VIEW online, framed and unframed and in person at The Bankside Gallery London: MINI PICTURE SHOW 2023:  8 Dec-1 Feb 2024 by members of The Royal Watercolour Society Open daily during exhibitions: 11am-6pm.

RADIANCE at Sladers Yard
Paintings by
Alex Lowery Louise Balaam NEAC RWA   Martyn Brewster ARE
Vanessa Gardiner Julian Bailey NEAC  Frances Hatch ARWS
Furniture by Petter Southall
ceramics, textiles, books, prints and gifts…
Saturday 18 November – 20 January 2024
gallery open Wednesday-Saturdays 10- 4.30. West Bay Road, West Bay, Bridport, Dorset DT6 4EL

Frances Hatch-Tangerine Dream Sunrise
TANGERINE DREAM SUNRISE. Corfe Castle, Dorset. Watercolour and acrylic with earths on handmade cotton rag paper. 75x56cm unframed 93x76cm framed. available at Sladers Yard

HATCH GALLERY: Christchurch, Dorset. BEST OF DORSET: 13th October – 21st November.

Ursula Leach RE, Joyce Ringrose, Pete Gilbert, Boo Mallinson, Stephen Foster, Frances Hatch ARWS and Martyn Brewster ARE

Handfest Old Harry Rocks- Frances Hatch
HANDFAST AT OLD HARRY ROCKS. Site materials, collage, acrylic on handmade cotton rag paper. July 2023

available at Hatch Gallery

Frances Hatch Great Tree Ember Moon
GREAT TREE. EMBER MOON. Moon rise over Portland Harbour. Site earths and debris with acrylic on handmade cotton rag paper. Working through into darkness.

available from studio

Murmuration with Procession Frances Hatch
MURMURATION WITH PROCESSION OF CLOUD. Burton Mere, Cogden Nature Reserve. Half air, half earth.This is in Cogden Nature Reserve (a National Trust Nature Reserve) but it is the kind of half and half horizontality I grew up with in the East Anglian Fens. Acrylic and site material on handmade cotton rag paper 36 x 103cm.

available from studio

Dungy Moon Dust Frances Hatch
DUNGY MOON DUST. Dungy Head, Lulworth. July 2019. Watercolour and site earths on handmade C
cotton rag paper. 30x30cm unframed. 46x46cm framed. available framed to view at the studio.
Coppermines in progress. Frances Hatch
LOOKING FORWARD March-July 2024: TRUTH OF WATER. Solo show in The Blue Gallery, Brantwood, Coniston Water.
Coppermines Valley, Coniston Water, Cumbria in progress.

Beach Canvas 
for Frances Hatch  

She is open to the open air –
a painter kneeling
on bonfire-blackened shingle
mixed with debris the sea has tossed up.

Rain won’t deter her.
Quite the contrary:
it too will be something to hand,
softening surfaces, seeping in.

She works with stuff
that is all a meeting and a mixing:
greensand, gault, lias
this present moment
with geological ages
on the Jurassic coast.

Paint encounters earth
fallen from cliffs,
plant life, flotsam, all
the material makings of place.

As she anchors her canvas
with a rock and light flashes
where the cliff torn with a fall
catches the sun, I want to tell her
what her art means to me.
I could put it simply
and it would be true.
What she brings me into,
quickened with imagination,
is the living world.

But is that enough?

We need words that glow with inner light:
Words that come with a touch 
 of life that makes them what they are –
life of flesh and spirit,
and not with colour daubed on,
but with the inner glow
that is energy,
the vibrant flower
                 and the mud it grows in.

What she reveals,
 what I seek to speak of,
is place renewed,
broken shore and wave breaking
here, at this moment, all the instability
of the land we live on and love.          

Jeremy Hooker.
 June 2023         

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YOUTUBE CHANNEL has recording of recent artist talk at Sladers Yard. 

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