Frances is a founder member of the arts and crafts co-operative based in the upstairs gallery in the Market House in the centre of the picturesque town of Ross-on-Wye. Normally open daily 10.00 - 16.00 and always staffed by a member fo the collective, the gallery has recently reopened after lockdown with reduced hours: daily 11.00 - 15.00.
In the gallery Frances displays her own smaller fused recycled glass items, stone carvings and even the odd garden sculpture as well as items from some of the artists she represents.
Soap stone carving
Stephen McRae - blacksmith
Alan Richardson - sculptures using found objects
Diane Ree - textiles
Ross-on-Wye - Gilpin 250 Anniversary
In 1770, William Gilpin took Revd John Edgerton’s Wye Tour from Ross-on-Wye to Chepstow. In 1782 he published what is reckoned to be the UK’s first tourist guide. By the end of the Eighteenth century the UK’s first package tour was in full swing. A full programme of activities was planned in 2020 to make the 250th anniversary of the start of tourism as we know it today. Sadly this has now been postponed until 2021.
As part of the Gilpin celebrations, Made in Ross have been collaborating with Goodrich Castle (English Heritage). Artists have produced work in a variety of mediums, themed on aspects and images of the castle and the views of the Wye Valley. These will be displayed in the castle as well as smaller items for sale in the Made in Ross gallery
Herefordshire Art Week is a nine day art trail open to all. Artists, craftmakers and creative businesses open their private studios everyday. Galleries put on special events, whilst groups get together to put on one-off exhibitions, in a wonderful mix of interesting venues.Since 2002 our county wide art trail has taken place every year in the second week of September. h.Art has become part of Herefordshire's rich cultural calendar, with a huge variety of art and art forms on show in Open Studios, Group Exhibitions and Gallery Events.
From 2011 to 2014 Frances helped to organise an arts event in Llangarron village with local artists, raising funds towards the redevelopment of Llangarron Church North Aisle into The Garron Community Centre.
In 2014 and 2015 Frances and her husband Graham, with help from friends and neighbours, opened their garden to display a wide variety of sculptures made by the local artists that Frances represented, and others.
Since the creation of Made In Ross, the co-operative have held an annual exhibition as part of the H.Art county wide event. Unfortunately this year was cancelled due to Covid-19. We hope to continue in 2021.
Forest and Rivers Open, farOpen, first established in 1995, is a collective of diverse and talented artists who work, sell, exhibit and run art workshops in the Forest of Dean, and along the Wye & Severn Rivers.
A volunteer led, not for profit organisation, which aims to support members by raising their profile. Each year farOpen organises the annual farOpen Art Trail, providing a unique opportunity to visit artists in their studios and explore how they work. Through FarOpen also hosts group exhibitions throughout the year at various galleries to showcase its artists and sell their work.
In recent years, the Made in Ross co-operative have held an annual exhibition as part of the FarOpen event.
Showborough House Sculpture Garden
Showborough House, Twyning in Gloucestershire, opens its amazing gardens every spring to host the Affordable Garden Art exhibition. A wide variety of good but affordable sculpture, mostly by local or emerging sculptors, can be seen in the natural setting of the one and a half acre garden. There are works in different sizes, styles and media, including wood, metal, stone, glass, ceramic and resin. Showborough is an informal venue, where visitors are encouraged to enjoy the exhibits, with proceeds from sales going to the artists and charity.
I have been lucky enough to have my work accepted in this exhibition for the past few years. Each year I take different designs, reflecting the continued development of my work.