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Local artists team up to stage exhibition in Barnstaple

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: December 12, 2013

  • DISTINCTIVE: Emma Haines.

  • SEA INSPIRATION: Work by Sarah Cox.

  • FACE-OFF: Jim Duncan's art.

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BUY My Art I'm Hungry is the plea from a group of local talents who have launched an exhibition in Barnstaple.

Mel Saggs, Jim Duncan, Amy Johnstone, Sarah Cox, Emma Haines, Rachel Johnstone and Chrissy West are displaying their work at Barnstaple Coffee Shop, High Street, until Christmas Eve.

The group's members have a range of specialities to bring to the table, but one thing in common: they are all up-and-coming artists with a hunger to have their work seen.

"The works are displayed in Barnstaple Coffee Shop," said Mel Saggs, who gained a BA Hons in fine art from Petroc and Somerset College. "So the name's a connection between art and food.

"It's all about artists and buyers helping each other. All the artworks are very different though, there's a hodgepodge of artists to choose from."

Among the exhibitors is Jim Duncan, who also studied fine art at Petroc before attending DeMontfort in Leicester. His skills include sculpture, collage and spray painting, and he enjoys recreating new images from pictures in magazines and newspapers.

Amy Johnstone describes herself as a "curio and macabre artist", using antiques, found objects and animals. She sells her not so run-of-the-mill work online and at tattoo conventions nationwide.

Sarah Cox also likes to recycle material, but uses paper and card to create colourful and cheerful papier mâché pieces inspired by the sea. She also specialises in Fimo tiles.

Emma Haines' ability lies in painting and drawing animals in her own distinctive style, although she takes commissions for any subject through her company Emma's Art in Combe Martin and on Facebook.

Mel describes herself as a muralist and designer, inspired by the sea, landscapes and nature. She sells online (www.7thpencil.com) and in local shops.

Her work talks about "the duality of man and nature, its harmony, its dissolution, its ever changing state, for better or worse".

Buy My Art I'm Hungry is at Barnstaple Coffee Shop, High Street, Barnstaple until December 24. Opening hours: Monday-Saturday, 8.30am-5pm, Sunday 11am-4pm. For more information visit the exhibition's Facebook page.

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