Artists combine their talents for Royston town centre exhibition

PUBLISHED: 10:39 22 February 2015

Curwen's Gallery art exhibition: Brenda Brown, Stacey Leigh Ross and Anna Pye are members of the Royston Arts Society, and Yvonne Peace is a regular exhibitor at the gallery L-R, Stacey, Yvonne, Anna. Brenda

Curwen's Gallery art exhibition: Brenda Brown, Stacey Leigh Ross and Anna Pye are members of the Royston Arts Society, and Yvonne Peace is a regular exhibitor at the gallery L-R, Stacey, Yvonne, Anna. Brenda

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Four artists whose work is on show at a Royston town centre gallery have been talking about their creative process.

The gallery in High Street was conceived by Curwens Solicitors to make a feature of a very long bare wall in their office.

It has been in operation now for more than five years, providing a valuable showcase for artists in the area. The current exhibition runs until March, 10, and is open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday.

Brenda Brown, Stacey Leigh Ross and Anna Pye are members of the Royston Arts Society, and Yvonne Peace, a regular exhibitor at the gallery, is known locally as the ‘Sculpture Lady’.

Growing up in Yorkshire, the trees and landscape at Kisdon waterfall inspired Yvonne to express herself, in wood. “Sculpting was my calling,” she says. “I work with weathered and reclaimed wood, which I lovingly hand carve and treat to create a unique piece.

“Some sculptures can take between two and four months to complete.”

Kisdon Sculptures offers commissions on request. Find out more at www.kisdonsculpture.com or contact Yvonne Peace on yvonne@kisdonsculpture.com.

Stacey, who lives in Royston and whose work can be seen on the walls of The Manor House pub in Melbourn Street, was born and raised in Trinidad & Tobago before coming to study art in London, where she met her husband. Now a mum with two toddlers, she says: “Painting kept me sane amidst the nappies and tantrums.

“I am obsessed with the bright colours, heat and warmth of my homeland, and bring that to the canvas.”

As a farmer’s daughter, Anna Pye grew up in Shepreth surrounded by animals, wildlife and the countryside, which has inspired her artwork. She has no formal training but has exhibited her work widely in the UK, and is a member of several local art societies. She has her own studio in Steeple Morden, where she screen prints home textiles by hand – find out more at www.annapye.com.

Having retired from secretarial work, with no artistic background, Brenda Brown joined Royston Arts Society where, she says ,“a new world opened for me, both artistic and social.

“I became hooked on painting on silk, and as sewing had always been a hobby, I had the idea of enhancing my work by adding free motion machine stitch to create texture and detail.

“This involves switching off most of the controls on the sewing machine and manipulating the fabric under the needle, in order to create a ‘drawing’. Concentration is crucial, as the silk is so fragile, mistakes are not easy to correct.”

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