tree headIt is always wonderful when the long, damp days of our Cornish winter show the first signs of turning to spring. The turquoise and grey landscape gives way to a stream of warm air from the south, and the sudden blossoming of sea-pinks and painted camelias.

And as we at NC busy ourselves with new artworks and rehangs, our first show of the season holds a special excitement and a restored appreciation for the jewel like beauty of the West Cornwall landscape. Spring is here, pouring colour back into St Ives, and this year the works in our Easter exhibition, which brings together three of the South West’s finest painters and craftspeople, are united in their vibrant use of colour.

Ceramicist Jane Muir’s warmly amusing and beautifully crafted figures are brought to life by a palette of rainbow colours, detailed across each surface with precision and a lightness of touch. Blue birds, green butterflies, yellow flowers and a dash of wry humour reflect the season’s optimism. Emma Jeffryes’ multicoloured paintings of St Ives town and harbour not only define the gulf stream explosion of flowers, ocean colours and glowing light that Easter brings, but also the onset of our bustling Cornwall season and some longed for summer sunshine. And artist and craftsman Paul Anderson’s powerful, sculptural furniture is lifted here and there by incongruous strips of vivid colour. They mimic, in a way,  the odd mix of industrial might and seaside prettiness in St Ives harbour, and the striped primary colours of its heavy, working boats.

John Ruskin wrote that “The purest and most thoughtful minds are those which love colour the most” …….. well we are pure of mind and bright of mood here at NC, ready for a lively season of exhibitions, private views, breezy lunch-runs and sun-hot strolls home after a hard days encounter with colour.

Other colours in store for our 2013 season are: the energetic blues and greens of painter Lucie Bray, the earthy ochres and indigos of ceramicist Sarah Purvey, the ominously beautiful purples and golds of painter Neil Davies, the glossy rainbows of potter Tanya Gomez and the light defeating metal hues of sculptor Terence Coventry.

Image: Garden With Birds by Jane Muir

Jane Muir, Emma Jeffryes & Paul Anderson will be on show from 30th March to 11th May. For more information go to