Child Okeford opens up for Dorset Arts Week

Congratulations to Dorset Art Week who are running this year in a COVID secure way that allows all of us to take great advantage of this wonderful free show of arts and who knows to grab an artwork from its originator at a price both of you are happy with.

A group of 6 artists, many previous exhibitors, will be basing themselves in Child Okeford.

Sarah Jack one of the hosts writes “ Dorset Art Weeks is with us once again and as restrictions ease a warm welcome awaits all. 6 artists will be opening their studios, all of which can be found along the main road running through Child Okeford, offering a variety of artwork and glassware. All of these venues will be well ventilated and will have doors open for your safety. Some of these artists also have their work in the windows of shops around Sturminster Newton.

Our village has refreshments served at our two pubs, plus an organic cafe and farmshop opening out onto a courtyard eating area with a view towards the spectacular iron age fort of Hambledon Hill.  There are beautiful walks around the village leading to nearby pretty villages, a disused railway track, the old Shillingstone Station and museum as well as along the river Stour.”

The exhibitors are;

Sarah Jack, Rob Adams, Diane Ablitt, 

Open for Half Term from May 29 – June 6, 2021 12 – 4 pm . and

Or by appointment contact 01258 860959

Sarah Jack a professional artist has developed her own ways of creating intriguing artwork, layering tissue paper, scrim, corrugated card, wire and cotton to create interesting textures which become landscapes or harbours often with run down cottages.  Many of her pieces have true smuggling, shipwreck or fishing stories, cuttings taken from newspapers from the 1800s or parish records buried within the artwork.  She uses a mix of media where pigment is painted on in acrylics, oils and inks and then sanded or wiped off, leaving the colours emerging from the crevices, cracks and indentations in her work.  Her work can be found in the Steam Gallery in Beer as well as a number of galleries in the South of England.

Rob Adams was a designer and illustrator for film and TV and for many of the world’s theme parks before escaping to Dorset. Now he is a plein air landscape painter in oils and watercolours. He was a member of the prestigious Wapping group before moving to Dorset. He has exhibited many times with the ROI, RSMA, RI and RWS at the Mall Galleries and his work can always be seen at Gallery 41 in Corfe.

Diane Ablitt trained as a graphic designer and now enjoys using creamy gouache to produce pared down, poster like artwork.  She creates contemporary, inventive and imaginative pieces, capturing a variety of images including Harbour scenes.   She often manipulates her perspective to produce humorous, quirky and comic like elements in her paintings. Her artwork can be found in the Bell Gallery in Winchester.

Rachel Sargent, Emsie Sharp, Kelly Ross

Open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from May 22 – June 5, 2021  12 – 4 pm

or by appointment contact 07957452853 and (10 – 3 pm)

Rachel Sargent is a landscape painter whose work is full of light and shade. Her love of nature is reflected in her work as she remembers her walks along dappled lanes, woodland streams and coast paths. She often uses a combination of painting and printmaking in her work and loves experimenting with different techniques and mediums.

Emsie Sharp produces beautiful glassware. Having worked in the famous Murano glass studios in Venice for several years, she has gone on to develop her own distinctive style which includes traditional and modern wine glasses, colour tableware, lighting and sculpture. You can watch her working in the studio, during her opening hours, through Dorset Art Weeks.

Kelly Ross will be open at The Art Stable which specialises in Contemporary and 20th Century British paintings, prints and ceramics, presenting 8 exhibitions a year of established and emerging artists.