Fly­ing the nest

The Sentinel Gallery in Wiven­hoe hosts work by eight artists from Colch­ester’s Cuckoo Farm Stu­dios this month. Jan­ice Walker finds out more about the artists ex­hibit­ing and their in­trigu­ing work

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Cuckoo Farm artists come to The Sentinel Gallery

From Novem­ber 3 to 13, eight artists from Colch­ester’s Cuckoo Farm Stu­dios will be wing­ing their way down to Wiven­hoe to ex­hibit their work in The Sentinel Gallery. This won­der­fully var­ied show will in­clude beau­ti­fully turned wood, colour­ful fused glass, a range of ce­ram­ics, ab­stract and fig­u­ra­tive sculp­tures, paint­ings and prints rang­ing from imag­i­na­tive re­sponses to the nat­u­ral world to thought-pro­vok­ing ab­stracts and mod­ern re­al­ism.

In 2015, Nicholas Rowe grad­u­ated from Colch­ester School of Art gain­ing BA (Hons) Art & De­sign: 3D De­sign & Craft, won the Cuckoo Farm Stu­dios Grad­u­ate Award and was ac­cepted as a Li­cen­ti­ate mem­ber of the So­ci­ety of De­signer Crafts­men in Lon­don.

“As a wood­turn­ing and ce­ramic artist I aim to cre­ate work of in­tegrity that is evoca­tive of lo­cal­ity, where past and present, ma­te­ri­als and com­mu­ni­ties are hon­estly ref­er­enced,’ says Nicholas. “Prove­nance is im­por­tant and

since grad­u­at­ing my prac­tice has ex­panded to use mainly lo­cally-sourced sus­tain­able wood. Ev­ery piece of wood has dif­fer­ent at­trac­tive as­pects.”

Lupe Cunha will be show­ing some of her re­cent Ab­stract Ex­pres­sion­ist works in acrylic on pa­per. Her work is moody, full of en­ergy and move­ment, and ex­plores both tonal con­trasts and colour har­monies. Lupe says: “My painterly life be­gan in the 1970s when I was in­tro­duced to the Amer­i­can Ab­stract Ex­pres­sion­ist by my artist fa­ther, and after see­ing the emo­tional res­o­nance of those huge can­vases I’ve aimed at do­ing some­thing sim­i­lar on a smaller scale. My heart has al­ways been in the pure Ab­stract, par­tic­u­larly Brazil­ian Ab­stract Ex­pres­sion­ism, from my na­tive ori­gins, rather than a more generic ab­strac­tion of form.”

Award-win­ning artist Les­ley Crox­ford has ex­hib­ited at a num­ber of pres­ti­gious venues in Lon­don and has also ex­hib­ited ex­ten­sively through­out East Anglia: her most re­cent ex­hi­bi­tion was with Pam Schomberg at Cuckoo Farm, Colch­ester. From her stu­dio in Wiven­hoe, she says: “Although I am a fig­u­ra­tive artist, I have tried to move away from the idea of just copy­ing my sub­ject. In­stead, I recre­ate what I see by height­en­ing colour or ex­ag­ger­at­ing shape. By keep­ing the mem­ory alive of the first vi­sion, I try to dis­til it, to make the im­age more po­tent by us­ing an in­tu­itive ap­proach.”

Lynn Foster is a well-es­tab­lished fused glass artist, creat­ing a range of large dec­o­ra­tive state­ment pieces, table­ware and light­ing.

She says: “I only be­came a pro­fes­sional artist in my 70s. I quickly be­came en­tranced by fused glass as a medium. My sculp­ture work has grown out of a need to find in­ter­est­ing stands and frame­works for my glass sculp­ture, which I learned to cre­ate in an ex­per­i­men­tal sculp­ture course.”

Pam Schomberg’s child­hood fas­ci­na­tion with an­cient arte­facts in her lo­cal mu­seum has in­flu­enced her artis­tic style. Pam ex­plains: “As a pot­ter you have a rough idea of how what you are mak­ing will end up, but things change dra­mat­i­cally from when they go in the kiln to when they come out after fir­ing. There is al­ways a sur­prise when the kiln door opens. Each piece is in­di­vid­u­ally hand built in porce­lain, stoneware or chocware. I make marks and im­press a pat­tern into rolled out slabs of clay, with made or found tools, the piece is then built with sec­tions from these slabs and fired. Colour is in­cluded at all stages, with the use of ox­ides, slips, glazes, gold, plat­inum and other on-glaze lus­tre.”

Jean Muir, who works with trans­par­ent glass forms in­clud­ing jew­ellery, Sheena Clover, who will be ex­hibit­ing her lyri­cal ab­stract mono­prints and paint­ings, and Liam Hen­nessy, with his full fig­ure hu­man sculp­tures and fig­u­ra­tive por­traits in the same style, will also be ex­hibit­ing. Each day of the ex­hi­bi­tion, one or more of the artists will be in the gallery, and they will all be there on Novem­ber 10 giv­ing talks about their work and giv­ing vis­i­tors the op­por­tu­nity to find out more about the tal­ent be­hind these mas­ter­pieces.N

Find out more

The Sentinel Gallery Chapel Road, Wiven­hoe CO7 9DX Call 01206 827490, visit the­sen­tinel­ or email info@the­sen­tinel­ The Gallery is open 11am to 5pm daily.

“I only be­came a pro­fes­sional artist in my 70s. I quickly be­came en­tranced by fused glass as a medium”

ABOVE:Lupe Cunha’s artRIGHT:Pam Schomberg’s pot­tery

RIGHT: Paint­ing by fig­u­ra­tive artist Les­ley Crox­ford

Pam Schomberg

Nicholas Rowe

Lynn Foster

Lupe Cunha

Liam Hen­nessy

Jean Muir

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