FOR its much-anticipated autumn exhibition, Tiverton's Lantic Gallery has chosen to showcase the work of two of the South West's leading artists – Nancy Pickard and Jo Whiteland – in its autumn exhibition, which is on until Sunday, October 19.
Now in its 10th year, the gallery in Gold Street, is known for its eclectic mix of contemporary fine art and crafts, including pottery and sculpture together with paintings, glass, textiles and jewellery.
In addition to its continuing displays by ceramic artists, the gallery hosts at least two exhibitions a year, featuring the work of both new and established artists.
Nancy Pickard is known for her unique, one-off sculptural jewellery, made by enamelling onto hand-cut pieces of silver.
The texture and feeling of her jewellery is also present in her vibrant paintings and endearing sculptures. Her inspiration is the history and landscape of Cornwall.
Nancy's most recent solo shows have been at Cornwall Contemporary, Penzance, and New Brewery Arts in Cirencester.
Exhibiting alongside Nancy is Jo Whiteland, a renowned batik artist who has shown her limited-edition prints at Lantic Gallery for a number of years and has gained a strong following.
For the first time, the gallery will be showing a collection of her exquisite, original framed batiks.
The natural world provides an unlimited inspiration for this artist and she works on white cotton fabric using traditional wax pens with wax and dyes building up layers to give depth, texture and colour to her striking work.
Jo has exhibited widely in the Westcountry and SWLA open exhibition in London.
Gallery owner Sandra Hare said: "This is an exciting opportunity to see a collection of fresh and original work from these professional artists."
The continuing displays at the gallery feature the work of ceramic artists, including Tilly Young, Peter Swanson, John Maltby, Lea Phillips, Laurel Keeley and Isobel Merrick; painters and print makers including John Hoar, Rachel and Mary Sumner, Jo Whiteland and Lizzie Collcutt; and jewellers including Les Grimshaw, Gill Laverick, Melissa James, Roberta Hopkins and Nina Parker.
In keeping with its aim of providing unique pieces to buy, the gallery has a range of bags, scarves, clocks and cards on sale.
Lantic Gallery also offers the Own Art scheme where you can sign up for an interest free loan from £100 to £2,000. The scheme is supported by the Arts Council, England. For more details visit www.lanticgallery.co.uk