Transition

The ‘Gathering’ exhibition in Faversham is now done and dusted, but its closure was swiftly followed by the opening of ‘Transition’ in Canterbury (see the Exhibitions page for details). Running through until October, it’s showing in one of the oldest buildings in the city, Conquest House in Palace Street, which is an amazing venue with a very beautiful half-timbered late Tudor exterior. But this conceals a much older interior, boasting a Norman Undercroft and a C14th galleried hall, as well as a decorative C17th fireplace. 

The building is reputed to be where, in 1170, the four knights infamously plotted the vicious murder of Arch Bishop Thomas Becket! And if all that isn’t enough to whet your appetite, in addition to hosting art exhibitions in the gallery, at Conquest House you can also see plays, concerts and comedy nights, or join in the regular art courses and specialist workshops that happen there. All in all, well worth a visit, wouldn’t you say?

Conquest House, Canterbury

Conquest House, Canterbury

A BUSY TIME...

The Way Of Things

The Way Of Things

I've been busily working away on quite a few different things over the past few weeks. Firstly, I've completed three more commissions and they are now safely residing with their new owners. Secondly, I've been creating some new pieces - mainly glass, but a couple of small sculptures too -  for my upcoming exhibitions. The first of these will be 'Gathering', showing in July at Creek Creative in Faversham. Following on very swiftly from this is 'Transition' which will be in place from early August through to early October at Conquest House Gallery in Canterbury. See the exhibitions page for details.

And then I'm also currently working on pieces for an installation titled 'The Red Hot Chilli Pokers' as part of the Godinton House 'Sculpture in the Gardens' show, which happens between 22 July and 13 August. If you don't know Godinton House, then I highly recommend a visit! It's a lovely old mansion just 2 miles from Ashford in Kent (Godinton Lane, TN23 3BP). The house (guided tours available) is interesting and the tea room is lovely. But the gardens are simply magnificent! They've got formal gardens, wild gardens, walled gardens, lakes, ponds, anything you could wish for, all beautifully tended by a wonderful team of both professional and volunteer gardeners. Just a little word of caution - their opening hours are 13.00 to 18.00, so don't try to go along in the morning! 

Coming Out Of The Woodwork

The World Turned Upside Down

The World Turned Upside Down

Well, it's been a busy few weeks. On the downside, the piece I submitted to the RA for the Summer Exhibition was not selected.  But no matter, I shall try again next year. On the upside, I have completed 5 commission pieces to the satisfaction of my clients, and have also started on work for the exhibitions I am having later in the year. And one thing I have really enjoyed is making a piece inspired (if that's the right word!) by orange monster who currently inhabits The White House. I've called this piece 'The World Turned Upside Down (aka Coming Out Of The Woodwork'.  It won't change anything – but making it made me feel a bit better for a while!

A NEW YEAR

Church Window 2016

Church Window 2016

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and a very jolly New Year. I certainly did! If you haven't yet managed to get to Deal to see the wonderful Winter Group Show at the Linden Hall Gallery, then let me urge you to make the effort before the exhibition closes at the end of the month. It really is worth seeing, with work by 50+ artists. There are paintings, prints, sculptures, ceramics and photographs on show, so something to interest everyone. On a personal note, I am delighted that both the pieces I am exhibiting have sold, so that's a really uplifting start to 2017 for me.

And this year has started nicely for me in other ways too. I'm continuing to work on several commissions that I picked up towards the end of last year, and I'm also working on a piece that I want to submit for entry into the RA Summer Show. I need to get a wiggle on, as the closing date for submissions is mid February. Watch this space.............!

 

New work, new exhibitions, and Christmas Shopping!

No Way Out – Kiln Fused Glass

No Way Out – Kiln Fused Glass

Rising Note – Kiln Fused Glass

Rising Note – Kiln Fused Glass

Well, it’s been a while since I’ve written anything, but I haven’t been completely idle! In October, I showed some of my work at a craft event in the beautiful old Conquest House in Palace Street, Canterbury. I’m planning an exhibition there next year, so watch this space! And I’m currently exhibiting 10 pieces in the foyer and meeting rooms of a company, also in Canterbury – no access to the public unfortunately, as it’s a private firm, but at least all their staff and visitors will get to see my offerings. I’ve also been working on several commissions – one is complete and has been handed over to the client (see my commissions page) and the others are gradually coming to fruition.   

I’m quite busy on the exhibition front at the moment too. I am currently showing 2 pieces in the Folkestone Art Society Winter Exhibition in The Grand, Folkestone. This finishes on Sunday 20th, so get along there quickly if you want to have a look. It’s a really good show this year. Then, I am very pleased to have been invited to join the hART group as a guest artist in their annual exhibition at the Tin Tabernacle in Hythe this year. This will take place 3rd-11th December, please do call in and have a look if you can. hART are a very talented group and a visit will be well worth your time.  

And last (for now!) but most definitely not least, I will be showing 2 new pieces in the Winter Group Show in the Linden Hall Studio in Deal. The gallery has invited each of the artists who have exhibited there since its opening 2 years ago, to submit 2 pieces to be included in this show. I will be in very exalted company here – contributors include amongst others Humphrey Ocean RA and Mali Morris RA – and as there are 50 artists exhibiting, I can pretty much guarantee there will something to please everyone. The show will run from 6th December through to 29th January next year, and is definitely a ‘must see’ for any art lover. 

By the way, the owners of Linden Hall Studio also have a lovely shop at 57 West Street, Deal, just around the corner from the gallery. Here they have numerous beautiful glass objects for sale – glasses and bowls, bottles, jewellery, Christmas decorations, artworks, and all manner of gorgeous things. Take my tip, if you are on the look out for unusual and unique Christmas presents, this is the place to go.

Venice - and a wedding!

Jeanette Cook Fused Glass Venice Series

After the very successful 'Passage' exhibition finished at the end of May, I've been having a most wonderful June! First, it was off to Venice for a few days to celebrate my wedding anniversary. How lucky am I? We had a most wonderful time - the weather was kind to us, and Venice looked more beautiful than ever. We revisited the fabulous Guggenheim Collection, and the islands of Murano and Burano; wandered round for hours on end just looking at the architecture, marvelled at the skill of the gondoliers as they navigated some of those tiny canals, stopped for the occasional prosecco....... Of course I have come back totally inspired and fired up with new ideas, and I can't wait to get back in the studio and start work.

But before I rolled up my sleeves and got going again, it was off to Islington for my darling daughter's wedding. She was stunningly gorgeous of course, and she and her lovely groom both looked so happy. What a magical day!

So, back to the real world now, and time to start creating............. 

Linden Hall Studio 'Passage' Private View

Linden Hall Studio Passage Private View Jeanette Cook
Linden Hall Studio Passage Private View Jeanette Cook
Linden Hall Studio Passage Private View Jeanette Cook
Linden Hall Studio Passage Private View Jeanette Cook
Linden Hall Studio Passage Private View Jeanette Cook
Linden Hall Studio Passage Private View Jeanette Cook
Linden Hall Studio Passage Private View Jeanette Cook

Thank you to all of you who came along to support me at the opening of our latest exhibition ‘Passage’ with Helen Brooker, Maggie Kelham and Catherine Robinson. It was a wonderful afternoon and really successful for me – I had red dots on nearly half my work by the end of the afternoon. So I'm really pleased!

I hope you will be able to call in to see the exhibition during this month. And don't forget that all four of us will be there on Monday 30th May for our 'Meet the Artists' day. It would be lovely to see you there.

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'Passage' Exhibition : Linden Hall Studio Deal

Linden Hall Studio Deal

Linden Hall Studio Deal

I’m getting really excited putting the finishing touches to new kiln fused glass works and sculptures for my upcoming exhibition ‘Passage’. It opens on Saturday 7th May, so not long to go now!

I’m exhibiting with three very talented print makers – Helen Brooker, Maggie Kelham and Catherine Robinson. We go way back and have exhibited many times together in the past because, as well as being great friends, we think our work complements each others very well. I’ve seen a few images of prints they will be exhibiting and I think between us we are going to have a really exciting and rather lovely exhibition. It will run Wednesdays to Sundays throughout May, plus Bank Holiday Monday 30th May, when all four of us will be in the gallery for a ‘Meet the Artists’ day. Please, do drop in and see us if you can.

All this is taking place in the Linden Hall Studio, in St Georges Street, Deal. This is a beautiful old building that dates back to 1775. For many years it was a chapel, but it fell into disrepair and it took a four year restoration by current owners John and Heather Corley, to create the fabulous light filled space it is today. It opened as a gallery in November 2014, and is perfect for exhibiting the best of contemporary British Art. Do check it out if you’re ever in Deal, it’s well worth a look.

And if you don’t already know Deal, it’s a great little town to visit. As well as the gallery, there are a number of wonderful independent shops, a pier and a long pebble beach where, if you time it right, you can buy freshly caught fish straight off the fishing boats! And it has many quaint historic old streets which are very pretty. There’s a lot of nice cafes and eateries too, and lovely old pubs, so it has everything you need for a jolly day out.

Hope to see you there!

For more information, have a look at my Exhibitions page.

 

Kent Creative Live Meet Up

The Introvert

The Introvert

Tuesday 5 April 2016

I will be talking about my work at the Kent Creative Live Folkestone Meet up at the Quarterhouse. This informal networking event is a chance to connect with Kent based creatives and professionals, opening up work opportunities and gaining support, feedback and knowledge.

Programme

09:15 Everyone arrives and chat with other attendees.
09:40 Artist Jeanette Cook will present her work.
10:10 One-to-ones between attendees randomly linked in pairs.
10:35 Sian Murphy – How to sell online
11:00 Full circle – opportunity for attendees to discuss a project/prototype/idea with the group.
11:30 More chatting and networking.
12:30 Close.

FREE for members | £5 non members | Book tickets at Eventbrite