Fantastic Creatures Art Exhibition at Obsidian Art

  |  Published: Jul 29th 2017

Now On until 3 September


Currently on at Obsidian Art is a fun exhibition featuring animal and summer inspired art – creatures both fantastic and fantastical in a huge range of styles and materials from paintings to sculpture, jewellery, ceramics, textiles & glass by over 50 selected artists and makers from around the UK.


If you want to see a fantastic range of diverse art & craft by a wide selection of British artists and makers then visit the current show at Obsidian Art Gallery in Stoke Mandeville.  With two themes – “Fantastic Creatures” features a wonderful range of creatures – animals, birds – both real and imagined, and the Summer Collection includes art inspired by the beach and coastline and English summer meadows and is full of colour and variety. The selected artists include several local artists, as well as many artists from further afield.  Local artists taking part in this show include Barbara Shaw, who is exhibiting her wonderful textile animals, including sheep made using reel fleece, fun dog and cat printmaking by Jenni Cator and also by Nathalie Pymm, paintings by Niki Bell, Angela Fielder and Linda Travers Smith, drawings and digital art by Maria Teresa Navarra, jewellery by Alison Berthelsen and Kerry Newth, and ceramic sculpture by Carol Read and Richard Ballantyne.


There are also lots of artists invited to exhibit from further afield and exhibiting at Obsidian for the first time, including colourful ceramic elephant and bird sculptures by Pratima Kramer.  Pratima’s love of art has been lifelong even though she originally trained as a scientist. Pratima started studying at various universities through their open study programmes and started making art, primarily in mixed media. Through her ongoing experimentation she has developed a personalised style of creating distinctive forms of composition, harmony and mood. The artefacts that frequently appear in her work are collected during her frequent travels throughout India, as she tries to encapsulate all aspects of the country including the magnificent sculptures, stunning textures, vibrant colours and vitality of the subjects.


Also showing work for the first time at Obsidian Art is Sandra Young, with a some stunning glass sculptures of dragons, fairies, birds and flowers. Sandra has been a glass sculptor for more than 30 years. In that time she has developed techniques to create intricate pieces of unusually large scale and detail; working around the physical problems this creates.

Her work uses flame working, where glass is melted within the flame and then sculpted and manipulated into forms to express her love of the natural world. She uses metal based glass lustres to give iridescent colour and also coloured rod; for example creating eye canes and for hi-lighting and detail such as the flash of white on a bird’s head. As an applied artist, Sandra’s one of a kind works include sculptures of British birds and flowers; and from myth- dragons and fairies.


As well as Sandra’s fabulous glass sculptures, glass also features strongly in this show with beautiful fused glass dishes and panels by Vanda Zebrak and Peter Smyth, and by Karen Eames, glass jewellery by Julie Fountain and Connell & Hart, and stained glass by Naomi Brangwyn. The glass is complimented by a wide range of paintings, textiles, printmaking, ceramics, jewellery and sculpture.


With such a huge variety of style & subject there should be something for everyone – don’t miss it !



“Fantastic Creatures!” is on at Obsidian Art, at The Bucks Goat Centre, Old Risborough Road in Stoke Mandeville.  The gallery is open from 10am to 5pm on weekdays & Saturdays and from 12 noon to 4pm on Sundays & August Bank Holiday. Entry is free & all work is for sale.  The exhibition continues until September 3rd.  For further details see or call the gallery on 01296 612150.

sheep by Barbara Shaw
Glass dragon sculpture by Sandra Young
Elephant & Bird sculpture by Pratima Kramer
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