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Stories in Art
Fine art exhibition
Saturday 20 October – Sunday 11 November

Beaumont Gallery’s final fine art exhibition of the year
Stories in Art showcases the work of five very different artists working in the South of England.  Andrew Walworth, Eliza Parker, Jitka Palmer, Maaike Pope Zurcher and Aliceson Carter tell different compelling Stories in Art in their diverse creative styles and chosen media
Andrew Walworth, who also curates the exhibition, said “Stories in Art brings to an end our eclectic 2018 series.  Jitka focuses on interaction with the human form, Maaike uses an allegorical style as she responds to social injustice caused by war, illness and economic malaise. Eliza creates landscapes with a focus on form and colour and Aliceson uses video as the medium through which to explore the actions and notions of coastal erosion.  My pieces are portrait-based expressions of remembrances of people I have known and loved.”

The gallery open from Wednesday to Sunday 10.00am – 4.00pm, or by appointment at any other time.  Admission is free and refreshments are available.

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Andrew Walworth won the Williamsburg Oil Painting prize 2014.  He grew up in Mere and returned there about a decade ago.  He spent many years working in London and used one of the studios in Belsham Street London E9 run by SPACE, a leading visual arts organization founded by Bridget Riley, Peter Sedgley and Peter Townsend in 1968. After a chance meeting with a farmer who did a lot of work for the then Vale of Aylesbury with Garth and South Berks hunt Andrew started painting hounds, left the city and went back to the country and concentrated on portrait work.  He established the Beaumont Gallery on the South side of the picturesque village of Mere in 2015, bringing life back to Beaumont’s iconic and historic chimney factory.  His working studio is adjacent to the gallery, which he runs with his wife as a multi-purpose arts centre hosting a rolling exhibition of work, plus weekly classes in Life Drawing.  Andrew’s work is currently focussed on the personal in political art.
Eliza Parker spent many years working on the creative side in the world of advertising, most recently at Saatchi & Saatchi London. At the top of her career, and when the world went digital, she decided to stop being creative in a selling capacity and took up a paint brush and herself to a fine art school to learn drawing and painting. She hadn’t painted since school but advertising had satisfied her creative urge where for nearly 30 years she was focussed on all things visual - and used to facing a blank canvas on a daily basis. She now faces a different blank canvas and feels very lucky having studios in London – where her work is more studio-based with people (commissions), still life and collage work - and in Provence where she paints landscapes from spring till autumn.  The hill top villages, the terrain, the colours in every season are a constant source of inspiration, not to mention the light.  She says it’s a challenge not to paint in the same manner as some of the Greats and why bother?  The answer is because it’s irresistible, whether it’s an olive grove with the Luberon hills behind, a village in intense heat, or a chair in the sunshine.
Jitka Palmer was born in Prague where she studied medicine and worked as an anatomist. She first moved to Britain in 1985 and studied ceramics at Croydon College of Art and Design setting up her first studio in London with the support of a Crafts Council Setting Up Grant. She worked as a freelance artist for ten years, exhibiting both in England and abroad, before returning to the Czech Republic for three years teaching English and Anatomy and Morphology for artists whilst developing her drawing and painting skills. She returned to Britain in 1998 and since then has lived and worked in Bristol. She has given master classes at Cardiff University and colleges in Bath and Bristol and led workshops for children and adults. Jitka was involved with the CIP/Craftspace joint project in Birmingham, teaching women asylum seekers. She has exhibited in Britain, Europe and USA and her work is in private and public collections including Musee National de Ceramique, Paris.  
Maaike Pope Zurcher started painting late in life during which she has lived and worked in various countries. Her work has been selected by the RA Summer Exhibition, Victoria Gallery (Bath), Saatchi art ‘Best of Britain’, Apple ‘101 International Abstract Art Works’, and Black Swan Arts Open 2016.  Growing up with a father who was a scientist she learned that by experimenting one can find the ‘unexpected’ more interesting than the subject one is looking for.  She does not restrict herself to a certain technique or style feeling that her paintings should reflect her as she is – authentic and nonconformist.
Aliceson Carter lives in Shaftesbury, Dorset. She started art education in her late 30‘s studying Fine Art at Goldsmiths College, London 2006-2009.  Since then she has exhibited widely, both in the UK and abroad, and also taken part in several international residencies. Recently she won the People’s Choice Award at Black Swan Arts Open in Frome for the photographic piece In England’s Green And Pleasant Land. Carter’s work starts from points of observation - of time and place and our interactions within them.  She is interested in these small moments and plays with them to create works that allow reflection of the world around us. Work usually has a performative element to it and it manifests itself in the form of video, video installations and photography

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