Independence Day: Exhibition about the US National Parks'
artist in residence programme
Described as one of the best ideas to come out of the USA, the establishment of National Parks has come to have worldwide significance.
Award winning watercolour painter Tina Holley, now based in Hawick, was artist in residence in Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado in 2004 and the Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona in 2016. She has also been a member of the panel of jurists for Rocky Mountain N.P. Artist in Residence programme.
The new exhibit in A7 Art Space gallery in Hawick (TD9 0HH) reflects on Tina’s time spent in her residencies and the significance of art to the American parks.
The Dunbar born naturalist and writer John Muir has been described as “father of the national parks” and was influential in working with artists to bring the natural wildernesses of the western states to the attention of the US administrations in the east. To this day artists have an important role in the continuing work of the National Park Service in America.
The exhibition started on Independence Day, July 4th and is ongoing .
Tina Holley has been invited to have a solo exhibition at Dawyck Botanic Garden. Dawyck is not far from Peebles in the Scottish Borders and is part of the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh. On previous visits to Dawyck Tina has been inspired by the beautiful setting and their fantastc tree collection so this is going to give her lots of inspiration for the exhibition which will take place in 2019.
This March Tina exhibited at the Borders Art Fair in Kelso. This was a very successful first showcase in Scotland and was a very well organised show with the highest quality work being exhibited.
Recently opened by Tina's daughter, Celyn, A7 Art Space in Hawick features the work of Tina Holley, graphic works and travel photography by Celyn and changing exhibitions by guest artists and craft producers.
It is easy to find on the A7 in Hawick. Coming from the south we are on the right as you arrive at the centre of town, approaching through town we are on your left as you leave the Sandbed roundabout. There is some roadside parking across from the gallery and the main town car park is just over the bridge two minutes walk away.
As well as being available from A7 Art Space in the Scottish Borders and Bodnant Craft Centre at Bodnant Garden in North Wales, prints are also available from Y Galeri in Betws y Coed.
Selected to be Artist in Residence for the Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona.
Tina spent October 2016 in the Park exploring hidden areas of the park to paint, as well as demonstrating to visitors and co-hosting a performance event and an exhibition of work from the 2015 Artist in Residence programme. The painting of petrified logs was completed after the residency and is now in the Park’s collection.
February 2014 – January 2017 Tina moved her main gallery, and husband Frank’s framing workshop to Llandudno from the Bodnant Garden Studios, the location of their gallery since the studios first opened in 2004. Tina has retained gallery space at the new Bodnant Craft Centre which was set up in 2014 and continues to sell her work. (see more about Bodnant)
September 5th to October 19th, 2013
Solo exhibition at the International Museum of Art in El Paso, Texas. Forty original works were exhibited, adrenaline levels were considerably boosted by transporting the works but sales and friends were made.
Early 2013 saw an invitation by the Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado to be one of the panel of judges for their Artist Residency programme for 2013.
Unfortunately due to the wonders of modern technology, this did not involve a trip to Colorado, but being part of the selection panel and considering work by visual artists, writers, photographers and musicians proved to be a very interesting experience.
The National Trust - Plas Newydd, Anglesey - 2009 saw the commencement of a programme of solo exhibitions at Plas Newydd, a National Trust property on Anglesey. Further exhibitions followed every year until 2016. For some ten years prior to this Tina had regularly exhibited at the National Trust’s property – Penrhyn Castle a beautiful building overlooking the Snowdonian mountains and with brilliant coffee and walnut cake in its cafeteria.
A special limited edition print of Moel Hebog from Llyn Dinas was donated to the National Trust's Llyndy Isaf appeal. The sales helped towards purchasing this mountain farm in Snowdonia National Park.
Solo exhibition in 2011 Castle Park Arts Centre, Frodsham, Cheshire.
2009 Tina exhibited in the ‘Buy Art’ Fair in Manchester’s Urbis building.
Solo Exhibition 2008 - Pannett Gallery, Whitby - North Yorkshire. The Gallery along with a fascinating museum houses a collection of work by the historical group of painters the Staithes Group. Entitled "Coast to Coast" Tina’s exhibition featured paintings of the East and West coasts of Britain and other images. The picture shown featured as the programme cover for the Whitby Folk Festival.
In 2008 the painting of Valletta in Malta received a commendation from the Royal Academy on submission to the summer exhibition. This picture can be viewed at the bottom of the page.
RSPB Commission over the winter of 2006 Tina worked on a major commission for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. The work was a mural (12’ x 5’ – phew ! completed in acrylics – couldn’t face that in watercolours) for their newly opened visitor centre at Coed Llandegla, between Ruthin and Welshpool. It depicts the Denbigh Moors with the black grouse lekking – one of the last few places in Britain you can witness this courtship dance - along with curlew, crossbills and other birds of the area.
Rocky Mountains Residency - Tina was selected by the Rocky Mountains National Park, Colorado to take part in their Artist in Residence programme in June 2004. She was one of only six artists in a variety of mediums to be selected for the 2004 season, and the first artist from overseas. During the Residency talks were given as part of the Ranger Programme, and the painting of Cub Lake "Enjoying the Wilderness" painted in 2005 was on show in the Moraine Park Museum in the National Park for the 2006 season.
Snowdonia Marathon 2004 to 2006. Prints from paintings along the route of the race were presented by the National Trust to the winners of the Snowdonia Marathon in the years 2004, 2005 and 2006, the organiser thinking that very possibly the runners had not been able to see the countryside they were running through during the race!
Commended Artist Prize St.David's Hall, Cardiff In November 2004 two paintings were submitted and selected for hanging in the 13th Annual Christmas Exhibition at St David’s Hall in Cardiff. The painting of Grand Harbour, Valletta, Malta won one of the six prizes awarded to entries from over 260 artists.
2003 After painting works of Malta Tina was approached by Nicholas de Piro, ninth Marquis of Malta and included in his revised book of artists that have painted Malta ( that puts me between the same covers as Caravaggio – I can’t believe it !!–ed) Tina was offered an exhibition in Malta.
Tina was invited to join The North Wales Society of Fine Art and at
at the 2004 Annual Exhibition of the Society, the painting "Porthmadog Harbour" was voted the most popular work in the exhibition - as voted for by Members and the general public so winning the Suzanne Lucas award.
At the 2005 Annual Exhibition at Oriel Ynys Mon the painting "December Light" won the Susan Lucas Award for the second time.
2001 Solo exhibition at Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead N. Wales hanging 60 pictures – that was a bit of a stretch.
Tina. Completed her first illustration for a book cover for Peter Holloway’s ‘Desert Wings’
Publ. Melverley Publishing 2002
2000 Tina won Public choice in the summer exhibition at The Ucheldre Centre.
In 1998 Tina had solo exhibitions in Porthmadog, Llandrindod Wells and Nottingham
In 1996 Tina had her first solo exhibition in Porthmadog’s Flour Shed Gallery. Hanging 40 pictures which, if you, dear reader are still with me now, I can say was a bit of a roller coaster ride because my first ever painting was done for Frank’s Christmas present in 1995 and I sold my third ever painting 2 months later .
It took a while for me to accept that I was a painter – I had been told at school that I had no talent so I should stick to Latin and Ancient Greek which I dutifully did, but which, apart from being able to translate the latin names of roses, didn’t get me that far – I can’t even order an orange juice in Athens but I can warn them that the Spartans are coming up the hill !
So I am a self-taught (and self-teaching-I don’t think you ever stop learning) artist, who’s had a whale of a twenty-one years. Thank you for reading this and I hope you like the pictures.