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West Ox Arts Exhibitions and Events

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West Ox Arts is a lovely, light gallery situated in the old Town Hall, in the beautiful Cotswold Village of Bampton. We curate about twelve exhibitions a year mostly drawn from the wealth of talented local artists in Oxfordshire. We organise stage productions, talks, workshops and special events. We also hold life drawing classes twice a week. The Robert Vesey Room is associated with West Ox Arts and holds smaller exhibitions. It is located in the library.

Earthly Materials. 4 - 26 October 2008. A group of nine artists from Oxford Printmakers Co-operative will be exhibiting prints about nature as part of the Oxfordshire Planet Earth Season. These original prints focus on different aspects of the natural world, we see deer in the woods at night, lemurs and monkeys up trees, delicate seed heads of plants, dreamy moonlit landscapes, the River Thames and its bridges, bumpy hills and clumps of trees. A diverse range of print techniques and skills are used to create these prints; included are screenprints, etchings, lithographs, linocuts, drypoints and monoprints. The exhibitors are: Suzette Broad, Catriona Brodribb, Keith Isaacson, Caroline Maas, Flora McLachlan, Heather Power, Morna Rhys, Josephine Sumner and Elaine Williams. Heather Power is exhibiting glassware as well as prints. The exhibition includes a display on the materials used in printmaking.

Brien O Ruiarc. By Sea and Land. 1 - 23 November 2008. Oil paintings mainly of Greece and Norway which reveal the primal, raw beauty of the landscape in these countries. Brien O Ruairc's enthusiastic response to Greece has evolved over many visits and in this exhibition he will show classical landscapes, olive groves, seascapes and the fire burnt hills. These paintings show the stark power of nature and the elements, qualities which, in dramatic contrast, are also seen in the icy Arctic fiords of Norway with their majestic skies and profound sense of space.

Christmas Bazaar. 28 November - 21 December 2008. A celebratory midwinter and Christmas exhibition which displays and abundance of beautiful, top quality and imaginative crafts. The exhibition will show blue and white ceramics by Caroline Haurie, multicoloured willow baskets by Joanna Gilmour, rainbow textiles by Judith Gussin, original contemporary jewellery by Sara Withers, magical boxes by Maureen Whilsker, stained glass by Jane Lance, hats by Elisabeth Hurst, bags by Jenny Jones and weaving by Wendy Kelland.

Autumn Talks. Tuesday evenings - 4 November and 11 November 2008. Arts and Crafts in the Cotswolds. These talks are by Gill Salway who was a Senior Lecturer in the History of Art and Design at N. Staffs. Polytechnic, ans Associate Lecturer at the Open University. She has contributed frequently to Oxford University's Summer School programmes. Gimson and the Barnsley Brothers - 4th Nov. The Arts and Crafts movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries was a smuch a philosophy of life as it was an artistic movement. The desire to escape from the dirt and crowds of the city led many to seek a simpler way of life in the countryside. This illustrated talk looks at one such enterprise centred on the Cotswolds: the work of Earnest Gimson and the Barnsley brothers at Sapperton near Cirencester. 11 November - Ashbee and The Guild of Handicrafts at Chipping Camden. Interior designer Charles Ashbeee set up the Guild of Handicrafts which specialised in metalwork, jewellery, furniture and book production. All talks take place in West Ox Arts Gallery. Pay at the door or book tickets from the Gallery - 01993 850137 or email westoxarts@yahoo.co.uk. The talks cost 5 each, which includes coffee or a glass of wine.

Beaded Brooch Workshop. Saturday 8th November 2008 10am - 4pm. Create a beautiful beaded brooch to wear in the winter festive season! Learn how to stitch beads and sequins onto silk and to structure the brooch shape and back with felt and a brooch catch. This workshop is for those who have some experience of stitching. The workshop is led by Kerry Forkner who is an experienced embroidery and stitch tutor. She is qualified in embroidery and education and has taught at colleges, schools and community education workshops. The workshop takes place at the Gallery and costs 22. For more information please contact West Ox Arts - 01993 850137 or westoxarts@yahoo.co.uk