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Naturescape – exhibition at the Dean Heritage Centre

Pictures by Sheila Blakemore, Amanda Eady and Claire Robinson

Pictures by Sheila Blakemore, Amanda Eady and Claire Robinson

An exhibition at the Dean Heritage Centre in the Forest of Dean featuring the work of three artists who have explored the energy and forms found in nature.  Each artist works in a range of different mediums, including photography, watercolour and textiles. 

Sheila Blakemore came to art late in life: being a farmers daughter it was not deemed a useful pastime. After she went through a particularly difficult time she came across Art Shape, and since then has been experimenting with many forms of art. Sheila loves to work with texture and colour, making her paintings very tactile. Her prints are influenced by nature both in colour and content. Her photographs are of her flowers, and the wonderful skies she can see from her garden. She says “I love where I live and strive to get this into my art work. I am person who loves this earth. I am a country girl through and through, nature and its seasons inspire me. I hope that this shows through in my work”. 

Amanda Eady was born in Hertfordshire in 1971, and moved to London to study Fine Art at Wimbledon School of Art. Then, following 15 years working in the design industry, she attended Gloucester University and embraced an exciting life change, which led to her moving back into the countryside.  Her Roman Water Series was inspired by the energetic cascades in the gardens at Villa d’Este, set against the backdrop of the Roman colour palette. She says of this work “the multilayered wholeness of Rome, and the overwhelming expression of creative energy, has led to my embracing this celebration of life itself through the abstract qualities of Roman water. My experience in Rome also made me aware that my work had always strived to capture energy of being in some way. By capturing the beauty of natural energy I feel I can express a freedom and a celebration of life itself”. 

Claire Robinson has worked in the arts for twenty years. In the late 1980s she studied at what was then called the Roehampton Institiute of Higher Education (RIHE), which at that time was one of few with a focus on public and community art. She has worked in numerous settings – from the Forest Service Field Base (Kenai Peninsula, Alaska) to Tower Hamlets, regeneration projects in North Kent, and now, through teaching and project work, at various locations in Gloucestershire. She says “I consider myself very fortunate to have had the range of experience (and fun!) resulting from working in these settings”. 

The exhibition is open Every day 10am to 4pm until 14th January 2010 and admission is free.

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