Arts Exhibition

The Priory Room, Walsham-le-Willows, hosting the annual Arts and Crafts Exhibition
The Priory Room, Walsham-le-Willows, hosting the annual Arts and Crafts Exhibition

Dates for 2019 to be advised. Exhibitions are usually held in November in St Mary’s Church, Walsham le Willows and also in August at the Gardens Weekend in the village

For information about future exhibitions or to commission work
Diana Calvert | 01359 259 237
Helen Dougall |

Eleven artists and crafts people living in and around the village of Walsham-le-Willows form the Walsham-le-Willows Arts and Crafts Group. Together, they hold an exhibition annually in the Priory Room, situated on The Causeway, next to St. Mary’s Church.

Admission to the exhibition is free.

The group produces ceramics, glass, jewellery, batik, metalwork, photography, printmaking and paintings in oil, watercolour, pastel and gouache.

All members are pleased to accept commissions.

The Artists and Craftspeople…

Diana Calvert

Painting “Onions” by Diana Calvert
“Onions” by Diana Calvert

Diana paints in oils. Her favourite subjects are landscapes, predominantly in the Walsham area, still life and flower paintings. She is a member of the New English Art Club which is based at the Mall Galleries in London.

Gillian Crossley Holland
Painting with oil pastels

Pastel shades if green blue and brown representing fenland with dyke running down middle of painting and reeds, grasses to either side against a darkening sky
Lopham Fen by Gillian Crossley-Holland

Gillian enjoys painting the fens of Lopham and Redgrave and the salt marshes and empty coasts of north Norfolk.

In her work Gillian is intrigued by crossing places, reversals and in particular, those views when the earth is no more than a mirror to the sky, she often explores these themes and plays with composition, light and reflections.

Gillian works in oil pastels, which allow her to instantly build up layers and textures and even, as illustrated here, create a monoprint from a painting started in Lopham Fen.

Alison Dane

Photograph of jewellery by Alison Dane

“My unique paper beads are made from self coloured and printed papers and strung with a mixture of semi-precious and glass beads.

My necklaces are colourful, lightweight, easy to wear and long lasting.

I use the Suffolk countryside as inspiration and enjoy experimenting with colour, developing my individual  pieces to reflect the seasons and the colours on the High Street.”

Helen Dougall
Batik and paintings in gouache

Painting “Encroaching Sea, Covehithe” by Helen Dougall
“Encroaching Sea, Covehithe” by Helen Dougall

“I paint and draw directly from observation, out in the open, in an effort to capture the complete essence of sea and landscape.

Covehithe is one of my favourite places with its pattern of waves with “lacy hems”, shiny wet shingle and foam.

I use batik, (the craft of painting wax to resist dye) to describe different textures of surfaces, allowing cracked wax to describe shingle and lines in the sand.”

Chris and Hilary Evans

Image of a Collagragh of trees on brown sunlight soil with trunks, black in silhouette against an intensely bright light in the distance through the forest of tree trunks and subtle green hues in the canopy.
‘Trees’, Collagraph by Chris Evans

Chris says “I find the variety of the natural world an inspiration for my prints as well as building structures and landscapes. My collagraph plates are made from card and textured papers and I use zinc plates for my etchings.”

A number of brightly coloured birds mainly in blue and subtle yellow against a white background showing a variety of patterns in their colouring, dots, flecks, lines, some showing their wings as in flight.
‘Birds’ Card print by Hilary Evans

Hilary says “I love colour and pattern and printing gives me the opportunity to explore different colour combinations, consequently, I rarely edition my work.”

Gill Grimes
Hand-spinner and knitter

A knitted cardigan depicting four images, two each side to the middle and bottom of the garment of a red tractor, a blue house, sheep and two human figures. Across the top of the cardigan from arm to arm are coloured lines giving the impression of a rainbow. The ends of the sleeves are tinged with a similar pattern and well as a chequerboard pattern in the same colours.
Child’s Cardigan hand knitted by Gill Grimes

“I learnt to spin and use natural dyes when my children left home. I found it a fascinating hobby. I, also, started knitting. As my husband was exceptionally tall and could never get socks long enough to wear for walking or fishing, I knitted him a pair with a fancy top. I now knit jumpers, hats, scarves etc. in my hand-spun wool but stick to commercial wool, (due to washing) for all my socks.”

Mandy Jaggard
Cast glass

A piece of case glass in the shape of a bowl which is white, cream with brownish red markings that give the impression of natural veining. The top of the object has a surface that looks like the sun glinting on the waves of the sea making the object look like a bowl full of water in motion.
Cast Glass by Mandy Jaggard

“I am fascinated by natural and man-made structures that have strength in their design and the spaces around them. Cast glass offers me opacity and transparency, and a depth of material in which to replicate these strong forms and their negative spaces. I use photography to develop my ideas, and sometimes these become an end in themselves. My glass work ranges from small paperweights and bowls through to larger forms and interior wall lighting. I use lead crystal and recycled glass.”

Adrian Rumbles (Guest Artist 2019)
Painter and Sculptor

Painting "Still Waters" by Adrian Rumbles
“Still Waters” by Adrian Rumbles

Adrian paints in a variety of mediums, taking inspiration from the surrounding Suffolk landscape and, also, local gravel works and lakes.

He works with welded steel creating sculpture of various sizes and also teaches painting workshops on a regular basis and takes commissions.

Peter Rudderham

Cast iron bird of prey with large wing span and eagle like head and beak, wings spread in full flight against a grey cloudy sky.
‘Bird’ by Peter Rudderham

“I design and make unique metal sculpture and apply artistic techniques to the production of functional items such as gates, weather vanes, arches etc. I am also developing an unusual method of picture painting.”

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Mary-Jane Toulson

An image of wool in various shades of blue through to a light cream in the process of being woven on a loom into a rug.
Woven rug in progress, Mary-Jane Toulson

Mary Jane weaves hard-wearing floor rugs using wool and jute. Each one is unique, with colour contrasts and blends being her speciality.

She, also weaves small-scale pictorial wall hangings using hand-spun wool and natural dyes.

Rob Wheeler

Cream coloured plate with definite rim decorated in red and green giving the impression of wheat spears and red poppies.
Plate by Rob Wheeler

“Most of my work has its roots in nature. The forms and textures often taking their inspiration from fossils, sea life and the countryside. Classic Chinese forms such as baluster vases, Roman and Greek shapes and decoration are also an influence.

Most of this work is produced in white earthenware and then put through the Raku process. Some of the more sculptural work is fired to stoneware.

I also produce a small range (mostly jugs and bowls) of domestic earthenware in blue and white and traditional commemorative slipware plates.”

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