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23 February – 11 March 2008

Birds, bird books and book bindings

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Pheasant

David Koster, Golden Pheasant Displaying, lithograph, edition of 50

An exhibition of paintings, prints, sculpture and books for art, bird and book lovers

Spring was in the air at Bath’s Chapel Row Gallery where birds of many colours and dimensions gathered together in a rare exhibition for art, bird and book lovers.

They flew from Germany and the United States as well as from many parts of the UK to be part of this group show coinciding with Bath’s Literature Festival.

From Scottish painter John Busby there were long-tailed tits, avocets and sand martins.

From Norfolk, come snow buntings courtesy of printmaker Robert Gillmor. From Kent, come David Koster’s richly coloured lithographs of pheasants.

Bristol sculptor Patrick Haines provided exquisitely modelled wrens and swallows, some clinging to branches of blackthorn, others in bronze perched on gourds.

Bath artist Angela Cockayne showed her strange hybrid bird sculptures, part wax, part shellfish.

Books by prize winning book artist Susan Allix and Wales’s Gregynog Press (Geese at Gregynog) were shown alongside a private collection of recently commissioned bookbindings.

There were seagulls gliding across the gallery walls thanks to the photographs of Trudy Roe; live ones, mostly unloved by Bath residents, were sure to provide live commentary from outside the gallery.

PatrickHainesBlackthornandSwallowwoodandironresin2007

Patrick Haines, Blackthorn and Swallow, wood and iron resin

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