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Local art celebrated

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: January 10, 2013

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EMERGING and established artists are the stars of Exeter Northcott Theatre's new exhibition The Fourth Wall.

It features the work of Devon-based artists who have a wide range of skills including painting, mixed media and glass.

Among those exhibiting at the venue until Sunday, January 20, is abstract painter Tim Bailey. When he isn't making masterpieces in the kitchen in his job as a chef at Exeter restaurant Harry's, Tim loves painting. His inspirations include urban decay and the Japanese aesthetic of wabi sabi.

Sharing his passion for painting is Julie Ruth Bramley, who used to run her own galleries in London and North Devon.

Now she works as a complementary holistic therapist at Evolution in Fore Street, Exeter, where her imaginatively inspired paintings can sometimes be viewed.

The Northcott didn't have to look far for some of its exhibitors like Hazel Johnson, who works on the theatre bar.

Her Punch & Judy paintings were bought by the theatre following last year's The Fourth Wall show, and are on permanent display on either side of the theatre bar.

Joining Hazel in the exhibition is her mother, Margaret Johnson, an artist specialising in glass. Her stunning work is created using recycled glass vessels and can be found in many galleries and are widely collected.

Other exhibitors include Sandra Elson, a full-time art teacher at St Peters C of E Aided School in Exeter, Katie Scott-Hamilton, a technology and art technician at the same school, figurative artist and illustrator Robin Doyle from Teignmouth, and Vicky Thrower, bar supervisor at the Northcott.

Co-organiser and Northcott curator Tanja Bartlett said: "It is intended to be an exciting and accessible showcase for both emerging and established artists.

"All the artists were specially selected and we are thrilled to be able to present their work here. Some of the artists will be familiar to those who saw last year's show. We are delighted to welcome back painters Tim Bailey, Hazel Johnson and Vicky Thrower, mixed media artist Robin Doyle and glass artist Margaret Johnson.

"We are also excited to be welcoming for the first time artists Julie Ruth Bramley, Sandra Elson and Katie Scott-Hamilton.

"This is the second Fourth Wall show and the name refers to the invisible 'fourth wall' on the stage, separating the action on stage from the theatre audience.

"We are keen to provide an opportunity for some of the many talented local artists to show their work in a wonderful space."

The exhibition can be viewed Monday to Saturday, 10am to 6pm, and later on performance evenings, and on Sunday, January 20, from 2pm to 4pm.

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