Art Exhibition: Reflections at The Guild Gallery, Clifton, Bristol, until 12 June

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Art Exhibition: Reflections at The Guild Gallery, Clifton, Bristol, until 12 June

Art Exhibition: Reflections at The Guild Gallery, Clifton, Bristol, until 12 June

"Reflections" is the latest exhibition from the popular Reflections Group of seven Bristol-based artists.

Reflections An Exciting New Exhibition

The Guild Gallery, Park Street, Clifton, Bristol

May 22nd June 12th 2010

Reflections is the latest exhibition from the popular Reflections Group of seven Bristol-based artists. Showing an eclectic mix of painting, fused glass, jewellery and textiles, this will be an exciting and vibrant show of work from (in alphabetical order) Catherine Amesbury, Laura Cramer, Pip Gilman, Jo Hyam, Feona Ness, Marivi OLeary, and Julia Rowe. All members of the highly successful North Bristol Artists group, each artist has exhibited before in various private and public, solo and group shows and, of course the NBA Trail held in November each year.

The artists individual work varies widely, reflecting their responses to the changing seasons, from colder weather to the longer, warmer days of early summer. From detailed watercolours to broad sweeping abstracts, from delicate jewellery to intricate textiles, subject matter may encompass both narrative and abstract visions of land and seascapes, nature, ancient cultures, colours, shapes and deep emotions. With such a variety of media and styles, there is bound to be something to please everyone.

The Artists:

All seven artists have exhibited both within and beyond the Bristol area; all are members of the highly successful North Bristol Artists group who show their work in houses and studios across North Bristol in the NBA Trail every year in November.

Catherine Amesbury designs and makes beautiful Contemporary Jewellery with a difference, using silver, semi-precious stones, Swarovski crystals and freshwater cultured pearls. Commissions welcome.

Laura Cramer draws inspiration for her oil paintings from three main interests: urban landscapes, her garden, and a love of food. Commissions welcome.

Pip Gilman paints watercolours in an individual style, responding to many different influences and inspirations.

Jo Hyam makes intricate machine-stitched pictures and 3-D vessels, as well as vibrant watercolour paintings. Her inspiration comes from colour itself, nature, and world cultures. Commissions welcome.

Feona Nesss oil paintings are mostly inspired by stormy landscapes. Concentrating on colours, moods &composition often results in near abstraction.

Mariv OLeary loves to paint landscapes, flowers and all kind of shapes, using bright colours and experimenting with different media and styles.

Julia Rowe loves to experiment with unusual applications of fused glass to create wall hangings, mirrors and freestanding pieces with abstract designs.

Reflections Exhibition, May/June 2010

The Artists (in alphabetical order):

Catherine Amesbury

For the past 30 years Catherine has run her own Health and Beauty Clinic, having first trained as a nurse. Whilst on a family holiday in Spain in 1999, she bought some handmade silver jewellery from a local marketto give as presents. These proved so successful that the following year, she bought a small collection to sell in the Clinic. This sold out almost immediately and inspired Catherine to attend a local silversmithing course, something she had always wanted to do. Jewellery design and making seemed to come naturally, enabling her to fulfill her artistic potential.

Following her 50th Birthday in October 2005, she finally had the confidence to launch her own range - Catherine Amesbury Contemporary Jewellery Design - just in time for Christmas. Since then, the collection has gone from strength to strength, and now incorporates a bespoke Wedding Collection, including Jewellery for the Bride and Gifts for the Bridesmaids. Customers are encouraged to become involved in the design process, ensuring that their piece of jewellery is unique to them. Catherine travels the world to add to her exclusive collection of Silver, Semi-precious Stones, Cultured Freshwater Pearls and Swarovski Crystals, which are the foundations for her designs. A ready-made collection is availablefrom her showroom and workshop at Woolies Indoor Market. She holds private exhibitions throughout the year for dates, consult the events page of her website (below). She also exhibits annually on the NBA Trail.

You can see Catherines work at

Contact her at or on 0117 924 9813

Laura Cramer

Laura lives and works in Bristol as a full time painter. She paints colourful semi-abstract cityscapes, but spends half her time exploring a love of my garden through a Flower Girl series of oil paintings.

Her most recent project this year was to design and create a series of Soviet Constructivist-style paintings to accompany a musical performance about the legendary Dimitri Shostakovitch, entitled The Joker in the Pack, and performed by the Bristol Ensemble at St Georges concert hall in Bristol.

Responding to this project brought her back on a nostalgic journey of her painting apprenticeship in Moscow in the early 1990's, where she had the good fortune to work with three prominent Russian artists: Evegeny Lanceray, Yuri Konenyenko and Yuri Koval. Yuri Koval, who was a painter and an author told Laura to "paint what you see... and a little bit more." These words encouraged and fostered the artistic freedom and inspiration that Laura finds in the abstract subjects that she loves creating.

Commissions are welcome however large or small.

To contact Laura or for further information on her work, please visit:

Pip Gilman

Pip was a fruit grower for twenty years before a chance encounter in 1991 provided him with a sketchbook and pencil, and, at the age of 40, started him on the road to painting.

Soon after, he tried his hand at watercolour painting and quickly discovered how frustratingly difficult it can be! It is an unforgiving medium where mistakes can easily lead to failure but when watercolour works, its simplicity and transparency are quite unique. Pip has persevered over the years, and watercolour is now his preferred medium. Self taught, with no formal art training, his influences are many; his hope is always to capture and individual feel for his subject.

Pips fruit-growing days feel long gone, and he now earns his living as a painter based in Bristol.

Contact Pip on 0797 153 6109

Jo Hyam

Jo started making clothes, drawing, painting, constructing, taking photographs and generally doing arty things from a very young age. Her sensible genes won out, however, and with a BScHons in Business Studies, she had a twenty year business career taking in accountancy, retail, and international marcomms in high-tech industry. During this time she continued to take art classes - and eventually her love for art won out. Changes in her work circumstances provided the impetus to pursue a long-held dream of studying for an art degree, resulting, in 2002, in a First Class BAHons in Creative Arts (Fine Art and Textiles).

Now working full time as an artist, Jo is inspired by light, colour, nature and world cultures. She works in an intuitive way, with the aim of creating beautiful work whether that results in paintings, mixed media collages or intricate textile works and silk fibre sculptures. She is currently developing her work through the ongoing exploration of textile techniques and mixed-media experimentation. Jo has completed a number of private commissions and has had work exhibited in London and the South West, including in the RWA Autumn Open Exhibition, Black Swan Arts, and as a member of the North Bristol Artists group.

Contact Jo at or on 0117 946 6387

Feona Ness

Feonas fascination with and love of powerful skies with rich landscapes dates from her childhood in Cambridgeshire and Northumberland. After gaining a BA Hons in Textile Design from Trent University, she initially pursued a design career. This experience taught her the importance of colour and space in a commercial world - but it also intensified her desire to be free to paint.

In the late 1980s, she spent time in the Canadian Rockies soaking up the landscapes, pure air and good life, and storing up inspiration. On returning to the UK, she taught art in Secondary education which she enjoyed, but since 1998 she has been able to paint full time.

Her current body of works seeks to explore the feel of unchallenged space and deep interwoven colours to form strong and often abstract landscapes.

She exhibits annually in the North Bristol Artists Trail and regularly in the South West and in the Great Atlantic Gallery in Monmouth. She has recently had a solo show at the Grant Bradley Gallery in Bristol.

You can see her work at

Contact Feona at or on 0117 924 4502

Marivi OLeary

Mariv has always enjoyed painting and drawing, and has attended a local art workshop for a number of years. This group gives her inspiration and encouragement to try different ideas. She loves to paint landscapes, flowers and all kind of shapes, using bright colours and experimenting with different media and styles.

Last year Mariv had a solo exhibition at a gallery in East Dulwich, London and she exhibits every year at the North Bristol Art Trail.

Contact Mariv at or on 0117 975 4242

Julia Rowe

Born and raised in Bristol, Julia has a background in the arts, working extensively in interior design, theatre photography, and for a marionette company.

Her interest in the use of colour and light led her to glass and after years of working with stained glass, Julia discovered the special qualities of fused glass. She studied the technique of glass fusing, which involves cutting and layering and colouring glass then fusing it at high temperatures in a glass kiln.

Acquiring her own kiln allowed Julia to experiment with unusual applications of fused glass to create wall hangings, mirrors and 3d pieces. In the layers of glass she encapsulates metals, foils, enamels and ground glass and many of the works are inspired by Indian and Moroccan architecture as well as movement and reflection. She also makes freestanding pieces and dishes with both abstract and figurative designs.

Julia Rowe Designs was launched June 2005 with an Open Studio Exhibition. Each November Julias studio is part of the North Bristol Artists Trail. She holds regular successful Open Studio exhibitions and has shown in the Affordable Arts Fair in London and other galleries. She also teaches small personal groups in Experience Days using creative fused glass at her studio in Westbury Park.

You can see Julias work at

Contact her at or on 0117 942 4704

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