The Westmorland Gazette columns…
THERE’S been a large empty picture frame touring the Lake District. The idea being that it’s sited somewhere scenically-strategic and the ever-changing view becomes a work of art itself. Here’s my go below.
It’s connected to this weekend’s Sine Dubio Festival of Art taking place at the Low Wood Hotel (the grand white, lakeside/roadside hotel between Windermere and Ambleside, see below). Sine Dubio are based in Carnforth and it means “Without Doubt.” Sine Dubio is run by Sophia Newton
There are talks, demos and lots of art on the walls and various public rooms of the hotel, and it’s all FREE! There’s local artists from Kendal, Cartmel and North Lancashire, and works from the late English sculptor with Brazilian heritage, Josefina de Vasconcellos, among others. There’s also glass from the Cartmel-based Penni Simpson and works from print maker Pete Marsh, local curator and illustrator, Jamie Barnes and the Lake District-inspired watercolours of the very talented Anthony Birchwood.
You’ll find wood, pencil, watercolour, print, glass and sculpture in gorgeous surroundings and a noticeably unsnobbish environment. The exhibitors are friendly and happy to talk you through their processes if you have questions.
You can also buy pieces if you like. Check out the timetables on Sine Dubios website if you want to attend one of them, which are generally every half hour.
It’s the first time they’ve held it. I had a quick chat with Simon Berry who runs the Low Wood. He’s keen, as the venue holder, to do it again. It just needs to get in people’s mind as something new. I also spoke to Janice McGloine, of Silverdale, who is working on a piece about Muncaster Castle, (below), or she was if she hasn’t finished it yet!
Everyone needs to get the message out there about it being on this weekend and tomorrow being the last day (Sunday February 17th, starting 10am and finishing at 6pm).
So here’s a few more images below, and please make a day of it. Watch out for the very amiable and fantastically-dreadlocked Andy Levy, a wood sculptor from Kendal, who’s a dab-hand with a chainsaw and was crafting a boar from an Ash tree, below (he had just started by the way).
Artists often work for free; for the creativity of doing so. They contribute something positive, not negative. They gain encouragement and enjoyment from your encouragement and enjoyment. This is also a local business giving a notoriously under-funded community a much-needed helping hand and exhibition space slap bang in the Lakes for us all to enjoy for free. Rare these days.
I was dragged away for a coffee eventually but could have stayed much longer than the hour we were there. The Low Wood does a great Cappuccino too which is also blessed with one of the best, no the BEST view across Windermere.
So get along for the final day tomorrow. Parking is free for the exhibition at the Low Wood. You can also follow some of those involved on Twitter at: @sinedubioart @freelancecurator @Managerlowwood @PeteMarshArt @Pennisimpson
Don’t forget, last day tomorrow!