MAC | RAGS' - CONNECTED' exhibition - Sat 29th April - Friday 5th May ,2023.
Venue: Crypt Gallery, Mariners Church (just off the Wharf), St Ives. TR26 1NA
Exhibition opening times:
Saturday 29th April 2:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Sunday 30th April 10:30 am - 8:00 pm
Monday 1st May to Thursday 4th May 10:30 am - 7:00 pm
Friday 5th May 10:30 am - 3:00 pm
Following our successful debut at the Crypt Gallery in 2022, members of MAC | RAGS Art Collective return to St Ives to celebrate our continuing connections with each other and with St Ives. Our art journeys continue to be shaped through our own unique sense of connection to this area of Cornwall.
We hope you enjoy our work and connecting with us in St Ives.
Now, three years on from when we first met in St Ives as a 'Porthmeor group', we feel truly connected to each other as the MAC | RAGS Art Collective. We hope for our creative journey together to grow through continued collaboration and exhibition in our beloved St Ives and beyond.
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As a mixed media Artist and Gut Health Specialist I'm a huge believer in the mind and gut connection and hence launched my business 'Anna Clarke - Create Nourish Heal' ( www.anna.clarke.co.uk) last year, which combines my two passions of creativity and nourishment, to empower others to prioritise their health and wellbeing.
I know from personal experience that creativity helped me deal with the loss of my beloved father in a very mindful way by painting scenes of where we'd holidayed together on his sailing clothes, to keep our connection alive.
My work combines my admiration of 'Mother Nature the Artist' and my love of the open sea, being especially connected to the landscape of St Ives, having completed the 1 year Porthmeor programme at St Ives School of Painting , and Salcombe from years of family holidays there; both of which inspire me with their ever-changing iteration of texture, pattern and wondrous colour.
Reality is always my starting point, usually captured by 'being in' the landscape, sketching or photographing it, and then I relish experimenting and discovering those 'happy accidents' that occur as I move towards abstraction, building layers of texture with collage, fabric, cold wax, sand and natural materials.
I have a particular passion for printing, especially collagraph using the historic print house at St Ives School of Painting and more recently eco printing, using natural foliage.
Living in landlocked Kenilworth in Warwickshire I was super keen to connect with my local artist groups and hence joined Kenilworth Artists and Leamington Studio Artists .