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Widdershins: Dartmoor Mythic Arts

Widdershins exhibition - Summer 2013poster art by Brian Froud

The Widdershins exhibition is now open, running until August 10 at the Green Hill Arts Centre in Moretonhampstead, Devon. If you're in the West Country, or coming down here over the summer, please stop in. Beautifully curated by Carol Harvey, the main exhibition contains works by seven artists from Chagford (David Wyatt, Rima Staines, Brian and Wendy Froud, Alan and Virginia Lee, and me), plus artists from Moretonhampstead (Neil Wilkinson Cave), the Devon coast (Hazel Brown), and the New Forest (Paul Kidby). Mythic works from additional artists and craftworkers (including Chagford's Danielle Barlow) are on display in the Gallery shop. I should mention that this is one of the most thoughtfully hung "group shows" I've ever seen. The artists work in many different mediums and styles, yet the curator has displayed them in a way that flows beautifully, emphasizing the mythic spirit they have in common.

I'll be giving a talk on women in fairy tales (looking at the adult history of the tales), with storytelling by Howard, next Saturday evening, June 29. I'll also be at an "art & coffee morning" at the gallery on Saturday, June 29, to moderate a discussion with David Wyatt, Virginia Lee, and Hazel Brown. There are many other magical events connected to the show (thanks to program co-ordinator Katheryn Hope), including music, workshops, puppetry, poetry, comedy, storytelling, a screening of The Dark Crystal with a talk by Brian & Wendy Froud, and more.  Information can be found on the Green Hill website.

Below, just a few pieces on display in the exhibition....

Detail from a painting by David Wyattdetail from a painting by David Wyatt

Rima Stainesdetail from a painting by Rima Staines

Hazel Brown and Wendy Froudfairy boxes and books by Hazel Brown, with fairies by Wendy Froud

Virginia Lee 2detail from a painting by Virginia Lee

Virginia Leedetail from a sculpture by Virginia Lee

Drawing copyright by Alan leedrawing by Alan Lee

One corner of the exhibition, with works by David Wyatt, Brian Froud, Virginia Lee, and Paul Kidby, photographed by David Wyattone corner of the exhibition, photographed by David Wyatt -- with paintings by David, Brian Froud, and Virginia Lee, and sculpture by Paul Kidby and Viriginia

183155_10151636357944379_86204359_nposter art by Alan Lee

You can see more photos from the exhibition here, here, and here. Better still, go to Green Hill Arts, if you possibly can. The show has been extended to August 10th.

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