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Garry Ravenhall

CloseUpPainting3_600Garry has been painting professionally for over 40 years. His work is treasured in homes across the world from the UK to Australia and New Zealand. His subjects range from landscapes and portraits to still-life and figure compositions.

Garry graduated from the University of Reading with a BA honours degree in Fine Art in 1985. He then moved to East Anglia where he lived until a short time ago; he has recently moved to Sleaford in Lincolnshire. He has recently retired from teaching Art and Art History to concentrate on his painting. He has also spent time in the past examining and moderating Art and Art History for two examination boards. He spent three years as Principal Moderator for A level Art and Design for Edexcel.

CourtyardOutsideMillersRestaurant2019_600Most of Garry’s work is painted on canvas or canvas board in oils or acrylics, although some of his smaller work, for example his landscape work from the Yorkshire Dales or the Lake District, is carried out in watercolour on watercolour paper. Occasionally pen and wash is used. His work is largely figurative although he does lean towards semi-abstraction at times. His passion is for the depiction of light and shade in an image and the sensitive and expressive use of paint.

Much of his work is painted to commission. The size of the work varies from notebook size for his watercolour studies up to the largest commission he painted for Ipswich Town Hall which was over 15 feet across.

Garry is available for commissions and is happy to discuss your requirements. He specialises in landscape and portrait work, including animal studies, but he will consider any reasonable subject. You’ll find more information on Garry’s website – click here (opens in new window/tab).

Sleaford Discovered

SleafordSouthgateFeb2019_600This exhibition focuses on the magical imagery around us in Sleaford. Garry has explored the everyday sights that we might normally overlook in our busy day to day lives. ‘Sainsbury’s at Night’ evokes the work of Edward Hopper in its moody depiction of the Sleaford store of a dark winter’s evening with light streaming through the welcoming windows of the sanctuary. ‘Southgate Sleaford’ captures the busy bustling shopping heart of our lovely town in all its frenetic vibrance. ‘Sleaford Railway Station Viewed from the Level Crossing’ has an air of the overlooked, the faded and slightly mundane but conversely sparkles with life and energy. ‘A View of the River Slea near Cogglesford Watermill – May 2019’ shimmers with the promise of the late Spring, capturing the dancing of light on the surface of the water.

An exhibition not to be missed!

Exhibition open 10 am – 4 pm every day (except Sunday) from 12 August to 27 August.

Images supplied by the Artist.  From the top: Sainsbuy’s at Night, Garry Ravenhall, Courtyard outside Millers Restaurant, Sleaford Southgate. Click on any image to see a larger version (opens in new window/tab).

The Windham Hime Memorial Exhibition 2019

Sponsored by Rupert King and Company, Chartered Accountants

CloudTheme_P1010807_550“Allsorts ” is not the liquorice sort, but a description of the variety of media and themes. Mary treats us to another quirky exhibition with ‘traditional’ art, theatre pieces, post-it-note doodles and a few interesting stories and anecdotes with associated artworks.  Look out for the suspicious package – a true story (and the snails!)

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“I was born and raised in Bristol but have lived in Ruskington, then Sleaford for over 40 years. Aged forty-two I graduated from Hull Art College with a BA (hons) Fine Art.
Back in Sleaford I took on Adult Education Art classes and gained a City and Guilds 730 Certificate in adult teaching.  I retired having taught for 17 years.”

Package_P1010805_550“These days I am involved in running the Carre Gallery, belong to the Sleaford Hub Writers, Sleaford Art Group and Sleaford Little Theatre group. I have been painting theatre scenery for for about 20 years off and on, mostly for the pantomimes at Heckington and Sleaford. My friends who give me lots of support were all born in the same year as me! We call ourselves the 45ers.”

“I hope my exhibition will amuse and entertain you.”

CatDoodles_P1010817_550The exhibition is open 10 am – 4 pm every day (except Sunday) until 27 May 2019.

Images from the top: Clouds?; Venice (or closer to home? – look again); Suspicious package?; Cat Doodles; Private View.

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

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Open Exhibition

February 18, 2019

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RHall_EveryCloudHasASilverLining_550The Current exhibition at Carre Gallery is a mixed exhibition featuring the work of 16 Lincolnshire artists. Subject matter includes wildlife, floral and botanical, landscape, portrait, town and cityscapes, and still life. Exhibitors have employed a variety of media which includes acrylic, oil paint, pastels, watercolour and ink, watercolour, and gouache. All in all there are 41 paintings as well as cards for sale.

EBenton_Companions_550Exhibitors:

Ellie Benton, Elaine O’ Donnell, Emma Yardley, Ronald Feeney, Rebecca Henson, Karin Christensen, Bob Bradley, Jane Scholey, Ann Mackenzie, Robin Hall, Marcelle Seabourne, Karen Brown, Alison Headland, Dennis Wilson, Mike Weston, Carol Bratley.

The exhibition is open 10 am – 4 pm from 18 February and runs for three weeks until 09 March 2019.

Images: Above – Every Cloud has a Silver Lining by Robin Hall. Right – Companions by Ellie Benton. Gallery interiors by Robin Hall.  Click on any image to see a larger version (opens in a 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).

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).

 

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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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Portrait Exhibition 2017

October 2, 2017

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Our regular Autumn competition of portraiture returns.  Winning artwork, judged to be announced at a presentation evening on Thursday 12 October.  All contributing artists are invited to attend.  Blog post will be updated once winners are announced.

Visitors to the gallery are invited to vote for their favourite piece for the ‘People’s Choice Award’ which will be announced at the end of the show.

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Exhibiting artists:

Keith Andreetti, Bob Bradley, Martin Cameron, Ian Cox, Laura Davies, Ronald Feeney, David Forest, Sheila Grimwood, Grace Hawkworth, Janey Hill, Patricia Long, Jeremy Jones, Ann Mackenzie, Anita Moritmer, Mary Newman, Abbey Smith, Irina Smyth, Mona Storey, Jim Suggit, Vicky Watkins, Tony Whiston, Kim Wooldridge.

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Exhibition open 10 am – 4 pm from 02 October until 14 October 2017.  (Please note the gallery is closed on Sundays.)

UPDATE: Competition Result.

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The presentation evening was held at the gallery on Thursday 12 October.Our Guest judge, artist Harriott Brand kindly presented the winner’s award and shared her thoughts with the assembled audience.

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Winning Image:  Violet 2017 by Kim Wooldridge.

KWooldridge_Violet1935_550Harriott said, “The best in show (and this is subjective) is Violet by Kim Wooldridge.  I love the use of pastels, the expression on her face, the little light in her eyes; she loos as if she is about to tell you something.  It was only after returning several times to Violet that I noticed the adjacent pencil portrait of her younger self in 1934 (also by Kim Wooldridge – see right).  What a beauty still hiding beneath life’s sculpting of her face and neck.”

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“I commend all exhibitors.  I particularly liked Miller of Boot by Sheila Grimwood for the drawing and unusual use of dark paper accentuation what I hope is flour dust.  I also enjoyed the collage of Michael by Janey Hill for using an unconventional medium and approach.  The fine pair of drawings by Jeremy Jones show wonderful graphite skill and I liked the composition of the couple, The Turangs.”

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Above: Harriott Brand talking to the assembled audience and (right) presenting Kim Wooldridge with her Award for Best in Show.

People’s Choice

For the first time at Carre Gallery the People’s Choice is a tied result.  Congratulations to Anita Mortimer for ‘Barney’ and to Irina Smyth for ‘Tommy’.

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

 

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Jennifer Cottis was educated in London, the hub of art and design in the ‘swinging sixties’. Two years at Ealing School of Art were followed by three studying Industrial Design at the Central School of Art and Design, in London, one of the top colleges in the country. She graduated top of year and was twice awarded the Royal Society of Arts student travelling bursary for Design. This was followed by a successful career as a staff designer and design consultant.

J_Cottis_550As a design educator she has been a visiting lecturer and external examiner at many university Art and Design Departments, a Senior Lecturer at Swindon School of Art and Goldsmiths College, University of London, Principal Lecturer and Head of Industrial Design at the Central School of Art and Design, and Academic Development Manager at Lincoln College of Art and Design.

Following a career as a designer and educator she now concentrates full time on Art. Her drawings, paintings and sculptures have been exhibited widely in public and private galleries throughout the country and have won several top prizes.  Examples of designs and a biography have been included in major exhibitions at the prestigious Design Centre Stuttgart and the International Design Centre Berlin. Jennifer also runs courses in drawing and oil painting for adults.

JCottis_MarketDayStRemyDeProvence_550This exhibition displays examples from her work. It ranges from both large and small landscape paintings in oils, developed from the many watercolours in her travel sketch books (some of which are available to purchase as prints) to portraiture, seascapes and sculptures.

The depiction of the sea is a recurring subject with a personal visual language that frequently moves between two and three dimensions. Drawings translated into sculptures – sculptures into further developments in drawing and painting.

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Exhibition opening times: 10 am – 4 pm from 27 March until 08 April.  (Gallery is closed on Sundays.)

JCottis_Owl_550Jennifer will be in the gallery on the following days and will be happy to talk about her work.

Monday 27 March: 1 – 3pm
Tuesday 28 March:  1 – 3pm
Monday 03 April:  1 – 3pm
Wednesday 05 April:  11am – 1pm

Images from top: Shade by the Church near Nyons: Jennifer Cottis at Carre Gallery: Market Day – St-Rémy-de-Provence: Owl.  Gallery photographs taken by Martin Cameron.  Photos of paintings supplied by Jennifer Cottis.  Click on any image to see a larger version (opens in new tab or window).

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Muriel Elliott Retrospective

February 13, 2017

Azalea (watercolour) by Muriel Elliott.

Carre Gallery is proud to present a retrospective of Muriel Elliott’s paintings in an exhibition curated by Mary Newman with John Elliott.  Having spent over forty years in Africa, Muriel’s work features African imagery as well as paintings of vibrant flowers and British landscapes.

Hanging the show was a family affair with John, daughter Peta and son Jonathan being very involved in creating the exhibition you see.

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Exhibition curator Mary Newman with John Elliott and daughter Peta at the private view.

John Elliott says, “Muriel created a large amount of work, making it hard to choose which to include in the exhibition. Mary Newman was indispensable in helping to create this celebration of her work and we are very pleased with the result.”  The private view on Monday 13 Feb was well attended by family, friends and fellow artists who were very impressed; many paintings sold on the first day of the exhibition.

As well as the Muriel’s paintings, there is also a selection of blank canvases and hand-made watercolour paper for sale from Muriel’s stock of materials.

Come and take a look. You will not be disappointed.

Exhibition open 10 am – 4 pm from 13 Feb until 25 Feb 2017.

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Muriel:

Muriel arrived in Kenya in 1954 at the invitation of a friend of her mother on the understanding that, if she liked it, she could work in the office of his meat processing company, which she did.

John was an Inspector in the Kenya Police when he met Muriel: They were married in Nairobi in 1956 and, at the end of his contract with the police, they travelled by sea around the Cape of Good Hope to England to meet the families. After some three months they decided to return to Kenya.

Rondavels in Africa (oil) by Muriel Elliott.

Muriel returned to her job and John joined the Kenya Prisons Service on a short-term contract. They moved into a bungalow at Kisumu Prison but later moved on to Nairobi where they had a bungalow with his new job in government security. After two years they moved down to Mombasa to start a security company employing African security guards.

Working extremely hard John successfully expanded the new company to employ some seven hundred personnel. Life was good; living on the beach with their two children was a paradise. However, when a British company offered to buy the company it was sold and the family moved down to Johannesburg.

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Once settled, Muriel decided to attempt to paint, having never tried before. She had two brothers who were both excellent artists, one of which turned professional.Muriel never took lessons as such but joined a local artists group and, as she improved, started to exhibit on a Sunday with ‘Artists in the Sun’ where she was sold a number of paintings to visitors. The group also exhibited in the local shopping mall by taking advantage of empty premises on a short-term basis; this also proved successful with quite a few sales made. Unfortunately a bulk sale turned sour when the ‘bank-guaranteed cheque’ bounced.

melliott_littlehouseinthetrees_550Muriel became a competent artist in all mediums, staging a number of exhibitions and making sales. Muriel and John returned to England in 2002 after forty seven years in Africa, settling in Sleaford. Muriel soon joined a local art group and became a regular member of Leadenham Art Group enjoying her Mondays in the company of a friendly crowd of artists. She was also a regular volunteer and exhibitor at Carre Gallery. Never without a smile, her sparkling personality brightened up the gallery on the dullest of Lincolnshire days and intensified the warmth of the sunniest.

On 21 April 2016 Muriel and John received a letter and photo from Her Majesty the Queen in recognition of their sixtieth wedding anniversary. Sadly Muriel passed away in July 2016.

Images from top:  Azalea (watercolour) : Mary Newman, John Elliott, Peta Elliott at the exhibition : Flower-themed room at the gallery : Rondavels in Africa : African Farm : Little House in the Trees.  Artwork photographed at the gallery.  All photography by Martin Cameron.  Click on any image to see a larger version (opens in new window/tab).