Wild printmaking on Dartmoor

THE new exhibition at the Devon Guild of Craftsmen’s gallery at its home at Bovey Tracey is A Year on Dartmoor –   365 Square Miles in Print, work by Totnes artist Anita Reynolds, on from 19th May to 1st July.

This one-woman show reflects the changing seasons and their impact on the landscape and its inhabitants. Many of the dramatic prints, paintings and installations were created outdoors.

The printmaker, who is a Guild Member, is visiting all 365 square miles of Dartmoor National Park and representing each with an artwork. This exhibition shows work from a year spent on many different square miles of the moor including Cox Tor, Foggin Tor and Cold East Cross with its areas scarred with burned gorse.

Known for her immersive techniques, using materials found on-site, Anita creates dynamic work in all weathers, using her mobile print bus and a mini-press she calls Baby Barry. The exhibition includes atmospheric large scale prints supported by the story of their creation in sketches, monoprints, photography and film.

Anita says: “Spending large amounts of time working outside, revisiting locations at different times of the year, my mark making reflects my total immersion in the landscape. Pushing the boundaries of printmaking techniques I am constantly exploring new ways of representing my ideas. The wide range of printmaking techniques and the innovative use of new and unusual materials satisfies my constant need to invent and make.”

Associated events at the Devon Guild during the exhibition include a launch party on Friday 18th May, with Pat Fleming, Dartmoor poet and founder of the Moor poets (book for dinner on 01626 831959); Hands On!, a free drop-in family workshop with Anita Reynolds on Thursday 31st May from 10am; A Way In – Artist and Maker workshop, Sunday 17th June,  10.30am to 4pm, led by Guild member Jess Davies (book on 01626 832223).