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The Stilwell Art Group Exhibition
The Stilwell Art Group work together under the inspirational teaching of Anthea Stilwell. This exciting collective exhibition at the Stockbridge Town Hall shows the range and diversity of work produced over the last two years by fourteen dynamic and contemporary artists from the group.
“There is a unique buzz when we meet to paint together, it takes courage to ‘let go’ and to trust yourself – that comes from Anthea’s teaching, but the group is supportive and we learn a lot from each other too – and that makes you brave, take risks and the results are most exciting and rewarding!” says Jenny Hill-Norton who co-founded and co-ordinates the group. “We are all different in what we bring to the group but we are linked by our passion to paint for the joy of it – and I think that is evident in what we create together.
This exhibition is a celebration of us growing as artists.”
The group is energetic and meets regularly throughout the year in Hampshire and otherlocations. Within the last two years the group has met and drawn together at RHS Wisley Gardens, The Moscow City Ballet company rehearsals at Chichester Festival Theatre, St Michael’s Mount Cornwall and many other venues.
Subject matter is varied and diverse including figures, landscapes and still lifes. The creative process starts with drawing and ideas are then explored expressively in a wide range of media including oils, acrylics, watercolours, charcoal, collage and mixed media. “Anthea has great experience and originality as a teacher (having taught at Harrow School) but she never tells you directly what to do, rather pulling it out of us – which is really challenging but we all respond and produce the most exciting and fascinating results!”
This exhibition encapsulates the energy and diversity of the group. It is their fifth collective show. All work on display is for sale and new work will be hung during the show, which runs from April 27th to May 5th at Stockbridge Town Hall.