Saturday, 3 December 2011

Tokarska exhibition: Private View

We had an excellent Private View at the Tokarska Gallery tonight. As part of the evening Colin Burns performed guitar instrumentals from his forthcoming CD. Andrew Vessey read three poems that, like several of the paintings he is exhibiting, explore encounters and travels in well-known biblical stories but set into the context of contemporary landscapes of Suffolk and Gower. Peter Webb spoke about creativity as the essence of God in his introductory remarks and Jonathan Evens read his poem on the creative process entitled 'The Mark'.

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Anglicans invite artists back to church

Marisa Martin is a Christian, conservative political activist, practicing artist of over 30 years, and writer of the 'True Colors' column on WorldNetDaily. Her most recent piece - 'Anglicans invite artists back to church' - is a feature on commission4mission, including our current exhibition at the Tokarska Gallery.
In her article, Martin notes that commission4mission works to keep alive the Anglican Church tradition of inspiring, commissioning and installing new art but "uses contemporary and decidedly nontraditional art" to do so. She highlights particularly the work of Peter Webb and Christopher Clack, describing Webb's Supper at Emmaus as "something like a cross between Jack Levine's and Franz Hals' group scenes" and Clack's Descent II as "visually riveting, although spiritually neutral."

The question that commission4mission poses, she suggests, is whether "new and contemporary symbols be found for the traditional images and doctrines of the Christian faith?"

Tokarska Gallery: commission4mission exhibition

Our Christmas exhibition at the Tokarska Gallery opened today and features a variety of c4m artists working in a variety of media (ceramics, concept drawings, fused glass, paintings, painted wooden reliefs), styles (abstract, conceptual, figurative, semi-abstract) and content (biblical scenes, landscapes, portraits, still life, symbolic scenes).

Contributing artists include Harvey Bradley, Colin Burns, Christopher Clack, Ally Clarke, Valerie Dean, Jonathan Evens, Mark Lewis, Nadiya Pavliv-Tokarska, Janet Roberts, Caroline Richardson, Henry Shelton, Joy Rousell Stone, Andrew Vessey and Peter Webb.

1 - 31 December 2011, Thursday - Saturday, 12 noon - 7.00pm.
PRIVATE VIEW 3 December 2011, 6pm - 9pm.
Tokarska Gallery 163 Forest Rd., Walthamstow, London E17 6HE Tel: 020 8531 5419. Email:
How to find Tokarska Gallery: Victoria Line to Blackhorse Road Station. Buses: 123, 158. Map.
Opening Hours Thursday - Saturday, 12pm - 7pm or by appointment.