Flora and fauna

Joyce Mills' artwork
Joyce Mills' artwork
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Brabin’s Gallery in Chipping is delighted to welcome back Joyce Mills for her third exhibition in the village.

This time she is joined by her friend Siew Allender whose paintings and range of home-made bags bring an added dimension to the exhibition.

Siew is a self-taught artist based in Newcastle upon Tyne who has returned to her chief hobby of making art after retirement. Siew says “I have always loved sketching and painting and I seldom venture out without a sketchbook and pen. Over the years I have amassed a large stock of images and ideas to draw on for my mixed media paintings.

The influence for my current series of paintings: The Lanzarote Series is the Lanzarote landscape. The high contrast between the black volcanic sand and cobalt blue rock pools, the vivid green of the cacti set against red earth, the brightly painted boats next to whitewashed houses all appeal to my love of strong colour, patterns and textures.”

Siew also makes bags that are “nice to look at, functional and a little quirky at the same time.” The range of bags in this exhibition use materials from two sources; oilcloths from Holland and Japanese printed cottons from Singapore.

Joyce Mills paints using a variety of media and subject matter but predominantly based on ‘flora and fauna’. Joyce uses bright colours and different canvas sizes. All artwork is original and available for sale at very reasonable prices.

Joyce and Siew are holding an opening event on Saturday, March 3, starting at 2.30pm. All are welcome to come and join them for a glass of wine and chat about the artwork on display.

The exhibition is open every day from 9am to 4pm (closed 1pm – 2pm weekdays) and will run until Sunday, April 1. The gallery is at the rear of Brabin’s Shop, Talbot St, Chipping – admission is free. For more information call 01995 61221 or visit www.brabins-chipping.co.uk