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Friday 18 March to Monday 11 April

Free Entry: 18 March to 24 March, 10.30am to 4pm, daily, from 25 March, 10am to 5pm daily

Meet the Artists: Saturday 19 March, 12 noon to 3pm

Using watercolour, acrylic, pen and wash, pastel and mixed media, artists Barbara Renton Wood and Lynne Herkmen offer an impressionist view of the region, from its industry, people and flora to rolling moors and dramatic seascapes. They are joined by Kath Bonson, whose hand-built ceramics are inspired by our landscape and cultural heritage.

Barbara Renton Wood 

Artist Barbara Renton Wood is originally from Middlesbrough and now lives in Great Ayton.

She has developed her own impressionist style, inspired by northern Industrial landscapes and seascapes. She also has a passion for flowers, and while she prefers to work in watercolour, she also experiments with different media and styles.

Barbara has exhibited at various UK galleries, and her work is held in private and commercial collections in the UK, France, Singapore, America and Australia.

Her awards include the Alex Wright and Gladys Clements trophies and the Dover Prize Exhibition in Darlington.

Kath Bonson 

Kath Bonson worked for many years in a family business, before graduating as a mature student from Bradford College of Art in 2010 with a First Class degree in Fine Art. She is a member of the Northern Potters Association and the Society of Designer Craftsmen.

She has always drawn inspiration from the complex and diverse world around her, delighting in the play of light on landscape, the detail of texture and the possibilities of colour – looking for the ‘unnoticed familiar’.

Working with clay allows Kath to push at the boundaries of what ceramics can do – using techniques refined over centuries, sometimes starting a piece with a clear vision, other times simply letting the clay speak and the work evolve.

Kath’s pieces are hand-built from stoneware or porcelain-based clays. She creates her own glazes from the raw ingredients, and each piece can use up to a dozen different glazes which are layered together to create additional texture and interactions, as they are fired to a temperature of 1200°C.

Her ‘image’ pieces are created using photographs, which are screen-printed onto flat clay. On some pieces, the images are deliberately indistinct, as if the person or object had left a shadowed trace of themselves on the stone as they passed by. Layers and combinations of glazes and oxides are then used to add colour and texture.

Lynne Herkmen

Lynne Herkmen, from Great Ayton, works in an individual impressionist style, using watercolour, pen and wash, mixed media and pastel. She covers a wide range of subjects – figurative, landscape, still life and seascape.

Lynne has exhibited widely and has won various awards, including the Dover Prize Exhibition in Darlington, the Alex Wright and Gladys Clement trophies, and the National Civil Service award on several occasions.

Her work is held in collections in America, Turkey, India, France and Germany.