Count to Tethera and herd to the beacon this month

By Alan Cleaver

Jenni Payne with a selection of her work at the Beacon.

Jenni Payne with a selection of her work at the Beacon.

THOSE who know artist Jenni Payne will know she has something of an obsession with sheep.

With our Herdwicks in particular.

So it will come as no great surprise to discover she has herded them all into one gallery for an exhibition that celebrates these Cumbrian stalwarts.

But it will certainly come as a great delight to see them all on the walls of The Beacon in Whitehaven. They seem to gain something by being brought all together.

Yan Tyan Tethera is a sheep and wool exhibition, featuring as well the works of fellow Florence Arts Centre artist Angela Strange.

It is open until July 10 and ties in with a number of workshops and the famous Woolfest that is held at Cockermouth on June 24 and 25.

Jenni will be well known to many for her work with the Florence Paintmakers – a co-operative that has not only turned Florence Mine’s haematite ore into pastels and paints but have also established themselves as one of the more influential art groups, taking the colours and turning them into art.

Herd to the first floor gallery to get your Herdwick fill!

Herd to the first floor gallery to get your Herdwick fill!

Angela Strange can also be found on occasion at Florence.

She is a textile artist who works with wool and handmade felt to produce some remarkable – and tactile – creations.
Angela will be holding workshops during the exhibition, giving away some of the secrets of how she works.

Phone 01946 592302 for further information.

The colours, pigments, materials and exhibits combine to create an exhibition that celebrates the best of Cumbrian – not least that title (Yan Tyan Tethera which is, of course, one..two..three in Cumbrian dialect).

Call in to see it – see  thebeacon-whitehaven.co.uk for opening times.