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Flower Power

Curator Lara Goodband and artist Iona Calvert arrived early this morning from Scarborough to install the North Yorkshire Open Studios “Flowerings” exhibition at The Courthouse.
This month the gallery space will show work with a flower theme by talented artists: Dionne Swift, Iona Calvert, Ruth Moore and Judith Brown. 
Before reaching for the ladders Lara and Iona meticulously catalogued and laid out all the artists work in the Courtroom, sorted out labels and generally got a feel for all the work in the exhibition.   Then the process of moving furniture, clearing cabinets, hanging, arranging lighting and precise placing began.
The Courthouse provided the depository for Iona’s delicate and beautifully printed porcelain cups and teapots and she was on hand to assist with its installation – hammer in hand! 
Ruth Moore and Judith Browns sculptured silver and woven wire jewellery is  also on display and on closer inspected reveals the most intricate detail in both design and construction. 
In contrast to the cabinet displays Dionne Swift’s printed and etched velvet textile canvases are awash with reflective colour and texture and bring the Courthouse gallery walls alive.   
‘Flowerings’ is the second exhibition that Lara has curated for Rural Arts and we are delighted with her Open Studios selection and the great care and attention she takes to every last detail!
See Lara’s beautifully presented exhibition in The Courthouse from Saturday 14th May – Saturday 25th June 2011 (open Monday – Saturday 10am – 4.30pm and Bank Holiday weekend 28th and 29th May – admission free).
Artists will also be running the following workshops:
Saturday 28 May (10am – 4 pm)
Jewellery Master Class by Judith Brown
Using haberdashery and wires you will have the opportunity to make your own jewellery inspired by Judith Brown’s Vintage Noir Collection.
Cost: £20 + £5 materials
 Friday 24 June (10am – 4 pm)
Discovering Devoré:
The Structural Landscape of Cloth
Workshop led by Dionne Swift
Devoré, or ‘burn out’, was developed inC17th France as a ‘poor man’s lace’.The process involves burning awayfibres to expose a delicate
layer of cloth beneath. Throughout the day you’llprint, restructure and dye a variety fdifferent cloths and conclude bycreating a scarf or cushion. 
Cost: £35 + £12 materials