Art in the Library Online- Liz Real

 

ART in the Library online

liz earlLiz Real – Artist

lizreal1@icloud.com

I am a mixed-media artist, mostly self-taught, a lot being learned from my artist parents.

My work is predominantly abstract with inspiration drawn from the everyday; whether that be found objects in nature or man-made, the landscape or drawn completely from my imagination. I enjoy using a variety of media and combining them, particularly printmaking with collage.

I am an exhibiting member of Reading Guild of Artists www.rga-artists.org.uk and a long-standing participant of Caversham Arts Trail

www.cavershamartstrail.co.uk

Recent exhibitions include:

‘Here comes the sun – Harrison in Henley’ (2020) with Reading Guild of Artists.

‘The Prison Pictures’ (2019), Art in the Library, Woodley, with Heather McAteer, an exhibition with works relating to Reading Prison.

‘In Reading Gaol by Reading Town’ (2019), selected artists with works on the theme of Oscar Wilde’s Ballad of Reading Gaol.

‘Reading in the Margins’ (2018) with Martina Hildebrandt, works on the theme of the town of Reading viewed from alternative perspectives.

My message to creating work under quarantine:

‘Go with the flow, do what you enjoy and lose yourself in art.’

If you want some inspiration, watch Grayson Perry’s Art Club on Youtube.

 

 

View more of Liz’s work here: www.lizreal.co.uk Facebook: @lizrealart

Twitter:@LizReal1 Instagram: @lizreal2

 

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         Mixed-media (collagraph print and stitch)          40x30cm         £90

All dimensions refer to image including the mount (works are mounted but not framed)

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Dream away

Print (Gelli-plate)     30x25cm       £60

All dimensions refer to image including the mount (works are mounted but not framed)

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Gingko on grey

Mixed-media (print with collage)            36x28cm     £60

All dimensions refer to image including the mount (works are mounted but not framed)

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Caversham Gingko

Mixed-media (print with collage)     23x23cm     £45

All dimensions refer to image including the mount (works are mounted but not framed)

For more information or to exhibit at Woodley Library, please contact Helen Wright on helen.wright@wokingham.gov.uk or check out www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries

 

Art in the Library with Helen Wright

Helen Wright- Artisthelen 1

helenspropheticart@gmail.com

My painting has grown to express my faith in God and passion for the community of Woodley and the United Kingdom.

I relish painting in acrylics. The colours are so vibrant and I am constantly intrigued by their versatility; creating the texture and depth of an oil but the delicate, mysterious and luminous quality of a water colour. PLUS acrylics are so forgiving; you can paint out or over when required.

 

Sacred Hearts – This exhibition was first shown in 2017 combining exhibits from J3:16, my 2015 collection and one new work demonstrating the passionate love of a Father. It attempts to depict the depth of this Father’s love and the lengths that His Love went to, to restore relationship with His lost children.

 

It is a mixed media project that I hope touches your sacred heart at this time, giving you hope and a future.

Artworks shown mixed media originals. Not for Sale. Photo credit Liz Argyle

 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HelensPropheticArtist   to view more of my artwork and find encouraging messages. Lockdown posts available.

 

Email: helenspropheticart@gmail.com   to discuss a commission piece –‘ART from the HEART.’ Currently looking into availability of prints.

 For more information or to exhibit online, please contact Helen Wright helen.wright@wokinham.gov.uk or check out http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries

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Art in the Library with Barry Wall

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While libraries are closed we have invited  artists to highlight their work online. Here local artist Barry Wall tells us about his art.

Barry Wall is an experimental artist. He has been a member of the Henley Art And Crafts Guild since 2016. His work is included in the Guild’s Exhibitions at the Old Fire Station in Henley. He has also exhibited on the Caversham Arts Trail, Henley Arts Trail and at Wokingham Library Cafe.

His work uses a wide range of materials to make collages including printed images, transparencies, pastels and pencils.

His other work uses glass, slate, plastic, wood, casting resin and discarded items that would otherwise go landfill to make art and crafts.

He joined a Ceramic group in 2018 and has created a number of stoneware and earthenware ceramics.

This lockdown and uncertain times has resulted in making time available to create art using whatever materials are available at the time.

Further Information

email:           barry.wall28@yahoo.com

Instagram:   #barryaardvark8

Website:       http://www.barrywallart.com

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The works in order are Social Distance, Lockdown, Sailaway and Triangles. The collages are A4, unframed and not mounted and are available for £50 each and all created in and reflected by the lockdown.

 

For more information or to exhibit at Woodley Library, please contact Helen Wright on helen.wright@wokingham.gov.uk

For more information or to exhibit at Wokingham Library please contact Laura De Moxom on Laura.de.Moxom@wokingham.gov.uk

 

 

Art in the Library with Laura West

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Laura West – Crafter:  crazybunches@hotmail.comlaura west 1

My enthusiasm for craft work was reignited when it was offered and encouraged as a therapeutic tool to aid recovery and to feel productive whilst battling complex mental ill health.

I am currently repurposing discarded books to create artwork. I alter the books by using cutting or folding techniques. I enjoy discovering new designs and seeing the final piece emerge. I use salvaged buttons to embellish and craft paper to create smaller projects. The designs I am showing have a Christmas focus, if you see something here you like, but prefer a particular colour scheme, just send me a message and I’ll see what I can do.

I have previously been commissioned for pieces of work which I personalise to order and have made several pieces for a wedding venue.

I am exhibiting  through May, with ART in the Library online. Here are a few of my favourite pieces.

3D Folded Book Angels – £17   3D Folded Book Trees £17

Available in different colour schemes, please contact Laura via email for more details.

Please visit

Instagram:     laurashandmade_crafts     to view a wider range of my work.

Email: crazybunches@hotmail.com   to make a purchase or discuss a personalized piece.

For more information or to exhibit at Woodley Library, please contact Helen Wright on helen.wright@wokingham.gov.uk or check out http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries

 

 

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Art at Woodley Library-November 2019

Woodley Library November 2019 Exhibits

The Prison Pictures

Heather McAteer and Liz Real

An exhibition of work by two Reading-based artists

presenting responses to a theme.

Heather McAteer

My work considers how the narratives of the past are constructed and presented. The works in this exhibition are inspired by the histories of Reading Jail, as well as two prisons in Northern Ireland: Crumlin Road and The Maze (also know as the H-Blocks).

From 1971 until 2000, The Maze was used to house paramilitary prisoners. It was also the site of the 1981 hunger strike when ten republican prisoners died. Crumlin Road Prison in Belfast, also held paramilitary prisoners, however, it also interned several Ulster suffragettes during 1914.

Reading prison’s most famous resident is Irish author Oscar Wilde who was sentenced to two years hard labour for gross indecency . On his release he published ‘The Ballad of Reading Gaol’ which is a fierce indictment of the death penalty and Victorian penal system. However, lesser known inmates are thirty-seven men who had been involved (either directly or indirectly) in the 1916 Easter Rising and were interned without trial July to November that year.

www.heathermcateer.wixsite.com/site

E-mail: heathermcateerartist@gmail.com

Instagram: @Heathermcateerart

Twitter: @HeatherMcAteer2

Facebook: @HeatherMcAteerArt

Liz Real

These works were inspired by a series of photographs that I took during the ArtAngel event when Reading Gaol was open to the public in 2016. Apart from being chilled by the whole experience, I was fascinated by the traces of those that had once been incarcerated there – not only Oscar Wilde but other Victorian prisoners – as well as more recent inmates. ‘Free in my dreams’ was scrawled on the interior of a cell, ‘Adults only’ was the trace of a newspaper advert torn out and glued onto another cell wall (the latter somewhat ironic since both in the past and in the prison’s most recent years – just before it closed – both children and young offenders were imprisoned there). The gestural hands are a reference to a Victorian photograph of prisoners’ mugshots where they all held their hands across their chest as their identifying feature – in the days before finger printing was in common usage.

www.lizreal.co.uk

E-mail: lizreal1@icloud.com

Facebook: @lizrealart

Twitter: @LizReal1

For more information or to exhibit at Woodley Library, please contact Helen Wright on (0118) 969 0304 or check out http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries

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Art in the Library- Woodley Library Exhibits in July 2019

Woodley Library July 2019 Exhibits:

 Jan Wooldridge:- NeedlecrafterJan's Wool Work

Jan’s Wool Work

“By day I work in finance and admin, but in the evenings and at weekends, needle-felting takes over. I am so glad I’ve found a craft that creates a haven away from my working life.

I stumbled upon needle-felting about a year and a half ago when I was searching for some new creative ideas to decorate the house. I sent away for a kit and quickly became hooked on this craft. I never considered myself as creative or arty so it’s been a real pleasure to be able to produce these little works in wool. There are still so many projects I’d like to make.”

 

Tasha Easton:- ArtistTasha Easton.jpg

Tasha Easton has always been passionate about art. She studied art at A-level and has continued to pursue art in her spare time whilst raising her two children. She is an active member of the Crowthorne and Sandhurst Art Society, and is continually increasing her skills by exploring art techniques by other artists and developing her own methods.

Tasha is a lover of nature, and many of her pictures are of animals. She loves going into the fine detail – the look in an eye or the way the feathers or fur look. She enjoys working in acrylics, pastels and pen particularly, but is always interested in trying new media and techniques. If you are interested in viewing more works or initiating a commissioned piece please see Web and Facebook addresses:

www.tashaeaston.wixsite.com/artist     www.facebook.com/TashaEastonArt

Mob: 07754 015503

Marion Barter-Needlefelter   Marion Barter

Marion is a well-established artist mastering works in many mediums, it is a pleasure to be showing her whimsical needle felt characters.

“Around three years ago I began needle felting. I started by making small dogs and animals, I was intrigued by the versatility of the wool. I went on to produce both animal portraits and more recently landscapes using the felting method. I am constantly amazed by the colour tones and range that can be created.

Although it seems an unusual hobby, I find it compelling and therapeutic, except when you stick the needle in your finger! I have been increasingly asked about my method and how to needle craft. This encouraged me to set up instructional classes at the Woodley Wool Shop and now run a couple of classes there on a Wednesday. Please get in contact for details

marionlbarter@gmail.com tel: 0118 9699950

For more information or to exhibit at Woodley Library, please contact Helen Wright on (0118) 969 0304 or check out http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries

 

 

Art in Woodley Library November 2018

Peta Jamieson-artist

Peta Jamieson

 petajamiesonartist@gmail.com  petajamiesonartist.wix.com/petajamiesonartist

 Peta is a part time artist, living in Woodley and finds art a fantastic reprieve from the corporate world.

She  loves the freedom of paint, and says there is no right or wrong way to use it. She creates a variety of work mainly abstracts and landscapes.

She is very much a mixed media artist as  loves to use whatever is nearby and most of her work is definitely a mix of watercolour and acrylic. Please visit her website above, if you see something there that is not in the exhibition that you would like to see please drop her an email and she can arrange for you to see the work.

 

Mandy Dodd – Ceramist

Many Dodd

 dodd.mandy@yahoo.co.uk

 Mandy Dodd lives and works from her home studio in the log cabin that used to house her puppetry business. She has a long history in all aspects of art including painting and drawing, making puppets, building props and the design and painting of theatre scenery. She gave this up in part due to the physical limitations of living with Multiple Sclerosis. This change helped her develop into the area of ceramics and she has since found clay to be both an addiction and a therapy. In 2014 she appeared alongside two other enthusiastic potters in the More 4 TV programme Monty Don’s Real Craft.  This was filmed in Whichford Pottery with Adam and Jim Keeling acting as mentors. Mandy feels this pivotal experience is responsible for her growth as a ceramic artist, She feels each day is a gift to be filled in some way or other with clay! Mandy’s latest narrative work reflects her love for the English coast and countryside.  She carves and alters forms thrown on the wheel and decorates them in a theatrical way using colourful slips and stains with brush and sponge.  Her history of puppet building is incorporated in that her animal forms all have their own individual character or a story to tell.

For mor information about exhibiting at Woodley Library call (0118) 9690304

 

 

 

Art History talks at Wokingham Library in November-with Dalila Castelijn

Dalila Castelijn will be returning to Wokingham Library in November with four new talks about Art History at Wokingham Library. All talks run 2pm to 4pm, £7 charge. To book a place call (0118) 9781368

THE ART OF EDWARD BURNE-JONES

Thursday November 1Burne Jones

The course is linked with the Autumn Tate Britain’s exhibition on the artist, who was a pioneer of the Arts and Crafts movement and member of the Pre-Raphaelite brotherhood. We shall assess the ways in which the Middle Ages, classical myths, fairy tales and religion influenced the style and content of selected paintings and designs for stained glass windows, tapestries and book illustrations.

ART AND THE FRENCH REVOLUTION

Thursday November 8Bath

The revolution that broke out in 1789 meant the end of the French aristocracy’s patronage of the arts. The course explores how painters and sculptors responded to the new political structure and new propaganda demands. Jacques-Louis David, Louis-Leopold Boilly, Adelaide Labille-Guiard and Jean Antoine Houdon are among the artists whose work will be studied in detail.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WALLACE COLLECTION

Thursday November 15Wallace Collection 2

The course explores the history, aims and selected works of one of London’s smaller art galleries. Famous for its 18th century French art, the Wallace collection includes medieval objects, 17th century Dutch paintings and non European artifacts. We shall focus particularly on its most outstanding collector, Sir Richard Wallace (1818-90), as 2018 marks the Bicentenary of his birth.

BAUHAUS

Thursday November 22Bauhaus 1

The Bauhaus was a school of architecture and applied arts that existed in Germany from 1919 to 1933. Founded by Walter Gropius it stressed the importance of the craftsman-designer for industrial mass production; it aimed to reform education and gave rise to a severe and geometrical style. The course will examine selected works by artists such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Marcel Breuer, Oskar Schlemmer and Johannes Itten.

 

 

 

Art History talks at Wokingham Library in November-with Dalila Castelijn

Dalila Castelijn will be returning to Wokingham Library in November with four new talks about Art History at Wokingham Library. All talks run 2pm to 4pm, £7 charge. To book a place call (0118) 9781368

THE ART OF EDWARD BURNE-JONES

Thursday November 1Burne Jones

The course is linked with the Autumn Tate Britain’s exhibition on the artist, who was a pioneer of the Arts and Crafts movement and member of the Pre-Raphaelite brotherhood. We shall assess the ways in which the Middle Ages, classical myths, fairy tales and religion influenced the style and content of selected paintings and designs for stained glass windows, tapestries and book illustrations.

ART AND THE FRENCH REVOLUTION

Thursday November 8Bath

The revolution that broke out in 1789 meant the end of the French aristocracy’s patronage of the arts. The course explores how painters and sculptors responded to the new political structure and new propaganda demands. Jacques-Louis David, Louis-Leopold Boilly, Adelaide Labille-Guiard and Jean Antoine Houdon are among the artists whose work will be studied in detail.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WALLACE COLLECTION

Thursday November 15Wallace Collection 2

The course explores the history, aims and selected works of one of London’s smaller art galleries. Famous for its 18th century French art, the Wallace collection includes medieval objects, 17th century Dutch paintings and non European artifacts. We shall focus particularly on its most outstanding collector, Sir Richard Wallace (1818-90), as 2018 marks the Bicentenary of his birth.

BAUHAUS

Thursday November 22Bauhaus 1

The Bauhaus was a school of architecture and applied arts that existed in Germany from 1919 to 1933. Founded by Walter Gropius it stressed the importance of the craftsman-designer for industrial mass production; it aimed to reform education and gave rise to a severe and geometrical style. The course will examine selected works by artists such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Marcel Breuer, Oskar Schlemmer and Johannes Itten.

 

 

 

Art in the Library- Paul Redfern at Wokingham Library during September and October 2018

Throughout September and  October  Paintings by Paul Redfern will be on display at Wokingham Library.

“Nature has been of great interest to me from a very early age and is the main influence in my work. The natural environment as a whole is my inspiration but the elements I really love are cracks and crevasses, natural erosion and the way in which nature sculpts the landscape.

Visiting places such as the Peak District, the Mediterranean, south England coastal areas and the dramatic Norwegian landscape and fjords have given me first-hand experience of the drama of the terrain.

The tonal qualities and formations of shadows and layers inspire my work, providing me with ideas to work the materials. Whilst working on paintings and ceramics, I have the intention to create three-dimensional qualities in the surface texture. When printing, however, it is more important to convey the ambience and tonal qualities of the landscape.”

 You can see more of Paul’s work at www.paulredfernart.co.uk 

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