Sunday, 26 July 2015

Open for Art

Elastic Time II, in Shed/Milk. Ingrid Jensen 2015
OHOS artists Peter Driver, Robert Fitzmaurice, Ingrid Jensen, Jon Lockhart and Kate Lockhart were delighted to join jelly's Open For Art in central Reading in July.  They exhibited in Launchpad, Waterstones, the Penta Hotel, Blandy and Blandy and H:Room. Thank you to Suzanne Stallard, jelly's director, for excellent organisation, and to all the brilliant venues for their help and hospitality.

Elastic Time II, in Shed/Milk.  Ingrid Jensen 2015

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Mixing-Media in 3D Form Workshop

OpenHand Gallery Space was the venue for a 2 day hands-on workshop this July run by Associate Member Janet Curley Cannon for artists from across the region. The workshop explored the many uses of Paper Mâché Clay, a simple, affordable medium made from paper and plaster which requires no specialist materials or tools. The artists brought along a variety of found objects and varying surfaces, or built simple structures from wire or cardboard to apply the medium onto on day one. The second day was spent carving, sanding, painting or applying more medium or other materials to their designs. The artists were quite taken with what this easy to make, easy to use medium has the potential to offer as an affordable art medium used within their art practice.

Artists making a new batch of Paper Mâché Clay with ingredients sourced from DIY stores 

Paper Mâché Clay being applied around a rusted metal grid using simple tools
Dried Paper Mâché Clay on a metal mesh structure, it adheres to most surfaces

Dried Paper Mâché Clay paints easily and can be used to create rich textural surfaces

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Oxford Road Fun Day 2015

OHOS artists Ingrid Jensen, Neile Wright and Jon Lockhart all had fun at the Oxford Road Fun Day in Kensington Park in 4 July - and so did lots of families and children, learning about simple printmaking techniques.  The Fun Day is a great way to meet up with friends and neighbours from the Oxford Road area, eat food, enjoy performances and rides, and find out about what's going on.  It is organised by the Oxford Road Multi Agency, which is a wonderful optimistic forum of local groups, where people get together during the year to improve the neighbourhood.

Thursday, 9 July 2015

Grasping the Invisible - David Phillpot, 16-21 June 2015

Very many thanks to David Phillpot for installing such a wonderful exhibition, for making his notebooks and sketches available, and for his generosity in donating works for sale to raise funds for OHOS, and for giving books to OHOS's library.

A sample of visitor comments:
"A very exciting show.  The works are poetic and beautiful.  Such a privilege to have access to the source-books, notebooks and sketches to see David’s working process."
"Amazing exhibition – inspiring for all"

"Very enjoyable – loved the dance steps!

"Beautiful exhibition: contemplative, provocative, memorable and inspiring."