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GALLERY: New exhibition celebrates women's creativity

GALLERY: New exhibition celebrates women's creativity

Friday 21 June 2019

GALLERY: New exhibition celebrates women's creativity


A painter, a ceramicist and a creator of vintage figures have come together to show 'Glimpses' of their work in a new exhibition celebrating female creativity.

A selection of works of Linda Rose Parkes, June Gould and Amanda Therese Studio can be seen at the St. Aubin-based Harbour Gallery until 7 July.

Entitled 'Glimpses', the all-female exhibition was officially opened on 13 June by Grouville Deputy Carolyn Labey. 

Express met the artists...

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Pictured: A few of the paintings exhibited by Linda at the Harbour Gallery this month.

Linda Rose Parkes...

A poet, tutor and painter, Linda Rose Parkes explores the ways in which the verbal and visual enrich and augment one other. She embraces the flow between the two, striving to draw out a strong image, which is the starting point for discovery in both art forms.

In her paintings, in particular, memory trace and emotion flood into colour, ranging from orange/reds to the blue/ mauve palettes.

Commenting on the exhibition, she said one of its most significant aspects was "the sense of a complex conversation which goes beyond gender definitions."

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Pictured: Linda's paintings are inspired by "History, mythology, memory and the power of landscape."

"The search is for visual language that renews our relationships with the natural world, with sexuality, one which moves towards a transcendence of some of the strictures of societal conventions and stereotypes which constrain the imagination and the need for change," Linda added.

"History, mythology, memory, the power of landscape: and within the bigger stories, spin the individual stories of three women who have chosen to enter into a dialogue in order to see how each work can extend and deepen overlapping themes."

June Gould...

June Gould is a woman of many talents. She's a local potter, painter and sculptor, and usually can be found working in her studio in the heart of St. Ouen's Bay.

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Pictured: June Gould's new work embraces her journey about Naked Raku.

While her previous work was influenced by the continual drama of the natural world around her and her reactions to this, the pieces shown in 'Glimpses' is embracing June's new journey about 'Naked Raku' - or painting with smoke.

"Evoking arkane techniques, it suits my ethereal search for the Spirit in the clay," June said.

Amanda Therese...

Completing the trio is Amanda Therese, a self-taught creative artist working with a varied assortment of mediums.

Amanda collects vintage fabrics, textiles, antique books, old buttons, jewellery pieces and items discarded from nature which she then recycles and incorporates into her unique style of fantasy creatures and figures.

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Pictured: Amanda Therese's fantasy creatures and figures.

"The beauty and mystery of Mother Nature's cast offs, as well as our societies throwaway culture, have a part to play in my creations," she explained.

"My passion for nature, the animal world (particularly Equines) and a deep fascination with history and characters from a bygone era are the inspiration for my work."

This exhibition comes as the gallery celebrates its 21st year.

Next Friday (28 June), Art in the Frame Foundation, the charity which runs the gallery, is holding a 21st Birthday Quiz at the Mayfair Hotel in order to raise funds.

"As we are about to sign a new lease for The Harbour Gallery Jersey, we need to do as much fundraising as possible, in this our 21st birthday year in order to not only keep our landlord happy but also to keep all of you happy by being able to keep the commission at 40% and remaining open 7 days a week," they explained.

Express glimpses the exhibition...

(Photographs courtesy of Carla Butler)

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