Is Spring Here? March 13 2015

According to the Met Office calendar, Spring began on 1st March and will run until 31st May. The astronomical calendar however, determines the seasons due to the tilt of the Earth's rotational axis in relation to its orbit around the sun, so the next astronomical spring won't begin until 20 March 2015 and will run until 21 June 2015.  

Snowdrops have been prolific in some of the gardens we have recently visited in Bournville.  In our own garden at home, primulas have been in flower for quite some time and daffodils are now budding and almost ready to burst into life.  As part of our In All Seasons Exhibition, which runs until 25th April, we have lots of paintings and prints that depict flowers in all their glory - as well as some wonderful landscapes.    Printmaker Jenny Devereux finds herself inspired to paint floral scenes both from her garden and indoor still-life arrangements and were are pleased to have new prints now available in the gallery.   She has a highly individual approach to printmaking.  Each image is produced using only one copper etching plate; printed onto paper to produce a superb textile effect and then hand-mounted onto a backing paper. Depth and texture are achieved through the use of aquatints and paper cut-outs and Jenny skillfully manages to create a superb saturation of glowing, vibrant colour on these special hand- made Japanese papers.   

Also just in..... vibrant oil paintings by Dennis Minchin (RBSA).    Dennis trained at the Birmingham College of Art and the UCE.  He has exhibited at Birmingham's Ikon Gallery, the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and Taksu Gallery, Malaysia.  

Prizes won include the Cadbury Drawing Scholarship and the Pastel Society ‘Inscribe’ prize.
Five paintings are available to view at the gallery or to purchase online  

image above: Silver Snowdrops, Limited Edition Etching by Jenny Devereux
17 cm x 23 cm approx (unframed) £75

image left: Daffodils in Green Jug, Oil on Canvas by Dennis Minchin
40 cm x 50 cm; antique gold frame; £795