Thursday, 21 May 2009

dogs love art too...

a wonderful world...

thewhitegallery has been humming, with hundreds of people dodging the rain to come and see jack's exhibition and the secret sculpture garden. it's been a pleasure sharing the space with visitors and receiving such positive feedback. children especially, have enjoyed the animals in the garden and the summerhouse studio has been a big hit, with several pictures sold and lots of praise for local artist, emily mugridge.

gavin darby's recycled metal horse, hercules, has caused quite a stir, with lots of people wondering how on earth we got him up to the top of the garden. the answer is in two pieces.

david broadhurst's little clay men on the top of the summerhouse have also delivered smiles, looking as they do like inmates on the top of a prison roof, trying to escape.

people have also been busy photographing the garden.

jo belfield took pictures as her little boy alex wandered amongst the dingle dangles, made by becky waite out of recycled plastic bottles. when the sun shone, flakes of light bounced off the mirrors and danced around the garden.

thanks to everyone for their kind words and for recommending us to friends and family. due to the success of the garden, we now plan to host a sculpture garden & special summerhouse exhibition every year.

'nosey cow' by emily mugridge (mixed media on board) available to buy at thewhitegallery. please ring for details.

Sunday, 10 May 2009

into the swing...

lady bugs & butterflies filled the streets of bollington, as the festival got underway and the sun shone for the carnival procession.

we had a fantastic day at the gallery, with lots of interest in jack lloyd's exhibition. artist becky waite worked with little people in the garden, making garlands out of petals and leaves made from the laminated pages of old magazines.

the summerhouse exhibition showing work by local artist emily mugridge also proved popular. emily will be here at the gallery over the weekend of 16/17 may as part of the artists' trail.

Monday, 4 May 2009

secret sculpture garden takes shape...

Everything is on schedule for the launch of thewhitegallery’s secret sculpture garden, which opens this week.

Macclesfield artist, Becky Waite, has been putting the finishing touches to her installation piece, ‘Glittering Fall’, which is made entirely of recycled water bottles.

“It took the whole day to install” says Becky, “but I think it was worth it.”

The waterfall is made of hundreds of discarded water bottles which have been beautifully woven with coloured plastic thread and mirrors. When the sun shines it reflects all the light and creates a real sense of water flowing. Even if it rains, it’ll be just as effective.

‘Glittering Fall’ is just one of the sculptures on show in the garden, which includes work by internationally renowned artist Jeff Teasdale and David Broadhurst. Clay sculptures by award-winning graduate, Amy Daniels, also nestle amongst the plants. They have a really organic quality, resembling strange but beautiful alien pods: they look as if they’re about to burst open like something out of Doctor Who!

At the top of the garden sits Hercules, a life-size metal horse made out of old car parts by sculpture Gavin Darby, whose work will be recognised by regular visitors to thewhitegallery.

thewhitegallery sculpture garden is open from 8-25 May between
11-5pm. For further details please contact Fiona Bailey on 01625 260016 or email