Take To The Trees 

13. Feb - 16. Mar 14 / ended neo:

Free Admission

Thursdays, Fridays,Saturdays & Sundays 11am - 5pm

Exhibition | Painting | North

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Take to the Trees which is opening at neo:gallery 22 on 13th February brings together two artists, Margaret Jackson and Julie Levy, who share a passion for trees, woodlands and forests. This exhibition celebrates both the beauty, strength and the symbolic meaning of trees and wood. Using paintings, prints, drawings and sculptures it creates a body of work that will provoke thought and prompt memories. The preview is being held from 2.00 until 4.00 on Saturday 15th February and you are warmly invited to attend.
Margaret Jackson’s work explores the different and equally valid ways in which she sees and reacts with trees and woodland. Her treatment of the subject reflects a spectrum of responses from the lyrical and mystical “Woodhenge” to the practical and industrial “Saw Doctors”. Her drawings are an immediate response, capturing information and images, whilst in her paintings using the encaustic (wax emulsion) method forces her to take time over the work, to allow the turpentine to evaporate, the wax to melt, and the painting to harden. Margaret invites visitors to touch the surface and feel its smoothness, the tactile qualities of melted wax.

Making her own paint using resin, oil, wax and turpentine is an important part of Margaret’s practice, and she will be holding workshops on working with encaustic during the exhibition (see HYPERLINK "http://www.neoartists.co.uk" www.neoartists.co.uk)

Julie Levy’s pieces are largely installations and assemblages and most have a very personal connection with her life history. She likes the transitory nature of bringing a collection of elements together and then dispersing them again. Julie uses string and rope to connect the elements using the notion of tension, tying and binding together to give the work deeper meaning. She also works with branches combined with items of wooden furniture, clothing and artefacts that have meaning to her and come from different periods throughout her life and that of her family. Julie taught art for over 20 years and is now one of the directors of neo:artists.

Take to the Trees runs from 13th February until 16th March and the gallery is open from 11.00 until 5.00 on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.


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