ref: g4t Jun 9-27 2009 THE GALLERY UPSTAIRS Summer Exhibition - return to Galleries PR Index

Press Release

The Gallery Upstairs
Torquil, 81 High Street, Henley-in-Arden, Warwickshire, B95 5AT
 T: 01564 792174


Access via Torquil shop
Open Tuesday - Saturday 10 - 5.30

Summer Exhibition 
9th- 27th June 2009

This is a large group exhibition by over 40 artists in the gallery and gardens. Many of the artists will be familiar to regular visitors: we have work by local artists, Michael Felmingham and Jill Jeffrey – painters who have successfully exhibited here for many years, as well as Malcolm Wilcox, invigorated by a sell-out exhibition in Cornwall. We also have watercolours by renowned painter of the Malvern Hills, David Prentice, who won the Sunday Times/ Singer & Friedlanger watercolour competition in 1990 and received prizes in the same competition on three subsequent occasions.

We also have new artists: Stan Jones, whose love of old buildings and architecture shines through in his delicate linocuts; Liese Webley from Devon who creates playful and sophisticated paintings inspired by her travels, ‘about’ places rather than ‘of’ places and Gary Long, from Cornwall with seascapes and landscapes which have nature as their model and yet have abstract qualities. Gary works from memory and intuition and we are made aware of the surface of the work, with his pushing and dragging of paint, giving a real and actual quality - more 'object' like than simply depiction of the subject.

We have ceramics by resident artists Carey Moon and Jayne Lucas, as well as ceramicists from further afield such as Tim Andrews, Chris Carter and Mary Rich. New to the Gallery is Jeremy Steward who makes sturdy, wood-fired jugs and vessels in the tradition of Mick Casson.

In the garden we have pots and ceramic sculpture and animal forms sculpted from woven willow by local artist, Guy Allen. Diametrically opposed to this school of figurative sculpture, we have more conceptual works by Peter Berry, who is concerned, instead with purity of form, free from the limitation of representation. Peter’s intention with his sculpture is to arrive at forms which relate easily and convincingly to the environment. Often reflecting an interest in the hidden or submerged order behind immediately perceived reality, the forms may be considered ‘ideal’ insofar as they attempt to show order, balance and harmony.

This exhibition is held in loving memory of the founder and driving force behind The Gallery Upstairs, Reg Moon, who sadly died in January this year – and it is dedicated to him.

Telephone 01564 792174 or email for an invitation.