Sue Anderson Alvin Betteridge Ken Briffett H. M. Clarke (see pic. right) Neil Hardy
Lynne Hudson Olivia Keith Tamsin Loveday Paul Spooner Victor Stuart Graham
In addition to greeting you (we hope!), we also welcome these first-time “The First” exhibitors for 2012 (those with * are showing some Cycles-themed work):
Katherine Anteney * senior printmaking tutor at, and co-founder of, the Red Hot Press, Southampton’s premier [not to say ‘only’!] artists’ printing
workshop, running courses for members and public alike. She contributes to our Cycles-themed display, and next June will be part of our next Open Portfolio
Weekend event (see more below)
glassmaker Tim Casey is not strictly a first-timer: without publicizing his name, we showed one of his superbly simple jugs (like the larger one, above) some time ago.
These are hexagonal inside, though the outer body is round: the flat sides of the hex are subtly twisted, making intriguing plays of light, intrinsic to the material, with
no recourse to colour. Such colour as is applied (round the lip; in a single disc in the base), infuses by refraction through the vessel. Brilliant (in more senses than
one!) This is our first airing of a proper variety of work. Now based near Land’s End, he trained at Farnham, before setting up a workshop on Sark. He makes a
range of mostly domestic ware, using minimal colours
Tim Craven is publicly the Curator of Southampton City Art Gallery. In private, he is a dedicated painter, initially in super-realist style. More recently, he
has explored a less stated look, on the subject of trees. He’s presently too committed to be able to furnish more than the occasional participation in mixed / joint shows,
but he’s provided two casein-based watercolours (which take at least two months each to complete) for our show
Jutta Manser * is in our view the finest printmaker in the area. She concentrates mainly on wood-engraving. Also a tutor at RHP, she too will have
a wider range at the O P Weekend in June 2013. Her contribution to this Xmas Show comprises two concertina-books for our our theme, and other framed and
mounted prints. Another book is a joint work, inadvertently bringing two more “first-timers” to “The First”: printmakers Joy Bulford and Adèle Lord
Sarah Mander * is the other half of the printmaking duo who set up the Red Hot Press. She contributes this Cycles-themed print, titled Travel
Andy Sutton is a woodworker from the English side of the Welsh Marches. Though he’s predominantly a Windsor-chairmaker, we’re showing his beautifully simple kitchen
boards (which it’s almost a crime to cut on, but that’s what they’re for!) made in common native timbers: oak, ash, etc.
25 years since we first showed Suzie Marsh’s animal sculptures, we give her a Feature profile, with a range of her “cold-cast bronze” resin pieces, and a few earlier ceramics. Also see below.
“The First” Gallery’s Xmas Show wouldn’t be complete without its array of amusing automata, and in one sense, they all incorporate Cycles, given that the movements of their work usually repeat; but those mentioned in the list at the top are consciously choosing pieces (or making them specially) where the imagery fits the theme. The following makers are also exhibiting:
Peter Lennertz [tbc] Sergio Pinese Robert Race
Other makers, including some showing very few exhibits:
Philippa Bambach painting Clive Bowen pots Tony Caplin turned wood Philip Cox papier mâché (above) Geoff D. Clarke (1925 – 98) silver jewellery
Mike Dodd pots Sue Evans wooden sculptures Ruth Facey jewellery, incl. NEW leather- &-silver work (above) Jonathan Garratt F.R.S.A. wood-fired pots
Elizabeth Nash painted textiles (l & r)
David Orchard (1926 – 2008) carved & pyrograved wood
Sarah Perry pots
Ray Reynolds textiles Rachel Shannon recycled fabric accessories Colin A. Smith turned-wood cutlery Jeff Soan flexible wood sculpture
Jan Thorne knitted wire sculpture William Walker M.A. (RCA) hand-blown glass Malcom Wiggins turned wood Lucy Willder felt birds
SUZIE MARSH is supporting AnimalsAsia, the charity set up to release China and Vietnam’s Moon Bears from lifetimes of painful captivity, being “milked” for their bile. This is used medicinally, even though there are effective and cheaper alternatives. Suzie makes her range of sculptures to help fund their rehabilitation, a process itself now under serious threat from political machinations in Vietnam.
Even if you don’t wish to buy a ticket, please consider clicking this link to add your voice to the international clamour to prevent this happening (you need to have a Facebook account to use it). Thank you.
If you’ve been to “The First” in the past, please note
this change to our previous pattern of opening hours
SATURDAYs / SUNDAYs 11am – 6pm
WEEKDAYS no fixed ‘drop-in’ hours:
ONLY by prior arrangement
before, after, or within 11 – 6: ring (023) 8046 2723 or e-mail. As we don’t keep
the computer on 24/7, it’s probably best to give notice the previous day by e-mail;
for phoning, you can ring on any date beforehand to fix a visit (which could be
e.g. six weeks hence, or just in the next 10 minutes, if you happen to be nearby)
FRIDAY evening PreView
November 9th 6 – 9pm
Due to the above change, there’s no formal Special Open Morning [OM] on the last Sunday.
Under our previous regime, exhibitions ended on the Saturday of the last weekend, with the OM Sunday finishing at 2pm.
Instead there are home-made refreshments 11 – 6 on Sunday, like an all-day version of the OM.
9th – 24th March Peter Markey paintings (& [tbc] possibly some models)
Peter has been trying to move house since 2008, and is wishing to sell his paintings as part of his down-sizing. We are privileged to be able to help him with this, by offering a selection from this remarkable body of work (including some private pieces never offered for sale before). Over the coming months, we'll be uploading images before the exhibition opens, which can be reserved and purchased there and then via this site.