Welcome!  blue-ginger has become a showcase for many talented local artists and craftspeople as well as some of the best of British talent and carefully sourced fairly traded crafts from far away.   The gallery, located in the grounds of a C15th timber framed Herefordshire farmhouse, has a diversity of quality goods on display. Within the main gallery there is also a coffee shop serving light lunches, delicious homemade cakes, and fair-trade tea and coffee.

 

In addition to the wide ranging and versatile selection of art and craft in the main gallery, you’ll also find handmade contemporary silver jewellery by Carol of Silverfish Designs in the Little Studio, mi-frame picture framing and limited edition prints and images, and The Summer House offers a showcase for a wide range of local artists and craftspeople to demonstrate and display their work. Throughout the year there are special exhibitions, suppers and events at the gallery.

 

Hopefully you will enjoy a flavour of blue-ginger as you explore the web site, and that you will be able to visit the gallery yourself and enjoy the friendly, welcoming atmosphere and perhaps taste our delicious homemade savoury muffins!.

 


 

FEATURED ARTISTS
‘Coast to Countryside' brings together an exciting range of work from leading British artists and crafts people, unified by their affinity with the natural world.

From the Salt Marshes of Portished to the rolling Malvern hills, from Roe Deer to Red Kites visitors will be treated to a rich visual celebration of our landscapes and wildlife.
   

TAMSIN ABBOTT

In Tamsin Abbott’s illustrated, engraved stained glass panels she hopes to reflect the magic of the world around us: the trees, birds, beasts, and the myths and hidden memories of our land.

 

BILL EVANS

Bill Evans has painted all his life but has only recently started to be a full time artist, working mainly in oils. Much of his work is a response to landscape, particularly the countryside round Whitbourne, Herefordshire, where he has lived all his life. He usually starts with drawings or painted studies done on site, but these are starting points, and he never knows whether they will lead to a finished painting, or how the painting will develop. Each painting presents its own challenge. The hope is that at some point it will take on a life of its own.

MEGAN EVANS

Megan combines traditional Collagraph Printmaking with hand drawn and painted detail to reinvent Litter collected from the natural environment. The audience is invited to read the 'ingredients' of each piece, revealing where and when the Litter was found. Although her work began on the beaches of South Wales, she now works predominantly in Herefordshire, collecting most of her Litter from our roadsides. She creates a variety of designs for Print and Clothing, and also delivers inclusive creative workshops. Workshops aim to raise awareness of Litter, raise aspirations, encourage positive behaviour and develop creative and transferrable skills for a variety of ages and abilities.

JAN JAY

Jan Jay is a Textile and Interior Designer based in beautiful North Herefordshire. Her great love of textiles began whilst studying at Herefordshire College of Art & Design. It was during her time there that she got introduced to the art of silk screen printing and found herself falling for its rewarding yet labour intensive process. Jan went on to specialise in Textiles and Interiors at Loughborough University graduating with a BA Hons in Printed Textiles, and was awarded by The Royal Society of Arts for her combination of illustration and print for Interior fabrics and furnishings.

Drawing on her inspiration of the English and Welsh countryside, it's flora & fauna, characters and landscape and combining this with her love of fabric, form, texture & colour, Jan will be showing a range of bold printed fabrics on natural linens, as well as appliquéd and 3D hand cut limited edition prints. Please feel free to contact Jan if you would like to discuss a print design in a particular colour personal to your scheme, or commission a new design.

MARIE THERESE KING

Marie-Therese's passion comes from British, birds, butterflies and flowers, using traditional drawing she translates her designs onto the finest Indonesian cotton using the ancient art of wax resist Batik.
Layering wax and dyes she builds up these exquisite designs with meticulous detail, to define the wing of a butterfly, or the body of a honey bee. These batiks are reproduced as fine art prints, cards and now stunning lampshades.

HILARY KINGTON

For over three years Hilary has been sketching the wildlife of two salt marshes in the Bristol Channel. Fascinated by this habitat she is recording life on these salt marshes in a series of month by month sketches and paintings.

Salt marsh or saltings is grassland which is regularly flooded by the tide attracting all sorts of wildlife. Endlessly altered by the affects of tide, light, weather and seasons it is an exciting and inspiring place.

"My love of tidal landscapes began when my husband and I bought a coastal fishing boat which we worked together for several years, first in the Severn Estuary and then the English Channel. Although I have long since exchanged fishing nets for sketchbooks I have never lost my passion for the sea and coastal wildlife.

SHARON MCSWINEY

Quirky animal, bird & leafy designs are created into jewellery, decorative metalwork for the walls or garden and unusual greetings cards by Sharon McSwiney.

 

Sharon has been designing & making her work successfully for over 25 years but only moved to Cornwall in 2013 to follow her & her husband’s dream of living & working in St Ives. She has her retail space in the Drill Hall on Chapel Street & makes her work from a separate studio space at home also in St Ives.

 

Inspired by nature her decorative wall pieces feature leaves & bird motifs in a rich red copper & golden brass. Spirals of copper wire & etched metal leaves form unique metalwork wall pieces or panels linked together making ‘jewellery for the walls’. Most recently she has created pieces based on seaweed collected from local beaches.

 

The jewellery, all made from the ‘garden studio’, features humorous & characters such as puffins, hares, foxes, sheep & donkeys. Sharon’s latest collection incorporates seaside limpet shells in silver.

KERRY NEWTH

Kerry is an award winning jeweller. She works from her garden studio in Buckinghamshire. She works in gold and silver using lots of tiny stones. Her jewellery is feminine and individual, it is inspired by the natural world especially the ocean. Kerry likes to create jewellery which is designed to be eyecatching and can be worn every day.

JAMES ORT

In 2010 James Ort gave up his career in conservation to focus on his art. He moved from Brighton to the village of Towersey to manage the Phoenix Studio, a private art teaching studio set in rural Oxfordshire. It was in this creative environment that he discovered sculpture, namely ceramics.

 

Animals are James' primary subject matter which is the result of a lifelong fascination in wildlife and a former career. Using his knowledge of anatomy and form, he pushes ceramic to its limits and has developed some innovative techniques to help achieve this. Colour and pattern bring his pieces to life; he often combines ceramic with wire where the subject calls for it (for example when making insects or crustaceans).

 

James has been heavily influenced by his Grandfather, Brian Price Thomas whom illustrated a number of the Ladybird Children Books (including the Gingerbread Man).

 

SHELLY PERKINS

Shelly is a freelance illustrator living and working in rural
Worcestershire, she has worked for clients such as BBC Wildlife
Magazine, WWF and The RSPB creating highly unusual, richly textured collages which combine both traditional and digital techniques...

JEWELS WILLIAMS-PEPLOW

Jewels throws functional porcelain vessels on the potter's wheel. Working from her Herefordshire home and studio subtle seascapes are applied depicting the coast and shorelines she is captivated by.  Her pots are quiet and still, encouraging close examination.

CLAUDIA PETLEY AND PAUL SHEPHERD

After twenty years of traditional blacksmithing, making gates and candlesticks, Claudia and Paul have recently followed their love of nature and the great outdoors.

 

This new direction has seen them produce a wide range of garden art. Their interest in sculptural forms has led to the development of life size birds and animals. These pieces are formed out of beaten, forged and welded steel. These are then galvanized, etched and left to weather naturally.

 

Paul and Claudia work together to capture the essence and character of the creatures whether this is the rowdiness of crows, the serenity of the barn owl, or the comedic strut of a chicken.