Art Escape – Kent artists show their lockdown work


Art Escape – Kent artists show their lockdown work

Members of the artist cooperative at ArtSpring Gallery in Tonbridge have been anything but idle during these past few months. This will culminate in an exciting Art Escape exhibition during October when lockdown art by 30 Kent-based artists will be on show in the gallery and also displayed on the gallery website and online shop.

Mark Welland,
Monoecious Oak Rising Sun II, 32x32cm

This exhibition allows a validation of all the shared emotions that we have been dealing with in the pandemic. Whether it is an expression of the importance of a certain place in the woods or fields of Kent, or a quiet study of a corner of someone’s home, together we can share, understand, and be stronger as a community as a result of this coming together with a common passion for the importance of art in our daily lives.

Kate Towers, Rainbow of Words, 40x40cm

Full details and how to book free timed-entry tickets for two Private Views on Saturday 3rd & 17th October can be found at 10% of all sales from this exhibition will be donated to the Young Minds UK Charity, which offers Coronavirus advice and mental health support to children and young adults.

Karen Summers, Joy to Despair, Acrylic on Canvas, 61x61cm

For six weeks during October and November ArtSpring will also welcome ceramicist Anne Wagstaff from Tunbridge Wells as a guest artist. Visit the gallery to discover her work in ceramics or browse the online store for a virtual visit.

The gallery’s online presence is being added to continually. In the online shop you can view a more extensive collection than can be displayed in the gallery. There are many pages of fresh and inspiring works to gather ideas for your home, your workspace or to brighten the background for those Zoom calls. In the run up to Christmas, there will also be many gift ideas for friends and family.

Sarah de Mattos, Fresh as a Daisy, 76×56 cm, Oil on Paper

There is even more information on what artists do and how they do it in the fascinating ‘Art Matters’ blogpost. For example, there is a beginner’s guide to how art is created from glass with interesting historical facts as well as showing techniques for making contemporary pieces.

Ruth McDonald, Botany Bay, acrylic, 61x45cm

The gallery is open Thursdays to Saturdays from 11 to 4 and other times by appointment. Keep an eye for information on extended opening times and invited guest artists – there is always something happening at ArtSpring Gallery.

ArtSpring Gallery, 167 High Street, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 1BX

Antonia Enthoven, Déjeuner sous fleur, reduction lino, 25x30cm

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