White Moose gallery in Barnstaple is celebrating its fifth anniversary with the latest in a series of exciting art exhibitions this year.
Dreams of Everyday Objects opens on Saturday, May 26 and features work from renowned North Devon painter Marianne Edwards, London based conceptual artist Jane Hoodless and Colombian collective Mangle, which creates carved wooden artworks.
The contemporary fine art gallery in Trinity Street was opened by Stella Levy and Julie Gavin in 2013 after they saw the former Moose Hall on the market and thought it would make a great art gallery.
Their determination to show contemporary art and hold shows every eight weeks rather than go down the commercial route has not always been the easiest decision, but Stella said: “We feel we are gaining a good reputation, both here and in the wider art world and are showing national and international artists, as well as holding exhibitions for local artists.
“Over the last couple of weeks we have been shortlisted to the final five best galleries in Devon in The Muddy Stilettos Awards, so we have our fingers crossed the votes come in for us.”
Stella added: “Each exhibition brings it’s own highlights, but their are other rewards as we work closely with a few young emerging artists, mentoring them in their careers, helping them gain funding for art projects or new work and so on, and giving them their first exhibition. Seeing their development is great.”
Last year the formation of White Moose Projects CIC, a not-for-profit company, allowed them to seek funding and develop a range of community art projects and organise the annual Art Trek Open Studios event.
Dreams of Everyday Objects has a private view on Friday, May 25, with artists Maria Paula Alvarez and Diego Fernando Alvarez from Colombia as well as Marianne Edwards.