Two new shows announced at gallery that opened first northern space in Harrogate during Covid

Leading Harrogate art gallery Messums has announced the latest additions to its rolling exhibition programme of up to six shows per year.

Thursday, 22nd October 2020, 5:05 pm
Showing at Messums Harrogate gallery - Large scale abstract drawings by artist Charles Poulsen. (Photo by Phil Stanley Dickson)
Showing at Messums Harrogate gallery - Large scale abstract drawings by artist Charles Poulsen. (Photo by Phil Stanley Dickson)

Having taking the decision to open his first gallery in the north in Harrogate after success with Messums Wiltshire originally, followed by Messums London, owner Johnny Messum has announced two new solo exhibitions at the swish gallery spread across two floors on James Street.

Launching on Saturday, October 31, the first show features one of the leading glass artists in America.

Showing at Messums Harrogate gallery - Work by American glass artist Dante Marioni.

Dante Marioni, who trained at the world famous Pilchuck School of Glass In Washington State, will be presenting glass sculptures - classically shaped vases - with immensely technically accomplished surface treatments in an array of vibrant colours.

Each one is hand made and is a unique piece.

Recognised as the world’s leading reticello glass artist (a technique of creating a lattice work net pattern in glass) Marioni's work can be found in museums and galleries around the world including London’s V&A, New York’s Museum of Art and Design and Japan’s National Museum of Modern Art.

This is the first time he has had a show in Yorkshire and Messums is his sole representative in the UK.

The other show is of a remarkable artist who is presenting a series of his large scale abstract drawings - Charles Poulsen who has shown his drawings and sculpture throughout the UK.

But the Messums Harrogate exhibition will be Poulsen's first show in Yorkshire.

Both shows start on October 31 and run until November 28 and offer the perfect illustratration of Messums' commitment to showcasing the best of national and international art and craft to visitors in its galleries in London, Wiltshire and Yorkshire.

Free online artist talks and interviews for each show can be booked on the gallery website - as Messums is passionate about linking visitors to the artists themselves and about explaining how they create their artworks.

The talks will take place as follows:

Artist Charles Poulsen - Saturday, October 31 at 11am.

American glass artist Dante Marioni on Saturday, November 14 at 6pm.

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