Witham Gallery
Wednesday, July 6, 2016
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
3. Horsemarket, Barnard Castle, Co. Durham DL12 8LY
North East England
Witham Gallery

The Witham Arts Centre, Barnard Castle, a popular cultural meeting place boasting an art gallery, theatre and cafe, plays host to a Summer Exhibition by seven members of Interface Arts. This is an opportunity to both view and purchase artworks created by a thriving Durham based group which now has affiliations with the Oriental Museum, Durham City, and the NRM Locomotion, Shildon. Their showcase of work ranges from paintings by Meryl Mathieson & Wendy Parkin, mixed media work by Suzanne Williams, drawings by Samantha Askey, woodblock and etched prints by Gail Bell & John Grey to ceramic sculpture by Carolyn Corfield.

An affinity with the sea is evident in the work on display by Carolyn as she explores some of its associated myths within her figurative and abstract forms. Textured slivers of blue/green porcelain and turquoise raku stoneware sit in racks, as if slides awaiting analysis under a microscope. (see image) These sculptures allude to an aspect of Hydromancy, divination by means of water, one method of which is to study the actions of the sea and interpret its movement and colour. Carolyn’s ‘Ninth Wave’ pieces refer to a Spanish myth, which claims that immersion in this wave can heal infertility. Some of her more figurative sculpture relate to the legendary mermaid, sirens and the Goddess Aphrodite, who was born from the foam of the sea.
‘Meet the Artists Days’ will take place Saturday 9th & 23rd July.
Carolyn, Gail & Meryl will be present on 9th.
John, Samantha, Suzanne & Wendy on 23rd
open Tuesday-Saturday 10am-4pm