North Yorkshire Christmas shoppers on the hunt for unusual presents should consider visiting The Station in Richmond.
A festive art show entitled ‘Christmas Presence’ opens on Saturday 1 December and promises to unwrap plenty of innovative gift ideas from artists and makers who haven’t exhibited at The Station before. A percentage of the proceeds from sales will go towards Richmondshire Building Preservation trust, the charity responsible for the upkeep of The Station building.
The show is the result of a recent quest to bring ‘new faces and new ideas’ to The Station, resulting in an eclectic mix of contemporary ‘objects d’art’ never seen in the region before, including jewellery, ceramics, wire sculptures, clocks, and stained glass. There will also be some small paintings, original monoprints and limited edition prints, with prices starting from as little as £29.
‘We wanted to bring Christmas shoppers something both different and affordable this year,’ said gallery manager, Irene Lofthouse. ‘Nothing exceeds £200 in price, including the most collectable items, and we are offering a gift-wrapping service and late night shopping every Thursday in December.’
About 20 exhibitors will feature, including Ian Potter, whose colourful animal ‘eco-sculptures’ made from household items and disposable packaging will appeal to those with a passion for upcycling, and Leigh Shepherd, a jewellery designer who creates funky ear-rings and pendants made from vintage wooden Scrabble pieces and Mah Jong tiles.
Anyone searching for something affordable but unique will appreciate both Della Clark’s sleek and under-stated modern jewellery made from sterling silver, gently folded over at one edge, and the decorative freestanding stained glass window panels by the Jill Hanson Studio.
Jane Fielder, a prolific North Yorkshire painter and gallery owner, will also be making an appearance with new works that capture her bright and often humorous take on life. Although new to The Station, Jane has exhibited widely across the globe and a recent novel ‘The Other Half Lives’ by Sophie Hannah was dedicated to her and talks about her work.
Christmas Presence runs from Saturday 1 Dec – Saturday 29 Dec. There is a Preview Night open to all on Friday 30 November from 6.30-8.30pm. The show is open 7 days (except Christmas Day) and art can be purchased between 9.30am-5pm any day and until 8pm every Thursday in December.