Exhibitions

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The Creative Peninsula returns for August Craft Month!

After being scuppered in 2020 by a certain pandemic, its great to have the Creative Peninsula Art and Craft Festival make a return for its 20th anniversary. I’ll be taking part in a number of events – read on for details of these. For a complete listing of all the events taking place across the borough of Ards and North Down, check out the Creative Peninsula website.

The Creative Peninsula is also part of August Craft Month, a month long celebration of all things craft across Northern Ireland. August Craft Month did take place last year in virtual form, but this year, its 15th, it will be wonderful for artists and audiences alike to have face to face events once again. Listings for all the events can be found on the Craft NI website. Here are Katherine McDonald, Craft NI Director, and Suzanne Lyle from the Arts Council NI talking about this years August Craft Month:

New Makers Directory Listing

Craft NI also has its new Makers Directory up and running. Makers from across Northern Ireland are gradually populating their profiles so the directory will continue to grow. I have just completed my profile which you can view here

https://craftni.org/makers/adele-pound/

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watercolour drawing of two ants, one with a large cake crumb

Exhibitions

For the month of August two Creative Peninsula exhibitions will run which showcase the work of makers and artists from across the borough of Ards and North Down. I have submitted one piece to each show. This year I have chosen to showcase my insect field drawings. These were made in the garden at home and were my response to being unable to make my usual field trips due to the travel restrictions imposed during the first wave of Covid.

The principle and larger of the two shows is at Ards Arts Centre. The second exhibition takes place at North Down Museum

Creative Peninsula in the Square

As always events will kick of with the an Art and Craft village appearing in Conway Square, Newtownards! this year, for everyone’s safety, a one way system, hand sanitizer stations and careful control of numbers will be in operation. I will also have hand sanitizers at my stall for anyone who requires them.

The event will take place this coming Friday, 30th July, from 11am to 5pm. I will be there with cards, prints, paper birds and original art for you to peruse!

https://creativepeninsula.andculture.org.uk/whats-on/creative-peninsula-square

Alfresco Art

it is always a pleasure to take part in this event which has a relaxed Sunday afternoon vibe enjoyed by makers and visitors alike. Enjoy a coffee from the Coffee Cure at North Down Museum and watch free demos from a range of artists and craft makers. There will be a chance to have a go yourself in some cases. I will be making my paper birds and will also have some free versions to colour in and make. the full list of artists and times can be found on the Creative Peninsula website:

https://creativepeninsula.andculture.org.uk/whats-on/alfresco-art-and-craft-demonstrations

Workshop

This year I am also delivering my “Drawing a Moving Object” workshop, featuring the famous revolving sheep skull! Although, if the weather is nice we might venture out to the square in search of pigeons!

The workshop is on Wednesday 4th August from 10 am to 1pm. You can find out more and book a place on the Creative Peninsula website

https://creativepeninsula.andculture.org.uk/classes/sketching-moving-object-adele-pound

The Great Kit Challenge exhibition

This has been a great project to take part in and we are all nearing the point where we can offer our kits for sale. Generous friends and family are currently beavering away trying to make the kits we have given them. We await their verdicts and feed back with trepidation!

To celebrate our efforts and the successful completion of the project there will be an exhibition at Top Floor Art in Saintfield where you will be able to see and hopefully buy all the kits that have been created.

Details for the Exhibition and meet the maker events at Top Floor Art can be found in the August Craft Month listings.

watercolour drawing of two ants, one with a large cake crumb

The Virtual Exhibiting Continues

Its been all about the ants in my house! With lockdowns still continuing, I’ve been making field trips, armed with my magnifying glass, to our polytunnel in search of beasties to draw. When you get up close, ants are magnificent beasties. they are such a rich, dark red-brown-almost-black colour, like tiny pieces of articulated mahogany walking about and so shiny I could see my shape reflected on their backs. I brought them some cake one day which they seemed to enjoy, though there was a fight at one point. Too much sugar so early in the season maybe? I broke it up with a grass stalk and they soon forgot about it and got back to business.

Watercolour study of an ant

Wild Things at the Beach

Three of my ant drawings have already been sent off to the Beach Gallery on Hoy in Orkney. They will be part of the “Wild Things” postcard exhibition which will run on their website from May to September 2021. The gallery hosted an exhibition of my work a couple of years ago and, although I was unable to visit, I had great fun creating videos to compliment art classes being run in the gallery and getting thank you videos back from the participants! I was delighted to get the chance to be involved with the gallery again. All the pieces in the exhibition are postcard sized and all are priced at ¬£25.00. Check out their website to browse all the pieces submitted and their facebook page for news of new pieces arriving:

https://www.beachgallery.co.uk/

https://www.facebook.com/BeachGalleryOrkney/

New Beginnings for Kilmood Art Club

Yet more ants are also in Kilmood Art Club’s latest virtual exhibition “New Beginnings” now showing on our facebook and website. The club has been unable to meet for over a year but the committee has made great efforts to keep activities for members going. this is our 5th online exhibition and it is great to see members the engaging so enthusiastically with over 40 entries. In addition to exhibitions we have been meeting by zoom for painting nights and for art demos from artists. We have even done an online life drawing class thanks to Boom Studios in Bangor! Here are the links where you can see the new exhibition:

https://www.kilmoodartclub.org/gallery

https://www.facebook.com/kilmoodartclub

advertising banner. Exhibition Wildlife Art and online gallery 29th July to 1st August 2021

Exhibition Wildlife Art Online

I am delighted to once again be taking part in the lovely Exhibition Wildlife art, albeit virtually, this Summer. There are high hopes that the physical show can take place again this year at Gordale Garden Centre, but there will also be an online gallery available for browsing and purchasing. With all the uncertainty around travel, this is the option I have chosen. I’ll be posting again nearer the time when I have chosen and uploaded my images. You never know, I might just send them some ants!

https://www.ewa-uk.com/pages/home.php

https://www.facebook.com/Exhibition-of-Wildlife-Art-1345925302112930