I can't believe that the summer is almost over. Another year shooting by! I have been travelling up and down the country on behalf of the Barns-Graham Charitable Trust (more on that later) and been able to take in some exhibitions here and there. My highlight was the most surprising, coming on a day off driving around Dartmoor. Confluence consisted of the work of five artists - Susan Derges, Peter Randall-Page, Amy Shelton, Marcus Vergette and Sally Vergette - at Green Hill Arts in Moretonhampstead. The exhibition grew out of a series of conversations between the artists and the gallery. All five live locally and are powerful advocates for the natural world; their friendships and deep concerns informing their practice. It was a finely curated exhibition - plenty to see but not overdone - and of the highest quality art which would not have looked out of place in any international setting. Susan Derges's river photograms were displayed adjacent to Sally Vergette's textiles, wool rugs that she makes on a Navajo loom using wool from her own flock. Peter Randall-Page made drawings and prints of the Sap River, 'letting wet pigment flow under gravity across the paper in a quasi controlled manner'. Amy Shelton created a series of light boxes comprising pressed flowers while a central focus in the gallery was Marcus Vergette's table with 28 bronze cast bells, each with a different pitch.
It is a wonder what one can sometimes find in the more remote outposts of the gallery world. Much of it for sale too!