Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Magpie Eye

Just been to see the eponymous exhibition at Scarborough Art Gallery . Finishes next Monday May4th. The family have already seen it, and spouse several times. We have had the poster up in the kitchen since before it opened. Not exactly an exhibition, but more a collection of quirky objects trouve to compliment the work in the neighbouring room ,of Edward Bawden and Eric Ravilious.
I felt so at home in Magpie Eye. We have a house with small collections loitering around corners and sitting on shelves. We love our mirrors crafted by Anna Lambert. It was great to see the Cockerel Soup Tureen with the clever Tail Feather ladle , sitting proudly next to a vase of full blown tulips. I have been going to galleries and exhibitions since I was a child taken to Ferens Art Gallery (Hull) by my aunt. She, was a watercolourist and enthusiast for colour. She had an eclectic taste . She , housebound for many years would talk about her visit to MoMA in 1961, her delight at seeing Guernica, her joy in the colour of roses, her taste for the Pre-Raphaelites for the stories behind the paintings. She loved like Mark Hearld to see design and colour in everyday objects. She would have absolutely adored Magpie Eye. A few years ago we discovered the work of Angie Lewin, and bought as many greetings cards and notelets as we could in the shop in the Geffrye museum. Now 3 years later she has found many more outlets for her work, even the here in the wilds of the north. It was no surprise really then to realise that the echo of something already in the soul was in the Flyer for Magpie Eye , as Mark Hearld exhibits in the same Gallery.Where is my rambling going ?
This morning we opened a new box of Organic Oats. We only bought them because we liked the design of the box. Could have been 'School of Hearld or Lewin'. No but we like you too Clare Curtis.

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