Upcoming Events

Giclee Prints by Kay Gretton

5 Aug 2017 – 28 Aug 2017, 10:00 – 16:00

Giclee Prints by Kay Gretton

Kay Gretton [née Barcham]

Kay was brought up in Marston and went to school at Worton, Lavington and Dauntsey schools. She trained as a peripatetic teacher at Dartington College of Arts and then taught in Kent, where she married and had three sons.

She started painting in 2006, having suddenly developed M.E. and Fibromyalgia. She became disabled, losing her 26-year career as a manager, ‘cello/double bass teacher and orchestral conductor at Kent Music School.

Having lost the ability to teach, play and conduct, her creativity has been redirected through art. She says: “I have found painting to be an inspiration, giving me a new lease of life at a time when I had lost all my self-confidence and purpose to my life. I’m sure that it has helped with my recovery, especially as I am now enjoying a second artistic career, selling my works widely.”
She works from life, photos and her imagination. She has developed a distinctive divisional style of painting depicting the changing of seasons through a year or light changes through a day, using watercolour, pen and ink or acrylics.

The Old Mill Gallery
7 Mill Road
SN10 5S

Please join Kay for the opening of her exhibition in the gallery on Saturday 5 August between 10am - 4pm.

Our Opening Times: 10am-4pm Wednesday-Sunday during the run of this exhibition

Modigliani meets East European Folk Art. Paintings By Joanna Powell

29 Oct 2017 – 19 Nov 2017, 10:00 – 16:00

Modigliani meets East European Folk Art. Paintings By Joanna Powell

Joanna Powell is an artist specializing in paintings of folk musicians. She studied Fine Art at The Storey Institute, Lancaster before moving to Scotland where she brought up her family, exhibited regularly, and became immersed in the rich musical culture there, both as a musician and an artist. Initially she worked as a portrait artist, practising on her own children who she sketched from the moment they were born until adulthood, but soon started to sketch her fellow musicians as well, which then developed into the current painting style. She has taught art to adults and children for the past 20 years in Scotland and has recently moved back over the border to Sunderland Point, Morecambe, Lancashire.
Joanna has become increasingly interested in collaborations between art and music -sketching musicians during a performance and letting the music they play influence the outcome of the painting and was artist in residence at The Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh, during Tradfest 2015, where she sketched musicians performing there.
Her oils capture the love every musician feels towards their instrument, the strange contorted positions they find themselves in and the magical world they enter when they become “lost” in the music they are playing.
Her paintings have been described as “Modigliani meets East European Folk Art”.

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— John and Angela Coles

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