Contemporary Passions XI at Harbour House in Kingsbridge (news)

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Contemporary Passions XI at Harbour House in Kingsbridge

Contemporary Passions XI, with work by members of the South Hams Arts Forum (SHAF), is at Harbour House in Kingsbridge this summer.

This year’s Contemporary Passions exhibition includes a wide range of contemporary painting, printmaking, pastels, mixed media work, textiles and pewter, and as always, the local landscape and coastline offers inspiration to local artists.

Sarah Harcus explores Blackdown Rings and the Avon estuary in her pastel paintings, while Rosemary Moser has been observing sheep moving through the landscape, and developing responses in paint, printmaking and embroidery.

The focus of Anne Scarratt‘s oil paintings is stone, as she examines Bronze Age circles, local cliffs, and a nearby ruined church, contrasting with Janette Jagger‘s colourful, primitive paintings of beaches and local fetes and regattas, pictured.

Val Uglow‘s abstract paintings develop from close examination of ageing surfaces and old buildings, and surface texture also plays an important part in the development of Amanda Coates‘ textile and mixed media work.

For Hazel Strange and Elen Claire Williams, walking is an essential part of the working practice. Hazel observes and photographs waves, cliffs and clouds, and back in the studio develops her oil paintings, often in diptych format.

Elen approaches traditional landscape subjects in contemporary ways using words, mixed media and textiles.

Sandra Litchfield shows a collection of traditional games, each inspired by the south Devon coastline and combining hand-engraved boards with cast pewter or enamelled copper pieces. Each piece is unique, and she describes her work as ‘the heirlooms of the future’.

Thea Henderson produces elegant ceramic tableware, while Michele Meyer responds to the animals on her farm, observing the basics of life and translating them into forms which have vigour and immediacy.

SHAF celebrates its 13th anniversary this year, as a lively collective of artists with members working in all areas of art and craft across the South Hams. Contemporary Passions XI is the 11th annual exhibition of members’ work.

Contemporary Passions XI is at Harbour House from June 18 to 30, 2013. Admission is free – see the Harbour House website for details.

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