Artist John on home ground with gallery’s new exhibition

Artist John on home ground with gallery's new exhibition
Artist John on home ground with gallery's new exhibition
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A local art gallery is inviting its visitors to enjoy a touch of Spring Fever.

The latest exhibition at Garstang’s Artroom Gallery features work by artist John Birch, two northern textile artists and a Shropshire 

For John, of Moss Lane, Grstang, it is his Lancashire debut after exhibiting in Cumbria and Cornwall.

It was while travelling widely in his career as a naval chef that he began painting.

He later owned and ran a hotel for 20 years and moved to Garstang three years ago

John previously lived in the West Country and says he has been influenced by the St Ives school of painters and the essential strong qualities seen in the work of artist Alfred Wallis.

On the textile front, Lee Marlow, from Arnside, depicts birds and sheep using a needle felting method that creates a sumptuous tactile texture.

Anne Brooke has collaged a variety of fabrics with fragments of old maps to create pictures of plants and seeds.

Ceramics maker Jacqui 
Atkin, from Shropshire, is showing delicate plaques of small birds playing among flowers and grasses, alongside a number of deep matt black vessels decorated with contrasting brightly coloured leaves.

Jacqui is a renowned ceramics maker who has published a number of books on the subject.

The exhibition continues until May 13.

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