Photo: Phil Wilkinson
Birch Tree Gallery – a new venue for fine-crafts and prints – has opened its doors in March. The gallery focuses on art works that have roots in nature – whether in materials, inspiration or thematic elements. The birch tree image is very simple, but powerful. The strong visual and tactile quality of its bark embodies many of the same qualities that differentiate fine crafts from other arts - physicality of the art medium, texture, and time to master technical skills to produce the works.
‘Line in Motion‘ is an exhibition celebrating graphic representation of movement inspired by nature. In her charcoal drawings and collages, Janine Baldwin, an artist from Scarborough, Yorkshire, uses line to capture a “movement” that is more sensory than visual. The naked raku ceramics by Moyra Stewart – an artist based in Fife, Scotland – are inspired by black, gray and white bands of colour of Lewisian Gneiss rock formations. Moyra’s lines result from nature’s long term evolution, whereas Janine’s lines are inspired by swift movements of nature in the present.