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Creative people open their work spaces as part of C-Art project
Well hidden above a Kendal garage, Jill Pemberton’s studio is a veritable treasure trove for art lovers.
Mixed media paintings cover the walls, scrapbooks line the shelves and her two rooms are filled with art books, materials and printing presses.
Ms Pemberton, who helped found Kendal art collective Green Door Studios, has had this unique space with beautiful views of the River Kent for a year.
This is the first time it will open to the public. The colourful space was adapted from tyre storage rooms above Henry Jackson’s garage, just off Kendal’s Castle Street.
It became her new artistic home after a fire, in 2010, which destroyed her previous studios, in Highgate.
She said: “I knew as soon as I saw this studio that I was finally ‘home’.
It has wonderful light and great views of the river, with plenty of space to use my printing press as well as drawing, painting and making my sculptures.”
Within her creative hub, she has been busy with her response to travels across China, which has influenced ‘paper cut’ work, prints and paintings.
Her studio will open from September 7 to 9 and 14 to 16. Meanwhile, a printmaker on the other side of the town will open up his Serpentine Road cottage to invite visitors to an entirely different art world.
Curator and etching expert Jamie Barnes will demonstrate how he captures the spirit of Kendal’s Fellside using printers in his front room studio.
Mr Barnes creates drypoint art work, monoprints and linocut prints inspired by the town’s steeply stacked houses at the home he has lived in for ten years. “
I create prints using an etching press,” he said. “I have greetings cards based on Kendal and prints of a fantasy fellside, which have been very popular.”
The 40-year-old Brewery Arts Centre curator initially developed his line drawing style on a 2007 tour of Italy.
He mixes South Lakeland town scenes with a fantasy style. Meanwhile, art enthusiasts can step inside a hidden potter’s studio to see the work of one artist who has mastered the art of clay work and prints.
Angie Mitchell converted her garage into a workshop at Carr Bank Road, in Milnthorpe. Her work base, complete with a busy kiln, is open from September 7 to 9 and 14 to 16.
Ms Mitchell, a 59-year-old former teacher, studied education and art at Charlotte Mason College, Ambleside.
She now works as an artist for South Cumbria Rivers Trust and runs ceramic courses. “I’ve made art since I was a child,” she said.
“I like to focus on the natural world near where I live and the landscape.
“I love sharing art with people. I’m not happy if I’m not making it.”
And once you have seen these three artists there are 131 others to seek out across the county from September 1 to 16.
To plan your visit go to www.c-art.org.uk.
- The Westmorland Gazette invites artists who are participating in C-Art to send a photograph of their artwork, a brief description and title of the piece plus a head and shoulders picture and short biography of themselves to feature in a special C-Art gallery on the Gazette’s website. Email firstname.lastname@example.org