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Saturday, 6 August 2016

Drift Pop-Up Gallery: Mersea Gallery & Studio

Five contemporary artists - Anne Marie Jacobs, Victoria Norton, Gina Newson, Vinnie Stapley and Maxine Jones - have got together to host the Drift Pop-Up Gallery at the Mersea Gallery & Studio from 6th August to 28th August 2016. The work shown explores themes inspired by Mersea’s unique natural environment using a wide variety of mediums, ranging from ceramics to painting.

Anne-Marie Jacobs' current work is inspired by aerial photographs of the extraordinary wilderness of Mersea Island and its surrounding salt-marshes. She says; 'My sculptural ceramics communicate an experience of the landscape, evoking a bodily relationship to it.'

Victoria Norton is a professional artist and art educator showing regionally and nationally, with experience in international commissions and residencies.Themes are broadly spiritual and often connected to the natural environment or human condition. Installation, site-specific and sculptural works are built upon through drawing, printmaking, collage and construction. Work is developed through a variety of medium and is often constructivist in style. Victoria lives and work on Mersea Island, Essex, and brings over thirty years’ experience of making work, exhibiting and teaching to her practice.

After a long career in TV production and Arts Documentaries, Gina Newson returned to painting and, recently, digital printmaking. Her work ranges from large acrylic abstract canvases to smaller prints reworked from her own photography. She has sold to private collectors in the UK and US and last year was commissioned to paint a large abstract work for the lobby of a commercial building in Clerkenwell.

Textile Artist Vinny Stapley’s work focuses on the natural ephemera of the landscape, exploring the unique nuances of the fringes of the Blackwater. Her more recent work has been exploring the tides and tidelines through abstracted stitched form. The repetitive nature of stitch echoes the constant ebb and flow of the sea.


The Harbour Lights - Another Rainbow.

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