Memories of Summer in Art Society’s Christmas Exhibition

the-fairy-door-powderham-castleSaturday 3 December sees the opening of Teignmouth Art Society’s Annual Christmas Exhibition at the TAAG Gallery in Northumberland Place. With a large and diverse membership, the work on display will also be diverse and extensive. But one theme to look out for is work based on the Society’s Summer Sketching Days.

This year members have studied views around the harbour, from both Shaldon beach and the Back Beach; they have been up the Estuary to the peace and tranquility of the reed beds by the Passage House; and also a highly successful day at Powderham Castle.

There can be no doubt that work painted from outdoor study of real subjects and scenes is full of life and atmosphere. Illustrated here are Kath Loram’s painting of the Ness from Shaldon in which she has broken up the view into abstract shapes – but shapes that are so well observed from nature that we see that gorgeous view we all love so much and feel the warmth of the summer shimmering around us.

Barbara Armstrong painted a Little Egret in the water by the passage house – a very accurate depiction of this pretty species whose numbers are increasingly locally. It is always good to see a natural history subject painted in the context of its environment, and doing what it does – in this case, fishing.

Des Maxwell Clark enjoyed the peace and quiet of the new American Garden at Powderham Castle. Pupils from Kenn School had put little fairy doors on the trees and so Des let his imagination run away with him, and added fairy dustbins outside the door. He has used the play of light and dark between the trees and the view of water beyond to build a bit of mystery and help us continue the story in our imaginations.

There will be many more examples of locally-inspired works, alongside work inspired from further afield. Cards and pottery are now a regular feature of Teignmouth Art Society Exhibitions, and it is always worth taking a closer look at the unframed work which always produces a few surprises. The exhibition runs just for a week, until Friday 9th December.