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Festival Exhibition at the Salar Gallery
From 20th July to 19th August 2017 entitled
In the Exhibition Rooms at Salar Gallery,
20 Bridge Street, Hatherleigh, EX20 3HY  
(Opening times as for Gallery: Tues/Thurs/Fri: 10am-1pm & 2-5pm, Sat: 10am-1pm & 2-4pm and by appointment)

The poems & paintings in this exhibition (and limited edition book of the same title) were inspired by the wildlife of the rivers that flow from Bodmin Moor. It’s a two-way conversation over three years between Michael Moss’s paintings and Helen Jagger’s poems.
With titles such as ‘Source’, ‘Digging for Lugworms’, ‘Swallows’, ‘Sunlight, Golitha Falls’, “....... anyone who turns the pages of this art book with poems, or poetry book with art, will grasp the richness of Cornish wildlife and of Cornish art.” (Says Terence Dooley, Write Outloud).

Michael Moss was born in Preston in 1948, emigrated to Australia in his early 20s and later travelled to New Zealand where he held his first exhibition. He returned to the UK to attend Colleges of Art in Preston & Plymouth before settling in Cornwall. In 1984 Michael won the Western Morning News Open Art Competition and has received many awards for his work since. He has exhibited widely throughout the UK both in private galleries and group exhibitions. He is currently a member of the Cornish Watercolour Society and Gwynngala.
Helen Jagger has lived and worked in north Cornwall since 1989. She founded the Indian King Arts Centre with husband Haydn Wood, in 1994, which became the third biggest provider of creative writing courses in the UK, and ran it until 2004. She facilitates the weekly Indian King writing group, and the Poetry Society’s north Cornwall Poetry Stanza. Her poetry appears in magazines in the UK, the US & Australia, and has been exhibited at galleries including the Tate St Ives; Porthmeor Studios; the Burton, Bideford, & many others. In 2015 BBC’s Countryfile featured her work. Over the last 10 years she has worked with other artists on two landscape projects in Cornwall: The Great Trees of Cornwall (for the Poetry Society’s Centenary), and Earth, Wind & Stone.

An Exhibition of Photographs
At the SALAR GALLERY, Hatherleigh
1st to 30th September 2016

The Curious Eye is the title of our next exhibition at the Salar Gallery, Hatherleigh of photographs by Bideford born Paul Seed.  After 35 years as a very successful freelance TV drama director & winning two Baftas, Paul is now very content to be staying at home in Torrington and taking photographs.  He says of the Still Photograph: That frozen millisecond, isolated, has the potential to tell an amazingly complex story, and inspire or awaken in the beholder a magical stimulus to the imagination. 

This Exhibition includes photographs of some of the things that have caught his eye at Hatherleigh Market and Torrington May Fair as well as many other venues.

Open Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays (10am-1pm & 2-5pm) from 1st to 30th September and for the Festival Weekend, we will be holding an Evening Viewing on Friday 16th September from 6 to 8pm to which all are welcome.

Gravity at May Fair.

'I'm fine thanks ..... How are you....'.

Port Isaac Jackdaws

Anthony Gormley comes to the Pebble Ridge

Introductory Exhibition of Paintings and Drawings
 by Peter Baker ASGFA

(Devon Wildlife Trust Artist-in-Residence)
17th July – 13th September 2014

Artist and retired teacher Peter Baker moved to the area just a few years ago – little realising that the Devon Wildlife Trust were about to open their newest nature reserve in the old Meeth china clay pits and quarries – right on his doorstep. He made contact with Devon Wildlife Trust and became DWT Artist-in-Residence and has spent the past year exploring and recording the changing landscapes of the Reserve over the seasons. This exhibition includes many new paintings and drawings informed by the Meeth reserve, as well as others – including boats and figurative work – which he completed before his move.

Meeth Quarry Reserve - The Lost Pond
Meeth Deadwood


Bridleway Bridge

St Michael & All Angels, Meeth

"Reflections" A Solo Exhibition of Paintings by Roger T G Vick 5th Novembet 17th December 2013

Wildfowl, Dartmoor-inspired Paintings and Abstracts, mainly in Oils on Canvas
When not working as an auctioneer, Roger T G Vick (1939 –  2009) had another life as a painter of wildfowl, landscapes, moorland scenes and especially in later years, abstracts.  He exhibited his work publicly on rare occasions at Wildfowl Trust (now  Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust) exhibitions at Slimbridge and Arundel and in 1988 at a family exhibition at Hatherleigh. In 1980 a limited edition print, Sky Furnace, was published – the painting illustrating the poem of his friend, the poet, Ted Hughes.

We are lucky enough to have paintings by the Artist painted over several decades and most of which are for sale.  Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see them.

Canada geese over the marsh

Carving glacier

Fishing from a boat


Four Brent Geese & an autumn farmstead

Northern Lights

Accomplished wildlife painter Michael Kitchen-Hurle was a founder member of SWAN  (now known as ‘Nature in Art’)    He has painted African wildlife for many years including specially commissioned works for the Born-Free Foundation, and his work is much sought after by the public and collectors alike His original paintings are produced mainly in Acrylic on canvas.  Due to developing success and demand for his work, Michael now only exhibits in select galleries and venues and we are pleased to have these original paintings at the Gallery.
Heat of the Day

Samburu twins

kilimanjaro (cheetah)

Gateway to the Soul (Bengal Tiger)


Garden Chatter



Pure Serenity (Mute swans)

Festival 2012 Exhibition

Jo Filer Cooper

Here are some images from Jo Filer Cooper.
She has just been awarded a 'First' for her photography degree, and was recently shortlisted for the BBC2 'Show me the Monet' series with Highland Fling (the black & white image of three young cattle in three different stages of movement).

More of Jo's work below

F and M plus 10 Exhibition Shan Miller's large animal paintings
and Chris Chapman's photographs ‘Silence at Ramscliffe'
(by kind permission of Beaford Arts)
Until 24th September 2011

It's over ten years since the 2001 outbreak of Foot-and Mouth disease hit the South West of England at Highampton from which it quickly spread across the Hatherleigh area and beyond resulting in the loss of thousands of farm animals across the County of Devon, closed livestock markets and caused a big cash flow problem for farmers who were unable to trade their stock for many months. Tourism and local businesses were also badly hit due to the restrictions in the countryside.

This exhibition brings together the work of two people who were influenced by the epidemic in contrasting ways, Chris Chapman and Shan Miller.

Documentary photographer Chris Chapman was commissioned by Devon County Council to make a record of Foot and Mouth Disease and its effect on the rural community. He centred his study on a contiguous farm in the parish of Beaford, North Devon. Later he invited the poet James Crowden to accompany him on a tour of the farm and the surrounding region, hoping to share with him the pain he had witnessed

In 2005, this was published in book form as ‘Silence at Ramscliffe'.

The silent fields of 2001 compelled artist Shan Miller to paint a series of life-size farm animals and their keepers and sponsored by the NFU and Royal Agricultural Society, the exhibition ‘ A Celebration of the Farmyard' which was initially shown at the Salar Gallery in 2002, toured the South West of England agricultural shows, including the Royal Cornwall and Devon County, the Dairy Show and also the Royal Show at Stoneleigh.

Other works by local writers that were inspired by the epidemic and can be seen at the Salar: local/ international writer Michael Morpurgo's book‘Out of the Ashes' described as ‘a powerful and moving fictional account of true events by one of the most acclaimed children's writers of our time' and a story of what it was like to be a child living through the epidemic and Hatherleigh resident Trish Wonnacott's ‘Foot and Mouth in Hatherleigh' which includes, a diary of events as they progressed (by Margaret Waddingham) together with photographs and poems from other residents of the Town.


Shan Miller's Market Day (NFS) Prints Available from 14th August - See Charity Corner here

Shan Miller's painting - the hand that feeds

Shan Miller's nose in the air

Shan Miller's Follow my leader (Pigs)

Shan miller's Wobbly legs

Shan Miller's painting - alert - three hounds

Shan Miller with her 'hound pack'

Ben May's relief carving in oak 'Out of the Ashes' : 70" long by 30" high (It was carved for the F & M exhibition)

Philip lake talking to his bank manager on the morning of the cull, Ramscliffe farm

Moving the last calf to slaughter, Ramscliffe farm

Shan Miller's who left the gate open



Salar Christmas Exhibition of Work by Devon Artists and Makers'  December 2010 'Through December at usual opening times until Dec 14th - then open every day (except Sunday) up to and including Christmas Eve.  (from Christmas to New Year, times may vary - please phone us for further info.or to arrange a visit) 'The images below:are from the exhibition and there is also work from Michael Moss, John Staddon, Ann Fawssett Atkin, Inka Gabriel, Jen Bryant, Gordon Moore and others. 'We have a wide selection of cards, also prints, puzzles, St Justin Jewellery, St Eval church and scented candles. Come and visit to us to find things to inspire, to amuse, to decorate, to inform or just to fill stockings!'


Exhibition of Paintings ‘From Source to Sea'
by Mike Moss

at Salar Gallery, Hatherleigh, Devon July 22 nd until 31 st August 2010
In this Exhibition of recent Paintings which starts with the Hatherleigh Festival (July 22 nd to 25 th ) and continues until 31 st August, artist Mike Moss takes us on a journey through sunrises, mists, moonlight and volcanic ash as he explores the effects of light on water, the many moods of the coastal landscape of the South West peninsula lit or darkened by cloud and storm and other evocations of wildness, often tempered by a solitary low-flying cormorant or maybe a colony of sea-birds, his other great love, bringing life to impossible cliffs. Further inland the artist discovers hidden valleys amid wild woods as he travels nearer to the source of Cornish streams and springs.
There are approximately fifty paintings in this exhibition: some in watercolour, some in oils and in a range of sizes and the Gallery is open on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, from 10am-1pm & 2-5pm
Michael Moss was born in Preston in 1948. In his early twenties he emigrated to Australia and later travelled to New Zealand where he held his first exhibition. He returned to the UK to attend Preston and Plymouth Colleges of Art before settling in Cornwall.
In 1984 Michael won the Western Morning News Open Art Competition and in 1991 he was a prize-winner in the Ecco-Goodhousekeeping Open Exhibition. He has exhibited in all three South West Opens. In 1996 he won prizes in the Mixed Media and Drawing categories of the Society of Artists for Cornwall competition and in 1997 he was a prize-winner in the Sterts Open Competition. In 1998 he was a double prize-winner in the Watercolour and Drawing sections in the Society of Artists in Cornwall.
In 2006 he won the Watercolour prize at Stuart House.


Vivien Walters " SOFT TOUCHES" until 10th November 2009

Vivien Walters is a professional artist specialising in paintings of animals in pastel and mixed media. Her work ranges from commissioned portraits of her clients' beloved animals to the livestock of Devon and the wildlife of Exmoor and Dartmoor. Vivien uses hard and soft pastels to reproduce the soft textures of animals' coats, and has recently written a series of articles for the Society for All Artists' “Paint” magazine demonstrating her mixed media techniques. A selection of her work has been published as limited edition prints by Buckingham Fine Art Publishers.

Vivien lives near Torrington, where she runs workshops and courses from her home /studio.

‘COLOUR & LIGHT' AT SALAR GALLERY until 26 th September 2009

It includes the work of three Devon designer/craftsmen, Inka Gabriel's glass lamps, Isabella Whitworth's silk scarves and shawls and Alan Endacott's stained glass panels.

Inka Gabriel exhibits contemporary glass lights, both table and bracket, out of opalescent or opaque white glass with various colourful inclusions of glass, crystal and other materials using copper foil techniques. Each of the table lamps is set on a hardwood base.

Isabella Whitworth, who lives in West Devon, makes scarves and shawls using wax resist techniques and some of them are dyed with her own supplies of home-grown indigo. She leads workshops throughout the Country and recently had an exhibition of her work at the Burton Gallery.

Alan Endacott (who was the Founder-Curator of the Museum of Dartmoor Life at Okehampton) exhibits a selection of stained glass panels which demonstrate the various ways in which stained glass can be put together and patterned. He designs windows and panels for traditional and for more contemporary settings as well as restoring old stained glass windows and has recently produced work for the Bedford Hotel in Tavistock and Delamore House in the South Hams.

Exhibition at Salar Gallery: June 30 th to August 1 st 2009
‘From Devon Hills to Northern Shores' – A photographic journey amongst the farmers and landscape of Britain and beyond.
‘The countryside where I have lived and worked for over 50 years is a place of many moods and physical changes. From season to season and from one weather pattern to another, I have sought to record in an honest and direct way its many facets and shifting moods and hopefully sensitively interpret my view of it.
‘A new birth or first growing shoot of a plant is unceasingly a moment of pleasure and beauty often accompanied by some inevitable hardship of nature; a field's still quiet calm lasting for weeks or months on end is changed dramatically and suddenly by machinery and men; the cycle of the land turning again as the men and women of the farming community strive in their most important work, to provide food for all, while maintaining the rich diversity of the landscape around us.
‘My own journey in the world I describe above began as a child on the South Downs of Sussex where I first started to absorb the influences of the farms and people around me. With the help of a period of college training in the technicalities of photography and film, I worked as a freelance professional but still continued my farming activities firstly in Berkshire and in more recent years in Devon, raising native breeds of sheep and cattle. I have been lucky enough to have spent time working and travelling in the remote islands off the coast of Great Britain, particularly Orkney and St Kilda, and for a while in Norway, Iceland and the Faroe Islands where I continued recording the rural life around me.
‘The photographs exhibited in this exhibition are some of a largely pictorial and documentary collection taken over many years and still ongoing' Howard Payton
Richard Meyer. Groundworks II: recent paintings in impastoed oil ( A Hatherleigh Festival Exhibition – please note: the Festival is in May instead of July this year).
Richard Meyer: ‘Groundworks II' Mainly recent landscape paintings in impastoed oil, Richard's paintings have been described as “Vibrant Expressionist paintings from the margins of an eternal triangle where Civilisation meets Nature – meets Man – meets Woman.”
A scientist by training with a PhD in avian ecology, Richard spent many years working in wildlife conservation, and has written 12 books, illustrating many with line drawings. In mid-life he came to realise that his early love of Fine Art, especially painting, was where he should be studying nature and man's behavioural response. Apart from a little freelance work, Richard paints full time and runs life drawing classes.

In London, Richard is represented by Celia Purcell Contemporary, where there is a permanent show of work. He has exhibited in London and many places in the West Country for some 30 years, in solo and group exhibitions.

A solo exhibition of pastel paintings (and some prints) by Devon artist Pam Cox take pride of place at the exhibition rooms, Salar Gallery, Hatherleigh, from
23rd October to 22nd November 2008

Born into a family of artists, Pam delights in capturing the essence of the Devon countryside – its lanes, streams and hedgerows, moors and wild flower meadows. Light and mood play a large part in her colourful compositions.
She regularly exhibits in the Southwest and last month, she was joint ‘Lead Artist' at R.H.S. Rosemoor's Artists' Garden exhibition where she sold several of her works.
In recent years her work has been published as limited edition prints and were so succesful that some of her designs, all based on a wild flower theme, were used by Wedgewood for a set of six of their collectors' plates.

VIVIEN WALTERS - Animal Artist at the Salar – September/October 2008

Exquisite pastel paintings (of cattle, poultry, sheep) and prints (both limited and open editions) of animals by Vivien Walters are included for the first time at the Salar Gallery's current exhibition of work by artists in Devon – until 18 th October.
Animals and art have always played a large part in Vivien's life.
She decided to pursue a full time career as an artist following a move to the West Country in 1983 and has never looked back. She has seen her work published nationally and internationally in the form of prints, greetings cards and on giftware.
Vivien's paintings range from commissioned portraits of her client's beloved animals to the livestock of the pastoral country of North Devon and the wildlife of Exmoor, including the much loved Exmoor ponies. She is much in demand for commissions, demonstrations and tuition, runs art breaks, courses and workshops from her studio in North Devon and recently took part in Devon Open Studios.

Current Exhibition A. F. DOYLE till 14 September 2008
From Devon pannier markets to Rosemoor woodland walk, from South Street, Hatherleigh to shady garden corners or sunset over Wimbleball, this is an exhibition filled with vibrant colours, the play of light and shade and lively brush strokes, by an artist who has a lifetime of experience in the fields of illustration, painting and design work. Anne, who now lives in North Devon, has lived and worked in Spain, Paris, Munich and Los Angeles, gained a worldwide reputation as a figurative artist and opened an Art department at the Pestalozzi School teaching children from Nepal, Tibet and India.
In 2003 she was invited to represent Ireland as one of six artists at the Florence Biennale, and had the honour to have six of her designs chosen for Irish stamps.
Ann continues to explore the interchange of life and social groups as well as landscape and floral subjects in her art.
In addition to Salar's usual opening times (please see advert), this exhibition is also open daily from September 6 th to 14 th as an Open Studio Venue on Trail 1 of the Devon Open Studios. (more info. available from Salar and T.I.Cs)