Abstract Art

September 17, 2018

The Carre Gallery Autumn Exhibition 2018

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This year’s autumn exhibition has attracted a high number of abstract artworks in a large array of different sizes and styles. We have ceramics, photography, textiles, and a variety of different ‘painted’ media from the simple to the complex.

LDavies_Catastrophe_550Gallery director Martin Cameron says, “As a change from our usual portrait competition we decided to go with the Abstract theme this year. We are very encouraged by the response from artists and have an exhibition of over forty pieces. I think the quality of the work is superb and I highly recommend a visit to the gallery. I am glad that I don’t have to choose a winner; there are many contenders. We are right to be proud of Lincolnshire artists.”

AHuntley_Untitled_550Exhibitors: Crissy Perez, Alan Huntley, Anne Dolan, Martin Cameron, Celia Slack, Carol Bratley, Sam Bratley, Justin Cooper, Laura Davies, Ronald Feeney, Anne Hall, Barbara Leaning, Steve Leaning, Mark Nightingale, Marianne Nixey, Elaine O’Donnell, Bill Pepper, Mona Storey, Kim Wooldridge.

This post will be updated when the winning artwork is announced.

The exhibition is open from 10 am – 4 pm every day (except Sunday) until 29 September 2018.

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Artwork photographed at the gallery by Martin Cameron. Click on any image to see a larger version (opens in new window/tab).

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Elaine O’Donnell

September 3, 2018

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Elaine is a self-taught painter from Lincolnshire who started painting at an early age, winning her first award for painting at nine years of age. She has won many national watercolour awards since, and recently became a finalist in International Artists Magazine’s art challenge “Florals and Gardens” with her watercolour painting Iris Florentina.

EOdonnell_ScampsWatchesDancingAtDawn_550Elaine has exhibited her work in many local venue’s around Lincolnshire and Yorkshire, notably the Carre Gallery, Sleaford, the Ferens in Hull, Patchings in Nottinghamshire, and at London’s Olympia.  She has also had  solo shows at Spire Gallery, Louth, Alford Manor House, Grimsby Library and twice at Utterby Parish rooms near where she lives.

EOdonnell_CatchingTheLight_550Elaine says, “Over the years I have turned my hand to painting on silk and then to watercolours and oils, setting me on the road to being known as a colourist.  I am now in the throes of further learning having made two trips to “Florence Studio’s” in Florence, Italy, under the wonderful tutelage of Florence Academy alumni Laura Thompson, an oil painter, and her husband Frank Rekrut, a sculptor.  Also, having had three learning curves at the Norfolk Painting School taught by master painter and owner/director Martin Kinnear, I am now in the throes of further experimentation in oils by layering colour glazes and also mixing white into colour using a limited palette to paint skin tones in portraits and all that entails.  I also try to develop and include pattern and texture in my paintings.  With a keen eye and desire to paint what I believe to be beautiful, you will see emerging from my art collection those special people, my favourite flowers, fruit and china, my love for cats, and anything else that may catch my eye along my artistic journey.”

Elaine O’Donnell Website (opens in new window/tab)

The exhibition is open 10 am – 4 pm every day except Sunday until 15 September.

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Photography by Martin Cameron.  Click on any image to see a larger version (opens in new window/tab).

Sleaford Pro Loco

August 20, 2018

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Carre Gallery currently has a display of images created under the rules of Pro Loco.

Pro Loco roughly translates to ‘in favour of the place’.  Local artists chose locations in our place, Sleaford, and created their pictures in one day.  We invite visitors to vote for their favourite.

Participants in our first Pro Loco were Angie Fahy, Mike Weston, Pat Hoyland, Margaret Chamberlain, Annie Harrison, Bob Bradley.

Also on display is a mix of work from various Lincolnshire artists in an open exhibition with cards, books and various small items for sale.

The exhibition is open from 10 am – 4 pm every day except Sunday until Sat 01 September.

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Artwork photographed at the gallery by Martin Cameron.  Click on any image to see a larger version (opens in new window/tab).

Mortimer Art Gallery

August 6, 2018

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An exhibition of work by artists associated with Mortimer Art Gallery,  a fairly new gallery situated in Horncastle.  Having opened a year and a half ago it has now expanded to accommodate local artists exhibiting in its exhibitors gallery.

This exhibition gives Carre Gallery visitors the opportunity to see a varied selection of work from those artists.  This includes paintings, drawings, photography, ceramics, mosaics and tee shirts.

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Exhibiting Artists: Anita Mortimer, Ian Moore, Ian Patterson, Karen Frosdick, Noel Lamley, Lynne liley, Dan Thurling, Barry Durham.

The exhibition is open 10 am – 4 pm every day until 18 August.

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Exhibition photographs by Martin Cameron.  Click on any image to see a larger version (opens in a new window/tab).

 

Presented by Carre Gallery and Lincolnshire Pride Magazine

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The Carre Gallery summer show in partnership with Lincolnshire Pride Magazine.  Over fifty exhibits have been skillfully presented to give a colourful exhibition of art in various media including oils, watercolours, pastels, drawings, mixed media, textiles and photography.

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Three prizes will be awarded; The Lincolnshire Pride Award, The Carre Gallery Award and The Directors’ Award.  Winners will be announced at the private view on Thursday 05 July and all exhibitors are invited to attend.  This blog will be updated once the awards have been announced.

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Exhibitors: Anne Barnham, Ellie Benton, Colin Brammer, Carol Bratley, Martin Cameron, Betty Cooper, Justin Cooper, Laura Davies, Anne Dolan, Ronald Feeney, Jess Fuller, Patricia Long, Ann Mackenzie, Eve Marshall, Elaine O’Donnell, Marcelle Seabourne, Ira Smyth, Mona Storey, Mike Weston, Tony Whiston, Dennis Wilson, Dorothy Wood, Janice Wright.

Exhibition open from 10 am – 4 pm every day (except Sundays) from 02 July until 04 August 2018.

Photography by Martin Cameron.  Click on any image so see a larger version (opens in a new window/tab).

On The Trail

June 18, 2018

Sleaford and District Civic Trust 2018 Photography Competition

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Carre Gallery’s new photography exhibition opened on Monday 18th June with an evening preview of entries for the Civic trust’s annual photography competition. Exhibits depict scenes from the various walking trails in and around the town, with photographers competing for cash and other prizes in different age groups. The theme for the competition and exhibition was inspired by development of the Civic Trust’s new audio visual Heritage Trail which joins the ‘When in Sleaford’, Navigation and other established touring routes that celebrate Sleaford’s natural, cultural and built heritage.

OTTPreviewMix_500Garry Titmus, chairman of Sleaford and District Civic Trust said “ Last year’s ‘Hidden in plain sight’ photography competition was such a success that we decided to make this an annual event. We have been encouraged by generous support from the Sleaford Town Councillor’s Fund and artsNK. The quality of exhibits is again of a high standard and identifies many interesting and some unusual features of the town which otherwise could easily be overlooked”.

Judging of the event will be undertaken by representatives from the Sleaford and District Civic Trust, artsNK and Carre Gallery with winners to be announced at the end of the month.

Winning images will be posted on this blog when the results are announced.

The exhibition is open from 10 am – 4 pm every day (except Sunday) and runs until Saturday 30th.

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Photographs by Jason Masterman. Click on any image to see a larger version (opens in new window/tab).

UPDATE:

Judging of exhibits was undertaken by representatives of the Civic Trust, artsNK and The Sleaford Gallery Arts Trust.  Prizes and certificates have been awarded for entries submitted by Michael Hardy, Tony Brand and Colin Ironmonger.  Under 18 awards went to Karina Budd, Sophie Henton and Niamh Cooper.  In the Junior section awards were given to Martha Davies and Lucy Blair (more photos to follow).

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From left to right: Martha Davies, winner of the junior section with “The Guards at Lollycocks Pond”; Michael Hardy, winner of the Over 18 section with “Zebra Crossing by the Slea”; Karina Budd, winner of the Under 18 section with “Meander”.  Photograph by Martin Cameron

People’s Choice:

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Further congratulations to Michael Hardy whose ‘Zebra Crossing by the Slea’ was voted the most popular photograph by visitors to the gallery.  He was presented with his prize and certificate by gallery director Chris Hodgson.  Photograph by Martin Cameron

 

An Exhibition by Dorothy and Jenny Wood

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Dorothy & Jenny Wood, two good friends, invite you to pop in & have a look around. They are showcasing an eclectic mix of media (acrylic, pen & ink, charcoal, print, textiles & embroidery, & photography) in their individual styles, with their love of nature being a central theme.

“We share a personal narrative, poetry and images representing life’s journey to find our creative selves that we are today. The benefits that art and nature bring to emotional well-being through creativity will be evident and we will be on hand to have a chat & hope to inspire visitors to identify their own creative potential and to realise that it is NEVER too late to learn!”

Dorothy Wood

DorothyWood_Reflections_600“I wish I could draw” I said as a young child

“I’m terrified of the art mistress, I wish I could draw” I said in my early teens

“I wish I could draw and paint some of the beauty of nature” I said as a young woman in my 20s.

“I have the opportunity to do an embroidery course” I said in my late 30s. “I’ll go and learn a bit about it”

From this unpromising beginning I found my creative spark which I nurtured, through trial and error, practice and experimenting, which has led me down many unexpected paths. Two City and Guilds qualifications in embroidery opened up a world of creative possibilities. I began with no experience of art and very little in embroidery. Although daunting at first, this has been a great advantage. I am not constrained by any rules, as I know none. I approach a lot of my work with the thought ‘What if…?’, which opens up different ways of working. I have developed many new skills including hat making, writing poetry and public speaking, but for me, my greatest achievement has been to go to Nottingham Trent University where, when I was 65, I graduated with a Foundation Science degree in Horticulture and Garden Design. I now use my creativity as a garden designer. It is never too late to learn!

Jenny Wood

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe are who we are today, based upon life’s lived experiences – shaped by our upbringing – relationships, environment, and learning. As a child I filled every available space drawing on address books, walls and on paper. The freedom that I had enjoyed as a child, exploring and creating my own worlds in fields, woodland and rivers near where I lived, was shattered in my secondary school years, with bad experiences of boarding school. Whilst art school was the next natural choice because I was always drawing, I was pushed into graphic design by my parents, insistent that there was no career prospect in my preferred choice of ‘fine art or textiles’ and my work became sterile. I would only produce work, for many years, if it was to order and with the belief that “it must be just right”. There was no room for error, for wastage and therefore no opportunity to play or experiment with different medium or styles. The creative flare that I had as a child was lost and it is only now, in my 50’s, that I am beginning to draw, paint, and stitch, whatever and however I want to. I know that I can draw and paint, but I am only just at the beginning of ‘playing’ and seeing what unfolds. So this time next year will see a very different style of work as I embark on a new venture, a new creative journey and release the artist that I truly believe lies within… as I begin again!

Exhibition open 10 am – 4.30 pm from 04 June until 16 June. (Gallery closed on Sunday)

Images: (From the top) Dorothy (left) and Jenny Wood.  ‘Reflections’ (painted fabric with hand stitching) by Dorothy Wood. ‘Agapanthus’ (felt pen) by Jenny Wood.  Images supplied by the artists.  Click on any image to see a larger version (opens in new window/tab).