SUMMER SOLSTICE EXHIBITION, 17-26 JUNE, 2021
Join us this summer solstice for an exhibition featuring the works of four female artists.
Midsummer is a time of celebration, marking the northern hemisphere’s longest day.
This year, Norfolk artists Carolyn Ash, Nadia Sondh, Gray Jordan and Abbey Stirling will be celebrating the occasion with a 10-day showcase of paintings, prints, mosaics, mixed media, digital artwork and homewares at West Acre Gallery.
West Acre Gallery’s pop-up gift shop will be open during this exhibition, featuring art-inspired jewellery, prints, small canvases, stationery and homewares.
NADIA SONDH – HENNA ART, PRINTS & PAINTINGS
In juxtaposition to the detailed, precision work of Mehndi, Nadia’s bold abstract paintings give her the freedom of expression she often craves.
Nadia’s current creative phase is teaching her to be in the here and now, to trust her instincts, and to be conscious of her inner monologue; to make sure it is optimistic and kind. This is why she chooses to paint over all of her unfinished, unhappy and unloved paintings. The technique Nadia uses is fun, fast-paced and messy (and often whilst dancing like a loony to loud Spanish or Bollywood music!).
She likes to play around with a combination of materials and textures, which more often than not turn out to be henna, tea, coffee, different papers, glue, acrylic, emulsion, ink, gouache and gold leaf with a little help from a lot of water.
GRAY JORDAN – ECO PAINTINGS USING NATURAL PIGMENTS
A beautiful nod to the natural world, eco artist Gray Jordan’s paintings address our impact on the Earth, using organic pigments gathered from soil, leaves, bark and berries.
Her artwork is delicately infused with an important message, exploring the relationship between people and place, while celebrating the stunning landscape of north Norfolk.
Gray believes strongly that art should be accessible, and she will be showing a range of work with smaller pieces available.
CAROLYN ASH – MOSAICS & PAINTINGS
Carolyn has been working with mosaic as a medium for over 15 years. She makes one-off pieces of jewellery, light-reflectors, house and shop signs, wall art and sculptures using mosaic.
Everything she does is connected with making a new memory from something either broken, dis-used, or piecing together a new creation out of researched tesserae.
She visits schools and the community as an art facilitator to make memory panels, and she runs workshops at festivals, weddings, parties and special occasions.
ABBEY STIRLING – DIGITAL ARTWORK, PAINTINGS & HOMEWARES
From her West Acre studio Abbey creates paintings and digital artworks with contrasting styles.
Her textured paintings bridge the abstract and figurative, inspired by expressionism and street art. She notes Basquiat and Dan Baldwin as influences for their energetic political imagery and sinister layered symbolism.
In contrast, her delicate digital designs are inspired by nature, and feature layers of intricate illustrations of exotic plants and quirky animals.
Her company Ilka Illustrations produces illustration and surface pattern designs digitally printed on to items for the home, including tea towels, lampshades, greeting cards, notebooks, and a new range of exclusively designed luxury cushions.
The Summer Solstice exhibition will take place 11am-4pm daily, 17-29 June, 2021, at West Acre Gallery.