The June exhibition at Brabin’s Gallery, Chipping, entitled “Inspirations” is by four experimental artists; Jan Dowman, felt maker; Liz Holmes, weaver; Pam Shackleton, paper maker and Sue Thorpe, mixed media watercolour artist.
Jan Dowman is a mixed media artist with a background in both art and design and textiles. For this current exhibition she has drawn on disciplines from both areas producing artwork that is diverse and often of a sculptural nature. She combines both hard and soft materials.
Liz Holmes lived the greater part of her life in Airedale though she has spent time in both Peru and Norway. Now she lives in Barnoldswick. She trained as a textile designer at Bradford College and later as an art teacher at Bingley College and was head of art at a Skipton school.
Pam Shackleton has become fascinated by the process of papermaking and during a year in Australia was introduced to Oriental Papermaking. The pieces of work in the exhibition are made from different fibres.
Sue Thorpe has explored and developed her love of painting, colour and texture; working in both oils and watercolour. She continues to be intrigued by and influenced by colour and texture and the way they are used to express emotions and ideas. She is influenced by the countryside around her home and the experiences absorbed while travelling.
The exhibition runs throughout June in the gallery at the rear of Brabin’s Shop in Talbot Street, Chipping, and is open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed 1 – 2 p.m. weekdays), admission is free.