Tag Archives: Shannon Donovan

Fire + Earth: Shannon Donovan

Aw shucks, it’s time to talk about me. I’m pleased to be exhibiting in as well as helping to organise and curate Fire + Earth. I’ll be presenting a selection of my wall-hanging sculptures that evoke the forest floor and the floating world of water lilies.

Winter Rose, by Shannon Donovan

Our last hurrah of the year: h.Art 2016

Herefordshire Art Week always seems so far away, then hurtles towards us with blinding speed. This year’s iteration takes place from 10–18 September, and we’re pleased to be taking part once again. It’s a vital annual event for the region’s artists, and with 23 artists showing at 8 venues, Kington is staking a strong claim for the second consecutive year. So do come on over to see us, and make a day of it! We’re featuring my and Andrew Eastwood’s work, in all its glorious diversity (though almost always based in ceramics).

Leg of Mutton (venue LM in the h.Art guide) will be open daily from 11 AM to 5 PM each day during h.Art. In addition, Andrew and I are  exhibiting at St. Michael and All Angels in Kingsland (venue SM) – a group show that will feature work by 23 artists, all under one glorious Grade I listed roof.

Some of the delights that await you:

Shannon Donovan, Winter Rose
Andrew Eastwood, Radiant
Shannon Donovan, Floral Water
Andrew Eastwood, Whirlpool
Shannon Donovan, Porcelain doilies

Summer Rose is going to Portland!

Watch this space for announcements regarding LoM’s August exhibition, ‘Silver Linings’. In the meantime, yours truly just got word that her sculpture ‘Summer Rose’ has been chosen for The Evocative Garden, an exhibition organised for the annual NCECA conference. NCECA is an amazing gathering of the ceramics tribe, with a focus on teaching and learning. Thank you Gail M. Brown for selecting my work, and thank you Disjecta for hosting what will surely be a top-flight show. I only wish I could attend the conference myself!

The show thus far, and other exhibition news

What a wonderful week we’ve had at the Leg! A packed opening reception, a busy public weekend, and a convivial visit from 10 Danish feltmakers, courtesy of Pearl Taylor at Duckshedfelt. Several pieces by Peter Horrocks and Maggie Kingston, and one of my little boxes, are off to happy new homes. It’s all happening in Herefordshire.

Speaking of Herefordshire happenings, be sure not to miss ‘The Land We Hold Dear’, an exhibition of art related to landscape that’s taking place at The Chapel, Bromyard. Organised by the energetic Vicki Barker, it features work by 12 very different artists with very different responses to the land. The land invite x 5The private view this Friday 29 April, 6 to 8 PM, and exhibition runs from 30 April through 8 May. Please spread the word!

Opening Saturday!

Our 2015 Leg of Muttoners have returned for a final hurrah. Andrew and I are busy hanging, adjusting, dusting and polishing. Here’s a taste of what awaits you (and there is so much more!). Framed and unframed works are available, and most items are £95 or less. We have a selection of artist’s cards as well.

Fordyce coastal path 2
Denise Fordyce, Coastal Path 2
Laura Rowlatt Poppy
Laura Rowlatt, Poppy
Saffron Toms The Fragility of Being 3
Saffron Toms, The Fragility of Being
Helena Orlowski, Kazimierz 7
Helena Orlowski, Kazimierz 7
plain jane right head on
Shannon Donovan, Plain Jane

Ciara Lewis’ work on show through 12 July

If you haven’t stopped by yet to see Ciara Lewis’ work yet, please ring us to do so before 12 July. The more you look, the more you see in her atmospheric paintings. She’s a maestra at expressing vast vistas in a very small space. Come and allow yourself to be tempted!

Four works by Ciara Lewis
Four works by Ciara Lewis
Ciara Lewis Portmeirion
Portmeirion, by Ciara Lewis
Ciara Lewis landscape 3
Untitled landscape by Ciara Lewis

Andrew and I are also exhibiting our take on ‘works from walks’, featuring my field finds and Andrew’s observations of nature translated into porcelain.

Andrew Eastwood Dragonfly
Dragonfly, by Andrew Eastwood

Jane Tudge exhibition continues

Leg of Mutton’s public opening hours are finished for May, but we’re here and happy to show you around by appointment; just ring us or email if you’d like to stop by. Jane Tudge’s work will be on display through 11 June. Don’t miss this opportunity to see her evocative 2D and 3D work.

Jane Tudge installation shot 1
Installation view showing Jane Tudge’s work
Jane Tudge at Leg of Mutton
Jane Tudge’s work on wall and table; work by Shannon Donovan and Andrew Eastwood on the shelves.
Jane Tudge My emotions are too big for me closeup
Closeup of an object from Jane Tudge’s series ‘My emotions are too big for me’: three-dimensional, hand-formed and -carved wax doilies presented in simple boxes that belie their breathtaking contents.
Jane Tudge My emotions are too big for me
Another work from the series ‘My emotions are too big for me’, showing the presentation case that holds the waxwork textile.

New gallery space

Kington, Herefordshire, is to have a new art gallery at 17 Duke Street. It will be run by Shannon Donovan and Andrew Eastwood and is called Leg of Mutton. The gallery will be open on the third weekend of each month, from April to December. We will be exhibiting original artwork by both Shannon and Andrew, together with work by a different invited artist each month. We will also be exhibiting elsewhere for Shropshire Hills Art Week, an exhibition inspired by Iceland , the Church Stretton Festival Open Exhibition and at Leg of Mutton for Herefordshire Art Week. Further details and images of work will be posted soon.