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Local Artist Exhibits Unusual Collection at the Georgian
Friday, Jan 20, 2012
Local Artist Exhibits Unusual Collection at the Georgian
Hazel's painting "I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles"
The first art exhibition of the Spring 2012 season at the Georgian Theatre Royal is set to be rather unusual after artist, Hazel Smith, based the entire collection on old and flamboyant frames.

Those who are already familiar with Hazel's work may be surprised to learn that there are no Dales referenced paintings in this new exhibition. The inspiration for the new collection came from a serendipitous gift of a large, extraordinary, unglazed picture frame.

Rather than following the conventional path of fitting the frame to the picture, Hazel let the frame dictate what the art work would be. Going back to her training in graphic design, “I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles,” the first piece in the new collection, is a work executed in gouache with a typographical element.

Speaking about her upcoming exhibition Hazel said: “I thought it would be interesting and challenging to continue in this unglazed 'frame first' approach. I set about sourcing old frames which I cleaned and refreshed, with the linking criteria of all being painted in gouache and the inclusion of a literary or typographical legend….then I began to paint.”

Because of the technique which is used to paint these pictures the images are very distinctive and the colours glow with deep intensity.

The Art Exhibition will be on display in the first and second floor bars at the Georgian Theatre Royal from the 4th February and it is free to enter.

For more information please call the Box Office on 01748 825252. More details at

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