Mary Newman's Cottage
By Alex Hannon
Drawn to the Valley is a group of artists who are based around the Tamar Valley, recognised as an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The organisation has over 140 members.
From the 30th of August to the 7th of September, local artists Celia Lister and Melanie Guy were displaying examples of their work inspired by the Tamar Valley, inside what is known as Mary Newman's Cottage in Saltash.
Two pieces on display
A 15th Century building, the oldest standing building in the town, it is believed to be the former home of Sir Francis Drake's first wife, Mary Newman. It is open to the public, and features a colourful Elizabethan garden offering views of the River Tamar.
A short walk from Saltash train station and town centre, the cottage is a popular spot with tourists.
A 15th Century cottage on Culver Road in Saltash, the oldest standing building in Saltash, is believed to be the former home of Mary Newman, the first wife of Sir Francis Drake.
The exhibition was part of Drawn to the Valley's Open Studios season. Other displays were held in nearby locations including Torpoint, Landrake and Calstock, and included work from other professional artists. Artists specialised in everything from ceramics to jewellery.
Artists Celia Lister and Melanie Guy were displaying examples of their work inspired by the Tamar Valley, inside the cottage.
Celia works mainly with calligraphy and lettering. She was also displaying handmade personalised greetings cards alongside the rest of her pieces.
Calligraphy on display
"It's lovely to exhibit in a period cottage like this", she told me, "We really live in such a unique place. I think a lot of the art captures that sense of place."
"Although a lot of people think of calligraphy as being very traditional, I incorporate it more with watercolour, illustration and design", she continued.
Melanie Guy's displayed pieces were a mixture of pewter work, painting and drawing. She explained that a lot of her work was inspired by living above water for much of her life, and being interested in the behaviour of light.
"I'm intrigued by metal", she explained, "I use it traditionally - I hand-raise pewter metal and make functional objects like bowls, but I also make panels for situations where they could be exhibited in contemporary interiors. They have lots of reflective qualities."
The artists' work was displayed all around the cottage, amongst the cottage's usual displays and period furniture.
last updated: 08/04/2009 at 15:05