h-Art is upon us!

When the Leg goes quiet, it usually means something’s afoot, and the past week has been no exception. We’ve been cleaning, polishing, hanging and otherwise preparing for that all-consuming annual event,  Herefordshire Art Week, which opens on Saturday. It’s my and Andrew’s chance to showcase our own work at Leg of Mutton, and if you come see us in Kington, you should plan to make a day of it: Six other venues, featuring painters, potters, jewellers and lampshade-makers, will be open for your delight. We’ve all pulled together to make a local event out of it, so park the car, grab a cuppa at Border Bean, and amble up to see us all!

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We also spent part of the week helping our friends at Aardvark Books (venue 41) install their fabulous h-Art exhibition, ‘Volume, Contrast, Brilliance‘. It’s a doozy of a good show (maybe I’m just a little biased, but in a good way!). Don’t miss it. Paintings by Ciara Lewis, crisp letter-carving in stone, colourful and creative textile work, and friendly ceramic monsters await you there – as does delicious cake and a very warm welcome.

Likewise, the second-ever h-Art exhibition at Kingsland church (venue 49) was coming together beautifully when we dropped off some of our own work there yesterday (so yes,  I’m definitely biased about this one!) How often do you get to enjoy work by 15 diverse artists in a Grade I listed 14th-century church? You won’t be disappointed.

Finally, coincident with h-Art, the Herefordshire Open will take place at the Courtyard in Hereford. I’m super-tickled to have had two pieces accepted for it; I don’t get a chance to show my larger work very often!

Shannon Donovan, 98 Ws
Shannon Donovan, 98 Ws. 98 earthenware replicas of a utility cover, united by a doily pattern.
Shannon Donovan, Doily Curtain
Shannon Donovan, Doily Curtain. 25 porcelain doilies joined by cotton thread and mounted on red silk.