Reflections - a mixed media exhibition by the InscapeArt group.

Press Release: 18/12/2006

At the Guildhall Gallery from Friday 15 December 2006 to 7 January 2007

10 - 4 Tuesday to Saturday, Sunday 12noon - 4.00pm

Admission free

A new exhibition entitled Reflections opens at Winchester Guildhall Gallery on Friday 15 December 2006. The InscapeArt group was established in 2001 by graduates from the Visual Art Degree course at Winchester School of Art, now the Fine Art Department of the University of Southampton. Other graduates have since joined the group. The artists use a wide range of media to articulate their ideas and to celebrate the vitality and diversity of contemporary art.

They have been exhibiting as a group, and individually, in a variety of Arts Centres and Museums in Hampshire, Dorset, and Berkshire and in London at Lauderdale House, Battersea and Teddington Lock Art Fairs.

They came together as a group again in 2006 for a new exhibition in Alresford Old Fire Station.

The 'Reflections' exhibition at Winchester Guildhall includes work inspired specifically by the City of Winchester. This theme has been interpreted by the artists in the broadest sense allowing them to create images that strongly evoke a sense of time and place. 

Among the artists exhibiting and taking their inspiration from the City is Julia Lang who explores a number of approaches to the exhibition's theme 'Reflections'. She contrasts the meditative, quiet and contemplative using the notion of water as a metaphor for reflective thought with her more photographic work that reflects on Winchester's historical past. 

Ann Hopkins, who uses memories like scraps of material forming a patchwork that reflects her experience of the sites and sounds of Winchester.

Jeanne Mills-Holland is someone who loves sailing and so it is natural for water to be a key inspiration in her work. For the 'Reflections' exhibition, she has included work that has been influenced by the sea and the stream in the Hyde area of Winchester.

Images of 'Old Winchester' have been the inspiration for Anne Wards work. They reflect images of the past and also the 'reflection' of these images in stained glass. She uses a method that she has developed over the years which involves photography and the use of the computer as an artist's tool.

Margaret Lomer has been specialising in oil painting for the past year or two.  All painting requires "reflection" and this medium gives her time to think and time to enjoy the feel of the paint. "Buried Winchester" is based on a series of notes and sketches made in Winchester last year. Her other two paintings "Window Reflections" and "Interior Reflections" are more impressionist descriptions of things seen during the summer.

Other members of the group exhibiting are William Dowden, Sallie Ellis, Karen Lovegrove, Susan Marsh, Toni May, Helen Peake, Mia Taylor and Barry Ward.

As all the paintings are available for sale this is an opportunity to own an original work of art or purchase a unique and distinctive Christmas gift.