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Spa hotel launches new art exhibition

A spa hotel on the shores of Windermere has launched a new exhibition featuring a pair of artists from the North West.

The ‘Art in the Atrium’ gallery at Low Wood Bay Resort & Spa is celebrating the works of Tina Balmer from Ulverston and Rebecca Scott from Windermere.

Running until the end of July, the free exhibition called ‘Still Life – A Celebration’ has been organised by English Lakes Hotels Resorts & Venues and Gavagan Art.

Rebecca Scott, who lives and works between London and Cumbria, is co-founder of Cross Lane Projects, an independent art space in Kendal.

Her own art work features in private and public collections nationally and internationally and she has exhibited overseas in Spain, France, Germany, Sweden and Norway.

Rebecca’s artistic practice revolves around the transformation of conventional photographic imagery into painted works that challenge traditional ideas of interpretation and representation. It centres on the language of desire pervasive in consumer culture by extracting images from original contexts and overwriting their intended meanings.

Tina has been exhibiting her work since 1998 and has had solo exhibitions at Brantwood near Coniston and the Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal.  She has also organised various art trails and exhibitions in the north of England, including Printfest and Artfest North.

Her paintings are inspired by a celebration of domesticity, with objects often arranged to create patterns and depth representing the rituals of daily life. Tina’s work has featured in exhibitions throughout Britain, including the Glyndebourne Festival, and is in many private collections too.

Executive chairman of English Lakes Hotels Simon Berry says: “We’re proud to present the unique works of two prominent artists from Cumbria in our latest Art in the Atrium gallery.

“Tina’s paintings in her own words take on a life of their own as colours, textures and composition compete.  Rebecca’s work is in a sense biographical, often reflecting reactions to situations she has experienced.  The gallery will give art enthusiasts and casual viewers alike plenty to contemplate.”

Mary Gavagan from Gavagan Art adds: “It’s fitting that the latest exhibition at Low Wood Bay features two contemporary artists from Cumbria. They both create still life paintings as a means of expression, from Tina Balmer’s colourful and considered arrangements to the carefully observed studies of Rebecca Scott.”

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