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A Journey of Discovery
Painter, ceramisist, teacher, traveller. Quorn artist, Erica Middleton, uses all her experiences and sensibilities to take viewers of her work on a fascinating journey of discovery as Kevan Porter has been finding out…
Erica’s broad aim as an artist is to make work which touches people’s sensibilities. She would
like her painting and ceramics to resonate with similarly minded people on an emotional level. Her recent work falls into various styles and media.

Regarding her semi-abstract paintings, Erica’s abiding subject over recent years is the river – she and her family have lived with the Soar running at the bottom of their garden for thirty two years. Rather than setting out to depict pictorial conventions, Erica seeks to express a meld of observation and emotional response. The mode of semi-abstract has the potential to communicate on a number of levels simultaneously, for example the personalised surface qualities achieved by
Erica by making her own paint from genuine pigments.
Riverine ceramic sculptural forms evoke watery moving environments through wavering edges and transparent glazes.

Es Tut Mir Weh, Ikon, Ceramics2, Erica Middleton
Es Tut Mir Weh, Ikon, Ceramics2, Erica Middleton

Occasionally Erica’s abstract paintings are politically motivated; they follow her
various travels in Europe. Es tut mir weh (meaning ‘it hurts’, but literally: ‘it does to me hurt’) explores the former East Berlin through the metaphor of the running drip. The drips reference the great lament (all the crying associated with the Berlin Wall), dark times, familial ties (some broken, some tightly knotted), cross-references, veins – the life blood, the nervous system, anxiety, the sinister, the reaching out, the map of roads surrounding Berlin on which the captured were driven prior to interrogation, veils of darkness and the overall tangled web of truth and untruth.

Erica has travelled (and taught art history to a group of doctors for thirteen consecutive years) quite extensively within Europe. She has also travelled in and around Dubai where her daughter lived for six years.

Desert7, Desert3, Erica Middleton
Desert7, Desert3, Erica Middleton

 

Wherever she travels, within her handbag are a very small sketchbook and watercolours. Sketches done on-site sometimes evolve into studio paintings. Erica’s Arabic pots aim to
speak ‘desert’ – evoking something of the harsh arid landscape around Dubai with elegant Arabic calligraphic script. The texture evokes sand and scrubby desert.

Recently Erica has been experimenting making her own glazes from local materials including granite dust from Redlands Quarry and wood ash from prunings in the garden which have been burnt in the stove. “It is very satisfying to create your very own personalised glazes” she says. Erica’s symbolic still lives use small scale, old, domestic objects. Although specific to Erica’s family, they aim to address our collective past – evocations from another time which bind us together. Gold and silver leaf denote the value of generational  links, enhancing these modest objects.
Erica’s working life is spent teaching art / art history. Erica taught undergraduates Art History for the Open University for fourteen years. She now teaches Painting and Drawing courses for the Worker’s Educational Association in Loughborough and organises student exhibitions. Erica also teaches practical workshops and art history seminars privately in small groups. She has exhibited in Venice, London and numerous exhibitions locally including 
Stamford, Leicester, Hinckley Nottingham, Derby and Loughborough. Her qualifications include a Master’s Degree in Art History at Nottingham University, B.A. (Hons) Fine Art: Painting at Loughborough University School and Certificate of Education at Reading University

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ART FAIR 12th & 13th November

 

Autumn Art Fair in Woodhouse Eaves.

The artists’ group ArtSpace Loughborough will be holding their annual art fair in Woodhouse Eaves Village Hall (Main Street, Woodhouse Eaves) on Saturday and Sunday 12th and 13th November. This year a total of 19 artists will be taking part. Many art forms will be shown including paintings, drawings, printmaking,
sculpture, ceramics, textiles, photographs and digital prints. All of the works will be for sale with prices starting at £2.00 for an original handmade card; limited edition prints from £25; and many original pieces being priced under £100. With hundreds of pieces to be browsed, there will be something to suit all tastes and pockets, and with Christmas fast approaching you could a snap up the ideal gift for a loved one.

Additionally, to the art fair, the group is running its fourth annual art competition for pupils from the village primary, St. Paul’s. The competition this year is to design a t-shirt for The Beacon Country Park May Day Challenge.

Doors are open from 10am to 4pm both days. Entry is free.

Handmade cakes and refreshments will be also be available, the proceeds of which will be donated to the British Legion Poppy Appeal. Last year over £100 was raised- the group are hoping to top this figure and will be baking furiously to ensure a range of
delectable bakes are there for your enjoyment.

Reflection is nearly here

Artspace’s latest exhibition called Reflection will be opening at Charnwood Museum, Loughborough this Friday, 20th May 2016.

Contemporary Art Exhibition, Charnwood Museum Loughborough
Contemporary Art Exhibition, Charnwood Museum Loughborough

Jo and Susan exhibit with the LSA at the New Walk Gallery

Artspace members Jo Sheppard and Susan West are also members of the Leicester Society of Artists and are taking part in their annual exhibition at the New Walk Gallery in Leicester which continues until 9th January 2016.

Jo Sheppard at New Walk
Jo Sheppard at New Walk
Susan West at New Walk
Susan West at New Walk

Art Fair Woodhouse Eaves 7th & 8th November

Its that time of year again when we hold our art fair at Woodhouse Eave village Hall. This year it is in the new building. As before it is free to enter, there are plenty of artworks and cards to browse or buy. Why not stop by for a cup of tea and some delicious home made cake as all refreshment proceeds go to the British Legion.

Art Fair, Saturday and Sunday 7th and 8th November,10am – 4pm. See you there.

Beyond Words is up!

The curation and hanging teams have done a fantastic job (even the babies were quiet, letting their mums help) – why not visit the gallery and see for yourself?

Beyond Words contemporary art exhibition
Beyond Words Exhibition hanging

The exhibition runs until 27th June, 9-5 Monday-Saturday closed Sundays

Beyond Words contemporary artExhibition
Beyond Words exhibition hanging

Meet the Artists, Sat 16th May, Sock Gallery

Meet the Artspace artists exhibiting their work in their latest exhibition ‘Beyond Words’ at the Sock Gallery, Loughborough Town Hall

Saturday 16th May 2015, 1 – 3pm

Please see the emerging online exhibition

Artspace success in Leicester and Rutland opens

Congratulations to Jo Sheppard and both her children for getting into the Leicester open at the Newarke House Museum

'Outwoods' by Jo Sheppard
‘Outwoods’ by Jo Sheppard

Jo Sheppard, Sally Reayer and Susan West have been successful in getting their work accepted in The Rutland Open

'River 3' by Sally Reayer
‘River 3’ by Sally Reayer
'River 4' by Sally Reayer
‘River 4’ by Sally Reayer
'Hey Dude You're Not Gonna Believe This' by Susan West
‘Hey Dude You’re Not Gonna Believe This’ by Susan West
'It'll Be Fine Really' by Susan West
‘It’ll Be Fine Really’ by Susan West
'Love You Bye' by Susan West
‘Love You Bye’ by Susan West

Patsy gains recognition in the Derwent Art Prize

Artspace member Patsy Whiting has recently had a lot to celebrate. She was recently awarded not one but two prizes in the national Derwent Art Prize. Patsy won both the Third Prize and the UK Coloured Pencil Society Award for Excellence with her coloured pencil drawing with the curious title of ‘Garden garage marriage’.

Patsy Whiting with her prizewinning work - "Garden garage marriage"
Patsy Whiting with her prizewinning work – “Garden garage marriage”

Well done Patsy!

If you would like to view more of Patsy’s work please her website