The Green Man Gallery is pulling out all the stops this year to bring colour, light and warmth to the new season. You’ll find plenty of original art inspired by ice and snow but displayed alongside it are pieces which evoke memories of this year’s glorious summer. With live music, seasonal ghost stories and party in the mix, the gallery is a cosy and welcoming destination as Christmas approaches and into the New Year.
The Winter Emporium 2018
A highlight this December is the Winter Emporium on the ground floor: an Aladdin’s cave filled with of original, affordable treasures to inspire your gift-giving (or find treats for yourself), beautifully decorated to reflect the many colours of the winter season. Starting with stocking-filler bookmarks, soaps and notecard packs you can move on to paper wreaths made from old books (not just for Christmas), hand-stitched hanging decorations and quirky notebooks by Jayne Townsend. Trudy Roe has a unique range of clocks and there are limited edition desk calendars by Charlie Collins.
Photographer Caroline Small’s new collection includes her new ‘Fairytale Forest’ series and ‘Winter Water’ with prints available in various sizes along with cards and postcards to collect. The Resident Artists work in a wide range of media and there are framed and unframed paintings, drawings, mixed media pieces, limited edition prints and textiles to suit every pocket.
Now an annual event, the Emporium is a popular destination for anyone who is looking for something different and the prices range from £1 to £50. “It’s a calmer, quieter way to shop for gifts made with care, passion and skill by local artists,” says Caroline who is also the gallery’s Events Manager. “You won’t find these items anywhere else.”
The Winter Emporium is open until 23rd December 2018.
Memories of summer
There’s much to explore outside the Winter Emporium in both the ground floor and first floor galleries. Mara Edwards’ multi-layered and evocative oil paintings use vibrant colour and texture to depict a dream-like world inspired by both buildings and the natural environment. Dawn Featherstone has paintings and prints inspired by the sea and summer days in the countryside in her collection and Suzanne Pearson reflects her love of the outdoors in paintings and mixed-media.
For even more colour, seek out Mandy Collins’ work in acrylic inks and resin and James O’Toole’s striking canvases on the theme of gender. Many of Fiona Jubb’s delicate watercolours and unique felted items are are inspired by the greens and purples of summer in the Peak District and Caroline Small’s exquisite plant photography brings back memories of a long summer spent mostly in the garden.
Emerging artists – students exhibition for one weekend only
The gallery members are always keen to encourage emerging artists and there’s a special exhibition for one weekend only in December by Buxton Community School sixth formers, Lucy Dearden and Eliott Thompson. The students attend weekly Life Drawing sessions at the gallery and have both focused on the depiction of masculine and feminine forms in art as part of their A level studies. “Lucy and Eliott are both extremely talented and, more importantly, really dedicated to developing their skills,” says Caroline. “The work is rooted in classical life drawing but also takes inspiration from more contemporary approaches and comes right up to date as an exploration of gender.”
Man! I Feel Like a Woman: A Celebration of Gender opens at 7pm on Friday 7th December and can be seen in the gallery’s Workshop Room throughout Saturday and Sunday 8th and 9th December.
Ghost story telling
Another Christmas tradition – the telling of ghost stories by a crackling fire – is revived by local author Leslie Oldfield and performer Jill Neves on 8th December with stories by Leslie and also Edith Wharton plus a spooky short play. “We can’t provide a roaring fire,” says Caroline but there’ll be candlelight, mulled wine and festive treats to comfort the audience!”
The Sunday BuskStop on 16th December features a classical guitar duo and a female barbershop quartet performing (separately!) and there’s the annual concert by local singing teacher Daisy Barker and her pupils on Sunday 23rd. The BuskStop is a free event from 12pm to 2pm which takes place every month. There’s soup for lunch, hot drinks and a warm welcome. Arrive early to grab an armchair.
A packed programme for 2019
Professional touring musicians booked for 2019 include old friends and new acts and the first of these is Sally Barker’s folk/acoustic trio IOTA on 1st February. Sally has been well-known on the folk scene for several decades and came to the attention of new audiences when Tom Jones chose to mentor her on the BBC’s The Voice. Later in February the fabulously quirky Tildon Krautz return for their third gig and the 2019 music programme includes a celebration of the songs of Jake Thackray; exciting acoustic/roots/world/folk/jazz from multi-instrumentalists Mambo Jambo plus Harbottle and Jonas, Hungrytown and Sarah McQuaid.
Beatles fans should look out for a charity gig in January by some of the best local musicians, marking 50 years since the ill-fated ‘Rooftop Concert’
Tickets for January and February gigs are on sale now and the whole programme for 2019 can be found at thegreenmangallery.com
Entry is free and there are always artists on duty if you want to know more about the art on display.
The Green Man Gallery is a short walk from Spring Gardens up Terrace Road. It is situated behind Buxton Museum and Art Gallery at Hardwick Hall, Hardwick Square South, Buxton SK17.
10.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; 11.30am to 4.30pm on Sunday. Closed on Thursdays. Check website for Christmas and New Year closure dates.
The Green Man Gallery, Hardwick Hall, Hardwick Square South, SK17 6PY Buxton
Tel: 01298 937375