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Press Release | Botanical works for summer at The Sanctuary Gallery | June 2024

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A collection of beautiful botanical works for early summer

25th May to 28th June 2024

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Red Black Dahlia| Ann Johnson

Opening for Whitweek and on show throughout June, The Sanctuary Studio and Gallery presentsBloom, an exhibition of painting and ceramics inspired by all things botanical. Incorporating the uplifting beauty of floral still life, as well as wildflower meadows and their attendant butterflies and birds, this exhibition showcases the lush beauty of England in June. PainterRachel Redfernmakes ethereal works based on sketches and memories of time spent in nature. From dreamy summers on the beaches in West Sussex and Cornwall, to a springtime spent restoring her own garden, which was originally created by the 19thcentury garden designer Gertrude Jekyll, Rachel's works reflects her deep love of seasonal landscapes.Irena Kurowska's floral paintingsbring the reflective qualities of poetry and nature together on canvas.Exploring the colour, fragility, harmony and beauty of flowers, by interpreting the innate abstraction of nature's patterns, she expresses their playfulness, exuberance or simple tranquillity. ArtistAnn Johnsontakes an illustrative, elegantly stylized approach to her still life paintings of floral arrangements. Deep colours, simple linear details, and strong compositions are the hallmark of her rich and emphatic interpretations of flowers.

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Blue Butterflies| Tiffany Scull

PainterMary Liddellstudied at the Chelsea School of Art and the Central School of Art in London. She worksen plein airin the landscape and from first hand observation in her studio with flower arrangements and everyday objects. Colour is the primary focus in her dazzling floral still life works in both oil and watercolour.Sally Stafford's mixed media work celebrates the influence of time and change on natural ‘plantscapes' using acrylics, gold leaf and oil pastels. CeramicistTiffany Scullhas developed a distinctive style of work that is meticulously decorated by hand. Combining her two loves of drawing and clay, she works from numerous sketch books, bringing botanical scenes to life in dimensional relief, along with butterflies, birds and fish particular to each botanical setting.Sarah Dunstanis known for her highly decorative ceramics, which are instantly recognisable for their floral and antique patterns, velvety colours and intricate, hand cut porcelain forms.Her works are delightfully nostalgic, exploring half-forgotten memories and images that persist from childhood, from vintage wallpaper to the pattern on family dining plates.

The exhibition also includes a collection of silver jewellery by designer-makerUschi Arens Price, who draws inspiration from flowers, leaves and other natural forms.


SeeBloomfrom 25thMay to 28thJune at The Sanctuary Studio & Gallery, High Street,

Newnham-on-Severn, Gloucestershire, GL14



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ANN JOHNSON Red Black Dahlia

TIFFANY SCULL Blue Butterflies

Editors Notes

The Sanctuary Gallery & Studio

Established in 2022 by artist Sharon Harvey, The Sanctuary Studio & Gallery exhibits the best in contemporary painting and craft in an intimate and historical setting at the heart of the village of Newnham-on-Severn. With an ever-changing program of exhibitions, the gallery offers a broad spectrum of work from figurative to abstract, and represents emerging and established British artists.

For additional images contact Mercedes Smith at Fine Art Communications | Tel 07825 270235 |

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