From 4th February 2017 to 25th March 2017, The Dorset County Museum will host an temporary exhibition showing the work of three local artists. They all have a long association with the Museum through their voluntary work in various departments.
Maddy Down, Helen Francis and Peter Runeckles work in a wide variety of styles and media including oils, watercolour, pastels, textiles and enamels. They have arrived at this point on their creative journeys by very different routes.
Maddy Down‘s interest in painting was prompted by gaining a degree in Art History at Winchester in 2001. She was brought up in the Yorkshire Dales but has lived in Dorset for 45 years. The Dorset coast, cliffs and landscapes are her inspiration. She conveys what she feels rather than a purely literal response.
Helen Francis trained at Loughborough College of Art gaining a BA (Hons) in Textiles specialising in embroidery. After graduating she worked at the Hampton Court Palace and the Victoria and Albert Museum as a textile conservator. An interest in historic needlework and costume continues through her work as a volunteer at the Museum.
Influenced by her garden, flowers and everyday objects Helen makes still life pictures using fabric, paint and thread. Layers of dyed silk are used to create depth and intensity of colour. Mark making with hand and free machine embroidery are added to accentuate the design.
Peter Runeckles has been painting since his school days when he was taught by R B Talbot Kelly the wildlife artist. Since then he has worked independently producing paintings and sculptures. He also joined a print making group at Bournemouth Art College. Peter’s works in this show include paintings in oil and acrylic, Humbrol enamels, water colours, etchings and screen prints. Peter has exhibited previously in Poole, Bournemouth and Dorchester.