Springtime at the Artroom Gallery

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Spring is in the air at The Artroom Gallery in Garstang with their new exhibition of artwork by two British artists, Ann Bridges and Barbara Jepson.

Both have created artwork on a floral theme for the ‘Promise of Spring’ exhibition.

Ann works from sketchbook studies and direct observation creating vibrantly coloured images. She combines painting and stencil based printmaking processes. Layers of inks are applied directly to the picture surface using small hand held rollers, allowing each layer to dry before adding the next. By wiping off areas that are not quite dry and drawing into the ink, hidden colours are revealed and the richness of the image is gradually built up.

Ann, based in Ruthin North Wales, is a member of the Royal Cambrian Academy. Much of her current subject matter is developed from happy childhood memories of playing in the garden, walking through bluebell woods and picking and pressing flowers.

Barbara Jepson is a textile artist who starts her pictures by creating colourful backgrounds using batik and printing methods. Following this she machine stitches layers of floral motifs until there is an abundance of plants resembling a cottage garden border. The exhibition continues until April 26.

* Helen Carr and Linda Robinson from the Artroom Gallery have revealed they are moving location.

In late March the gallery will be moving from Bridge Street to larger premises opposite Pipers Restaurant on the High Street. The Artroom Gallery specialises in quality British art and craft including ceramics, glass, jewellery and textiles. A variety of pieces handmade by craft makers from Lancashire and other parts of the UK will be on display.