Wednesday, 27 November 2013

A visit to the Visual Arts Centre

My day has been very enjoyable. I had a text from my friend Helen, do I want to join her on a dog walk, she has three dogs to take out, and why don't I come along and have a natter. Of course, a nice way to spend a Wednesday morning, it is Wednesday today, isn't it, I can't keep up with the days flying by. We walked along the river bank, luckily the river is a long way out, so the dogs were able to run loose without fear of them getting too close to the water.
Helen has taken up furniture renovation and showed me some dining room chairs she has been working on. She has made a smashing job of them, removed the seat pads and the padded panel on the back, recovered them, and painted and distressed the wood. Is that what you call it when you paint something and leave it looking scruffy. Is it called shabby chic, I believe it's all the rage at the moment. This could be a new career for her. I showed her how to make cushion covers so I think that will be her next project.
This afternoon I went to town and had a browse round the Arts Centre. The exhibition they have on at the moment is called, Burnt Out, by Helen Snell. She uses digital laser and water jet cutting techniques to create her work. Her sculptures are made from steel, acrylic, paper, card, and fabric. These little boats are made from thin card and are the basis of the ornate boats that follow.
Each boat is made from three pieces of card. They look so delicate.



 

 These hanging sculptures are made from acrylic.

 Some larger installations.

 

 This looks beautiful against the backdrop of the church.

 


If you want to read more about Helen Snell's work take a look at this web site.

Afterwards I popped in Aldi for a few bits, more veg needed. I didn't fancy cooking tonight, so I just had scrambled eggs and baked beans on toast for my dinner. I had a long chat on the phone with Auntie tonight. Uncle Stan has an exhibition of his paintings coming up soon and I wanted to know the dates so I can fix up a visit down there. It's at the end of December, so that's something to look forward to. All cats are asleep and I'm going to catch up with Last Tango in Halifax.
Toodle pip.

5 comments:

  1. Fantastic! The colours sure came out excellent in the photos—I bet they're even nicer in person. What interesting art pieces. I will look at her website now.

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  2. Great minds think alike. I've seen the red, white and blue one when it was displayed at our art's centre! x

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  3. Loved this art exhibition....stunning creations that must have taken a long time to do.....what precision and detail, I'm impressed with her work.
    Thanks for sharing with us.

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  4. Looks fab , I might pop in next time I am in Scunny , if I ever get rid of this blasted virus

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