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By Blackmore Vale Magazine  |  Posted: November 16, 2012

  • Benches by Matthew Burt at the Courtauld Gallery

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HINDON-based furniture designer maker Matthew Burt is hosting a Christmas exhibition of hand woven textiles at his showroom.

Dreaming in Colour also features work by guest artist Josephine Andrews, who has woven a series of colourful blankets, cushions, wraps and scarves, using some of the softest wool grown, dyed, and spun in the UK. Jo trained in New Zealand and with the well known West Country weaver, Janet Phillips. In New Zealand her work had to take second place to her day job as a Foreign Correspondent for Independent Television News and later as Senior Political Correspondent for News at Ten, when she found weaving an essential antidote to politics. All her work for this exhibition explores colour and weave techniques on a four-shaft hand loom.

Her work will be displayed at the showroom amongst the furniture designs of Matthew Burt. His recent major commissions include the designing and making of benches for the Egyptian Galleries at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford and the Courtauld Gallery, Somerset House. The exhibition runs to 21st December.

SHAFTESBURY watercolorist Bryan Pickard has his annual show Shaftesbury Arts Centre Gallery for two weeks starting from next Monday, 19th November. Bryan's fluid watercolour style has been recognised in London group exhibitions of the RI and the RWS, the two top societies in the country.

His subject matter is realist and traditional, often with a tendency towards nostalgia for simpler days in the countryside and in farming. His images include local landscapes, marine subjects, and horse and sheep fairs, and usually include people at work or play.

THE new exhibition at Bournemouth University explores the relationship between art and language, as part of a collaboration with the estate of internationally renowned artist and sculptor Elisabeth Frink, who lived on Bulbarrow.

The Art and Language installation will run in the Atrium Gallery, in Poole House, until mid-December.

It is part of a two-year project, Evolution: Frink and the next generation, at BU, and also includes works in Poole House, Kimmeridge House, the Thomas Hardy Suite and the external grounds at Talbot Campus.

The exhibition has been put together by BU curator Julie Herring and Annette Ratuszniak, curator of the Frink Estate, and features illustrations for books by Elisabeth Frink, words cut into stone by Incisive Letterwork and imagist poems and sound sculpture film by Derek Shiel, among others.

The Purbeck artist Brian Graham has work on display as part of the installation. His artwork combines archeological finds with imagery of museums, such as the Tate Modern and Imperial War Museum.

WELL-known Dorset watercolorist and teacher Marilyn Allis has an exhibition at her studio at East Farm, Winterborne Whitechurch from 28th November to 3rd December.

Marilyn travels widely teaching and demonstrating and her vibrant paintings reflect her love of colour, music, markets and different cultures.

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