Erica Sharpe’s ‘Wild Edge Gallery’ in Wedmore, will be hosting a fascinating exhibition of arts and crafts as part of Somerset Art Weeks Festival 2017.
The Arts Weeks, established in 1994, encourages artist-led exhibitions, projects and activities in over 100 locations throughout Somerset, and runs from 23rd September to 8th October. The theme of this year’s event is ‘Prospect’ and the Wild Edge artists will be exploring this by looking at the ideas surrounding hidden treasures, possibilities, seeking and searching, from the tiniest gem to the broadest natural environment.
Wild Edge Gallery is venue 44, and part of the Sedgmore section of the event. Artists exhibiting there include sculptor Ian Marlow ARBS who’s new works in stainless steel and glass will also include his poetry and words. A short film showing his larger sculptures in gardens and public spaces will also be shown.
Many visitors to Wild Edge Gallery will know Erica Sharpe’s unique fine jewellery in fair trade gold and gemstones, but she will also be showcasing her drawings and paintings which are inspired by frequent travels and explorations into wilder places. A previous finalist in the ‘Wildlife Artist of the Year’, her latest works explore the discovery of Ice Age cave paintings and their techniques. She has recently exhibited these at Thirlestaine Long Gallery in Cheltenham.
M H Goldsmith’s contemporary fine jewellery contrasts in style with Erica’s, but is hand made to same exacting standard. Opposing colours, textures and forms set with interesting coloured gems are the hallmark of this continental-trained jeweller now based in Somerset.
Bristol artist, Jim Starr, is highly regarded for his bold, contemporary mixed media paintings and screen prints. His work reflects his years of world-wide travel and exploration, depicting the preciousness of natural environments, in particular, wild birds.
Wild Edge Gallery will be open from 23rd September to 7th October, Monday to Friday 10am - 5pm and Saturdays 10am - 3pm. There will be a chance to meet the artists, enjoy some refreshments and purchase a wide range of art, cards and prints.