Friday, 24 September 2021

Wargrave gallery marks first birthday

A WARGRAVE art gallery has celebrated its first birthday with the launch of a new exhibition

A WARGRAVE art gallery has celebrated its first birthday with the launch of a new exhibition.

The Robin’s Nest Gallery’s “1st Birthday Exhibition” opened to the public on Saturday following a private view event on Friday night.

It will run until Monday, June 6, at the High Street premises.

Henley-based painter Camilla Dowse, whose evocative image of a snowy New Street was used on the mayor’s official Christmas card, is among the artists whose work is represented.

The exhibition is billed as “a collection of beautiful and unusual things — a typical selection found at the gallery, showcasing the very best creative talent from all over the UK”.

Robin’s Nest owner-manager Jo Sinclair said: “The show will bring you the very best work from the gallery’s artists, new pieces from resident artists and introducing brand new invited artists from across the country.”

This time last year Ms Sinclair was preparing to open the space to the public for the first time, having taken over the premises of the former Willow Dress Agency on the corner of High Street and Church Street.

A resident of nearby Langhams Way, she has lived in the village for 38 years.

Prior to opening the gallery she had been a jewellery maker and illustrator for nine years and a needle felter for five.

As she told the Henley Standard last year, she decided to launch her own business after showing her work at fairs and galleries across the country.

She said: “With many people asking if they could buy my work locally, when the opportunity came to take over these premises I knew it was the right time to do it. I want to bring beautiful hand-made work from across the UK to the local community to enjoy.”

The gallery sells glass, paintings, textiles, metalwork, jewellery, ceramics, prints and cards at prices ranging from £2 to £2,000.

Highlights of the past year have included the “Water” and “Wild” exhibitions.

Running during the summer months, “Water” celebrated Wargrave’s love of and strong connection to the River Thames. This was followed in the autumn by “Wild”, which lived up to its name by featuring textile taxidermy animal heads, needlefelt birds and large flower paintings.

Anyone wanting to stay up to date with the gallery’s shows can sign up to receive a regular email newsletter by visiting www.therobinsnest

Alternatively, the gallery can be followed on Facebook and Twitter.

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