NEW GIFTS AT ELEPHANTSTONES!

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NEW GIFTS AT ELEPHANTSTONES!

 

We have a selection of NEW gifts at Elephantstones!

We have a range of new beautifully handmade gifts and presents - tea sets, candle holders, canvas journals, Christmas ornaments and more!

Made by artisans, the new range combines timeless design with traditional skills and natural materials.

Our new range is perfect for gifting this festive season OR as a treat for yourself :) - all in the knowledge that your gift has been responsibly sourced and beautifully crafted. 

WHERE DO I COME FROM?

All our products are from local craftspeople, are made in the UK or sourced responsibly and sustainably from around the world. We care about the impact of what we sell! 

As an example, our East of India products support artisan families across Asia and only use wood from trees it plants and replants

We do not buy anything that does not hold true to the above! :)

Browse the full collection by visiting us!

OR

View a taster of the collection by clicking here!

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Elephantstones Christmas Cards!

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Elephantstones Christmas Cards!

Illustrated Christmas Cards!

We have a selection of NEW Christmas card designs created by our resident artist Eve.

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We have a new set of Hayfield cards available as a pack or as singles. They feature local scenes Twenty Trees, the Shooting Cabin, the Kissing Gate, and Hayfield Church.

We also have a new set of Scandi inspired Christmas cards featuring a reindeer, a dove of peace, Christmas foliage and mistletoe. These are also available as a pack or in singles.

Don’t worry! We still have our selection of large cards featuring festive things... a Christmas wreath, mistletoe, a reindeer and a Christmas angel! 

See the full range of cards here!

Who made them?

You can read all about the creatives at Elephantstones on our homepage.

You can also follow our facebook, instagram or twitter to keep up to date with what we are up to and what's new! 

Click here to get our social links.
 

CHRISTMAS OFFERS!!

Make sure you visit the gallery to see our great Christmas offers on our entire range of cards.   

 

 

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DERBYSHIRE OPEN ARTS EXHIBITION AT ELEPHANTSTONES!

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DERBYSHIRE OPEN ARTS EXHIBITION AT ELEPHANTSTONES!

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Wow! What a weekend! Thank you so much to everyone who stopped by!

PREVIEW EVENING

Huge thank you to all our friends and family who came to celebrate the opening of our exhibition. 

We didn't take too many pictures as we were busy having fun but here are a few... 

THE EXHIBITION

The exhibition went down a storm with lots of interest and sales. Thank you to everyone who came by over the Derbyshire Open Arts weekend and in the week following!

We will be adding our collection of limited edition prints to the website soon! They have a home in the gallery too so grab em' before they are gone!

TO READ more ABOUT THE EXHIBITION CLICK HERE!

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DERBYHIRE OPEN ARTS AT ELEPHANTSTONES!

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DERBYHIRE OPEN ARTS AT ELEPHANTSTONES!

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We are taking part in this years Derbyshire Open Arts Weekend with an exhibition of work inspired by the Peak District. 

The Exhibition

The exhibition will run throughout the May Bank Holiday weekend (26th-28th) , until Friday 1st of June. 10am - 5pm

If you come along to the gallery you'll find a selection of brand new photography, line work and ceramics. All the works will be for sale!

PREVIEW EVENING

We will be having a celebratory preview night on Friday 27th of May
7-9pm
. If you would like to come, pop us an email to whato@elephantstones.co.uk or call in! Drinks and nibbles will abound! 

See you there!!!!

Who is exhibiting?

Simon bridges - photographer

Simon Bridges captures photographic images of landscapes in broad vista and textural detail.

Alongside photography, Simon works as a creative design and marketing consultant. 

www.carbonsix.co.uk

 

eve Bridges - illustrator

Eve Lumai Bridges creates sparing line work of local landscapes alongside ceramics, mixed media and illustrations inspired by collections and memory.

Eve is currently studying for an MA in Illustration at the Manchester School of Art and exhibited in the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition 2017. 

www.eveillustration.co.uk

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The gallery

Named after the elephantine jumble of rocks on the edge of kinder plateau, the gallery is home to photography and artwork unashamedly intended to trigger a memory or evoke an image of a visit to the area.

The gallery also has an eclectic collection of objet, glass, ceramics, homewares from Scandinavia, and a range of ethically sourced gifts. 

www.elephantstones.co.uk

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make sure you stop by, say hello, enjoy some art and MAYBE even take some home with you!

See you there :) 

Harry Ousey - Artist

Harry lived at Hill farm in Hayfield from 1947 to 1950  where he began his love affair with landscape..

We have a collection of Harry's work at the gallery which will also be displayed during the event. Call in and see the original works which are
also for sale!

www.harryousey.co.uk

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FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOKINSTAGRAM OR TWITTER TO KEEP UP TO DATE WITH THE EVENT!

F: @elephantstonesgallery T: @elephantstones6 I: @elephantstonesgallery

 

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DERBYSHIRE OPEN ARTS 2018

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DERBYSHIRE OPEN ARTS 2018

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View our profile on the Dersbyhire Open Arts website by clicking here!

ELEPHANTSTONES GALLERY is TAKING PART IN the DERBYSHIRE OPEN ARTS TRAIL THIS MAY BANK HOLIDAY! 

26th-28th may 2018

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Showing works from Simon Bridges (photographer), his daughter Eve Bridges (Illustrator) and a collection of Harry Ousey (1915-1985) works, we hope you will come and visit us!

Not only will we have Elephantstones artworks inspired by the Peak District, but we will have a series of personal works on show too! 

More details to follow...

Keep up to date with what's happening at Elephantstones by following us on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook.

Facebook: @elephantstonesgallery

Twitter: @elephantstones6

Instagram: @elephantstonesgallery

 

 

 

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HARRY OUSEY'S ABSTRACTED LANDSCAPES EXHIBITION VIDEO

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HARRY OUSEY'S ABSTRACTED LANDSCAPES EXHIBITION VIDEO

A video record of the curation, hanging and finished exhibition of Harry Ousey's 'Abstracted Landscapes' at Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery - January 20th to February 24th 2018.

This exhibition saw selected works that articulate Ousey’s extraordinary gift for creating marks that are sparing yet wonderfully expressive.

TO READ MORE ABOUT HARRY OUSEY'S STORY AT ELEPHANTSTONES CLICK HERE!

TO READ MORE ABOUT THE EXHIBITION CLICK HERE!

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IRONWORK BY RAIF BRENNAND

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IRONWORK BY RAIF BRENNAND

 

IRONWORK Made Locally

We have a selection of ironwork from door knockers to fire pokers!

Hayfield born, Raif worked at a primary school before a change of direction saw him spend six years in a scrap yard. Here he picked up welding and metal working skills and a dislike for waste.

Raif built a forge from scrap car parts, which he now uses to create his ironwork from waste metal. His materials and kit may be unconventional but his craft is timeless and he uses traditional methods to make his work, coating his finished pieces with beeswax to slow the rusting process.

To see the full collection, visit us!

 

 

 

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THE OPENING OF ABSTRACTED LANDSCAPES!

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THE OPENING OF ABSTRACTED LANDSCAPES!

Thank you so much to everyone who came to the opening of the Harry Ousey Abstracted Landscapes Exhibition!!

What a lovely day celebrating with everyone at the opening of the exhibition at Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery. Well done to Sue Astles (Harry Ousey's niece) and Simon (Elephantstones big cheese) for their excellent speeches and thank you to the Mayoress of Stockport for stopping by!

We are so pleased with how everything came together so make sure you stop by and enjoy the fantastic work!

 

TO READ MORE ABOUT HARRY OUSEY'S STORY AT ELEPHANTSTONES CLICK HERE!

TO READ MORE ABOUT THE EXHIBITION CLICK HERE!

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THE JOURNEY TO HARRY OUSEY'S ABSTRACTED LANDSCAPES!

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THE JOURNEY TO HARRY OUSEY'S ABSTRACTED LANDSCAPES!

The Elephantstones Gallery crew and Sue have been busy organising and hanging the Harry Ousey Abstracted Landscapes Exhibition at Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery! Thank you to everyone who helped out! We couldn't have done it without you. The show opens on Saturday 20th January and if you pop in between 2-4pm you can enjoy a celebratory glass of wine and hear the opening speeches. 

Simon and Eve helping Sue to curate and group pieces for the show - 166 works in total!

Simon and Eve helping Sue to curate and group pieces for the show - 166 works in total!

Putting mirror plates on the frames ready to be taken to the gallery!

Putting mirror plates on the frames ready to be taken to the gallery!

Here are some snaps from hanging the show. We had such fun doing it and really hope you like the show! 

TO READ MORE ABOUT HARRY OUSEY'S STORY AT ELEPHANTSTONES CLICK HERE!

TO READ MORE ABOUT THE EXHIBITION CLICK HERE!

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HARRY OUSEY AT STOCKPORT WAR MEMORIAL ART GALLERY!

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HARRY OUSEY AT STOCKPORT WAR MEMORIAL ART GALLERY!

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Jan 20th - Feb 24th

We are so pleased to be involved with the curation of the Harry Ousey abstracted landscapes exhibition in January! Make sure you stop by!

One needs more than paint

Harry’s restless drifting saw him elude broad recognition and led to a final move to France where he remained until his death in 1985. 

Recent re-exposure of his work has seen his reputation rise and his work described as “very important in the 20th century British art scene”. 

His body of work runs to several hundred pieces and includes oil, watercolour and collage.  

Fragments are to be found in the Whitworth Gallery, Falmouth Art Gallery, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Macedonia, The Devonshire Collection, Chatsworth House, Buxton Museum and Art Gallery, Central Art Gallery Ashton-under-Lyne and the Salford Museum and Art Gallery.

This exhibition sees selected works that articulate Ousey’s extraordinary gift for creating marks that are sparing yet wonderfully expressive.

A number of the works are for sale.

Born in Longsight, Manchester, Harry Ousey’s life story is one of a bohemian drifter who created truly great art, but who found the machinations of commercial art distasteful and the politics and posturing of the art scene a source of disillusionment.   

A Life Immersed in Art

He spent time living in the Peak District where he began his love affair with landscape.

His life was lived to create and Ousey’s paintings convey his experience of the landscape, physical, emotional and visual.

He believed that it was possible “only in the abstract to fully express the effect of landscape”.

Ousey was by no means unknown - he worked in St Ives and was a contemporary of Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, Barbara Hepworth and Ben Nicholson. He lived in swinging London in the sixties where his work saw success in the commercial galleries of the day.

Supporting Events

An illustrated Talk: "One Needs More Than Paint"

2pm Saturday, 27th January, 
Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery

Sue Astles, Harry’s niece and custodian of his legacy, is holding an illustrated talk about his life and work.
Sue will also share her  experiences from inheriting Harry’s work and how she set about reintroducing his name to the British Art scene after an absence of over 30 years.

 

 

Textile Workshop


Saturday, 3rd February, 2018,
11am - 4pm. Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery

Glossop Embroiderer’s Guild is holding a Textile Workshop based around the textures and colours of Harry Ousey’s paintings. Shown left is a multi-panel piece recently exhibited alongside Ousey’s art at the Nicholson Gallery, Leek.
Information available on Stockport MBC website or Glossop Embroiders Guild website.

To read more about Harry Ousey's story at Elephantstones click here!

To Vist the harry ousey website click here!

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Have a merry Christmas from Elephantstones!

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Have a merry Christmas from Elephantstones!

Illustrated Christmas Cards!

We have a selection of NEW Christmas card designs created by our resident artist Eve Bridges. But don't worry! We still have all the Christmas classics!

Our small cards are inspired by Hayfield and its landmarks. They feature local scenes Twenty Trees, the Shooting Cabin, the Kissing Gate, and Hayfield's skyline.  

We also have a selection of large cards featuring festive things... a robin, mistletoe, a reindeer and a Christmas angel! 

Who made them?

You can read all about the creatives at Elephantstones on our homepage.

You can also follow our facebook, instagram or twitter to keep up to date with what we are up to and what's new! 

Click here to get our social links.
 

CHRISTMAS OFFERS!!
Make sure you visit the gallery to see our great Christmas offers on our entire range of cards.   

 

 

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NEW GIFTS AT ELEPHANTSTONES!

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NEW GIFTS AT ELEPHANTSTONES!

 

We have a large selection of NEW gifts at Elephantstones!

Hand carved and hand painted wooden gifts and wobbly ceramic homeware, our selection of gifts are perfect for presents OR as a treat for yourself - all in the knowledge that your gift has been responsibly sourced and beautifully crafted. 

WHERE DO I COME FROM?

All our products are from local craftspeople, are made in the UK or sourced responsibly and sustainably from around the world. We care about the impact of what we sell! 

As an example, our East of India products support artisan families across Asia and only use wood from trees it plants and replants

We do not buy anything that does not hold true to the above! :)

Browse the full collection by visiting us!

OR

View a taster of the collection by clicking here!

 

 

 

 

 

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Harry Ousey Exhibition, Leek

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Harry Ousey Exhibition, Leek

HARRY OUSEY AT THE NICHOLSON MUSEUM & ART GALLERY!

We visited the Harry Ousey exhibition in Leek on it's opening day. There are some inspirational pieces on show with some never seen before Ousey works being exhibited! 

2nd September - 7th October 2017

To find out more about where to visit Ousey's exhibition, see the 'What's On' section of the Visit Leek website. 

www.visitleek.co.uk

To read more about Harry Ousey, visit his website!

www.harryousey.co.uk

For more information on Harry Ousey at Elephantstones click here!

 

 

 

 

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OUSEY AT ELEPHANTSTONES

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OUSEY AT ELEPHANTSTONES

Ron and Sue (Harry Ousey's niece) visiting the exhibition. 

Ron and Sue (Harry Ousey's niece) visiting the exhibition. 

THANK YOU FROM ELEPHANTSTONES!

Its been a busy year so far at Elephantstones! We would like to thank everyone who came to our 3rd birthday celebrations - the Harry Ousey exhibition was a fantastic event. You can read about the exhibition here!

Don't worry, we still have a collection of Ousey's work so make sure to pop in!

All the works are for sale, so owning an original work is within reach! 

READ ABOUT HARRY OUSEYS STORY AT ELEPHANTSTONES! 

Click here to read about Ousey!

OR

Visit his website! 

www.harryousey.co.uk

 

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HARRY OUSEY EXHIBITION AT ELEPHANTSTONES!

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HARRY OUSEY EXHIBITION AT ELEPHANTSTONES!

We're celebrating the gallery's 3rd Birthday with an exhibition of Harry Ousey's abstracted landscapes!

The Exhibition

The exhibition will run throughout the May Bank Holiday weekend (27th-29th) , until Friday 2nd June. 10am - 4pm

If you come along to the gallery you'll find a time-line
of Harry's life and a wide selection of his works. All the works will be for sale, so owning an original work is within reach! 

PREVIEW EVENING

We will be having a celebratory preview night on Friday 26th of May
6-9pm
. If you would like to come, pop us an email to whato@elephantstones.co.uk or call in and we will give you an invite! Drinks and nibbles will abound! 

See you there!!!!

The Hayfield Connection

Harry and his wife Susie lived at Hill House Farm from 1947 -1950 and it was here that his time surrounded by the landscape inspired much of his future work.

Harry's "edge movement" draws upon elements of landscape - drystone walls, drifting clouds and the horizon of hills and simplifies them into abstraction. The picture here is a great example of landscape distilled into a few sparing lines and bleeding colours.

Harry Ousey?

Harry Ousey, born in Longsight, Manchester, has been described as "very important in the 20th century British art scene".

His life story is one of a bohemian drifter who created truly great art, but who found the machinations of commercial art distasteful and the politics and posturing of the art scene a source of disillusionment.

When he did come into contact with the art establishment, his work was lauded and exhibited, but the art world doesn't chase and Harry’s restless drifting saw him elude broad recognition.

A Life Immersed in Art

He was at the International Surrealist Exhibition of 1936 where Salvador Dali turned up in a diving suit. He worked in St Ives and was a contemporary of Wilhemina Banks-Graham, Barbara Hepworth and Ben Nicholson. He lived in swinging London in the sixties before a final move to France where he remained until his death in 1985 in Marseilles. At every point he was making art and his work developed along similar lines to other artists such as Rothko yet, whilst he acknowledged the parallels, his isolation gives credibility to his assertion that his creativity was independent of direct influence.

His body of work includes oil, watercolour and collage and fragments are to be found in the Whitworth Gallery, Falmouth Art Gallery, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Macedonia, The Devonshire Collection, Chatsworth House and the Salford Museum and Art Gallery. 

To Vist the harry ousey website click here!

To read more about Harry Ousey's story at Elephantstones click here!

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Spring at Elephantstones!

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Spring at Elephantstones!

 

We have lots of exciting things going on at Elephantstones! 

Our Easter window display is up and full of lots of little fluffy chicks! (and some great new pieces of Scandinavian homeware and artwork.)

We have also been making a few changes to our website. 

You can now view a selection of our cards and a taste of our Scandimania collection! 

Click here to see cards!

Click here to see Scandimania!

We also have a new addition to our homepage! 

You can read about Harry Ouseys story at Elephantstones! 

Click here to read about Ousey!

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Visit his website! 

www.harryousey.co.uk

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Sue Astles on Harry Ousey

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Sue Astles on Harry Ousey

SUNDAY 5TH MARCH FROM 11.30AM AT THE LAUGHING BADGER GALLERY

HARRY OUSEY  1915-1985

“SOME LANDSCAPES CANNOT BE EXPRESSED IN WORDS, ONLY IN PAINT.”

 Sue Astles

 Sue Astles

 

Harry Ousey's niece, Sue Astles, will be giving a talk on Ouseys artwork from the Peak District and beyond! 
 




Make sure you stop by, it would be a shame to miss such a special event!

See poster to the right for more information.  

To find out more about where to visit Ousey's exhibition, visit the Laughing Badger Gallery Facebook page! 

www.facebook.com/laughingbadgergallery 

To read more about Harry Ousey, visit his website!

www.harryousey.co.uk

For more information on Harry Ousey at Elephantstones click here!

 

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Harry Ousey Exhibition!

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Harry Ousey Exhibition!

 

 

 

 

HARRY OUSEY AT THE LAUGHING BADGER GALLERY!

We visited the Laughing Badger Gallery on the opening day of the Harry Ousey Exhibition. 

There were some beautiful pieces of Harry's work on show!

To find out more about where to visit Ousey's exhibition, visit the Laughing Badger Gallery Facebook page! 

www.facebook.com/laughingbadgergallery 

To read more about Harry Ousey, visit his website!

www.harryousey.co.uk

For more information on Harry Ousey at Elephantstones click here!

 

 

 

 

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