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Wednesday 7 September - Tuesday 27 September

Free Entry: 10.00am to 5pm

Meet the Artists: Saturday 10 September, 12 noon to 3pm

Angela Chalmers, David Chalmers, Janine Baldwin and Lindsey Tyson interpret the beauty of the North Yorkshire landscape in their own individual style. TGhey observe an inspiring natural world, capturing the changing light, colour and seasons through the diverse mediums of painting, photography, mixed media and textiles.

Angela Chalmers

Angela Chalmers is a visual artist based in Scarborough. She began her art training in London and, after returning to her hometown, Angela graduated with First Class BA (Hons) in Fine Art.

Her work deals with the intricacies of the human condition, often with a deeper focus on history, memory and femininity.

Angela explores her ideas through painting and experimental historic photographic techniques. Her latest works draw inspiration from the natural environment, selecting subjects from the landscapes and wild gardens of the North York Moors. Angela’s ideas and images connect with her fascination in the Victorian age, especially the obsession with pressed flowers and the collecting of botanical specimens.

Angela has exhibited her work both nationally and internationally. In 2014, she was shortlisted for a photogram prize at the Silverprint Gallery, London. She also runs cyanotype workshops at her studio in Scarborough.

For more about Angela and her work, see www.angelachalmers.com

David Chalmers

David Chalmers was born in Morley in 1964. He has always had an interest in the visual arts and, after training as a graphic artist, began to take an interest in photography. Making photographs subsequently became his passion.

David likes to work with the landscape and nature. He produces hand-crafted photographs using traditional black and white techniques. He also works with the early pioneering processes, such as carbon transfer printing and salt printing, which was the first ever photographic printing process, invented by William Henry Fox Talbot.

From his studio darkroom in Scarborough, David offers workshops in both darkroom printing and the early alternative processes.

David says:

Some photographers take reality as the sculptors take wood or stone, and upon it impose their own thought and spirit.

Others come before reality more tenderly – a photograph to them is an instrument of love and revelation.

A photograph need not be explained, nor can it be contained in words.

My photographs are presented as ends in themselves – expression without doctrine. They are images of the endless moments from nature and the natural selection of time.

For more about David and his work, see www.davidchalmersphotography.com

Janine Baldwin

Janine Baldwin creates paintings, works on paper, prints and collages, inspired by a lifelong affinity with the landscape.

Living on the North Yorkshire coast, Janine is surrounded by moors, woodland and the shore – these landscapes and seascapes are a constant source of inspiration, and her interest lies in the sensory experience of the natural environment. In paintings Janine works predominantly in oil, and oilsticks (oil paint in solid form) are often used to integrate painting and drawing.

Her current artistic practice is focused on works on paper, combining dry media such as charcoal, graphite and pastel. By exploring textures and layers in the landscape, Janine seeks to capture the energy of the natural environment.

Janine has exhibited extensively across the UK, including at the Royal Academy of Arts, the Society of Women Artists, and the Pastel Society, London.

Her work has won prestigious awards, including the Arts Club Charitable Trust Award in 2014, and The Haworth Prize in 2015, at the Mall Galleries, London. Janine’s work is included in private collections across Europe, Africa and Mexico.

For more information about Janine and her work, see www.janinebaldwin.com

Lindsey Tyson

Lindsey Tyson is a textile designer and artist, based at Woodend Creative Workspace in Scarborough.

Originally a weave designer in the automotive trade, Lindsey sidestepped into the world of contemporary craft and now creates sophisticated felt products which she sells at art and craft galleries and craft fairs around the country.

Lindsey’s love of colour and texture, and the evocation of mood and atmosphere, are an important part of her work. Materials often take on a life of their own, and can be the inspiration of a piece of work as easily as something visual.

Her preferred medium is ‘Nuno’ felt, which is a combination of wool and fabric. Fabric designs (created from photographs and sketches) are printed onto silk and then incorporated into Lindsey’s artwork and 3D pieces, giving them a feeling of unity. Wool, fabrics and fibres are used like paint to build up layers of colour and texture, with graphic detail added later.  

With this experimental approach, and stimulated by the challenge of combining different media and technologies, Lindsey pushes the boundaries in creating a variety of home and fashion accessories, from scarves and felt ‘pebbles’ to felt pictures and artworks.

For more about Lindsey and her work, see www.lindseytyson.co.uk