Friday, 27 December 2013

Crafted for Christmas 2013: New Brewery Arts Gallery until Jan 4th

So good the Chamber of Commerce had to visit...
Awe inspiring pieces of art and craft are currently on display at New Brewery Arts, Evan Burgess found out more...

Intricate and lavish pieces are currently on exhibition in Cirencester at New Brewery Arts. Crafted for Christmas is a seasonal show following on the tradition from 2012's exhibition. With a diverse array of crafts represented, pieces vary in price from a suitably gift friendly £15, to a diamond encrusted £12,000. The artists who have contributed to Crafted have seen an already strong turn out from the public to view their expertly fashioned wares.

Why not treat yourself to a slow and steady appraisal of
Kate Kelly's birds and Ray Mallaney's light shades
some of the finest local artists Gloucestershire has to offer. Though not all artists are based locally, some makers can be found from NBA’s premises. Such talent as Louise Parry, Richie Alli and Helen Nottage work onsite at NBA and have been making waves with gallery goers since November.

The popular Gratitude Tree from Oxford based wire sculptress Rachel Ducker is interactive. It has allowed the public to leave a leaf on one of the many branches which states what they are grateful for. Among many comments left, the dramatic “For finding my melanoma before it spreads” stands out. A romantic shared leaf left by a couple warms the heart. “Waking up with my girl Kim” stands proudly on one side, whilst ”Finding you when I did” sits on the other.

The intensely popular Gratitude Tree
Louise Parry’s beautiful and intricately made jewellery has often drawn gasps when people look at the carefully made clocks, earrings and necklaces. Helen Nottage’s ceramics have also impressed with many people stopping to stare and wonder at the different textures the vessels possess.

If you wish to stand a chance of getting something from the gallery, then be quick! With only until Saturday 4th January, time is running out. Seeing, let alone owning a piece from any one of the 28 makers/artists on display is pure eye candy.

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