THE VIEW FROM THE FELLS: IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF MARIE HARTLEY *UPDATE* the exhibition has been extended until 24th January 2021 19th August - 24 January 2021 Dales Countryside Museum, Hawes View from the Fells is the culmination of a two year project inspired by the life and work of Marie Hartley MBE, the founder (with Joan Ingilby) of the Dales Countryside Museum. Marie Hartley, was an artist, writer and cultural historian.
Upon her death, Marie bequeathed her wood engraving blocks to the Museum. They are beautiful little glimpses into the social, cultural and natural history of the Yorkshire Dales and are artefacts in their own right. Many of the blocks were exquisite images created to illustrate the books that she co-wrote with Ella Pontefract in the 1930s and 1940s: Swaledale, Wensleydale and Wharfedale.
Hester was invited to make prints from the 127 wood engraving blocks and spent a year researching Marie’s life and work, visiting some of the places written about in the three books and creating prints inspired by the Yorkshire Dales landscape. This solo show is a culmination of that work and showcases a collection of collagraphs prints. It is the first time that Hester has made such an extensive body of new work and the exhibition was planned to coincide with talks and workshops which will hopefully be re-scheduled in 2021. This is also a chance to see some of Marie's prints and items from both artists' studios. To book your visit, click: HERE
SWALEDALE, "THE UNTAMED DALE" Sat 3 July - Sun 15 August 2021 Old School Gallery, Muker A celebration of Upper Swaledale featuring work by Hester Cox & Anji Timlin, both of whom take inspiration from Marie Hartley and Ella Pontefract's renowned book 'Swaledale', plus new woodcuts and and linocuts by Laura Boswell capturing the essence of this wonderful untamed dale.
ENCOUNTERS - IN SEARCH OF THE WILD 1 October - 31 December 2021 Masham Gallery, Masham Hester Cox solo show . Original prints by Hester Cox celebrating our relationship with nature and the countryside.