Monthly Archives: October 2008

Knitted pumpkins

Tonight is the knitted veg workshop at jelly, there can be nothing better than on Halloween to be knitting squash and pumpkin in the company of artist,knitter, writer and gardener, Felix.


This workshop is suitable for knitters who have a basic knowledge of knitting. You need to be able to cast on and off, and to know your purls from your knit stitches. This workshop is unsuitable for total beginners. If you knit, but have never knit on double-pointed needles this is your chance to learn in a fun and colourful way! If you have any questions about the difficulty of the workshop, get in touch withFelix.
WORKSHOP DETAILS FOR YOUR DIARY
WHEN: TONIGHT, 6.30—9.30PM
WHERE: jelly, The Town Hall, Blagrave Street, Reading, RG1 1QH
COST: £18 | £15 concessions, all materials included
Please phone Felix direct on 07835 136201.

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The work of Paul Kessling

Atalanta, Paul Kessling

Atalanta, Paul Kessling

Paul has been exhibiting at jelly  for sometime, including a solo show at our Oracle gallery and exhibiting with us at The Affordable Art Fair for the past 3 years.

Green Harmonic, Paul Kessling

Green Harmonic, Paul Kessling

Brighton Rock, Paul Kessling

Brighton Rock, Paul Kessling

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workshops

One day in from the Affordable Art Fair and we are already doing art workshops.

Yesterday we were delivering a programme in Caversham, at Caversham Park Village Primary on the theme of *Challenges* as part of Family Learning Week. Each Family was asked to bring 3 items from their recycling bin and with the help of the jelly crew and our box of extra things, we helped them create sculptures and papier mache creatures amongst other delights. The workshop will run again this Thursday from 10.30-12.30 at The New Directions Centre, near Waitrose, Caversham. This is a family run activity supported by The Extended Learning Team and parents must stay with the children. Cost is 50p per family. No need too book, just turn up and we will be there.

Meanwhile in the jelly workshop we are running workshops on Wednesday and Thursday morning for children from the ages of 5 upwards. There are only a couple of spaces left on each at the point of writing this so please phone in advance to secure a space. Wednesday is a spooky castle workshop and Thursday we are making Papier mache spooky cats. The workshops run from 10.30-12.30 and further details can be found on the workshop page.

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old friends, new friends

Today was the last day at the Art Fair, we had to say goodbye for another year to our fellow gallery friends, had last moments with our artist friends who we have not seen for a while and then spent the night from 6pm packing up.

Back now and unpacked.

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Me, myself and I

Another day at the Fair and today the jelly team were en masse, Charlotte was continuing her mural, two of us were manning the stand and two more delivering an art activity for the younger visitors making handmade books as part of The Big Draw Campaign in a project entitled *me, myself and I*

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Re-hanging the show

Charlotte is moving on with her mural.

We also rehung the show for the first day, including the work of Kate Lockhart (nee Hince), recently graduated from The Royal College of Art.

The work of Jon Lockhart:

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The first night of the fair

Last night was the first night which is always like a rollercoaster. We have run around and collected work, selected the first night hang, hung the work, stored the rest, labelled, cleaned, collated and then finally we glitter ourselves up and wait for the doors to open.

The anticipation of exposing the work to the viewers can leave a tummy turning butterfly moment and to overcome this we wander around looking at other works on other stands and feel inspired and feed our creative selves with more art and sometimes real cake. Charlotte Hardy  had a TV interview

Followed by Kirsten Jones who was looking fabulous in feathers

Last night was a night of old friends, making new friends, talking and laughing

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The Zavialovs

There is a book I read many years ago when I was an art student that was about artists and their relationships both as siblings, offsprings or lovers with other artists and the implications, both good and bad. I have been trying to think of the title and will shortly come back here to insert when my mind has reawakened but the more I have looked at the show in London, the more I have been thinking about that book. In the exhibition of 15 artists, 6 of these are married couples.

In the book it referred to the fact one of the pair would be inevitably overshadowed by the other but in the case of jelly these artists stand on their own.

landscape, Natasha Zavialov

landscape, Natasha Zavialov

Misha Zavialov

Misha Zavialov

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Charlotte Hardy

Charlotte was the very first artists to exhibit in the jelly when it opened in it’s 3rd home, the purpose built space at The Oracle. She had recently graduated (2 months earlier) from Manchester with a first class degree and she had sent a wonderful submission letter so the Director went to visit her, loved her work and thought it represented jelly perfectly with it’s joyousness.

Fast forward from 1999 to today and Charlotte is now artist in residence at the Affordable Art Fair 2008. She is creating a mural during the duration and she started today in the tranquility of the stands being built.

sketches for the mural, Charlotte Hardy

sketches for the mural, Charlotte Hardy

Here is Day 1

We will also be showing some of her work during the show

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Visiting the Kesslings

Late last night we went to collect the works from Kate Kessling and Paul Kessling

Sadly the wonderous picture of Ted was not to be taken but Kate is planning to make it in to a print in the future. We have collected some beautiful work though.

An Ode to Terry Frost, Kate Kessling

An Ode to Terry Frost, Kate Kessling

Noughts and Crosses, Kate Kessling Print on Somerset velvet watercolour paper 60cm x 90 cm

Noughts and Crosses, Kate Kessling Print on Somerset velvet watercolour paper 60cm x 90 cm

LIQUORICE Buttons, Kate Kessling Edition 12 2008

LIQUORICE Buttons, Kate Kessling Edition 12 2008

We started to exhibit Paul’s work a while ago, back in the Oracle days 1999-2004 when he had a solo show in the Upper Gallery and we have loved taking his work with us. It was Paul that told us about Kate’s work and this is her third year showing with us, with last year at the Affordable Art Fair being Kate’s year.

We were enraptured by what we found waiting for us at theirs when we arrived there, Paul’s new work is wonderful large oils on paper and we also saw the next stage of the Kessling dynasty in an amazing drawing from one of their offspring (which sadly is not with us at this Art Fair but we will be watching that space).

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