Rural And Coastal Connections exhibition at Harbour House in Kingsbridge (news)

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Rural And Coastal Connections, an exhibition featuring works by Lydia Milford, Gina Bastard, Sarah Brown and E C Williams, is at Harbour House in Kingsbridge this winter.

The four Devon artists have come together to share and express their passion for their immediate environment: the coastline and landscape of the South Hams.

Lydia Milford works in water-based media, mainly ink and gouache on paper, to produce large, gestural pieces focusing on Dartmoor, its rivers and valleys as well as the open moor, and making particular responses to changes in season and climate, pictured.

Gina Bastard shows new work in clay, collage, mixed media and felting. She told SouthWestShows: “Tapping into the energy and beauty of nature is a constant source of happiness and possibility. The synergy expressed I hope the viewer finds tangible.”

Sarah Brown produces mixed media seascapes, and landscapes with the recurring theme of the hare as a symbol of rebirth and fertility.

She works directly onto a glass surface, layering paints, papers, threads, foil and fabric to build up a slightly three-dimensional image full of light and depth, reflective fragments and vibrant colour.

Elen Claire Williams describes herself as a walking artist as engages with the local environment through a series of walks, both real and conceptual.

Ways With Landscape is the collective title she gives to the range of media she uses to record personal responses to her engagement with the environment: painting, photography, printmaking, mixed media works, and text works incorporating words, textiles and landscape interventions.

From a larger body of work, Williams has selected mixed media landscapes to show in this exhibition, alongside Walking Between The Waters, a limited edition ‘first impression’ book which chronicles a personal walk through local farmland and landscape.

Rural And Coastal Connections is at Harbour House from December 11 to 15, 2012. Admission is free – see the Harbour House website for details.

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