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Handmade prints and first class wine at a cosy cellar door
I got to Hahndorf last Friday in the middle of a rainstorm, but this time I was determined to find an exhibition that had eluded me the previous day. Lloma Mackenzie is showing a selection of handmade prints at the Somerled Cellar Door, but unfortunately the catalogue lists the address as 80 Main Street, whereas in fact it's 89 Main Street. I only realised the mistake on the Thursday night when I found the note that Lloma had given me, with the correct address on it. I was so glad that I eventually found the venue, as not only is it a lovely exhibition, but it's also a great place to cuddle up by an open fire and sip first class wine on a filthy day.
I met Heather and Lucy, mother and daughter, who were both very knowledgeable not only about their own wines but also about Lloma's work. I sampled their extra special Pinot Noir rose and the shiraz, but sadly didn't have time to stay longer. I'm told they are open on Fridays until 7pm, so I'll be back one day soon to sample their cheese platter and meet some of the locals who like to loiter here on a cold wet evening.
one of Lloma's lino prints
Lloma specialises in hand coloured linocuts, with subject matter ranging from still life to landscape, birds and animals. There is a range of techniques as well as subjects on display here, including an exquisite wood engraving, a small photopolymer etching and a decorative linocut on tinted handmade paper that resembles an Eastern batik design. My favourite was the fish on a platter, that matches the tablecloth beneath it – Heather wasn't sure if she should have put the two together, but it makes a perfect photograph.
To get an idea of what Lloma's images are like, go to her website. But many of the works on display here in Hahndorf are more experimental, including the intriguing work that is displayed in the SALA catalogue (Venue 292). As Lloma works with deaf children, this piece could well be a commentary on the different ways we communicate – visual language is as important as verbal language for all of us, and for a deaf person it is even more meaningful.
Somerled are open Thursday – Tuesday 10am to 6pm (7pm on Fridays), and the exhibition continues until September 1.