Celebrating 25 years of Art Exhibitions
April 4 - April 19Free
For Grayswood couple Evelyn and Gwyn Phillips this year will be their 25th year of curating and arranging art exhibitions and sculpture trails in Surrey. Evelyn is responsible for the placing of the artworks in an indoor exhibition of over 500 works and the sculpture trail of at least 100 large sculptures, whilst Gwyn is responsible for the publicity and installation.
Evelyn enjoyed a career as an interior designer with well know London based practices such as Richmond Designs and John Stefanidis with projects that include Royal Palaces, major hotels and club complexes abroad. This has provided her with a keen sense of style and appreciation of colour, and this is reflected in her skill in displaying artwork in a sympathetic and stimulating way.
Gwyn by contrast had a lifelong career in teaching but has a musical background and was responsible for starting the Vivartis Art Festival at King Edward’s School, Witley which over 16 years grew into a major art event in the South East. On Gwyn’s retirement the exhibition moved on to Secret’s Garden Centre and now takes place at Prior’s Field School, Godalming. Its status as a high quality and eclectic art event continues to attract artists and visitors from far and wide.
Nic Fiddian Green will open AppArt on Saturday 4th April. He is known world-wide for his monumental studies of horses and he is one of the foremost English landscape sculptors of our time. There is no shortage of accomplished painters and sculptors and whilst many are locally based others come from London, Wales, Norfolk, Dorset and Oxfordshire
Liz Hauck paintings are abstract and expressive. She uses her imagination and regards painting as being similar to the improvisation of a jazz player. It is a kind of riffing and experimenting around an idea – in my case using, colour, shape and texture.” The titles of her paintings normally are songs from singers and musicians that have inspired her.
Christine Charlesworth has exhibited with AppArt for over 20 years and provided large, mainly figurative sculptures for outdoors and smaller sculptures for our indoor exhibition. Much of her work is figurative and she has a deft touch and produces some striking and realistic sculptures. Her professional reputation has been enhanced with a number of public commissions including for the Olympics in 2012 with “Winning Shot” showing Ade Adepitan playing wheelchair basketball which is now on public display in Woking. She is currently working on two public commissions of suffragettes. Her Marquette of Emily Wilding Davis featured in our 2019 exhibition and the full-size sculpture will be placed in Epsom Town Centre.
Roger Dellar is another Surrey based artist with an international reputation and he is particularly known for his plein air work – where he paints outside. “He has a keen interest in people and they’re behaviour and is fascinated by the way the play of light transforms a subject.” He is a prolific artist and he has captured many familiar Surrey scenes and landscapes.
Alison Catchlove is a sculptor who works primarily in metal and her work centres around nature, but she also tries to express a sense of humour and whimsy in her sculptures, often using bright colours or awkward poses to bring a bit of quirkiness to her work. Her favourite subject for many years has been birds but she will be known to visitors of RHS Wisley for her exhibition of bugs and butterflies.
Christine Thompson’s most recent paintings are representations of the local landscape, in particular, the South Downs and the Sussex coast. Her objective is to capture the essence of the landscape or seascape by exploring the effect of light, colour and tonal values thus creating an individual mood or atmosphere to an often-similar vista.
To emphasise these moods she likes to perpetuate, on canvas, the ephemeral quality of hedgerow flowers and windswept grasses whose brief appearance herald the changing seasons.
The AppArt Exhibition & Sculpture Trail at Prior’s Field School, Godalming will be open every day from Saturday 4th to Sunday 19th April between 10 am to 4pm. Admission is free and visitors will be able to view over 500 indoor exhibits and also explore the Gertrude Jekyll inspired gardens and see over 100 large sculptures in a tranquil and picturesque setting.
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