From Monday (July 9), the gallery director of Unit Three Gallery in Bladnoch, Lou Martin, is showing her own work in a new exhibition entitled Shadowplay, which is a collection of her assemblage art and shadow boxes.

After years away from art Lou made a tentative return several years ago by studying humanities and art history with the Open University which led her down an entirely new path.

Over the past four years she has curated exhibitions at Unit Three Gallery while quietly creating her own work in the background. This started with decorated boxes using a decoupage technique and copies of her own growing library of vintage images from advertising, personal and correspondence and maps. The culmination of these efforts is Shadowplay. Assemblage work has a great history in the 20th century of experimenting with using found items to create three dimensional art pieces.

Lou describes this medium as the idea of creating a story or a conversation using an arrangement of familiar objects in an unfamiliar and playful way. The exhibition comprises of interesting assemblage pieces but also some more abstract work and unusual shadow boxes.

Her love of vintage paper ephemera and nostalgia shows in a lot of her work but other pieces show a more serious side. All the art work is made using reclaimed wood, found items and collections of the old and discarded brought together to make unexpected and charming works of contemporary art.

Shadowplay runs from the 9th July to the 28th July, the gallery opens at 10 each weekday and entry is free, please check online for more details or call 07470 457175. A preview of the exhibition is being held on Sat 7th July from 7pm with live music from local band Chopperhead from 8pm, everyone welcome.