Buzz - Christmas Exhibition at Bonhoga opens
13 November 2012
Buzz - Christmas
Exhibition at Bonhoga opens on Thursday
15th November - 23rd
Public opening: 15th
There's a buzz at Bonhoga Gallery as the
Christmas exhibition is being prepared for launch this Thursday,
15th November, from 7-9pm. Everyone is welcome to come
along and enjoy a glass of mulled wine, and take in the diverse
array of contemporary art, craft and jewellery on show in the Upper
Gallery and Craft Cabinets, and the postcard correspondence project
between Sally Kindberg and Smirk on the Lower Gallery
The exhibitions will run until Sunday 23
December, with planned late-night openings on four Wednesdays;
21st and 28th November, and 6th
and 12th December, when the gallery, shop and café will
all be open until 8pm.
Featuring amongst the work in the Upper
Gallery is that of Ronald Robertson Lawson, a painter whose work
reflects the vast open space and brooding skies of the
Outer Hebrides, and celebrates the wild remoteness, peace and
simplicity of that part of rural Scotland.
Celia Smith's beautifully woven wire birds
complement the organic forms of ceramicist Lok Ming Fung's work,
resembling magical fungi or rock pool gems. British print designer
Craig Fellows has sent an extensive collection of his exquisite
range of sillk scarves, purses, prints and accessories. Using
traditional, contemporary and digital printing techniques, Craig
transforms his illustrations of insects, flora or feathers into
beautiful fashion and interior pieces.
Prints, photographs, ceramics and textile
pieces from Shetland and across the UK will offer something for
every taste. With many more beautiful and eclectic designs of bags,
jewellery, scarves and even some gongs (!) the gallery will be
buzzing this Christmas.
Likewise, the shop and craft cabinets will
be bursting with exclusive Christmas gifts; beautiful
Scandinavian throws and blankets, recycled leather bags in every
colour of the rainbow, Christmas decorations and much more.
Visitors can also purchase special Christmas Gift Tokens, which can
be used in all Shetland Arts venues (Bonhoga, The Garrison and
Mareel) and at all Shetland Arts events.
Running concurrently in the Lower Gallery
is 'Cartoon Correspondence - Smirk to Sally Kindberg, an
illustrated dialogue'. This show is inspired by the hugely
successful 'Illustrators' exhibition at Bonhoga in 2011 which
included several envelopes illustrated by Axel Scheffler, widely
known for his illustrations of The Gruffalo.
The 'Illustrators' exhibition coincided
with Wordplay, Shetland Arts' book festival, at which writer and
artist Sally Kindberg was appearing. A chance meeting between Sally
and local cartoonist Stephen Gordon (Smirk) led to the idea of an
exhibition of postcards, inspired by Axel Scheffler, and so began
an unexpected exchange of postcards illustrating news from the
south and north.
Sally said: "I didn't know Smirk, but not
knowing each other led to some sort of creative freedom of
expression, and a great deal of fun. How could I resist a
correspondence with someone whose alter egos include Pete Stack of
the Rayburns and the louche Victor Vomit?"
Stephen Gordon (Smirk) is a Shetland born
artist/cartoonist whose work appears regularly in the Shetland
Times. Sally Kindberg's recent series of comic strip books include
The Comic Strip History of the World and The Comic Strip Book of
Dinosaurs published by Bloomsbury. She is currently writing and
illustrating a series of children's books called Draw It!, also for
Bloomsbury, and working on a graphic novel. She lives in
Both exhibitions run until the 23rd December. Work
from Buzz will be available for collection at prearranged times
before, or at, the end of the show.