Meet our new Members for 2023

Meet our new members for 2023 - from painters in acrylic and oil to relief artists, ceramicists and jewellers!

Meet our new Members for 2023

The Society was very excited to once again hold applications for new members in 2023 this January.

Sam Reese is an artist and teacher who splits his time between St Ives and Manchester. As well as being a new member to the Society, his abstract relief work will be on show in a joint exhibition in our Crypt Gallery this April.

Mary Scott is a former geologist who carries her previous profession into beautiful abstract landscapes. Based in the St Ives area, she layers paint and glazes before scraping and sanding back to uncover what lies beneath.

Frederick George Davis is a contemporary artist based in Devon. His colourful abstract artworks utilize everything from paint to textiles and create layered, vibrant pieces. Frederick exhibits both nationally and internationally.

Francesca Owen is a Slade School of Fine Art educated contemporary painter. Deeply inspired by Impressionism, her masterful brushwork captures the romance of the figure and nature.

Hilary Jean Gibson is a Saint Martin’s School of Art trained artist and illustrator. She has exhibited her work widely including at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibitions and the Mall Galleries in London. Hilary has been a tutor and feature on the St Ives art scene for many years and we are thrilled to have her join us at the Society.

Lucy Joines is a Falmouth College of Arts graduate in Ceramics and learnt to throw pottery in Japan in the 1990s. She is inspired by Japanese ceramics and her upbringing on a North Devon farm, as well as a love of nature and wildlife. After 16 years as an art and ceramics teacher, Lucy is now focusing on her own practice and we can’t wait for you to see her work in the gallery.

Jenny Shaw-Browne is a St Ives based painter who uses her degree in Archeology and Ancient History to capture landscapes, cityscapes and landmarks. Her interest in archaeological illustration and artefact drawing translates into vibrant and captivating oil paintings. Jenny has exhibited her work at the Society previously in Open Exhibitions and we are so glad to have her join us!

Corinne Detain is a Krowji-studios based mixed-media artist with training from Falmouth College of Art, Cornwall College and Plymouth University. Corinne works in mixed media, stitch, collage, acrylic, printing to create works that consist of many layers, covering and washing back, using many layers to create a feeling of history and evoke a sense of calm.

Sarah Binney is a St Ives-based jewellery designer exploring pieces made from reclaimed bronze, silver, sea glass and beach-reclaimed plastics. Her work includes abstract pieces, sea shells and leaves. 

Michael Lawes is a a Cornish-based contemporary artist specializing in bright geometric work. Influenced by Pop Art, Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein as well as the colour, shape and forms of the 1960s art scene, Michael is an exciting new addition to the Society.

Michele Cowmeadow is a hugely talented Cornish ceramicist who is deeply inspired by ancient Roman and Greek pottery. Her work spans from plaques to plates with each piece drawing on myth, poetry, mosaics and ancient relics of a long-gone world. Regular visitors to the gallery might recognize Michele’s work from our Open exhibitions over the years!

We are also thrilled to announce that renowned St Ives artist John Emanuel will be joining our cohort as an honorary member. John has been a presence on the Cornish art scene for over 50 years, producing work from his space in the historic Porthmeor Studios. We are delighted to have him on board and you can view one of his pieces in our Spring Members’ Show opening tomorrow.