Thump of the Tale is a snapshot of those works, which seek, not to illustrate the stories, but to use themes and elements and connect them to memories as prompts. The exhibition also features some of the artists’ earlier animal studies, published works and sketchbooks.
The tales of childhood: mythology, parable, poems, or folk and fairy tale become enmeshed with our memories and echo forward throughout our lives. We feel the reverberations of the Thump of the Tale.
Ruth Buchanan BA(hons), SEA, IEA, and Dr Julie Cross BA, MA, DPhil/PHd, are artists who live and work near Wetherby, West Yorkshire. They met through their early work painting animals and both served on the committee of the Association of Animal Artists: Julie, who was Chair and Exhibitions Co-Ordinator of the Association, painting animals in general; and Ruth, also a committee member, mainly painting horses. They formed a co-mentoring partnership based on their shared views and values despite their different styles and media. Both Artists have previously exhibited at Weston Park as part of the Association of Animal Artists Autumn Exhibition.
As part of the exhibition the Ruth Buchanan and Julie Cross are hosting a number of art workshops at Weston Park. There are taster sessions which are an ideal introduction to a medium or topic as well as half day and full day workshops. Further information on the workshops and details on how to book can be found at www.thumpofthetale.com/events
Taster Session Watercolour Painting of a horse’s eye with Ruth Buchanan. £15. Saturday 5 October, 9.30 – 11am
Taster Session Easy Oil or Acrylic Painting of a black cat with Julie Cross. £15. Saturday 5 October, 11.30 – 1pm
Taster Session Anyone Can Draw with Ruth Buchanan. £15. Saturday 5 October, 2pm. – 3.30pm
Half Day Workshop – ‘Experimental Watercolour’ – Animals in Watercolour with Ruth Buchanan. £40. Sunday 6 October, 9.30 – 12.30pm
Half Day Workshop – ‘Colourful Bantam’ – Animals in Oils or Acrylics with Julie Cross. £40. Sunday 6 October, 1.30 – 4.30pm
Full Day Workshop – ‘Peopling Your Paintings’ – Putting Life in Your Work with Julie Cross. £70. Saturday 13 October, 10 – 4pm
Telling The Tale ‘Concepts’ Workshop with Ruth Buchanan and Julie Cross. £70. Sunday 14 October, 10am – 4pm
Many of works on display will be available for sale in the Granary Art Gallery, allowing visitors to take home a piece of unique art.
The Granary Art Gallery is open 11am-4pm everyday