Severnside – An Artist’s View Of The River Severn (and approaching the Wye now too!)
Artist Carolyn Black has written, and drawn, a new book all about the River Severn, alongside various exhibitions of drawings and prints in the Gloucestershire area.
She moved to the South West, in the early eighties and lived near the East bank of the Severn, moving to the Forest of Dean in 2006. Throughout those years she has spent many hours contemplating the wonders of the tides and the places on the riverside. Severnside: An Artist’s View Of The Severn’, is a travelogue with a difference. It contains many of the drawings, which serve as markers along a circular road trip that begins, and ends, at The Old Severn Bridge. This is her first publication and is being published under the imprint of art.earth. The result is a book packed with stories, history, drawings and tall tales. It is both factual and playful and even a little bit opinionated. Having fallen in love with the Forest she now plans to go further up and work in response to the Wye.
An exhibition of recent work about the wye in Brockweir, alongside some Severn images too, will launch at Brockweir & Hewelsfield Village Shop at 6.30pm on Friday 14th December. Books will be available in the shop there and popping up at Longhope Bakery and other places over Christmas.
Another exhibition will be put up in 2019 at Prema Art Centre – crossing the river is important, and cheaper without the tolls.