THE Back ‘o’ the Shop Art Cafe, in Terrington, has got into the festive spirit early and is presenting what it calls a ‘recession-busting craft extravaganza’ of an exhibition.
Called Santa’s Skint, it showcases some of the finest arts and crafts from all over Yorkshire.
“We have painting, drawing, woodwork, batik, leather goods, textiles, jewellery and much more, with over 15 exhibited artists. It’s set to be our best festive show to date,” said Ian Hughes, of the Back ‘o’ the Shop. “Some of our old favourites are back for another year with some brilliant new work.”
These include Jane Marsh, whose pieces of silk batik work are individually produced, original and unique.
Jane has a studio in York and much of her inspiration comes from the plants in her garden.
“She embraces the ethos of our gallery by sourcing materials from local firms and says that both the dye and silk come from wholesalers in Yorkshire,” said Ian.
Alison Zwaard, whose glassware has fast become a firm favourite with customers at the Back ‘o’ the Shop, is back for another year.
Alison creates colourful fused glass pieces, from jewellery to ornamental vessels and plaques, and this year is showing her new range of fused glass bunting.
Alison, from Sheffield, also creates silver jewellery from precious metal clay and, like Jane, takes a lot of inspiration from her garden. She often casts the leaves she picks from her garden in silver to form the basis of her jewellery collection.
Angela Knipe is also returning, having crafted some adorable tea cosies, departing from her crotchet jewellery that was stocked last year.
This year, the gallery has also taken on board some fresh craft talent, with new artists from all over the county.
This includes the leather pottery of Sarah Vileneau and Penny Withers, of Manor Stoaks, two ceramicists who built their own wood-fired kiln on the Manor in Sheffield.
The exhibition also features Laura Creer’s delicate silver jewellery, illustrations by Kate Black and the intricate collage creations of Angela McCall.
“There really are too many artists to list in this year’s show and we’re certain there is something for everyone,” said Ian.
The show runs until Christmas Eve and is open from Tuesday to Saturday, 11am-4pm.