Monday, 24 February 2014

Christmas Coasters in the Arts Cafe St.Ives, Cornwall

The owners of the Arts Cafe had the inspired idea to invite artists to contribute coasters with art work on them for a Christmas display.

These formed a lively exhibition and in a way a snapshot of what art is going on now, contributed with none of the self consciousness of many shows and with all being included.

I didn’t see any of the names of the most famous artists who get shown here.

The ones I include were the photos I took that turned out best.

My own was a joke about how a Hepworth snowman might look. with a stripey scarf.

Angela Elsom also thought of knitting.

Jenny Shaw-Browne 

 and Gazelle did impressionistic paintings of scenes.

James Wood did a formal kaleidescopic detailed design.

Juliette had two images maybe by children?

and an unknown [to me] contributor mounted springs on the coaster.

Marie Keeling used brass fitments abstractly

and Humphrey Hallwood drew a stylish composition  in black and white.

Paul Healey had an elegant collage reminding me of Schwitters

and Mary Hayes had an expressionist dark design, 'Its a cold world without you'.

That’s just a few of them, there were a great many more, many at very keen prices.
Hopefully the Arts Cafe will repeat something similar next year, making dropping in for refreshments very interesting.