After tea and a chat in the members room , I headed over to York Art Gallery and after buying a YMT card had delicious lunch ( with discount!) in the café there with the view above. It's run by the team at Café no 8 ( of rhubarb and custard pavlova fame!)
Suitably refreshed, I headed up to the 1st floor to reacquaint myself with some of my favourite paintings including Paul Nash 'Winter Sea'. The refurbishment of the gallery included comfy, quirky sofas, books and catalogues to look through, drawing materials and mini guides to looking at art incorporating a view finder. I ordered the books on Paul Nash and Wilhelmina Barnes- Graham this morning!
I spent most time however in the fantastic newly opened Centre of Ceramic Art (CoCA). The first thing that caught my eye was this installation by Sara Moorhouse, the interpretation of landscape reminding me of the piece 'Around Here' by Elizabeth Brimelow that I'd been absorbed by in the morning.
On the other side of the room the collection donated by Anthony Shaw was displayed in domestic style space with furniture and other artwork and artifacts, inviting the viewer to share the experience of living with a collection
In the shop I added to my own collection with a small bowl by Barbara Wood, saggar- fired after burnishing, it's so tactile, and sits very well alongside my sphere by Elspeth Owen and my recent 'Upwey' purchases.
In the hour before I caught my train back, I wandered around the Yorkshire Museum, so many hoards of silver and gold , with other galleries devoted to Richard III and to the Romans. There were plenty of screens around with video clips of experts talking with passion about the archaeology and the conservation behind some of these treasures.
And a hoard just as precious in my eyes as the silver and gold - a huge quantity of partially made flint knives and scrapers. I have a few myself among the 'small treasures' I'm recording through drawing.