Tis the season for Frome Open Studios! As ever, we like to visit artists we’ve worked with before and meet a few new ones along the way.
Venue 18: Gould’s Ground – Amanda Keyte
This year Simon’s mum opened her studio and garden in beautiful Gould’s Ground. “Artist Amanda Keyte suffered from a stroke in late 2016. It left her weakened on her left side, with limited movement in the left arm, hand and leg. As part of her recovery she sketched every day, alternating between hands to strengthen the left one. The body of work exhibited for Frome Open Studios was generated during this period from spring to autumn 2017, and beyond.” £1 of each card sale and 10% of each print sale will go to Stroke Association charity.
We framed all of Amanda’s work in the absolute best frames, most of them gilded or gessoed by hand, or hand-painted. Simon installed the work in Amanda’s stunning kitchen, and Jennifer designed curatorial information for the show. The venue is a 10 minute walk from the town centre, and what a lovely walk it is! Gould’s Ground was listed as a particularly stunning area of Frome in the Sunday Times feature (Frome listed as best town to live in the South West) – definitely worth the trip. Amanda’s house is part 17thC cottage, part contemporary extension – a perfect marriage of old and new. The garden is large and currently being planted, so it’ll change towards the end of the open studios as plants are set out and planted in. It’s a wildlife-friendly garden with a pond with resident frogs and dragonflies, wild areas, and lots of nectar-rich flowers for bees and insects. Follow Amanda on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/cobbnut45/
Venue 17: Gould’s Ground – Peter Yorke.
Also in Gould’s Ground, Peter Yorke‘s work is always a delight to see. It’s contemporary and assured and very clever. Every year I’ve visited his studio to find a new delight. This year there were a few stand-out pieces. I loved the back room and it’s three installations – the most impressive of which is a screen that displays a moving kaleidoscopic light show. At first you might be tricked into thinking this is very modern video art, and could fit right into the Internet art movement. But this is purely analogue. Behind the screen are two turntables with light projected through coloured vases or objects. The way this seems to reference digital/ video art yet be fully analogue could, arguably, put this work into the latest big art movement popular among collectors: Post-Internet Art. Its physical presence gives it a depth not seen in video art, highlighting the richness of physical material versus the flatness of digital media. Showing alongside is one of Peter’s brilliant peep show boxes, you peer into a small spy hole to see a small model of a streetlamp and a slowly spinning playground roundabout. I love Peter’s new glass works, made on glass donated by Mount. Follow Peter on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/peteryorkeartist/
Peace pipes, Peter Yorke – playing with text and art wonderfully well.
Venue 20: Silk Mill Studios – various artists.
Moving to the town centre, we went to the opening party of the Silk Mill Open Studios. We frame Jamie Gallagher’s amazing work, having developed a custom moulding especially for his canvas paintings. His studio is an oasis of sophisticated calm and definitely worth checking out.
Amanda Bee is another must-see studio – we frame her beautiful originals, and make prints of choice pieces too. Her work is collectable, and there’s even a selection of works that 50% of sales will go to Cat’s In Distress charity – so it’s for a great cause. Clare Lloyd‘s accessories are stunning wearable pieces of art. Newcomer Robert Walsh is a leatherworker with a stylish collection of leather wallets and cases for sale. We frame for Alexandra Brown on the top floor, she has some new paintings on display. Raggedy is always a delight, and what a view from her studio! Worth the climb to the 3rd floor! Lynn Keddie has a tight hang, with a large selection of works for sale.
Venue 21: Vicarage Street Gallery – Various artists.
Next we visited The Vicarage Street Gallery in The Bennett Centre, not far from the Silk Mill. We bought three original paintings by Anna Shuttlewood Artist and Diliana Nikolova Cartoons. Other artists showing works include Andrew Eddleston, Brigit Lilley, Elliegant Gems, Jo Eddleston, Applesilks, Alan Overton Tim Rose. A brilliant collection of mixed media, including paintings, 35mm photography, ceramics, jewellery, printmaking, and glass work.