A NEW exhibition will be launched at an arts centre this weekend.
The next display of creations at the Foxlowe Arts Centre's Gallery will be unveiled at a special event on Friday from 7pm until 9pm.
Beyond The Mirror includes works by local talented artists Erica Brook, Viv Ross, Moria McCourt, and Marian Holden.
Erica Brook is the founder member of several art groups and tutor for the Workers’ Educational Association from 1974 until 2009.
Erica's previous exhibitions have included eleven solo exhibitions throughout Durham and Staffordshire, twelve group exhibitions, Nine Open exhibitions (Staffordshire, Bath, Birmingham and London).
Her public works have included ‘Manification’ a design for the frontage of Trinity Church, Derby Street and ‘Dancing Railing’ at the Foxlowe Arts Centre, both in Leek.
Erica now teaches independently. Erica said of her creations: "In much of my work the prime concern is with colour, shape, line and the challenging and puzzling concepts of space and time on a two dimensional static surface.
"These pre-occupations, together with the changing natures of the materials used, invite continuing experimentation where the subject matter becomes secondary to the ideas explored."
Marion Holden has always been drawn to the forms and colours of the natural world. She often takes inspiration from the landscape she enjoys walking in and although she has moved in recent works to more and more abstraction, the starting point is usually the textures, colours and forms in nature.
Her most recent work has also moved to the use of a wide variety of media, with paper, found objects, fabrics and thread finding their way into the pieces. Marion said she is excited by the possibilities the materials bring to the process. She said: "I prefer to leave many of the works unglazed (not behind glass) as the tactile qualities brought by the various materials are thus more accessible to the viewer."
Vivienne Ross’s interest lies in making pots which act as containers for both objects and ideas. She works intuitively and spontaneously allowing everyday thoughts, pre-occupations and sometimes anxieties to dictate the direction of the image created. Vivienne tries to engage the viewer through humour by juxtaposing figures and images, as well as by altering their scale to create the unexpected. There is enough ambiguity in each piece for the viewer to bring their own interpretation to the work. In this busy world she likes to think they are a celebration of the simple. Each piece is unique, hand-made, individually decorated and signed. Vivienne works with a red earthenware clay which is decorated using coloured slips and glazes. Like the images on them, the shapes are kept simple, made using hand-processes such as press-moulding, coiling, slab-building and more recently throwing. The figurative decoration, often described as dreamlike, is achieved using brushwork, paper stencils and graffito.
Moira McCourt completed an honours degree at Liverpool in Fine Art Sculpture and an MA at the Universities of Roehampton and Derby. She has led workshops in London, the Midlands and North West. Moira is a qualified art teacher/tutor and lives in the Staffordshire Moorlands where she creates much of her artwork. Moira said: "My work for this exhibition seeks to be a reflection of humanity, echoing a wider truth about our experience of existence and place within the universe. It offers a way of representing how we are connected through time, space, energy and nature."
A large proportion of Moira's work outside this exhibition is created using natural materials in the landscape or gardens.
Representational and abstract works are shown. Her use of materials includes stone, wood, metal and glass, where there is an invitation to reflect and the viewer can become part of the piece. Moira added: "Art can create an engaging space for people to reflect and question, hopefully provoking a dialogue between the artwork and its viewer. What may appear simple can often contain layers of meaning.
"I see art as reflecting not only the artist's intention but also what the viewer/listener brings to the encounter, generating a different experience each time and for each person."
Beyond the Mirror will be running at the Leek venue until November 10 with gallery opening times of: Wednesday to Saturday 10am until 4pm and Sundays 11am until 4pm. The Foxlowe Cafe is open seven days a week.