Maggie Hollinshead's Newport Gallery

PUBLISHED: 21:00 07 February 2010 | UPDATED: 15:58 20 February 2013

Maggie Hollinshead

Maggie Hollinshead

You can show, buy and learn about all sorts of art at the multi-talented Maggie Hollinshead's Newport gallery. Dave Hancock dropped in.

You can show, buy and learn about all sorts of art at the multi-talented Maggie Hollinshead's Newport gallery. Dave Hancock dropped in.

Who'd be an artist? It's not possible these days. To be an artist, you have to be lots of other things as well. Take Maggie Hollinshead. On her

passport, it says Textile Artist. In reality, she splits her time between her gallery in Newport, her studio in Stone, Staffordshire, and travelling the

country sourcing work. She also runs workshops, does private courses, gives talks and frames pictures. Television? She hasn't watched a programme in years...

A textile artist is a broad description. It covers embroidery - Maggie is one of 25,000 members of the Embroiderers' Guild. She also makes tiaras. And being in possession of the artistic gene, Maggie can paint a mean watercolour. Her sketchbook is a wealth of exquisite drawings and she spots and records ideas from all sorts of situations.

Surprisingly, Maggie originally trained and worked as a legal secretary but her interests have always lain elsewhere. She says: "I have always, since a child, enjoyed all aspects of creativity, but especially drawing and working with fabrics." On Thursday mornings, Friday and Saturdays, Maggie can be found at The Coachman's House Studio Gallery, Newport, in a 16th century building. From the town centre, go down New Street and turn into the car park - tucked in on the right is Maggie's gallery. The first floor houses a panoply of work by local and British artists. Paintings, pottery and plaques are all here. Maggie has examples of Richard Wilson's work which is highly sought after and sold in galleries from Scotland to Cornwall. Following extensive travels and working with many different potters, Richard has explored wood and salt glazes for his teapots and mugs.

Caroline Glanville from Broseley spends most days painting - often inspired by the Shropshire landscape. Delicate and detailed, Caroline's paintings are delightful and the original pictures are priced accordingly. For a smaller outlay you can acquire one of Caroline's prints.What about something light-hearted? Janet Creed is the artist for you. She owns much old earthenware and woodwork and has four children. As a result, Janet makes amusing earthenware pieces - mostly figures and animals. Great fun! With a degree in Fine Art and an interest in contemporary architecture, Sarah Brisco has developed a particular printmaking style. She takes photographs and then rebuilds the image using pastels or reconstructs in relief using a variety of materials. There's more fun from Emma-Jayne Mounsey, Maggie's daughter. She uses textiles, different metals and recycled papers, including old story books, to make fairies, bags, brooches, small cushions, birds and, most recently, cards.

Jewellery is Theresa Galanides's passion but the materials she uses makes her work particularly special. Most pieces are made of recycled materials such as plumbers' off-cuts, tin cans, aluminium drinks cans and things she finds lying around. Jean Whiting is a highly skilled stained glass artist and her work displayed in the form of a sign in the window of the gallery, which was commissioned by Maggie. The effect of the sun shining through it is magical. There's more, of course, and the work on display changes regularly but the brief descriptions above and the photographs will give you an idea of the high quality of pieces and range of styles of the artists.

Returning to Maggie, she offers a comprehensive programme of workshops which, in her words are aimed at "inspiring beginners and those wishing to

experiment with new ideas in textile and stitch." The 'alternative hen night' is a workshop where friends gather together, pay for the materials and

spend an evening making a tiara each. There's also a private class called the Inspired to Stitch Course which runs for five days over five weeks. For children, Maggie runs half-day workshops in subjects such as tiaras, peg dolls and badges. Finally, for high school pupils studying textiles, the Prepare to Stitch course is particularly helpful at the end of the July term.

If all this is not enough, on the ground floor, Maggie creates bespoke frames to order - a service she provides following an 'apprenticeship' with the previous owner of the business

The Coachman's House Studio Gallery (open Thursdays 10am to 12pm, Fridays and Saturdays 10am to 4pm).

2c New Street, Newport TF10 7AX

Tel: 01952 813316 (gallery) or 01785 811031 (studio).

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