Carol Bratley – Ann Mackenzie – Laura-Jane Luff


Carre Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition by local artists (left to right above) Carol Bratley, Ann Mackenzie and Laura-Jane Luff, showcasing their individual and diverse art practices.

CBratley_HardwickEwe_450Carol Bratley

“Painting has been a hobby all my life. I get inspiration from my local area, animals and birds. I am a member of the Nadin group and the Lincolnshire Artist’s society, winning numerous prizes over the years. I gained a first Class honours degree (BA) through the Open College of the arts in my 50’s. I continue to learn about art and get enjoyment from painting and sketching with friends.”


AMackenzie_450Ann Mackenzie

“Since a child I loved painting and drawing and intended to make it my career but as often happens marriage and children took over first. Now for the last few years I’ve had time to enjoy it, using oils and acrylics, watercolour and pencil or pen. Subjects vary: portraits-occasionally from old sepia photographs but using my own colours. Town and village scenes, landscapes and lately water-lakes and rivers with rippling reflections attract me.”

Laura-Jane LuffLJLuff_Elizabeth_450

From a very young age I discovered an ability and love for drawing. This gift was nurtured through college and University where I gained a BA Honours degree in Fine Art. I draw and paint a variety of genres but specialise in Portraiture where I endeavour to capture not just a likeness of the person but to reveal their true character and emotion. I exhibit regularly and have won some awards including the People’s Choice award at the Carre Gallery Portrait Exhibition in 2015.

Exhibition Opening:  10 am – 4 pm from  February 29th – March 12th 2016 (closed on Sunday).


Pictures: From the top – The Three Ladies, Herdwick Ewe by Carol Bratley, Village Scene by Ann Mackenzie, Elizabeth by Laura-Jane Luff, Private View evening.  Artwork pictures supplied by the artists.  Gallery photography by Martin Cameron.  Click on any picture to see a larger version.


Carre Gallery and Lincolnshire Pride Magazine Summer Exhibition

This year’s Carre Gallery Summer Show features 50 exhibits created by Lincolnshire artists.  Subject matter includes floral paintings, landscapes (including local scenes), still life, wildlife, portraits, and abstracts. A range of media have been employed by the artists such as watercolour, oil, acrylic, gouache, graphite, charcoal, pastel, ink, mixed media, and collage.  Almost all of the exhibits are available to purchase and prices range from £50 – £600. The winners of the three awards will be announced on Thursday evening and all visitors to the gallery are invited to vote for their favourite exhibit.

Make haste to 29 Carre Street, Sleaford to see the exhibition for yourself and vote for your favourite piece for the ‘People’s Choice Award.  Happy viewing and best wishes for success to our esteemed exhibitors.

Exhibitors: Bob Armstrong, Anne Barnham, Euan Boyd-Wallis, Carol Bratley, Ian Cox, Muriel Elliot, Wendy Else, Ronald Feeney, Doug Foss, Robin Hall, Peter Hayward, Lee Anthony Herring, Graham Humphrey, Thomas Gabriel Jordan, Bobby Keeling, Barbara Kew, Ann Mackenzie, Anita Mortimer,Mary Newman, Elaine O’ Donnell, Nick Robinson, A K Smith, Brenda Taggart, Richard Thomas, Mike Weston.

Exhibition opening: 10 am – 4 pm every day from Monday 13 July until Saturday 08 August inclusive.  (The gallery is closed on Sundays.)  Free parking is available close to the gallery at the National Centre for Craft and Design and our gallery volunteers are always pleased to see you.

UPDATE:  Awards Presentation.

Awards Presentation Evening

The awards presentation took place on Thursday 16 July with a good crowd and many of the artists present.

Rob Davis presents Lincolnshire Pride Award to Wendy Else

Rob Davis presents Lincolnshire Pride Award to Wendy Else

The Lincolnshire Pride Magazine Award was presented by Editor Rob Davies to Wendy Else with her watercolour painting Floral Fantasy.

Members of the gallery team with Ann Mackenzie, winner of Directors' Award. L-R Eddy Double, Ann Mackenzie, Mary Newman, Pat Espin, Chris Hodgson.

Members of the gallery team with Ann Mackenzie, winner of Directors’ Award. L-R Eddy Double, Ann Mackenzie, Mary Newman, Pat Espin, Chris Hodgson.

The Directors Award was presented to Ann Mackenzie for her oil on canvas painting Bluestone Heath, road over the Wolds. Gallery Director Eddy Double presented Ann with her certificate and a book as a prize.  The directors selected this for its “composition and palette; producing an image with depth and perspective that conveys much of the atmosphere of the location it depicts.”

The Carre Gallery Award was for Anne Barnham‘s watercolour painting Dubrovnik.  This painting was chosen for its “ambitious use of an interior and exterior view. The alternating light and shade on the architecture lead to the open doors in the background. The people moving in and out of the building are reflected on the cool marble floor taking the viewer with them through the painting to the sunny street beyond.”  Anne was unable to attend the awards evening and was presented with her award by gallery director Christopher Hodgson in the gallery at a later date (see image below).


Above:  Winning images by (left to right) Ann Mackenzie, Anne Barnes, Wendy Else.  Below: Christopher Hodgson presents the Gallery Award to Anne Barnham.


UPDATE:  People’s Choice.

HodgsonHerring_450The People’s Choice Award goes to Lee Anthony Herring for his oil painting Circen.  Gallery director, Chrisopher Hodgson, presented Lee with his award at the Carre Gallery.  The painting stimulated a lot of interest and discussion at the gallery; many people wondered how it was done.  The answer seems to be simply a lot of skill and attention to detail.  Congratulations to all our winners.

Carre Gallery would like to thank Lincolnshire Pride Magazine and Editor Rob Davies for their continued support of the Summer Open.


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Photographs of the Awards Evening by Laura-Jane Luff. Artwork and later presentation photographed by Martin Cameron.