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).

 

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Abstraction in Space

May 14, 2018

An Exhibition by Justin Cooper and Betty Cooper

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Justin Cooper, a contemporary artist, lives near Gainsborough in Lincolnshire and is greatly interested in the environment, landscape and photography.  He has been painting for 18 years and specialises in the juxtaposition of shape and colour in all mediums.

 

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Betty Cooper, a mixed media artist, was a partner with her late husband David Cooper who had a Furniture and Interior Design business in Newark for over 25 years. David was a talented furniture and interior design specialist, educated at Leeds College of Art in the 60’s and had many years experience in the art and design business.  Betty decided to take up painting about 4 years ago and enjoys working with both watercolour and acrylic paint. She has had guidance from two excellent tutors based in Lincoln.

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Betty will be at the exhibition every day, including Sunday, over the next fortnight except Tuesdays and will be very happy to discuss the exhibits with visitors.

Exhibition open 10 am – 4 pm until Saturday 26 May 2018.

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

 

Sleaford Live 2018

May 1, 2018

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This year’s guest artists are Ian Cox and Joan Lawton who are creating a painting on a large 12ft x 6ft panel in the main gallery room.  This will develop during the exhibition and guests are invited to visit more than once to see how it develops.  For the time being, above is an image of work in progress showing the basic elements in place.  Time will reveal the full story of the image.  Our artists will be very happy to discuss this project with you when you visit.  More images will be posted here as the work progresses.

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There is a panel of work from the Sleaford Hub Writers created by Hub Writer and local artist Mary Newman.  The Hub Writers will be performing at the Hub during Sleaford Live Festival (check the link below) which runs from Friday 05 May until Sunday 13 May but come into the gallery to see this display panel and get a taster with work from each member.

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We also have an impressive display of pen and ink drawings from David Forest as well as paintings/drawings from Robin Hall, Laura Davies, Gail Sylvester, Mary Newman, Crissy Perez, Dave Leggett and Ian Cox.

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Exhibition open 10 am – 4 pm until 12 May 2018.  (Please note the gallery is closed on Sundays and Bank Holidays.)

Sleaford Live Festival runs from Friday 04 May until Sunday 13 May.

More details of Live events at https://sleafordlive.wordpress.com/

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Images from the top:  Live work in progress by Ian Cox and Joan Lawton.  Hub writers’ panel by Mary Newman. Pen and ink drawings by David Forest. Proud Mother by Robin Hall. Shoe and flower themed paintings by Gail Sylvester.  Gallery photographs by Martin Cameron. Sheep image supplied by Robin Hall. Click on any image to see a larger version (opens in new window/tab).

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Ian Cox with work in progress on Saturday 05 May.   NB: For the remainder of the exhibition at least one of our guest artists will be in the gallery every morning until from approx 10am til 1pm.

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Ian Cox and Joan Lawton with the artwork at the end of the exhibition, taken on Saturday 12 May. Photo: Martin Cameron

Open Exhibition

April 3, 2018

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A selection of work in a range of different media from a variety of Lincolnshire artists. All work is available for purchase.  Also for sale, unframed works of art and greetings cards.

CPerez_RapefieldAndBlackthornOnA52_550Exhibitors:  Mike Weston, Laura Davies, Crissy Perez, Mary Newman, Ann Mackenzie, Anne Dolan, Celia Slack, Eve Marshall, George Slack, Ronald Feeney.

Exhibition open 10 am – 4 pm from 03 April until 28 April. (The gallery is closed on Sundays.)

The gallery is currently accepting work for our pool of images for this and future open exhibitions.  As usual, just pop into the gallery to drop off your work and complete the paperwork. We’ll do the rest.

Images: Top image – Winter recreation by Mary Newman, Portree Syke by Ann Mackenzie, Hand Woven Tapestry by Anne Dolan.  Centre image – Rape Field and Blackthorn on A52 by Crissy Perez. Bottom image – Over the Meadow by Eve Marshall. Candlesby Room. Click on any image to see a larger version (opens in new window/tab). Artwork photographed at the gallery by Martin Cameron.

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David Scargill

David, Our David (who often signed his work DAS) was known to many who visited the gallery and saw his work on display.

David was an avid painter and would often come into the gallery, not just to do his voluntary duties but also, to sit and chat – and sometimes give impromptu art lessons to anyone who happened to ask, “How do you do that?” He was more than happy to show how to use a pencil to get the perspective right or to indicate which way the shadows would fall.

DScargill_Pamela_550He was totally passionate about Art being accessible to all, and he felt that anyone could draw with practice.  He enjoyed going to his life drawing classes and was thrilled to discover that they had started up again.

David lived a varied life, often going to America to join his brother riding the rapids, which he found exhilarating, playing gold and just enjoying the scenery, which he would paint. He also visited Italy and enjoyed painting the scenery there.

David played football in his younger years and he loved sport of all sorts, especially golf; maybe that is what kept him trim and youthful in later years. Most people were incredulous to hear that he was in his eighties.

DScargill_Caberet_550He was also, although not many people knew this, a very compassionate man often doing small but useful jobs for many people. He would worry about other people’s health and would often ask ‘do you think so-and-so is alright?’.

He was a man who liked to laugh, and was sometimes quite clumsy (falling over his own feet comes to mind). He enjoyed walking, taking a coffee break, and sitting down for a good old chat.

But he really loved having a pencil in his hand to capture a moment. He once said,

“Just a moment in time is a lifetime in paint.”

David was 84 when he passed away in the summer of 2017. Rest in Peace our David.

Obituary by George Bird

The Exhibition:

David was a regular volunteer at the gallery both as an invigilator and behind the scenes helping to hang exhibitions when called upon.  This exhibition is a mixture of paintings and drawings with landscapes, animals, people and life drawings.  All artwork is for sale. David’s family have requested that all proceeds go to charity.

Opening: 10 am – 4 pm every day except Sunday from 05 February until 17 February.

Images taken from the exhibition.  Click on any image to see a larger version (opens in new tab/window).

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New Year – New Work 2018

January 8, 2018

MWeston_2150GallonsPls_550Carre Gallery’s regular January exhibition; a selection of artwork from Lincolnshire artists which has not been previously exhibited.

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Exhibiting Artists:  Nelson Porter, Amber Porter, Anne Barnham, Robin Hall, Celia Slack, Jenny Wood, Dorothy Wood, Tony Whiston, Ann Mackenzie, Ellie Benton, Alex Cook, Elaine O’Donnell, Ronald Feeney, Tony Whiston, Mike Weston.

Exhibition open from 10 am – 4 pm every day (except Sundays) until Sat 03 February.

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Images from top:  2150 Gallons Please by Mike Weston; Dusk by Jenny Wood, Angelica by Jenny Wood, A Seascape by Dorothy Wood (these three in one image); Elephant by Ellie Benton; Halloween by Nelson Porter. Artwork photographed at the gallery by Martin Cameron.  Click on any image to see a larger version (opens in new tab/window).

Winter Art Fair 2017

November 27, 2017

 

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The art fair has a range of media including acrylics, oils, watercolour, and three dimensional items. As well as framed paintings, there are unframed paintings and prints, gifts and cards.

All the exhibits in our Christmas Fair are, as usual, priced under £100 so there is something for all pockets.

 

SCaplin_Decorations_550Gallery Opening: 10am – 4pm Monday to Saturday until 06  January 2017.  Christmas Closing: The Gallery will be closed from 24 December to 01 January inclusive.

Images:  Snow, Mareham Pastures by Robin Hall. Cogglesford Mill in the Snow by Mike Weston.  Door plates, boxes and decorations by Susy Chaplin.  Exhibits and card display in Somersby Room.  Click on any image to see a larger version.

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Photography by Martin Cameron.