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Green Door Return to their ‘Roots’ at Farfield

Fran Riley

Green Door, the region’s leading artists’ collective, is returning to Farfield Mill in Sedbergh for a group exhibition which showcases a wide variety of two and three dimensional work on the theme of ‘Roots’. The exhibition will see paintings, drawings, prints, textiles, jewellery, ceramics, wood and glass on display from the group’s members and provides a great opportunity for visitors to see the breadth of members’ work in a stunning setting.

“As a girl I used often to cycle to this old windmill a couple of miles from home,” said Averyl Bradbrook. “One day I did a watercolour sketch which I still have, many decades later.  That sketch has been my inspiration for my painting in oils, which I am calling  ‘A Childhood Haunt’. Somewhere I have a photo of me on my bike adjacent to the windmill which I hope to unearth.”

Fields and Finds I by Marie Wright

Marie Wright will be exhibiting new collaged work on canvas inspired by trees and field boundaries, incorporating the past as she delves beneath the surface of the land and the archaeological finds and imprints left behind. She uses a variety of screenprinting and monoprinting techniques to build layers of imagery that explore both the fragility and hidden aspects of the landscape.

Fran Riley decided to combine two meanings of the word ‘roots’ – tree roots and ancestral roots – in an altered digital photograph of her grandmother.

“This is my maternal grandmother who I remember fondly,” explained Fran. “Though she had a challenging life, she had a tremendous sense of fun and an infectious giggle! I’ve given her a skirt of tree roots combining images and enhancing them using iColorama.”

After moving around a lot as a child Eileen Gledhill settled near Kendal as a young adult. This is where she ‘put down roots’ and began to fully appreciate beautiful scenery. She developed a desire to paint, to capture a little of the fleeting effects of weather on our corner of this wonderful world and the work she is exhibiting reflects this.

Averyl Bradbrook

“We’re excited to be back at Farfield Mill,” says Green Door administrator Janice Benson. “The galleries at the Mill provide our members with a fantastic opportunity to create new work for a large gallery space. I’m enjoying seeing how our members are interpreting the theme – one which was intentionally chosen as open to different interpretations. The Mill is a stunning place and a beautiful setting for our work.”

Exhibiting artists include Gordon Baddeley, Barbra Cropper, Sue David, Joyce Eldred, Robert Finch, Nancy Gray, Ray Green, Claire Griffel, Penny Hunt, Kath Lockhart, Diane Rowlinson, Leonie Rutter, Dave Sharps, Caroline Stow and Frances Winder.

The exhibition runs from 10 July to 28 August.

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