The Gallery Upstairs at Upton Country Park is putting out a call to all local artists within a 15 mile radius of Poole for new and original entries for the Upton Country Park Open 2021. This year’s OPEN will have the theme ‘Wild’- we are inviting all local visual artists to submit work.
All entries will all be made online this year. Closing date for entries: 20th November 2021. The project is open to any visual artist living within a 15 mile radius of Poole and art in any medium is welcome: painting, drawing, sculpture, handcrafted prints, digital and textile art. Sorry no photography or video, due to space constraints.
To enter please visit www.pedas.org.uk or www.thegalleryupstairs.org.uk. There is a non-returnable fee of £5 per piece entered. Selection will be made digitally by our Selector Helen Talbot. The exhibition will be held at The Gallery Upstairs at Upton Country Park running from 3rd – 21st December 2021.
A spokesman for the organisers said: “The theme this year is ‘WILD’ – so a wonderful opportunity to create something astonishing! We are excited to invite local artists of all styles and genres and look forward to seeing their interpretations of such a broad theme.”
The selector, Helen Talbot MA has taught subjects including drawing, painting, graphic design and illustration since 1989 working in adult, further and higher education in Dorset and Hampshire. She works with most drawing and painting media, printmaking and stitched textiles, and has exhibited her own work widely.
Prize money of £300 will be awarded.
The Gallery Upstairs is located above the tearooms in the lovely surroundings of Upton Country Park. The exhibition is organised by the Gallery managers, Poole and East Dorset Art Society. For more information, rules and how to submit your entries visit www.thegalleryupstairs.org.uk; email firstname.lastname@example.org
Currently showing at The Gallery Upstairs: 'Optic Nerve'
Colourful and contrasting, paintings by three members of PEDAS: Heather MacGregor, Pam Marshall & Sally Holland, plus guest artist Rob Adams, who is especially well-known for his en plein air work. We are having a little gathering with drinks and nibbles at the gallery this afternoon... Saturday 18th from around 2 pm. Please come and see the paintings and chat with the artists.
If you like needlework you will love the exhibition currently on show at The Gallery Upstairs until 13th September. It is a sumptuous display of textile art by Dorset members of West Country Embroiderers in an exhibition called ‘A Spectrum of Stitch’. Christchurch, Poole, Purbeck, Sherborne, Wareham and Wimborne groups are represented. Each group gets together on a regular basis to enjoy learning and experimenting with hand and machine embroidery, fibres and mixed media. The original aim was to encourage the skill of embroidery at all levels and ability, but they have since moved on and now, as demonstrated in this fabulous exhibition, like to encompass all manner of textiles and needlecrafts. Some interesting pieces:
And the exhibition that follows this promises to be another feast for the eyes. ‘Optic Nerve’, which runs from 17th – 27th September, showcases the paintings of four contrasting artists: Rob Adams, Pam Marshall, Sally Holland, and Heather MacGregor. Here's a taster:
The Gallery Upstairs is run by members of Poole & East Dorset Art Society (PEDAS). It is situated above the Tea Rooms in Upton Country Park in 160 acres of parkland, woodland, shoreline, and gardens. So come and enjoy a visit to an art gallery followed by an afternoon in a country park.
Thanks to everyone who took part in our recent Art Pro Loco Event at Upton Country Park, both those who entered work and those who came along to vote. Great fun was had by all! Congratulations to the worthy winners pictured below: Adult prizewinner: Serena Langford (Age 16) and her painting The Great House, 5 - 15 Age group winner Ella Pogmore with her painting The Spirit of Upton Country Park and Under 5 winner Kaya Edwards with Fairy Corner.
AT THE GALLERY UPSTAIRS:
26 - 30 August 2021
Upton Country Park, Past and Present
An exhibition combining the results of an oral history project by students from Bournemouth University to gather memories of the park from people who knew it best. Exhibition runs concurrently with Art Pro Loco.
27 – 30th August Bank Holiday weekend
ART PRO LOCO at UPTON COUNTRY PARK -
PAINT, SHOW, WIN!
An exciting opportunity to paint or draw in the inspiring surroundings of Upton Country Park, during the August Bank Holiday Weekend, then have your work displayed in an evolving exhibition in The Gallery Upstairs - we invite all ages and abilities to come and create a piece of art in a day! Remember to register at the gallery before you begin.
How it works
PEDAS SEPTEMBER PROGRAMME:
2nd September PEDAS plein air painting session at Kingston Lacey, the beautiful country house and estate near Wimborne. On weekdays you don’t need to pre-book your visit. Meet at 10 am at the car park. Parking free to NT members.
2nd September PEDAS THURSDAY EVENING programme resumes at:
Alderney Manor Community Centre, 287 Herbert Avenue, Poole BH12 4HT. Next Thursday staring at 7.30 pm, Helen Talbot will give a critique of summer work. Just bring along your summer paintings, sketches etc. All welcome including non-members. For details & to view the rest of the programme see: Thursday Evenings - Poole & East Dorset Art Society (pedas.org.uk)
5th September PEDAS SUNDAY AFTERNOON sessions resume at Alderney Manor Community Centre. Lindsey Cole will give a demo / mini workshop: 'From Tonal to Semi-Abstract Landscape'. This workshop is a taster on how to plan small, preparing to work to a larger scale painting in your own time. For details and materials to bring see website: Sunday Afternoons - Poole & East Dorset Art Society (pedas.org.uk). Please arrive in good time for a prompt start, 2.30 to 4.30 pm. All welcome. £3 for member, £5 for non-members.
Only a few days to go until the Upton House Food & Drink Festival starts! There'll be food, drinks, arts and crafts and live music in the park.
Set up starts on the front lawn from Wednesday for the opening on Friday.
Please note that the Upton Bypass slipway from the A350 will be closed from 9.30am on Friday 13 August until 7am on Monday 16th August.
The weather is looking good and with another reason to visit the park we trust that visitors enjoy all that the award winning park has to offer.
The country park will be fully open for you to enjoy. You can explore the beautiful gardens and woodland and visit the Tea Rooms, Splash Fountain and Spurrier's Play Park.
And of course you must visit The Gallery Upstairs, situated above the tea rooms and managed by
Poole & East Dorset Art Society (PEDAS)
The Gallery Upstairs is currently showing paintings and drawings by members of 'Art on the Heath' based at Canford Heath, until 16th August.
Following that, from 19th - 23rd August: 'Diversity of Colour', an exhibition of abstract oil paintings in aid of 'Diverse Abilities'.
We particularly look forward to a special event for the Bank Holiday:
ART PRO LOCO at UPTON COUNTRY PARK -
PAINT, SHOW, WIN!
An exciting opportunity to come and be inspired to paint or draw at Upton Country Park, during the August Bank Holiday Weekend, and have your artwork displayed in an evolving exhibition in The Gallery Upstairs - we invite all ages and abilities to come and create a piece of art in a day.
How it works
The Gallery Upstairs is situated above the tea rooms and is managed by
Poole & East Dorset Art Society (PEDAS)
The Gallery Upstairs is managed by Poole & East Dorset Art Society (PEDAS)
5 – 16 August
Art on the Heath Showcase 2021
Paintings and drawings by members of ‘Art on the Heath’ based at Canford Heath.
19 – 23 August
Diversity of Colour
Exhibition of abstract oil paintings in aid of
25 - 30 August
Upton Country Park, Past and Present
An exhibition combining the results of an oral history project with students from Bournemouth University to gather memories of the park from people who knew it best ... running concurrently with Art Pro Loco:
27 - 30 August
Art Pro Loco -
An exciting opportunity to paint or draw at Upton Country Park, during the August Bank Holiday Weekend, and have your artwork displayed in an evolving exhibition in The Gallery Upstairs - Poole and East Dorset Art Society invite all ages and abilities to come and make a piece of art in a day.
This is a community event run by PEDAS (Poole and East Dorset Art Society). Pro Loco means ‘of the place’ and the idea is to visit a place and make a piece of art based on the location.
How it works: Come any day from Friday 27th to Sunday 29th August. First, register with us at the Gallery between 10.30 am and 4 pm, work on your painting or drawing out in the park and bring it back to the Gallery when it’s ready. The Gallery will be open to display your work as soon as the first piece comes in.
There will be an entry fee of £2 per work, (£1 for children under 5). You will receive a date stamp and an entry number. No matter whether you are an aspiring artist, child or professional, all the work that has been submitted will be exhibited in the Gallery Upstairs at Upton Country Park.
For display in the Gallery, the work can be mounted, framed or just on reasonable quality paper. Your artwork may be offered for sale, if you wish, with no gallery commission.
On Sunday come and visit the exhibition and vote for your favourite. There are 3 categories of winners and prizes will be awarded at 3pm on Monday 30th August.
This opportunity is open to all, including children, so please tell your friends about this super enjoyable event.
Full details are available at www.thegalleryupstairs.co.uk under News and Events
Dawn Goodson celebrates her 90th birthday this year with a retrospective exhibition of her work in a variety of media - paintings in oil, watercolour, pastel, screen prints, sculpture, ceramics. All money raised from the sale of her work will be donated to the local branch of the Motor Neurone Disease Association. This vibrant exhibition is open now and will run until 2nd August.
We know that nothing phases Dawn. She recently performed a Wing Walk at the Bournemouth Air Show; has abseiled down the Portsmouth Spinnaker Tower; gone down the Velocity 2 Zip Wire in Wales headfirst at 100 mph – all in aid of MNDA charity to help raise funds for those affected by Motor Neurone Disease.
The Gallery Upstairs is full of Dawn's work. There are portfolio pieces, studies and prints to browse through and of course her vibrant Chinese watercolour paintings on different types of papers - a skill that Dawn has generously demonstrated to PEDAS members at our Thursday evening sessions. Over her long and interesting life Dawn has spent many years living and teaching overseas and this has had a clear influence on her work.
Equally evident is work inspired by the Dorset landscape. So we do hope you find the time to come and enjoy a visit to Upton Country Park in the glorious sunshine, pop into the Gallery, meet Dawn and support this worth cause.
This engaging exhibition by Poole & East Dorset Art Society is currently running at The Gallery Upstairs and continues until 7th June. An artistic celebration of the tree - trees in the landscape, trees as the lungs of the world; roots, bark, leaves in forensic detail. All diverse personal interpretations.
Abi Kremer, good friend of the club, helped inspire the project, and has written the following review.
"When I first heard of this choice of topic for Dorset Art Weeks I guessed it was because of the ecological significance of this largest of plants in our 21st Century lives. Subsequently, with the emergence of the pandemic, the tree has taken on a new role in our locked down lives. It has become our guardian and mentor in times of emotional torment, and we in turn have come to appreciate the miracle of nature. This spirit of wonder and celebration is richly evident in TREE, so varied, vibrant and beautifully curated, many congratulations.
In recent times we have learned much about the hidden life of trees, thanks in part to Peter Wohlleben, the German forester. In his book he documents the touching communication and support systems that exist in an underground network. Roots have proved a great source of inspiration to many of this group including John Biggs’ powerful red composition Above and Below and structural analysis from Jacqui Gush in pencil Hanging in There and watercolour Coppice. Textures and patterns abound, with the sensual feel of bark as experienced by Steph Jones’s squirrel in Nuts, and Janet Blisset’s painting which exalts in the lush Subtropical Gardens, chilling down for Greg Duncan’s snow laden firs. Engrossing patterns are emanating from Sandra Dale’s Tree Zentangle to soothe the spirit and a tangle of ghostly branches leads us for a Walk in the Woods with Teresa Senior.
Surrealism rears its head with Maureen Franklin’s Californian Dreams palm trees, and do I detect a note of Paul Nash with Liz Magee’s dramatic purple trees Climbing up from Worbarrow? A single tree is celebrated with Pam Marshall’s Old Olive Tree with rich revealing light and shadow and Jeneta Bird’s evocation of Cezanne with her Evening Hill View. Post-Impressionist colour infuses Sally Holland’s study of Trees on the Heath with glowing glimpses of the sky between the branches. Heather Macgregor takes us further afield to Sheffield with her painterly expressionist piece, and John Flint also creates thrilling colour with his Autumn Trees. Some great drawing skills – I loved the energetic mark making in Dawn Goodson’s The Oak Wood Badbury and Norma Rawling’s Ents 2.
A woodland sculptural enclosure was created with Barry Kavanagh’s wooden mobile Omega Three Tree suspended over Sarah Moore’s exquisite carved Green Man, who gazes appreciatively at her Forest vessel made of oak leaves.
Too many interesting works to mention, but I feel privileged to be involved with this engaging exhibition and am sure it will prove a huge success. I hope this gives all the members courage to be experimental, and develop their own ideas. Many thanks for the invitation to show my watercolours Warleigh Wood 1 and 2".
The exhibition continues until 7th June.
A Dorset Art Weeks exhibition, venue 229
News update from PEDAS and The Gallery Upstairs ..
15-19 Sept 2021
There are still a few places on our tour to Sussex, Kent and the Folkestone Triennial -
but you’ll have to be quick!
The cost is £440 per person, half board, sharing a room.
We will be travelling in our own coach (only 50% filled ), staying 4 nights in the Royal Victoria in Hastings, with visits to Towngate Gallery, Eastbourne, galleries in Hastings and Bexhill on Sea, and The Turner Contemporary at Margate. We will spend a day in Folkestone for the Triennial town-wide art event and there will be a chance to visit other places on the way.
If you wish to come along, we need a deposit of £100 paid to PEDAS by 31 May 2021.
If you are interested contact Carole or John to find out more.
Carole Gadsby: 07894 791927 email@example.com
John Biggs: 07934 386753 firstname.lastname@example.org
Varied, vibrant and beautifully curated, the exhibition now showing at The Gallery Upstairs has the simple title: 'TREE'.
The exhibition runs until 7 June, showing work by Poole & East Dorset Art Society (PEDAS), together with guest artist and member of the Arborealists group, Abi Kremer.
Come along and see this delightful celebration of trees. Trees in the environment; trees as the lungs of the world; roots, bark, and leaves in forensic close up – so many diverse personal interpretations. This is a Dorset Art Weeks exhibition, venue 229.
Having such a strong unifying theme, the visitor is moved fluidly from one piece to the next. Technical skill is evident and there's an original point of view and individuality in the various pieces.
The gallery is located above the tea rooms (currently serving takeaway only), at Upton Country Park, amongst 160 acres of parkland suitable for all the family to explore and enjoy. Stroll along the shoreline or savour the formal estate gardens. There’s cycling, walking and dog activities, (sorry but dogs must wait outside the gallery); there's birdwatching and a fantastic new children's adventure play area. Oh... and plenty, plenty of trees!
Each day the Covid statistics subside and the promise of the Gallery re-opening burns brighter. Yes, there’s still a little way to go, but it's nice to start planning - and updating our calendars.
We anticipate that The Gallery Upstairs will re-open on 21st May for the Dorset Art Weeks exhibition TREE. Even so, please check the website before coming: www.thegalleryupstairs.org.uk.
21 May - 7 June 2021 PEDAS members' exhibition: TREE – Trees in the environment, trees as the lungs of the world; roots, bark, leaves in forensic close up - diverse personal interpretations. A Dorset Art Weeks exhibition
21 May - 7 June 2021 PEDAS exhibition: TREE.
10 - 21 June 2021 The Wider Circle A Journey with Dante
An exhibition inspired by the startling yet accessible epic poem HellWard by James Sale. With Dante as our guide we journey into hell and out, accompanied by evocative artwork by artists Linda Sale, Angela Perrett, Judith Warbey, with contributions from writer Joseph Sale and other collaborators. For more info visit: http://englishcantos.home.blog
24 June - 5 July 2021 Jacky Heynes - Artists Coming Together.
Join us in celebrating the coming together of local artists who are proud to exhibit their work, from photography, painters, card makers, sculptures, handmade handbags and much more. These will be available to purchase throughout the exhibition. We welcome you all to come and join us.
8 July - 12 July 2021 Caroline Thistlethwaite - Capturing Colour
An exhibition of paintings, ceramics and jewelry by a local group of amateur artists so different in styles and yet complementary across the art spectrum. Something for everyone.
15 July - 19 July 2021 Wimborne Creatives
A summer exhibition of drawings and paintings