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Buying art this Christmas is easy as ABC

Added: (Mon Dec 11 2000)

Pressbox (Press Release) - Distinctive art and craft works are for sale in time for Christmas throughout the West Midlands, under an innovative interest-free credit scheme run by West Midlands Arts. Art lovers are being encouraged to ‘buy now pay later’ in ten galleries from Stafford to Ross on Wye, under the Art Buyer’s Credit Scheme.

Mac, Birmingham
Browsers in the gallery exhibitions at mac will be delighted to learn that much of the work on display is available to buy. Work ranges from photography to textiles.

Birmingham photographers John Hodgett and Clare Smith have striking prints from their ‘Near Infinity’ exhibition for sale at mac. Smith focuses on the vastness of the sky and its relation to the land at the point of the horizon. Her large colour prints (from 20” x 50” upwards) create an extraordinary sense of space, and cost from £600. In contrast Hodgett records the more intimate details of the surface of the land. He scans small areas of actual ground surfaces in natural settings, and the resulting large square images (from 20” x 20” upwards) have a striking three dimensional quality. The prints, mounted on aluminium, cost from £400.

Craftspace Touring’s ‘A sense of occasion’ exhibition is at mac until 7 January. Interesting purchases include the ‘Fragments’ series of bowls by Helmert Robbertsen which attach quirky pieces of china and glass to silver hemispheres (£200), and Mah Rana’s ‘Jewellery is Life’ necklaces including a delicate 18 carat gold ladder pendant entitled ‘Hold the rail and watch your step’ (£150.40).

Broadfield House Glass Museum, Kingswinford
Broadfield House Glass Museum’s latest exhibition looks at the work of talented young glassmaker, Joye Colbeck. Joye was the winner of the 2000 Broadfield House Scholarship Studio and has been the resident glassmaker at the museum for the past year. She specialises in the Graal and Cameo techniques where colours and pattern are combined to create vibrant glass vessels. Present-worthy examples include ‘Daisytime’ bowls from £90, Rose rondelle inspired by William Morris textiles (£260) and a ‘Swarm’ vase priced at £380 inspired by the wasps attracted to her glassblowing studio.

Silk Top Hat Gallery, Ludlow
The Silk Top Hat Gallery is exhibiting embroideries by Shrewsbury-based artist Vanessa Blackmore. Textiles are much in evidence in the gallery, with Alison Dupernex’s hats and scarves as wearable works of art, and patchwork cushions by Katherine Guerrier. Jewellery, prints and ceramics are also for sale. In addition, Duncan White’s work provides distinctive collectors items. White comments on social and environmental concerns by producing decorative boxes containing what initially appear as beautiful images. However, in ‘The Metamorphosis’ a butterfly’s wings are actually decorated with clogged-up roads and cramped housing, and in ‘The Box of Deserters’ traditional toy soldiers are running away.

Parkfields Gallery, Pontshill, near Ross on Wye
Parkfields Gallery’s Christmas exhibition ‘Different Angels’ gathers together many of the gallery’s most successful artists of recent times. These include Sue Brown’s atmospheric collagraph prints, and richly textured pictures by Jan Evans and Kathleen Matthews, as well as Frank Hamer’s ceramic angel fish dishes and Kay McDohagh’s watercolour cats. The countryside of Worcestershire and Herefordshire is reflected in the rich seasonal hues of Paul Adams-Groom’s landscape paintings, or customers can wrap up in woollen hats and sweaters by Buffy Fletcher. Ceramics, jewellery, glassware and textiles make up a range of gifts from serious collectors items to fun stocking fillers.

Lion Gallery, Leominster
The Lion Gallery has an impressive display of creative gift ideas. Jewellery includes Petra Bishal’s silver necklaces and bracelets based on botanical forms and James Pearce’s bracelets with polished gem stones. Also for those who enjoy wearing their art, wool, silk and cashmere stoles by Shirley Pinder are available along with painted silk scarves by Caroline Ede. Large wooden bowls are for sale by Mick Robinson, or why not splash out on a candelabra decorated with cut glass droplets by Fiona Gall.

Art Buyers Credit scheme is run by West Midlands Arts to enable people to purchase works of art, craft and photography from member galleries across the region with the help of an interest free loan. Loans of £90 to £1,000 available to the general public to buy art from selected galleries across the region, on the easy terms of 0% interest (APR). Possible purchases include paintings, sculpture, photographs, furniture, textiles, jewellery, glass, ceramics and limited edition prints, although works must be original and by a living artist.

A loan can be up to 90% of the purchase price, and there are no surcharges or hidden costs. Repayments take place in ten equal monthly instalments, and written quotations are available on request from each gallery participating. Member galleries have been selected for their professional presentation and the quality of the work they sell and exhibit.

Sally Luton, Chief Executive of West Midlands Arts, explains : “Art Buyer’s Credit makes Christmas shopping for works of art as easy as ABC. People can buy distinctive and thoughtful gifts in local galleries and won’t have to pay for them until October 2001. This is a great opportunity to give or receive an original work of art.”

The ten galleries operating the ABC scheme this Christmas are :
? Broadfield House Glass Museum, Kingswinford, West Midlands – telephone 01384 812745
? Mac, Birmingham – telephone 0121 440 4221
? Collection Gallery, Ledbury, Herefordshire – telephone 01531 634641
? Lion Gallery, Leominster, Herefordshire – telephone 01568 611898
? Old Chapel Gallery, Pembridge, Herefordshire – telephone 01544 388842
? Parkfields Gallery, Ross on Wye, Herefordshire – telephone 01989 750138
? Ombersley Gallery, Ombersley, Worcestershire – telephone 01905 620655
? Shire Hall Gallery, Stafford – telephone 01785 278345
? Silk Top Hat Gallery, Ludlow, Shropshire – telephone 01584 875363
? Twenty Twenty Applied Arts, Much Wenlock, Shropshire – telephone 01952 727952


Note to Editors
1. Please contact Abigail Smith, Communications Officer, West Midlands Arts for further details – telephone 0121 631 5757, fax 0121 643 7239, email abigail.smith@west-midlands-arts.co.uk

2. Images are available to illustrate selected items

3. West Midlands Arts is the Regional Arts Board for Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Stoke-on-Trent and the West Midlands Metropolitan Districts.

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