24th April 2018
Established 1872. Online since 1996.

Gifts in Bonhoga show

THE CURRENT exhibition on show at Bonhoga is entitled Mistletoe.

A showcase of a variety of work by over 60 artists, there is a wide assortment of gifts for sale ranging from as little as £4.50 up to £100.

Each has a colour theme which can be helpful when selecting a gift for that someone special.

A wide variety of media has been used from silkscreen printing on wood, felt making, knitting, pottery, glassmaking, tin, paper, sewing, Perspex, acrylics, pastels, wood engraving, silver and weave to name but a few.

Screen prints on wood, tea and egg cosies, vases, plates, wooden figures, jugs, pocket books, bowls, wall hangings, tree decorations, vases, coasters, mugs, cups and saucers, paintings, photographs, pin cushions, lamps, ties, wallets, scarves, brooches, bracelets, rings, necklaces, earrings, badges and handbags are only some of the goodies on sale.

Badges for £4.50, felted camels in a variety of colours bejewelled with sequins and beads at £6, ceramic coasters at £7.50, address books at £9.50, egg cosies at £11 and tin brooches at £18 are some of the value for money items available.

Ceramic mugs by Sue Binns, glass hangings by Ruth Lyne, insect brooches by Melanie Tomlinson, butterfly, dragonfly and bug brooches by Susan Horth and breakfast plates and trinket boxes by Alice Mara are gifts which can add a pleasant element of surprise on Christmas morning.

My personal favourites are: Diane Winterman’s porcelain column vases; chiffon scarves decorated with semi precious stones by Moira Douglas; lamps and hanging pendants by Hannah Nunn; Hilke Macintyre’s ceramic wall hangings; Angela Fung’s “square” rings; and Tammy Child’s scarves and bags. The quirkier items such as the bug and tin brooches are fun to wear unique pieces.

June Redman, Anne Bain, Peter Davis and Ruth Brownlee’s framed paintings are beautifully executed, as are woodcut prints by Andy English and acrylics by Kristi Cumming. Coastal photographs by Mark Sinclair are great value for money with prices ranging from £50 to £90.

These gifts are not readily available in local shops and are often exclusive and possible heirloom pieces. If you want individual, exciting gifts for a loved one, Bonhoga Gallery could possibly be the “one stop shop” for you.

Jackie Kynes