Gallery welcomes Summer Time

Laura Sowerby at work in her studio and, below, her picture of clematis.
Laura Sowerby at work in her studio and, below, her picture of clematis.

A Garstang gallery is celebrating the days when the sun always shines.

The Artroom Gallery on Garstang’s High Street has made British Summer Time the theme of its new exhibition, which runs until August 19.

Laura Sowerby at work in her studio and, below, her picture of clematis.

Laura Sowerby at work in her studio and, below, her picture of clematis.

Original British art and craft inspired by the season includes work by Cumbria-based Laura Sowerby, an artist new to the gallery who creates original lino cut prints, portraying summer hedgerows.

Other new artwork on display includes Barbara Jepson’s batik and textiles, Christine Leadbetter’s oil paintings and ceramics by Sue Dunne.

Laura says her inspirations include Japanese woodcuts, Art Nouveau, 18th-century silk weaving and linocut wallpaper designs by Marthe Armitage. She said: “It is the beauty in the detail that I try to capture in the print works.

“I enjoy taking more of a painter’s approach when it comes to colour, preferring to apply several colours directly to the same block and using no more than two blocks to make a single print.

“This also makes each print quite distinct. I print by hand and use oil based inks on Japanese paper.”