Sue Farrow-Jones and I are both showing our work at the annual Contemporary Passions exhibition, an opportunity for members of SHAF (South Hams Art Forum) to stage a major summer show of new works in a wide range of mediums and styles.
The exhibition provides a snapshot of the artists’ current work, interests and creative passions.
The featured image above is one of several artworks – all involving images of involving hares – that Sue will have on show.
The South West doesn’t have many hares, mainly owing to it being an agricultural area. Hares don’t have burrows, leaving leverets at risk of farm machinery as remaining still is their main protection.
Sue joined The Hare Preservation Trust and found out that there is no closed season for hunting hares. She found it very sad, that these beautiful, magical creatures are not protected by law in any way.
Having seen some in the lanes recently, she has been producing prints of hares.
‘Gold Hare, Rising Moon’ is a lino print with gold leaf accentuating the hare and the moon.
The featured image above is a lino print called ‘Melangell’s Hares’. Melangell is The Patron Saint of Hares. Being Welsh, Sue decided to visit the church in Powys at Pennant Melangell in May, where they celebrate Saint Melangell at her shrine there. The Daughter of an Irish Chieftan living in the 7th Century, Melangell ran away to avoid the marriage of convenience her Father had planned for her.
One day, whilst out walking in a valley in Powys, Melangell saw a hunter with his hounds, chasing a hare. The hare ran to her and hid in the gathered fabric of her cloak. She prevented the hounds from catching the hare.
The hunter was Prince Brochwel Ysgithrog and he was so impressed by her courage that he gave her the valley. Thus, Melangell became the Patron Saint of Hares, protecting all the wildlife in the valley and providing establishing a religious community, a sanctuary for women and animals for 37 years, until the end of her life.
How does Sue then use these prints?
Some of the prints have been placed on screens and printed on linen.
She’s used this fabric to make into lampshades, such as the one shown here, using the ‘Gold Hare and Rising Moon’ fabric.
Still on the theme of hares, ‘I Dreamed I Held a Hare’ is a watercolour.
To see more of Sue’s work, visit her website.
WHEN IS THE CONTEMPORARY PASSIONS EXHIBITION?
Tuesday 6 June until Sunday 18 June 2017
Open daily 10 am – 5 pm (closing at 4 pm on the last day)
WHERE IS THE CONTEMPORARY PASSIONS EXHIBITION?
The Contemporary Passions exhibition will be at Harbour House, The Promenade, Kingsbridge, Devon, TQ7 1JD
WANT TO MEET THE ARTISTS?
There will be an opportunity to meet all the artists on Tuesday 6 June, 6-8 pm.
You might also call in when Sue or I are stewarding. Sue will be stewarding on the mornings of Thursday 15 June and Friday 16 June. I will be stewarding all day on Saturday 10 June and on the morning of Saturday 17 June.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
Admission is free!