A Sense of Place
by Felice Hardy, Joe Wilson, John Atkinson & Penny Fleet

Riverside Café Gallery, Farnham Maltings | Sat 22 June – Fri 19 July 2019

The Riverside Café Gallery is delighted to bring together four local artists for A Sense of Place, an exhibition exploring the relationship between an artist and the landscape around them. There is a long tradition of artists taking inspiration from their surroundings, be that depicting their home or travels around the world. In this exhibition the work of two painters and two photographers has been curated to demonstrate the contrast between mediums and an artist’s perspective as they each attempt to capture the sense of a certain place.

Felice Hardy works as a travel writer, where she picks up much of the inspiration for her art during her trips, as reflected in the pieces chosen for this exhibition. Being especially influenced by the Alps, the subject matter of Felice’s work is mainly landscapes, in particular capturing mountains, water and sky. Felice enjoys working in a range of mediums and has produced pieces in oil paints, acrylic, mixed media, etching and silk screen printing. She also works with recycled glass and jewellery which are one-off or unusual pieces, decorating the objects to give them a new life.  https://www.felicehardy.com/

Joe Wilson is a photographer based in Alton, Hampshire, who works with landscapes and close-up still life subjects. The pieces selected for this exhibition all capture the beauty of Surrey, including the stunning landscapes of the Surrey Hills, as well as images that look more closely at the subject to give a different perspective to a place by focusing in on a specific detail. Joe first discovered photography whilst studying for his A Levels and has continued to build up his portfolio of work, photographing beautiful vistas and still life subjects in the UK and around the world.  https://photographybyjoe7.wixsite.com/mysite

John Atkinson is a local photographer who is drawn to capturing the interesting landscape of Farnham and the surrounding area through the town’s attractive mix of buildings, with their varied architecture, as well as the nearby green spaces and the glorious countryside around it. Finding quirky details everywhere, John has set out to capture photographically, a selection of these features – along with depicting the general atmosphere of this familiar part of Surrey. John is currently a keen member of the Farnham U3A Photography group and has also previously taught photography at GCSE and A Level, passing on his knowledge to a new generation of photographers. For more information or suggestions of places to photograph please email johnAphotography@gmail.com.

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Penny Fleet has been influenced by her many trips to Cornwall, in particular St. Ives, which reflects her love of the sea, the sound of seagulls, the softly muted colour palette, the timeless colours of the cliffs, rocks and beaches and the textures of the buildings weathered by the sea air. Penny is particularly drawn to the way the buildings and rooftops tumble over each other creating a jumble of harmonious colours, patterns and textures. She is also inspired to capture the colours of the rocks, wild flowers and birds seen on one of her many long walks and this work is based on ideas captured in sketchbooks whilst on holiday over the past years. Penny trained in Textile Design at Brighton Polytechnic and the Royal College of Art, specialising in Woven Textiles and has worked as a designer, freelancer and teacher. Penny exhibits locally, takes part in Open Studio events and runs small workshops in collage and feltmaking. www.pennyfleet.co.uk

Work is available to purchase: for all sale enquiries please visit the Box Office or email your interest to Jackie.kirk@farnhammaltings.com.

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