New Exhibition – Out There

Only a week to go until we begin putting up the next Nolitex exhibition called Out There.  Easton Walled Gardens near Grantham is the delightful venue for this exciting event.  I and the 8 other members of Nolitex have created a diversity of mixed media and textile work that will be displayed in the flower beds, hanging from the trees, adorning the terraces and garlanding the railings.  Whatever the weather, the work will stay outside for the two weeks of the exhibition, so we are crossing our fingers for a few rays of sunshine rather than a repeat of the soaking we got in June.

At Selection Day we had everything laid out on tables and stacked around the walls – it was exciting to see such vibrant and interesting work spread out before us.

Lady Ursula Cholmeley with Mary Whittaker looking at Mary’s “books”

The challenge for what is a group of predominantly textile artists, was to create works with the outside environment in mind.  I am sure you can appreciate that this is not the natural milieu for those who work with fabric and thread!  But we love a challenge, and this one was self-imposed, so we set to with a will, and the results have pleased our hosts at Easton Walled Gardens, and Lady Cholmeley in particular.  Lady Ursula Cholmeley is the driving force behind the regeneration of the gardens which had fallen into disrepair, and her initiatives have created a hidden gem of a garden with a delightful tea room overlooking the Pickery, an abundance of sweet peas, meadow terraces, rose garden and wooded areas.  We are privileged to be able to exhibit there, it is a lovely setting for what I hope visitors will agree is an uplifting body of work.

More stuff ready for Selection.

Fortunately for me, all my pieces were selected, so all I have to do now is show you a sneeky peek of what all those gloves you sent me have turned into!

Some crazy flowers, 19 stems in all, everyone different thanks to the fantastic collection of gloves that came from all around the world, Norway and Australia included.

This is a fragment of a piece I have called The Watchers, and if you come to the exhibition you will see why, otherwise you will have to wait until after the exhibition for some more images and a more fulsome report.  The faces represent all the people who have lived, worked and visited the gardens over the centuries.

On Sunday the 19th August we will all be there to welcome visitors to the exhibition and give people a chance to Meet The Artists.  There will be a raffle and all proceeds from the raffle will go to the charity Perennial.  There is a children’s quiz to keep the youngsters engaged, but some of the exhibits will appeal to them just as much as to the adults.  Even if ou can’t make the 19th, it would be lovely to see you at the gardens at some point, we hope you enjoy the exhibition.

By the way, there is not a trace of Friendly Plastic in any of my work for this exhibition, but there is a large amount of Cloud Clay, Paverpol, silk, wire, and gloves of course!

Out There

15th – 27th August

Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays 11.00-4.00 pm