Rita Thorn, Melanie Thorn and Jeanette Faulkner Clarke

1 – 7 May 2013


  • Diversity features an exhibition of new work by three artists, Rita Thorn, Jeanette Faulkner Clarke and Melanie Thorn. Each artist has their own individual style and the exhibition represents the mix and diversity that they create.


  • Rita is a mixed media artist and teacher. She works from Hands on Art, a small studio in Worcestershire where she pursues her own practice and teaches classes and workshops for adults and children in a variety of art disciplines. More recently she has created Hands on Art, a home based studio where she pursues her own practice and also holds classes for adults and children in a number of art disciplines. Rita’s current work explores the potential and unpredictability of acrylic ink, using it freely with water on both paper and canvas surfaces and mixing it     with other media, including watercolour. She uses relief outlines, gems and glass on some pieces to create texture. The use of colour is a strong feature of the work, making it vibrant and exciting.


  • Jeanette and Melanie both graduated in fine Art from the University of Gloucestershire in 2008 and have since exhibited their work in local galleries within Worcestershire and Gloucestershire. Jeanette pursues her practice form her studio in Worcestershire, finding her inspiration in the inherent beauty and spirit in all things manifested in form, giving her a wide and varied subject matter. Jeanette has used mixed media and inks, working with the unpredictable nature of these materials in her latest collection which portrays her love of horses, capturing their many characteristics.


  • Melanie continued to graduate with a Master’s degree in Urban Design from Birmingham City University and went on to start a new creative design business, Melanie’s Studio Designs, based in Worcestershire, offering illustrative drawing services, handmade occasion stationery and graphic design services alongside her painting practice. Melanie’s paintings in oils and acrylics take you on her journey of discovery of sublime light reflected in the towns and countryside of Southern France, immersing you in the atmosphere of Provence and the Côte d’Azur.


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The Gardens were originally developed in the early 1800's and its centrepiece is the Bandstand.

Facing the Bandstand is the Proscenium Building where we now have our Gallery.

Follow https://tinyurl.com/MontpellierGardens for a history of the gardens and https://www.facebook.com/MontpellierGardens/about for information about Friends of the Bandstand and Gardens(FOMBAG).


  1. There is wheelchair access to the gallery from the path between the tennis courts and the gallery.
  2. For exhibitors delivering their work, there is a locked bollard to be removed at the gardens entrance. See link below for details.
  3. Unfortunately, there is no disabled parking in the gardens.
  4. Exhibitors should take care to design their exhibition layout with wheelchair use in mind.

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