Springtime creativity in Sheffield
February saw an exhibition of prints in the Sheffield Quaker Meeting House of some of my skyscapes in the main meeting room upstairs. It seemed fitting that some of my dream paintings were in a smaller room often used for meeting for reflection, where people reflect on what was said or not said in meeting for worship. It is perhaps the spaces in between what is said or not said that is the place where creativity lives.
One of my dream paintings occupying that space for reflection was ‘Spirit Dreaming’ a woman lying and dreaming with, being with and immersed with various meditative thoughts and chants from different faiths. It is this embracement of different faiths or perspectives on celebrating life that is something that draws me to the Quaker community.
Today was the opening of the Walkley Edge Artists exhibition on Chapel Walk Gallery in Sheffield. It is a pleasure to exhibit with the group that has some lovely prints of the Peak District, fused glass planets, ceramics, textiles and paintings. Like my painting ‘Spirit Dreaming’ I felt immersed in the art invigilating the exhibition, with bursts of wet rainy air as visitors came through the door. The evening continued on the creative theme with the contemporary relaunch of the ‘Quaker Pen and Pencil society’ echoing the amazing 40 years of archives of the society in Sheffield archives we were inspired to meet sharing painting, song, dance, book binding, tapestry and written creative thought.
So now spring has sprung with daffodils and crocuses popping up everywhere and leaves bursting out on the trees, summer awaits for more creativity to come to life. After an appreciative and welcoming of shared creativity at the new 'Pen and Pencil society' i welcome more opportunity's to show and share creative work with others.