Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life
That quote is attributed to Pablo Picasso and we feel the same about Brinsop! Today’s post though is all about h.Art, a local event which starts this weekend. If you are into art then you are in for a treat with over 100 venues showing the work of more than 200 artists. The blurb in the catalogue states “enjoy personal encounters with artists in the intimacy of their homes and studios, see group exhibitions in fabulous locations such as manor houses, historic barns, churches and beautiful gardens and visit a selection of the county’s most wonderful galleries, rural and urban”. And unbelievably it’s all free, although it is worth taking your cheque book with you in case you want to buy something or commission a piece!
The three venues closest to Brinsop are numbers 67, 68 and 69 on the h.Art trail and we’ve previewed them below.
67 is Ginn Downes and Gill Thompson who are exhibiting at Ginn’s home literally a mile away from Brinsop at the other end of Tillington. Ginn is exhibiting textiles and mixed media work and is advertising that she is running free taster sessions daily which sounds as though it could be a lot of hands on fun. The symbols on the h.Art catalogue indicate that she provides refreshments, always a good sign!
If you can’t make it during h.Art week Ginn offers workshops to suit your dates. Have a look at her website. Could be a winner on a rainy day when you are here on holiday!
Alongside Ginn, is Gill Thompson whose mixed media work is apparently inspired by the landscapes of Herefordshire and the Outer Hebrides. It would be lovely to see the differences because the Outer Hebrides are even more rural and remote than this lovely county!
After morning coffee and fun there, head to The Bell at Tillington and turn left just before it and follow the road and signposts to Wellington. Close to the pub in Wellington there is number 68 in the h.Art catalogue which is in Dernside Close. This is a fantastic opportunity to be officially nosey as the artist (Lisel Walker) is exhibiting her portraits of a Herefordshire family and their pets. Oh and you can get a cup of tea there too!
From there head back to Canon Pyon Village Hall where there are two more artists exhibiting very different works. G R Vaughan is showing traditional and contemporary oil paintings and Maria Morgan is sharing her work with contemporary jewellery exploring texture and movement and rural inspired paintings in a range of media and guess what there is tea on offer there too!
If you stop for lunch in one of the two pubs we’ve mentioned and visit all three locations you will have had a wonderful day out all within a five mile stone’s throw of Brinsop. Might see you there!