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Images from the soul of an artist seafarer

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: September 23, 2013

By FRANK RUHRMUND

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Nineteenth century novelist and poet Kate Chopin once said that "the voice of the sea speaks to the soul" and it must be true to say that no one is more aware of this than artist Sax Impey, whose work is on show in St Ives this week.

In The Light and the Veil at the Millennium Gallery, Sax bares his soul and puts it into paint.

A man who has always had an affinity with the sea, he was born in Penzance and studied at Newport. Elected last year as an Academician of the Royal West of England Academy, he has exhibited widely and his work now forms part of private collections worldwide and public collections from that of the Arts Council to Warwick University.

A considerable artist, Sax is also an experienced seafarer, having qualified as an RYA yacht master and voyaged thousands of sea miles delivering yachts around the world.

An amalgam of nautical knowledge and memory, the current collection, created in his Porthmeor studio, is based on the artist's experiences during a sea voyage off the Iberian coast a couple of years ago. From the title painting, The Light and the Veil, and Chart to the four panels that make up Strange Attractor and the smaller Wraiths and Portents, Sax's work goes beyond being seascapes and speak of the impact that has been made upon his personality and philosophy by those things he has seen and felt while at sea.

Sax said that so many of the irritations that bother us when on land disappear at sea. He said: "A mind can breathe and observe and reflect, away from the shrill desperation of a culture that, having forgotten that it's better to say nothing than something about nothing, invents ever new ways to fill every single space with less and less.

"The sea renews the land and the possibilities for life, for my life, are renewed and enlarged by the landfall after the sea. The land is better being arrived at and I am better for arriving."

Just as he is better for arriving, so, too, is the viewer for entering the Millennium Gallery and standing before his paintings. Whether seen on a clear day or in thick fog, Sax's work is the real thing. The Light and the Veil by Sax Impey is at the Millennium Gallery, Street-an-Pol, St Ives, until October 1. Admission free.

EVENTS FOR THE WEEK AHEAD

ALTARNUN

St Nonna's Church: Flower Festival, theme "Our Cornwall". Refreshments, Thurs-Sun 10am-5pm, also on Sunday Songs of Praise 6pm.

Church Hall: Light lunches and teas Thursday from 10.30am.

ANTONY NR TORPOINT

Village Hall: New Social Table Tennis Sessions for novices on Friday 7pm-9pm.

BARNSTAPLE

Roundswell Community Centre, Gratton Way: 50th Anniversary Barnstaple Keyboard & Light Music Club present Paul Roberts. Admission £2 for guests and visitors. Bring and share supper. Tuesday 7.45pm.

BLACK TORRINGTON

Village Hall: Craft and Table Top sale, Saturday 10am-noon.

BODMIN

Town Museum: Open Mon-Fri 10.30am-4.30pm, Saturday 10.30am-2.30pm. Closed Sunday and Bank holidays.

BRIDESTOWE

Methodist church: Tamar Valley Male Voice Choir, Saturday 7.30pm.

BUGLE

Village Hall: Monday night Bingo in aid of the Bugle Silver Band Supporters Committee eyes down 7.30pm.

CALSTOCK

The Old Chapel: Braga Tanga, accordion, clarinet, violin and upright bass. £10 on the door. Saturday 8pm.

CHULMLEIGH

Town Hall: The Biggest Coffee morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Care, cakes, produce etc. Friday 9am-11am.

DARTINGTON

Space Studios and High Cross House, the Dartington Hall Estate: Light is the Activity of What is Transparent. Until September 30.

Village Hall: Dartington Folk Dance Club meet every Friday 8-10pm.

DAVIDSTOW MOOR

RAF Memorial Museum: Open daily from 10.30am-4pm. Donations appreciated. Details 01840 213266.

DAWLISH

Museum, Barton Terrace: Galleries covering all aspects of Dawlish life. Wed-Fri 10.30am-5pm, Sat-Sun 2pm-5pm.

EXETER

Westpoint: Stitch, sew and hobbycrafts. Thursday-Sunday 9.30-5pm (Sat 5.30pm).

Phoenix: Arts and Crafts Market. Sunday 11am-3.30pm.

EXMOUTH

Withycombe Methodist Church hall: Exmouth Folk Dance Club with caller Nicole Mac, music by The Sou' Westers. Thursday 8pm. All welcome.

Aspects, Rolle Street: Two Minds, colourful exhibition of recent paintings, abstracts, still life, landscapes etc. Tuesday-September 24 from 10am-5pm. Closed Sundays and Mondays.

GOONHAVERN

Village Hall: Goonhavern & District Old Cornwall Society Meeting. Friday 7.30pm.

HAYLE

Day Care Centre: Hayle Flower Club meet Wednesday 7.30pm. Members arrangements evening, no competition. New members and visitors welcome. Wheelchair friendly.

ILLOGAN

Paynter's Lane End Hall: Country Market Tuesday 9.15-11am.

IVYBRIDGE

The Watermark: Singing Day, Workshop from 10am with informal public performance at 4pm on Saturday.

Lukesland House, Harford: Gina McCormack, violin and Nigel Clayton, piano. Booking essential. Thursday 7.30pm. In aid of St Petroc's Church.

KINGSBRIDGE

Harbour House: Cookworthy on the Quay exhibition of photographs and artefacts. Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5 (4pm on Sun).

LANDULPH, nr SALTASH

Landulph Church: Landulph Festival, Sketches of Mexico classical guitar concert. Tickets from johnhall74@msn.com. Friday 7.30pm. Festival running until Oct 5.

Memorial Hall: Medieval Minstrels Saturday 7.30pm.

LAUNCESTON

Eagle House Hotel: Launceston Electronic Organ Club present Daniel P Watt from Delapre, Northampton. Admission £6 non members. Tuesday 7.30pm. Wheelchair access available.

LIFTON

Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre: Coffee morning in aid of Macmillan Nurses, old fair ride, bingo etc. Friday .

LISKEARD

Town: Lions Club of Liskeard Carnival wee St Mathews Fair, Saturday. Childrens entertainment 11am-1pm, fancy dress competition. Town crier competition. Stalls and activities for the family.

Long Room: Liskeard Country Market. Friday 8.30am-12noon.

MALBOROUGH

Village Hall: Blood donor session Tuesday from 1.15pm-3.15pm and 4.45pm-7.15pm. Details 0300 123 23 23.

MALPAS NR TRURO

Village Hall: World's biggest coffee morning for Macmillan. Cakes, games, etc. Disabled access. Friday 10am-noon.

NEWQUAY

W I Hall: Scottish Country Dancing. £3. All welcome. Friday 7.30-9.30pm.

Fistral Beach Hotel: Newquay Pentire Probus club Lunch. Wednesday 11.30am for noon. Philip Rodda on The History of Cornish Cream. New members welcome.

NEWTON ABBOT

Courtenay Centre: Rebel Country present Plain Loco on Friday 8pm-11pm. Admission £6. Byo drinks.

OKEHAMPTON

Meldon Village Hall: Okehampton Sequence Dance Club. £1.50 per person. Beginners welcome. Wednesday 8pm-10.30pm.

PAR

Par St Mary Methodist Hall: Macmillan Big Coffee morning, cake stall, tombola etc. Friday 10am-1pm.

The Gott Hall: Coffee and Craft Group meet every Friday from 10.30am-12.30pm. New members welcome. Monday 6.45pm for 7pm,.

PLYMOUTH

Future Inn, Crownhill: Blood donor session Monday from 1.15pm-3.15pm and 4.45pm-7.15pm. Details 0300 123 23 23

Congress Salvation Army Hall: Plymouth Community Choir meet. New members welcome.

PORTHCURNO nr PENZANCE

Minack Theatre: Smokey Joe's Cafe presented by Act Now Entertainment, Wed-Friday plus on Saturday and Sunday Proms at the Minack.

PORTHLEVEN

Public Hall: Join us for a cuppa and a traditional Cornish 'crowse'. Search through the Archive for Guy the schoolboy. Tuesday 2.30pm.

POUGHILL nr BUDE

Methodist Church: Coffee morning every Tuesday from 10.30am-noon.

ROSELAND

Villages around the peninsular: Roseland Festival , mainly music event, including talks, walks, film, theatre pub singalongs and much more. Running from Saturday until Oct 5.

RILLA MILL

Village Hall: Whist drive Tuesday 7.30pm.

ROCHE

Victory Hall: Whist Drive. Friday 7.30pm.

ROCK

Institute: The Gwynngala Annual Exhibition from Thursday until Sept 29 from 10am-5pm.

SALTASH

SS Nicholas and Faith Church: Saltash Ladies Choir, concert for St Barnabas League of Friends. Tickets £4 on the door. Saturday 7.30pm.

Elliotts Store/Museum: Open Wed, Thurs, Sat, 2pm-4pm. Until end of September.

Mary Newmans Cottage: Open Wed-Thurs and Sat-Sun 12noon to 4pm Until end September.

ST AGNES

Museum: Open daily 10.30am-5pm. Until end of October. Admission free.

ST BURYAN

Village hall: Farmers Market Saturday 9.30-12.30pm.

ST IVES

New Craftsman Gallery: Terence Coventry, Jeremy Annear and Judy Buxton, sculpture, painting, ceramics. Until Oct 12.

ST MELLION

Roundabout: Charity car boot sale. Weather permitting. Saturday 1pm, gates open at 12 for traders.

ST NEOT

Methodist Chapel: Harvest Festival Service led by Rev Robert Saunders, Sunday 11am.

TAUNTON

Hestercombe Gardens: Anne Swithinback on How to be a laidback gardener on Sunday. Must book 0800 814 5400.

TAVISTOCK

The Wharf: Music - The Bryan Adams Experience Friday at 8pm and Saturday jethro Tull's Martin Barre 8pm.

The Melvin Hall, Kelly College: Kelly College Concert Society. Tickets on the door. Wednesday 7.45pm.

Museum: Open daily major exhibition of the 70th Anniversary of US 29th Infantry Division arriving for training in SW Devon in May 1943 onwards. Open daily from 11am-3pm.

TINTAGEL

W I Hall: World's Biggest Coffee morning, cakes, bric a brac etc for Macmillan Cancer Support. Friday 10.30am-1pm.

TORQUAY

Baptist church Hall, Barton: vBlood donor session Thursday from 1.15pm-3.15pm and 4.45pm-7.15pm. Details 0300 123 23 23

TRURO

Cathedral: Mike Edwards from Cornwall free lunchtime organ recital. Friday 1.10pm.

Hall for Cornwall: Truro Country Market. Tuesday 9.15-3pm.

WADEBRIDGE

Coffee Corner nr Regal Cinema: Mini Autumn Fayre, in aid of RBL Women's section Branch funds. Saturday 10am-noon.

WALKHAMPTON

St Marys Church (signposted from village centre): Historic Dartmoor church open every Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons in September from 2pm-4pm. Car park, local walk leaflets, refreshments.

WITHIEL

Tregustick: Open garden and Ploughman's Lunch, Saturday 12-3.30pm. In aid of St Clement's Church Withiel and Wadebridge School.

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