On Saturday 19th May at 2pm, Castle Espie Gallery, one of Northern Ireland’s premier environmental art spaces, will be opening the doors to ‘Natural Forms’, an exhibition by the Ulster Society of Women Artists (U.S.W.A.).
The U.S.W.A. was founded in 1957 by the artist Gladys Maccabe. Today it has a thriving membership of over one hundred and twenty professional and semi professional artists, representing a wide variety of styles and media by painters, sculptors and other visual artists. All have shown exceptional skills over a period of time, and have been awarded “Diploma” status.
‘Natural Forms’ will run from Saturday 19th May to Sunday 10th June, 2012, and showcases work from several of the Diploma holders in the society. Artist Patricia Burgess highlights, “My lifelong fascination with pattern and colour sometimes leads me to explore more abstract forms and perspectives as in this series of bird’s eye views of the landscape.”
Artist Libby Mulqueeny says, “Harbours, fishing boats, and all things related to the sea are a magnet for me. I love loose watercolours where the colours flow, but also tight detail, so it’s a balancing act to combine them in various ways.”
Finally artist Oonagh Catchpole says, “Texture and colour have always been important in my work. In my paintings I use mixed media and incorporate hessian, string, beads, newsprint, and even rusty nails, to add interest and make the work three dimensional.”
The U.S.W.A welcomes all visitors and hope they enjoy the beautiful work on show.
Castle Espie Wetland Centre is open daily from 10am. Access to the car park, visitor centre, shop, Loughshore Café and the Art Gallery is free of charge. The centre is accessible for wheelchairs. Normal admission prices apply to the reserve. For further information on this exhibition, forthcoming events, conservation campaigns please call 028 9187 4146 or visit wwt.org.uk/castleespie. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter @wwtcastleespie.