Surrey Hills Sculpture Garden

Adam Aaronson has recently been working on several new sculptures for the annual Surrey Hills Sculpture Garden exhibiton  at Birtley House in Bramley. The exhibition opens on Saturday 30th April and is open to the public from 11am – 5pm until 5th June.

“I’m particularly pleased with my new totems” said Adam. “I first made totems around 1991/2 but these were much smaller, standing around 50cm high. It’s taken a while to come back to the ideas and scale them up, but I’ve been meaning to do this for some time and the Surrey Hills Sculpture Garden at Birtley has given me the opportunity to do so”.

The Totems stand approximately 2 metres tall and are composed of colourful multiple blown glass elements supported by a stainless steel core.

Totem i at Surrey Hills Sculpture Garden Totem II at Surrey Hills Sculpture Garden

Adam is also exhibiting two new “Cubes” and a “Tower”. These substantial works are formed using a process of casting hot glass from the furnace onto a steel table. They are supported on stainless steel bases.

Tower at Surrey Hills Sculpture GardenCube I at Surrey Hills Sculpture Garden

In addition, the exhibition features three of Adam’s “Bud” sculptures. These are blown glass elements supported by stainless steel posts.

Buds at Surrey Hills Sculpture Garden

The Birtley exhibition features a wide range of work from some outstanding sculptors and is definitely worth a visit, and is is open daily from 11am – 5pm. There are around 170 sculptures in total and these are set in the stunning formal gardens. This is an ideal opportunity to enjoy the extensive grounds at Birtley too.

This is the fourth consecutive year that Adam Aaronson has exhibited in the Surrey Hills Sculpture Garden.

 

Adam Aaronson Glass at appART

Adam Aaronson Glass at appART

Adam always looks forward to participating in the annual Easter appART exhibition at Priors Field School  in Godalming. This year is no exception as the standard and range of the exhibits is exceptionally high.

The exhibition features work by 200 artists. It incorporates a fascinating Sculpture Trail around the beautiful gardens, which were originally designed by Gertrude Jekyll. There is also an indoor exhibition in the beautiful arts and crafts building designed by Charles Voysey. This is a wonderful tranquil setting, and with its rich history, it is an ideal location for an exhibition of this kind.

Buds appART

The sculpture trail features a staggering 705 exhibits and the indoor exhibition a further 472, so there is definitely something for everyone. Adam has a several sculptures installed in the grounds and is well represented indoors with some of his most recent landscape bowls.

Landscapes appART

The exhibition was opened on Friday 1st April by Tinx Newton, the Art Editor of Surrey Life magazine. The event marks 20 years of exhibition organizing by the directors of appART, Gwyn and Evelyn Phillips.

The exhibition runs from Saturday 2nd April to Sat 16th April 2016 and is open daily from 10am-4pm. Admission is free but there is a £2 charge for the comprehensive catalogue. A visit is highly recommended and you should allow at least an hour if you want to see and study all the exhibits.

Adam Aaronson Glass at the Mall Galleries

Adam Aaronson Glass at the Mall Galleries.

Adam will be exhibiting at the Mall Galleries with the Society of Designer Craftsmen this week and will have a selection of his recent “landscapes” on display.

Adam has also made, specially for this fair, a selection of small “beachcomber” and “fresco” vases and bowls with prices starting at £25, which make ideal Christmas presents. There will also be paperweights, birds, elephants and more!

Designer Crafts at the Mall opens on Wednesday 16th December and runs through to Sunday 20th December. The fair opens daily at 10am and on Wednesday 16th and Thursday 17th is open late till 7pm. On Friday 18th and Saturday 19th it is open till 5pm. On the final day, Sunday 20th the fair closes at 4pm.

There will be a preview from 5pm till 9pm on Tuesday 15th December. Admission to the preview is free and no tickets are required.

 

Riverhouse Arts Centre Exhibition

At the Riverhouse Arts Centre Exhibition you can see some of Adam’s “Flame” sculptures.

These are exhibited as part of the Surrey Sculpture Society Exhibition at the Robert Phillips Gallery at the Riverhouse Arts Centre in Walton-on-Thames. The exhibition opened on Wednesday 22 July and runs until Sunday 16th August. Adam has three sculptures in the exhibition. In the main gallery, you can find the group of three turquoise flames shown here. At the foot of the stairs, in the foyer, you will find a group of two amber flames. In the cafe there is a single deep purple flame. The flames are securely attached to a steel base, using unique steel fittings designed by Adam.

Adam’s “Flame” sculptures developed from his “Stone” and “Sail” series of work. Whereas the stones and sails tend to be small objects up to around 35cm tall, the Flames are considerably larger. They are usually around 50cm and 100cm tall. “The flames are really quite massive pieces of glass to have flopping around on the end of a blowing iron. The whole making process is extremely dramatic and requires a good deal of planning and coordination”, Adam says.

Recently a group of nine flames were installed by Adam in a private spa in the South of France. The beautiful transparency of the sculptures perfectly captures the nuances of the Mediterranean light.

Adam is participating in this exhibition at the Riverhouse Arts Centre not only as an exhibitor, but also as the exhibition designer. He very much enjoyed helping to put the whole show together. Adam comments: “From the outset, I noticed that there were some distinct themes emerging in the work submitted. In particular my eye was immediately caught by spirals, animals, children and dancers.  So my aim was to group the work in little enclaves within the gallery.”

 

Hillier Gardens Exhibition

Adam’s new sculptures on display at Art in the Garden.

These beautiful new sculptures inspired by birds in flight can be placed in gardens or ponds, and either displayed individually, or in groups of different configurations. Also in the exhibition are three of Adam’s ‘Cloud’ sculptures and three of his ‘Garden Within A Flower’ series.

Art in the Garden, Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, Jermyns Lane, Romsey, Hampshire, SO51 0QA. May 16 to October 18. For more details: www3.hants.gov.uk/hilliergardens/hilliers-whatson/aitg-2015.htm