An exhibition by Dave Leggett and Mike Weston

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Dave Leggett

I am a Lincolnshire lad, born and bred and educated at Carre’s Grammar School in Sleaford, where I realised I had a talent and a love of art.   However, over the years art has mainly been a hobby, off and on, taking a back seat to sports during my youth. Now I am retired it is one of my major pastimes and I volunteer at Carre Gallery where I have submitted paintings during previous exhibitions.

DLegget_Elephants_550I have always lived near an RAF base and on a flight path, regularly attending air shows; this has possibly accounted for my desire to paint airplanes. Also, due to my working life being in engineering, I have always been interested in anything of any sort with an engine. My other hobbies are motorcycling, other motor sports and music (I play the guitar) together with coarse fishing.

DaveLegget_550I have received many commissions over the years to paint a number of subjects, including animal portraits, and would be happy to discuss anyone’s requirement for a ‘special’ piece of art. My preferred painting media is oils but I am quite happy to use watercolour too.

I hope this exhibition demonstrates my varied interests and shows that I can turn my hand to a variety of subjects.  I hope you enjoy the exhibition.

Note: If you are interested in purchasing any paintings but would prefer a different frame, I am happy to discuss your requirements.

Mike Weston

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MWeston_StumpsAtThorham_550I have been painting since 1993 and I am self-taught. All my paintings are either in watercolor or oils. In 1991 I took part in The Watercolor Challenge on television’s Channel 4.

In keeping with the exhibition theme I am exhibiting trains, tractors, (wheels); aircraft, birds and butterflies (wings) and a selection of boats and landscapes (other things).

The aircraft are a tribute to 100 years of the RAF, and feature aircraft from 1918 to the present day. Both Dave and myself are donating an artwork as a raffle prize with all the monies raised going to LIVES (Lincolnshire Integrated Voluntary Emergency Service).”

MWeston_SplashDown_550LIVES is the Lincolnshire charity that supports 700+ highly trained and dedicated volunteers who get to their neighbours fast to deliver vital care in those first critical moments of a medical emergency before handing over to the ambulance service. Mike Weston was a member of Vale Responders, a similar organisation in Leicestershire, for seven years and received the Queen’s Award in recognition for his contribution to the community.

Mike says, “LIVES is an excellent organisation which, in my opinion, does not have the public recognition it deserves. We are trying to raise money and awareness with the donation of these two artworks.”

Charity Raffle

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Two prizes up for grabs. Dave has donated a signed limited edition print of a Vulcan over Lincoln Cathedral – “At Home”. Mike has donated a watercolour of a Spitfire – “Out of the Clouds”.  Come along, see some excellent work and support a charity. Someone has to win; it could be you!

The exhibition is open 10 am – 4 pm every day (including Sunday) from 05 November until 17 November.

Images supplied by the artists.  Click on any image to see a larger version (opens in a new window/tab).

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Exhibition of Art…

October 29, 2018

… By former members of the Women’s Royal Air Force in Lincolnshire

WRAF_Candlesby_550Frances Brice, Margaret Carstairs, Rosemarie Da Costa and Fiona Duncan, all former members of the WRAF, have joined together to create a stunning exhibition of drawings and paintings with a percentage of sales being donated to the International Bomber Command Centre (IBCC) in Lincoln.

WRAF_IBBC_Poster_550Frances Brice joined the WRAF at the age of nineteen and became an Assistant Air Traffic Controller.   She left upon starting a family, as WRAF policy at the time did not allow women with children to remain in service.  Frances has won quite a few awards for her work and her paintings hang on wall in Great Britain, Canada, America, Hong Kong and Abu Dhabi to name but a few.  “I still fee overwhelmed and honoured when someone views my work and says the feel they have been there, or that my paintings make them feel the tranquillity of the scene.”

Margaret Carstairs served for three years from 1966 to 1969 and worked as a Supply Accountant. “I did art at school many years ago and took it up again before retiring. I paint with the U3A in Lincoln and have been attending workshops and seminars for about 18 years with an artist called Ash Buckingham. I paint for fun and most of my paintings hang on the walls of friends and family, as well as my own.”

WRAF_Bainton_550Rosemarie Da Costa was keen to join the WRAF while still at school, and at the age of 18 passed the selection procedure to become a WRAF officer on a short service commission. She was the first female crew member of 48 Squadron, flying as supernumerary crew in a Hercules, helping to bring back dispossessed local residents evacuated from Cyprus in the crisis of 1974.

“I have always loved creative activities and, after I completed my WRAF service, I explored different ways of producing art. The wonderful landscapes of North Yorkshire introduced me to watercolours which are my first love. However, after a posting in the West Indies I discovered pastels. These were much easier to work than watercolours which dried too quickly in the heat! I have recently moved to wet felting and needle felting and continue to explore my love as sheep as my artistic subjects.”

WRAF_Somersby_550Fiona Duncan joined the WRAF in 1977 as an Admin Clerk and served for five and a half years. Fiona was also discharged upon becoming pregnant, as was the policy at the time.  “I am mainly a self-taught artist although I attended to some classes to learn the basics when I first started painting. I enjoy painting landscapes and seascapes, and work in acrylics. I have been supporting the IBCC for the last six months with sales of my spire paintings.”

The exhibition is open from 10 am – 4 pm every day from Monday 29 October until Saturday 03 November.  The Exhibition is free to ente.

Visitors are invited, but not obliged, to make a small donation to the International Bomber Command Centre using the donation box provided.

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

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).

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).

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).