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when the boat comes in

15th oct - 3rd nov
preview fri 14th 6-9pm


Touch Wood

Opening night 27th May 6-9pm.
Exhibition continues until 16th June


We have new work coming into baxters all year round but twice a year we empty the gallery space and devote it to a completely new show for 3 weeks. These shows coincide with Dartmouth Galleries weeks when most of the galleries in Dartmouth have a private view on the same night. It's a great time to visit and both the selection of art available and the atmosphere are fantastic.

Email us with your home address and we can add you to our mailing list to receive invitations to private views and see a preview of the exhibitions.



This October Baxters will be featuring 4 artists new to the gallery who all feature fish in their work, most appropriate for the month when The Dartmouth Food Festival takes place. There will be a mix of paintings, linocuts, papier mache, ceramics and prints on wood.

Diana Tonnison's popular ceramic wall art won her the 2016 Gold Ceramics Award from Craft & Design magazine. Her inspiration comes from Fish, Fruit and Vegetable market produce from this country as well as her travels abroad.  Now she has developed an exciting new range which she is launching this year. She has high photographic quality images of her ceramic sculptural wall art printed on handmade recycled wood panels and each print is embellished by hand by Diana. Baxters will have both ceramic fish pieces as well as the limited edition prints on wood.

Working from her garden studio in East Devon Rosemary Jacks makes a wide range of functional slip decorated tableware. Bold shapes are thrown on the wheel using red earthenware, the traditional clay of Devon pottery. After applying handles, knobs and sprigs the pots are then dipped in a slip of white ball clay and decorated using a variety of techniques. Coloured slips and oxides with the addition of under glaze colours give the pieces an earthy quality which would look good in any kitchen.

Sue Baker’s fishy business all started about 20 years ago. She had always enjoyed messing with paints, drawing etc, especially when it overlapped with craft so the incredibly realistic fish she creates evolved from fiddling about with papier maché. Living in Cornwall for most of her life, the fish theme was inevitable.  They are basically constructed of cardboard, MDF, newspaper and hours of work! They’re all designed to hang on a wall.

Plymouth artist Jan Brewerton is a painter, printmaker, designer and maker who will be showing a collection of fish and food themed linocuts and paintings. Her subjects and motifs arise from diverse sources: the domestic environment, travel and nature. Details often overlooked in life. After years of working in specialist art education Jan now works full time in her studio. Jan will also be demonstrating lino-cutting in Baxters on Thursday 27th October between 11am and 1pm.

Alongside this feature Baxters will also be showing many new ranges of hand made Christmas gift ideas, ceramics, jewellery & sculpture



An exhibition at Baxters in Dartmouth to mark their 10th anniversary. All 10 artists featured use wood alone or incorporate it in their work.

There is something about wood. As it’s grown, no two pieces are ever identical and this becomes even more fascinating when we find fallen wood or driftwood that washes up on our beaches. The artists in this exhibition have that amazing talent of seeing what those pieces of wood can become and we cannot wait to see the resulting pieces they have made for us.

Some of the pieces by Kirsty Elson have been made from wood Sarah collected after the big storms this winter at Torcross, Beesands and Hallsands. Kirsty had a sell out show last year at Baxters when people queued for her work so this year has made larger pieces as well as her captivating cottages and quaysides. You will be able to meet Kirsty at Baxters on 3rd June and discuss her work and techniques.

Lynn Muir gave a talk last October at The Flavel Arts Centre as part of the “Artists and Makers Tales” event and she is returning with a collection of her driftwood sculptures that resemble 3 dimensional drawings suggesting a story to the viewer. These characterful figures always bring a smile and a feeling of joy.

Shirley Vauvelle - Shirley creates wall hung or freestanding sculptures, using white earthenware to hand build flower components, small creatures, birds and fish. These are then assembled together with driftwood, wire, reclaimed maps, vintage magazines and other interesting finds from the local beaches. Shirley enjoys the fun of creating objects that are a little bit different and quirky.

Steve Mansfield - Inspired by form and texture, Steve makes his driftwood birds using just a few hand tools with little or no work done to change the found shapes, finishing the job that was started by the sea. He says “You stare at piles of driftwood for several weeks, sometimes months, until inspiration strikes and two pieces come together. I used an old boat spar for years as a garden chair arm before it became a bird!”

Dinny Pocock says she is always on the lookout for 'small joys' - that's where ideas hide.  Seeing a blackbird intently pecking at the ground recalls the motion of an old sewing machine and sets her mind to thinking, how could these two images be combined to create a narrative? Her charming needlefelted creatures can therefore be found on wood planes, chess pieces, printing blocks or even wooden tape measures.

Whilst Alan Tugwell was studying for a diploma in Art & Creativity in New Zealand, he began creating flowing abstract forms using the beautiful native woods washed up on the beach by his house. Now based in Cornwall his human forms create a tactile experience for the ‘viewer’ his labels always say ‘Please Touch! rather than the opposite a pleasure usually denied to people in most galleries.

Andrew Ruffhead (Fish and Ships Coastal Art) works from his studio in Burnham Market producing his artworks made from driftwood and reclaimed boats, all with a coastal theme. Andrew is a true beach comber, sifting through the flotsam and jetsam to winkle out seaside treasures such as shells, rope and bits of abandoned boat, that can be re-fashioned into fun pieces of coastal art.

Kingswear resident Joanne Smith (The Barefoot Beachcomber) is well known for her beautiful cards which sell so quickly in Baxters. Each piece is unique, made from a mixture of seaglass, shells and pieces of pottery, all found on the beaches around Dartmouth with broken costume jewellery adding a little bit of sparkle. She also makes larger pieces from driftwood and in this show we will have a mixture of those and jewelled pieces mounted on reclaimed wood to stunning effect.

Boat builder-turned artist Andre Daniel uses a variety of British native woods from fallen trees to make his amazing moths and butterflies. He says “Every one is original and unique because no two pieces are ever the same. I look at every piece of wood and create something different. I don’t fell a tree to make a moth; it’s the little obscure pieces that I find that would otherwise not be used for anything else.” 

Clare Cutts is one of Baxter’s most popular printmakers. She has always used a variety of experimental screen printing courses to feed her knowledge and one of these was using a cut wood template to emboss the paper. During a talk demonstrating this technique the audience enthused over the wood shapes and she has now also started making laser cut trees which with their slightly scorched edges create a stunning feature.  

You will be able to see a preview of some of the pieces online at the beginning of May and the full exhibition from May 28th.

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