Previous Exhibitions at Upfront Gallery
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LIVING WITH THE ANCIENT EGYPTIANS
8th Mar 2011 - 17th Apr 2011
A photographic appreciation of Egypt by Mike Shepherd
The exhibition at Upfront will show an edited, framed selection of images from Mike's recent self-published book, plus many other limited edition prints, as well as a few surprises.
Where relevant, short explanations will accompany images. There will also be a detailed explanation of how rock art is recorded, with several examples.
Come and join the adventure, from 7th March to 17th April.
LIVING WITH THE ANCIENT EGYPTIANS
A photographic Appreciation of
Mike first became interested in Egypt at a very early age but did not fully realize his passion until 12 years ago when he became part of a Rock-art survey team in Egypt’s Eastern Desert. The mission was to find and record early predynastic rock inscriptions.Several expeditions soon led to a love of the desert and to his marriage of the Tour Manager responsible for organizing archaeology led tours to Egypt. Mike’s advertising career as an art director and model making background also nurtured a growing interest in photography.These have now all come together making Egypt almost a second home, with several visits a year photographically recording rock-art, landscape, ancient monuments and art, and equally important for Mike, modern Egyptian street life. In the ‘Foreword’ to his recent self published first book (available from http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/1458940) the deputy chairman of the Egypt Exploration Society comments: "Mike sees Egypt in a way that no other photographer I know does, and his photographs reveal aspects of the country most of us would barely even notice. As a result, his book provides a better flavour of the country – ancient and modern – than any other I have come across....In this book Mike has made no distinction between ancient and modern; no attempt to separate them. I admire the openness of this approach, unburdened as it is by preconceptions of Egypt".
For more information about Mike and his work, please log onto www.mikeshepherdimages.com Please click on images to enlarge and sharpen
"10th Upfront Cumbrian Artists Open Exhibtion"
25th Jan 2011 - 6th Mar 2011
Selected 2D Work by Cumbrian artists. This annual prestigious exhibition is now in it's 10th year and showcases the wealth of artistic talent within the county.
13th Upfront Cumbrian Artists Open Exhibition
A selected exhibition of 2D and 3D works by Cumbrian artists. This is the 13th year of the exhibition, established by Upfront, to promote the talent of artists living in Cumbria. The provisional selection of work is made from photographic submissions which enables a wide selection of entries from across the geographical area of Cumbria. 180 pieces of work were selected last year. The images are some of the prize winning entries. Any one wishing to submit work for the exhibition, please download the entry form and information
9th Nov 2010 - 23rd Jan 2011
All female mixed show by invited artsist who have all exhibited at Upfront previously. The Show is an eclectic mix of textile work, felt, collage and oil paintings.
Andrea Hunter, from Wensleydale is a felt artist who brings to her craft a highly skilled and innovative approach that has brought her deserved acclaim. This is celebrated in her first publication "A HEART felt LANDSCAPE" that will also be on sale during the exhibition.
Heather Blanchard has regular solo shows at Upfront and she is well known for her beautiful landscape oil paintings. She lived in Cumbria for many years before moving to Dumfriesshire. Her inspiration comes from the challenge of capturing a moment of dramatic light, weather, colour or pattern in the landscape, before it dissipates and moves on.
Julie Dumbarton is a lansdcape artist. Her passion is painting and she endeavours to inspire and nurture our love of the natural world. She describes her work as dreamlike, nostalgic, yet contemporary. Now based in Scotland, she says that The Scottish Borders and South West Scotland is a wonderful place to live and it provides many of the necessary elements for her landscape paintings.
Jennie Ashmore's "Leafworks" reflect her passion for the countryside and gardens. She uses the colours and textures of leaves and petals to create images reflecting her strong interest in pattern and design.
Sandra Howe has had work selected for the "Cumbrian Artists Open Exhibition" for the past couple of years. Her textile pictures use machine embroidery, reverse applique and ink on silk.
Heather Blanchard, Julie Dumbarton, Andrea Hunter, Sandra Howe, Jennie Ashmore
Five female artists have been invited to participate in the Upfront Christmas Exhibition. Sandra Howe & Jennie Ashmore both had work selected for the Upfront Cumbrian Artist's Open Exhibition at the beginning of the year. Heather Blanchard is a regular and popular artist at Upfront, having a solo exhibition every two years. Julie Dumbarton and Andrea Hunter are both making a very welcome return as they have not had any work at Upfront for a number of years.
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