The Heralds of Spring – Drawn to the Valley Spring Exhibition

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Drawn to the Valley art exhibition, named Heralds of Spring

The ‘Drawn to the Valley’ group is long established in the Tamar Valley and artists come from both sides of the snaking river, which is the spine of the designated Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 lockdown this exhibition was cancelled. We are hoping to hold it at a later date, details to be confirmed.

The AONB who are the hosts at the Tamar Valley Centre, near Gunnislake train station, have again invited DTTV to hold a spring exhibition with the title “Heralds of Spring”. This will support the daffodil survey, about to begin its fourth year, established with AONB trained volunteers discovering over 100 varieties. There are associated walks on the Bere Peninsular too, as well as events on the train ride between Plymouth and Gunnnislake. Loads to do this Spring!

What is the interpretation of that title? – there are sure to be flowers involved, and landscapes, and many natural examples – from this versatile group there will not only be paintings and print-making. This group has many artists who work with other materials – wood, ceramics, metal and textiles, so it will be a discovery of possibilities.

There are great things to come to during the week of the exhibition, talks and readings. On the opening morning, Saturday 28th March, at 11.00am, Andrew Spry, a grower in the valley will talk about life in a market garden. At 2pm, Peter Ursem, artist and writer will read from his children’s novels based in the Tamar Valley. Later in the week, on Monday at 2pm. Dr. Frances Howard will be there, she is an expert on daffodil identification and will be glad to talk to you.

The exhibition continues until Sunday lunchtime, 5th April. If driving around the area you will see early flowering varieties on the roadside hedges in the valley. So visit the exhibition and take home an affordable ‘mini’ work of art for under £50, or select from other works on display and be inspired to experience this early season by a trip to “The Heralds of Spring”.

28th March – 5th April, 10:30am – 4:30pm (until 2pm 5th April)

Tamar Valley Centre, Drakewalls, PL18 9FE

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