Tuesday 20 October 2009


Weston Park’s Granary Gallery is beginning a series of monthly changing art exhibitions where the works will be available for sale.

The stately home's rolling exhibitions will make the most of the spectacular space within the newly restored 1767 Granary building. The white walled space below the grandeur of the open oak timbered roof will offer a changing perspective for the contemporary art world.

The Gallery, on the Staffordshire Shropshire border, has the highest possible specifications in terms of environmental control, which means the items from Weston’s reserve collection, as well as items from private collections, can be displayed.

The contemporary art exhibitions will provide a vivid contrast with Weston Park’s heritage providing a dynamic visual feast for visitors. Each exhibition will showcase a different artist, handpicked by Weston Park. Their work will, at times, be strikingly different in approach but overall quality serves as the hallmark for each exhibition.

Gareth Williams, curator to the Weston Park Foundation comments: “Weston Park’s own collection offers some of the very finest examples of old masters’ works, from Van Dyck to Gainsborough and we see the Gallery as offering an opportunity to showcase contemporary artists which offer a relevance of art in every day life.”

Throughout October Fabienne Russell is displaying her work. Fabienne’s art reflects her cosmopolitan, occasionally nomadic existence. Born in North Africa, she has lived and worked in countries as varied as Morocco, the Congo and France.

Focusing on purely abstract compositions Fabienne comments: “I try to perpetuate the tradition of painterly painting, taking inspiration from artists such as Velasquez, who had a very intense relationship with paint, and contemporary artist Callum Innes, whose process involves the removal as well as the addition of paint and a unique way of using colour which influences my work tremendously.”

From Sunday 1st November, it’s the turn of Alan Albert Smith, whose works include a great sense of variety of composition often with a figurative content giving a great sense of meaning. Alan’s painting involves a great clarity of colour, occasionally with amusing incident.

In December Felicity Kershaw’s works will be on display at the Gallery. Felicity focuses on visual stimuli in the world around her and presently paints the domestic world, ranging from still lives to portraiture and conversation pieces.
Felicity comments: “My aim is to communicate the idea that ordinary everyday things are worth looking at and have their own beauty.”

The Gallery is open daily from 11am – 4pm and is free to enter.

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