Harbor House’s annual exhibition features works by local artists

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Harbor House in Kingsbridge is due to open its annual ‘Contemporary Passions’ summer exhibition.

The exhibition will feature a wide range of paintings, prints, jewellery, ceramics, mosaics, pyrography and leather and metalwork by nine members of the artist collective, the South Hams Arts Forum (SHAF) .

The exhibition will open on Tuesday, July 5, with two gallery talks taking place during the two weeks of the exhibition.

On Sunday, July 10 at 11 a.m., mosaic artist Kate Rattray and watercolourist Christine Pascoe will talk about their work and the exhibition.

At 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 16, marble and leather artist Rachel O’Connell will talk about her heritage crafts and demonstrate origami techniques.

Heather Morfett, ceramic.jpg (Heather Morfet ) (Heather Morfet)

Mosaicist since 1994, Kate Rattray will present wall sculptures, constructed with wire, cement mixes, plaster and polystyrene before the addition of a mosaic skin. Themes include birds and moths in flight.

In her contemporary and offbeat jewelry, Patricia Hitchens upcycles older pieces by incorporating marine plastic and glass for a distinctive look.

Susan Luker’s most recent ceramic works explore the potential of crawl and lichen glazes, clay slips and engobes, inspired by nature and painted directly onto her handcrafted sculptural pots.

Heather Morfett embraces the unpredictability and endless possibilities of working with clay.

Working as a therapist, she is interested in how art and creating art can bring hidden issues to light, and she creatively draws inspiration from events in her life that have moved her as well as from his environment and his travels.

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Kate Rattray, mosaic duck (Kate Rattray ) (Kate Rattray)

Alison Hannah’s creative practice combines poetry, paintings and ceramics, inspired by the Southwest landscape and coastline and capturing the interactions between people and landscape.

Social and conservation issues are considered in her practice.

Richard Bent FWCB (Fellow of the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths) brings artistic and architectural content to his work as a blacksmith, a trade with “roots deeply embedded in history”.

Rachel O’Connell, too, uses traditional tools and the slow, thoughtful process of heritage craftsmanship to produce her contemporary designs in marbled leather, cork and sustainable fabrics.

Lou Griffiths treats sustainable bamboo and locally sourced wood as his canvas for the “slightly unpredictable and unconventional technique” of pyrography, using burn marks to bring his nature-inspired designs and illustrations to life.

Watercolourist Christine Pascoe draws inspiration from her surroundings in South Devon and Dartmoor, painting en plein air in a naturalistic style.

Her commissioned work includes animal portraits, houses and gardens, and since her self-taught beginnings she has continued to give private lessons. Jane Davarian draws inspiration from “cultures rich in indigenous art,” and the architectural and textile designs she encountered on her travels can be found in her printmaking, where bold monochrome allows for clarity of detail.

Nine members of SHAF present this year’s exhibition Contemporary Passions, celebrating a wide range of artistic and craft approaches.

The exhibition opens at Harbor House in Kingsbridge on Tuesday 5th July. Hours of operation will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, except Sundays when the gallery will close at 3 p.m.

The exhibition runs until Sunday July 17 and admission is free.

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