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Artists go on show at Museum

[Tuesday 25 May 2010]

A joint exhibition of landscapes will go on show at the Dales Countryside Museum in Hawes later this month.

Entitled ‘Yorkshire on my mind’, it will comprise silk art by Jane Carlisle and photography by Martin Priestley and will run from May 29 to July 11.

The display in the John Baker exhibition hall of the museum, which is owned by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA), will also feature wood art by Chris Rymer and felt art by Elizabeth Helen Spencer.

Debbie Allen, the YDNPA’s Museum Officer, said: “It’s interesting to have a group of artists coming together to interpret the landscape using very different and very unique styles and materials.

“Their work is very diverse and we hope visitors will enjoy it.”

Martin Priestley, from Saltaire, said: “A keen hiker and cyclist, I was drawn towards landscape photography. As my interest in photography continued to grow, I enrolled on a photographic degree course at Leeds Metropolitan University and graduated in 2007.”

He will be running workshops on June 20 and July 11 while Jane Carlisle, who lives in Killinghall near Harrogate, will stage silk painting workshops on June 2, June 12 and July10.

Jane specialises in hand-painted silk collage depicting landscapes and ancient monuments from around the British Isles.

“Common themes reappear in my work – wild moorland, white horses, rock formations and standing stones against stormy skies, my main influence being a life lived in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales,” she said.

Elizabeth Helen Spencer, from Grassington, said: “I was born and brought up in the Dales, and consider myself very fortunate to continue to live in an area, the natural atmospheric beauty of which provides a vast and diverse canvas, from which I draw inspiration for my work.”

Chris Rymer from Harrogate said: “I create contemporary wood art by reshaping nature, revealing fascinating combinations of patterns, lines and wood grain. The work evolves through careful shaping, controlled drying, seasoning and finishing with natural oil - a slow process, but well worth the effort in order to conserve the beauty that is wood.”

More details about the exhibition and the cost of the workshops can be obtained by phoning the museum, which is open between 10am to 5pm every day, on 01969 666210.

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