible it will be something from the location that I’m painting.

This year has been a whirlwind and I’m so happy to be able to do what I love full-time now. A lot of great things have happened so far, but if I’m honest, after years of enjoying the food and being inspired by the art at the Foxlowe Arts Centre, I was over the moon, when I was offered the opportunity to have my work displayed here.

Helen Kaminsky

Helen Margaret Kaminsky

Mixed Media Art – on display until Saturday 27th April 2019.

Helen is a self-taught, flourishing mixed media artist whose diversity appeals to a wide audience of individuals.  She has completed many commissioned pieces and has become of high interest to a multitude of art collectors locally and internationally.  Helen is a member of a number of art societies based in the North West, including Incubation Arts, and has recently joined the Vale Artists Co-operative in Congleton, Cheshire, where she shares a studio with four other artisans.

Quality in her work is ensured throughout every step of the artistic process from creation to delivery.

Artist’s Statement

My work has evolved through various experiments and techniques, from photo transfer, mixed media, collage and encaustic. I love the challenges and excitement of work with different mediums, changing the style to suit the subject and the effects that I want to create. This versatility gives each piece its own mystique.

I have developed my style to interact with the observer as I like to keep a sense of mystery within my paintings, for the interpretation to change with each viewer’s own imagination.  This way the painting will always be a source of creative visualisation, changing over time with the shifting thought processes.

The synergies of these techniques combine to establish an intuitive, original and diverse portfolio.



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