I was delighted to be asked to part of the wonderful Blue Ginger Gallery’s 2021 midsummer exhibition. Two years ago I spent a very happy week there as part of Hereford Art Week, an event which sadly could not happen in 2020. The owner of the gallery, Sue Lim, is retiring after 35 years at Home End Farm, where she has tirelessly supported the artists of Worcestershire and Herefordshire with her gallery. Blue Ginger has been so very much more than a gallery – it has hosted suppers, musical evenings, talks, book launches, charity auctions… to mention only some of Sue’s initiatives; and it has been a place where artists meet, share ideas, and forge friendships.
Summer 2021 seems a good time to look forward into a more positive future, and a celebration of lengthening, lighter days after a long dark winter. Sue has invited a range of artists to reflect on ancient midsummer festivals and their magical life affirming mysteries, the abundance of nature, and the magic of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream. The gallery is no longer open to the public in person, but the exhibition will be on-line and feature artists working in glass, mixed media, printing, jewellery, ceramics, textiles, paintings, wood and metal.
I have woven a collection of scarves, shawls and lampshades in colours and designs inspired by the summer landscape, luscious fruits, cornfields, streams and moonlight.
The exhibition will be launched on the Blue Ginger website, at 5pm on Midsummer’s Eve, 23rd June 2021, and will finish on 31st July. Take a look, and support this last venture of the gallery.