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Yorkshire Dales landscape comes to life

[Thursday 03 March 2011]

The beautiful landscapes patterns of the Yorkshire Dales are brought to life in a new exhibition being staged in Bainbridge.

During March and April, the Yoredale offices of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA) will host a display of sketches by local artist Janet Swailes.

Janet, who is also the YDNPA’s Landscape Conservation Officer, said: “I am interested in the structures and patterns of natural and cultural landscapes.

“The exhibition has sketches and prints of the barns and walls scenery, mostly from Swaledale and Arkengarthdale, and also some studies of rock exposures of the upper reaches of the rivers, the Ure and my home landscape, The Eden.

“Working outside, the emotional qualities of places such as isolated farms, historic fields, ruins, and hidden river landscapes, are fascinating – utility and function combined with poetry and mystery.”

Janet has practised as an artist printmaker since 1995, studying at Edinburgh Printmakers and at Marburg University in Germany, and her work has developed alongside professional landscape architectural practise since 1991.

She is currently completing a PhD in field sketching at Edinburgh College of Art.

Richard Burnett, the Authority’s Head of Finance and Resources, said: “This is the latest in our popular series of exhibitions by local artists and I’m sure Janet’s beautiful sketches will be of interest to visitors and staff alike.”

The exhibition is being staged in the reception area of the offices, which are open from 8.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday.

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