Pic & Mix

October 1, 2018

An exhibition by Robin Hall and Laura-Jane Luff

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Robin Hall

“I was born in Sleaford and my favourite subjects to paint are Lincolnshire landscapes, especially skies, trees, fields, and distant church spires. I paint not only because I enjoy the act of painting, but because I am passionate about the countryside.

RHall_MablethorpeDistantSqual_550Art for me is also a way of coping with the stress of modern life. I prefer to work at home rather than ‘en-plein air’. I don’t have a studio, instead I am very much a ‘kitchen table artist’, which suits my circumstances. I take a lot of photographs while I am out and about in the countryside and these form the inspiration for my paintings, though I do like to use my imagination and artistic licence rather than slavishly copy a photograph. I find that working wet on wet with watercolour helps to create a loose feel to my work. I tend to go-with-the-flow of the paint as opposed to trying to paint every bit of detail. This is for me the magic of watercolour.

I also like to use mixed media to create expressive paintings. For these I may mix acrylic inks, brusho, and watercolour. Once again the landscape is the inspiration for my work.

RHall_Chester_550As well as watercolour and mixed media I use coloured pencils. Most of my animal and pet portraits are created with pencils as I find I can get a better likeness with them, especially of a pet, as opposed to using watercolour.

I attend the Riverside Art Group on Wednesday afternoons. Several of the smaller pieces in this exhibition were created at art group. I do not mind admitting that in the past I was very anxious about creating art ‘in public’ but the group has helped me to overcome some of these anxieties.

I have taken part in a number of exhibitions at Carre Gallery including Nature and Structure with Photographer Martin Cameron, and Scene and Unseen with Anne Barnham. In 2013 I won the Carre Gallery award at the summer show that year. (Editors note: these can be seen on the previous exhibitions page of the blog.)

As well as art my other interests are playing guitar, walking in the countryside, doing crosswords, listening to music, and watching sport.”

http://www.robinswatercolours.co.uk/ and http://www.facebook.com/theartofrobinahall

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Laura-Jane Luff

LJLuff_Elizabeth_450“From a very young age I found that I had an ability and keen interest for drawing and painting. I graduated with a BA Hons Fine Art degree at Lincoln University in 2012 and since then have set up my own fine art practice. I’m currently co-running an art group once a week in a relaxed environment for anyone at any level of artistic ability and I give demonstrations within the group on how to draw and paint different subjects , encouraging them on their artistic journey.

LJLuff_squirrel_550The world around me is my inspiration and I love to draw and paint a variety of subjects including people, animals, landscapes and still life. These are created through a range of media that includes coloured pencils, acrylic, water-soluble oils, and pastels.  As an artist I feel that it’s important to sometimes ‘get out of your comfort zone’ and explore and interpret various subjects and media.

I am a regular volunteer and exhibitor at Carre Gallery and have previously participated in exhibitions in Bottesford, Sleaford, Lincoln, Broadstairs, and Cirencester.

I welcome commissions for portraits and pet portraits, so if you are looking for a special gift for someone or for yourself then feel free to contact me.”

You can follow Laura online at the following links:  www.facebook.com/theartoflaurajaneluff  and www.laura-janeluff.blogspot.co.uk

The exhibition is open 10 am – 4 pm every day (except Sunday) until Saturday 13 October.

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Gallery photos by Martin Cameron.  Images of artwork supplied by the artists.  Click on any image to see a larger version (opens in new window/tab).

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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).

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