Studio Exhibition @ Cambridge Art Salon

A Month of Art @Cambridge Art Salon

7th July to 29th July 2012

Members of the Cambridge Art Salon will be showcasing their finest work throughout July. The Studio Exhibition will bring together works of different local artists.

The Cambridge Art Salon is located at 29 Cromwell Road. The gallery will be open on Thursdays from 5pm to 7pm and from Friday to Sunday from 10am – 5.30pm. The artists will be present on the weekends. Further information:




During the period from 7th to 15th of July, Giulia Portuese-Williams, sculptor, Susan Windeatt, painter, Henry Sheperd, photographer and film maker and Ruth Schmid, designer and bag maker will be presenting their latest works.

Giulia Portuese-Williams                                Susan Windeatt

Ruth Schmid                                                  Henry Sheperd

They will be followed from 20th to 29th by the works of Karen Lewis, hat maker, Rob Wilson, illustrator, Diana Probst, painter and Penelope Sackett Hayes, ceramicist and textile artist. This is a unique opportunity to engage with the artists, see them work within the gallery space and purchase original art works.

Karen Lewis                                                     Rob Wilson

Diana Probst                                                   Penelope Sackett Hayes

Ancestors – Exhibtion by Maureen B. Cintract

“Ancestors” by Maureen B. Cintract @ Cambridge Art Salon from the 2nd of June to the 5th of June

Maureen B. Cintract’s paintings depict her ancestor’s journey from Africa where the earth is rich in the precious metal gold and its people became liquid gold. Some of these people became Jamaicans; they used spirituality as the fire to light their way into the 21st century.

2012 makes the 50th anniversary of the Independence of Jamaica. Maureen will turn  some of her paintings into designs for T-shirts celebrating this historic landmark.

Maureen was born in Jamaica and brought up in the West Midlands. Whilst visiting the USA, she seized the opportunity to study at Kean College of Art as my parents objected to an Art education in Birmingham.  The visits to New York with its amazing architecture led to an Interior Architecture qualification then into a B.A. in Theatre Design at Central St. Martin’s School of Art and Design London. With her qualification’s in hand, Paris was her next stop, where designs of stage sets, film settings, exhibitions and interior as well as costume design projects were the highlights.

An invitation to live in Cambridge came up. So with new adventures on  the sky line, Maureen and her family crossed the  Channel and here she was back home again – to finish what she had  started.

Playing with the Masters

Catherine Lalevee is interviewing Deanna Tyson – discussing teaching art and the upcoming exhibition “Exploring…isms” by Ateljé Fulbourn at the Cambridge Art Salon.

Deanna and I finally get to speak about the exhibition via phone on a Saturday afternoon. She is very busy producing new work – mainly working in her studio at the back of her garden.

I begin by asking her about Ateljé Fulbourn. “It is a very unusual name!” I wonder if she is smiling at my silly comment or simply shaking her head,  Deanna explains that it is the name her group of students.  The group has have shown their work previously in Brookfields Hospital, twice in Fulbourn and the Geldart Pub on Ainsworth Street in Cambridge.

When asking about the inspiration for the exhibition, Deanna goes on to explains that the idea for the show first came from an exercise she practiced with her class. She says: “The aim of the original exercise was to research and explore three different art movements from 18th century to the modern day. The task was to grouped them into three time-related sections from Impressionism through Cubism to Conceptualism…to study styles and discover underlying philosophies.”

Deanna explained that she choose these modern art movements as some of her students hadn’t heard of them previously. “Just to create a new challenge!” The students had to learn about what differentiates the paintings and get a better understanding of the styles through composition and colour. “The aim was to aid the students to understand and read paintings within the context of an exhibition or their own work.”

As the exercise progressed, the pieces started to show real qualities as work in progress rather than finished pieces, she adds proudly.  The next step seemed to be quite obvious: “I decided to make the exercise an even bigger challenge by extending the decision making to mounting and presentation.” Deanna wanted her group of students to face the challenges of exhibiting a show and to learn to work together towards creating something unique. The students had to learn about marketing, publicity and curating an exhibition. The group was able to use skills from previous professions to help them do this. “All of their shows had previously been curated and organized by me”, says Deanna, but she never had much involvement with the hanging or marketing of this event, as she wanted her class to experience both sides of putting on an exhibition.

So, what will be next for Deanna? She says that there will not be another exhibition planned for the Ateljé yet. “This show is truly a unique opportunity to see these works.” However, Deanna explains that she is also a member of part of a “STRAY”, a collaboration of Cambridge artists, which are interested in the way their different practices work alongside each other, as well as creating a sense of rhythm, line and colour to create a relationship between their work. “STRAY” will be exhibiting at The Gallery on Red Church Street  in London from the 5th to the 10th of June.

“Exploring…isms” by Ateljé Fulbourn will open on Friday, the 25th of May at the Cambridge Art Salon.

Written by Catherine Lalevee and Anika Zschiesche.

Exploring…isms or Playing with the Masters

Exploring…isms or Playing with the Masters @ Cambridge Art Salon Thursday, the May 24th – Tuesday, the May 29th

A Group Exhibition of Deanna Tyson and her students

Deanna explains:  “Exploring ……isms began as a group exercise but has grown into a show where the actual mounting of the exhibition has become an integral part of the exercise. The aim of the original exercise was to research and explore different art movements, to study styles and discover underlying philosophies. The task was for each student to find a masterpiece to which they could relate, which intrigued and inspired them,then to interpret it in three different styles. The fourth would represent their own take on the original now probably influenced by their studies. I took art movements from 18c to the modern day and grouped them into three, time -related sections from Impressionism, through Cubism to Conceptualism. From each group students selected one movement to interpret within a 20x20cm square. They were then going to cut these images into four and play with them further. However, at this point, I realized how interesting their work was and decided to make the exercise an even bigger challenge by extending the decision making to mounting and presentation. In mounting this exhibition, unaided for the first time, they have done a brilliant job.”

The CONTINUOUS CONCERTINA BOOKS are an on going project, inspired by Deanna’s visit to Kettle’s Yard last year to view a wonderful exhibition by Andrew Lanyon entitled VON RIBBENTROP IN ST. IVES and capture daily thoughts, associations and ideas, taking the mind and the line for a walk.
Each member of the group was also asked to put in a piece of work of special significance to them that did not have to relate to any of the work we do in the studio groups in Fulbourn.


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‘A Piece of Magic …… is a Hat’

A feast for the eyes awaits visitors to the ‘Cambridge Art Salon’ where the works of three bespoke milliners is being exhibited between 3rd May – 15th May – offering an exclusive preview of their 2012 couture collections.

‘A Piece of Magic ….. is a Hat’ celebrates the creative flair of Karen Lewis, Sandra Belgrave and Daniel Pilecki – presenting an exquisite display of designs ranging from beautifully fashioned fascinators, elegantly sculpted headpieces, – and eye-popping statement hats.

The exhibition promises a dazzling array of couture creations from Cambridge Milliners – Karen Lewis and Daniel Pilecki – the former, drawing on her extensive experience of working with luxurious textiles – to produce sublime ‘jewel-like’ highly coveted hats, while Pilecki evokes the glamour of Hollywood with a series of show-stopping sculpted designs – proving imagination holds no bounds.

Joined by London based designer – Sandra Belgrave with a range of city slick, cutting edge – Ladies and Men’s Hats – with her signature twist, the exhibition will have hats for every occasion – many of which will be for sale.

Ladies need look no further if seeking inspiration for a head-start in this summer’s fashion stakes.

Magic indeed!

Karen Lewis

After studying fashion and then textiles at Cumbria College of Art, Karen went on to create her own work, culminating in amillinery course at Kensington and Chelsea College under the guidance of Noel Stewart. Her collections have been inspired by many different themes such as fossil drawings by Ernst Haeckel, natural floral forms and garden architecture. Karen specialises in manipulating fabric and creating unusual textures to form her headpieces. She uses traditional materials such as sinamay, crin and felt, and also source silks, ribbons, buttons, feathers and anything of interest from vintage shops and markets in London and Paris.

On Karen’s well-established millinery blog, the reader can discover what inspires her work.

Sandra Belgrave

Sandra Belgrave is a designer who creates high quality bespoke hats and couture headpieces. For years, she has worked as a designer in Digital Design, jewellery and theatre design, as well as a photographic retoucher for fashion photographers and the animation industry. She then moved into the world of millinery, after studying and qualifying at Hortensia College in Chelsea under the guidance of internationally famous milliner Noel Stewart.

Sandra specialises in contemporary hat designs to suit the elegant, sophisticated and stylish woman. Her unique creations are hand-made, using an extensive colour palette of rich felt, feathers, materials and zips sourced from around London. Every beautiful hat or headpiece is a celebration of exceptional craftsmanship and outstanding quality.

Daniel Pilecki

After studying Drama, working as a TV Researcher and Location Director in London and Paris for a Japanese Fashion TV programme and making performance art ‘props’, Daniel decided to turn his passion for millinery into his profession. He went on to study at Kensington and Chelsea College under the tutelage of Noel Stewart.

When working on his unique creations, Daniel uses peachbloom felts, straws and sinamay, luxurious silks and satins, sumptuous velvets, leather and metal, antique lace and veiling, feathers and quills, beading and semi-precious stones. Some of his work features oriental pleating and folding techniques; an eye-catching fusion of East and West. Every piece of headwear is an individual, hand sewn work of art, to be loved and admired, worn and enjoyed. An unshakeable belief that women should look beautiful in his pieces underpins each of his creations.