2020 marks the tercentenary of the birth of Gilbert White (1720-1793), the parson-naturalist who wrote ‘The Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne’, which has never been out of print. Known today as ‘the father of ecology’, Gilbert observed local wildlife closely, and monitored the weather, commenting on the haze from a volcano that erupted in Iceland, for example.
With the planet in climate crisis, and wildlife in free-fall, it is timely to remember Gilbert White and his love of and respect for the natural world. Several of the gallery’s artists have responded to Gilbert’s legacy. There is so much we can all do to reduce our carbon footprint and save our flora and fauna for future generations. I hope some of the pieces in 'All the Fading Landscape' will serve as an inspiration to greater endeavour.
Regular artists, and those showing here for the first time, have also contributed new sculpture, ceramics and lettering for gardens and interiors. Original prints and works on paper can be viewed in the indoor gallery and the office. A new ‘gallery’ on my website, ‘Exhibition 2020: All the Fading Landscape’ features the exhibits, together with dimensions and prices. Click on 'Galleries' in the main menu to view. Many pieces in the other website ‘galleries’ are also priced.
This is a tough time for artists, as for so many. Restrictions have made it difficult for some of them to access their studios. Family commitments under lockdown, and the social distancing logistics of moving heavy sculpture have added to the difficulties of exhibiting. Your support is greatly appreciated! Thank you.
Image: Danny Clahane - Swallow Tondo (slate, Portland stone base, 55 cms. Gilbert White wrote, "The hirundines are a most inoffensive, harmless, entertaining, social, and useful tribe of birds: they touch no fruit in our gardens; delight, all except one species, in attaching themselves to our houses; amuse us with their migrations, songs, and marvellous agility; and clear our outlets from the annoyance of gnats and other troublesome insects.")