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.

UPDATE: COMPETITION RESULTS

The Awards presentation was held on Thursday 05 July.  Rob Davis from Lincolnshire Pride magazine presented the awards.  Some of his comments are reproduced here with permission.

“It’s my privilege once again to be asked to award one of our artists the Lincolnshire Pride special award, but also help to present both the Gallery Prize and the Director’s Prize too.

As usual, there are in excess of 50 pieces on display in the gallery but what amazes me each year is the diversity of subjects, the range of media and the technical skill as well as the vision which is clearly present in each piece.

I’m creative in terms of being able to design a page layout or use a camera, but I can’t draw or paint for my life, so I’m absolutely in awe of the talent on display here, and I think it’s so important that in the Carre Gallery you have not just a place to exhibit your work, but also a place to interact with other artists, for mutual inspiration but also as a place to introduce the public to all of the talent on display here too.”

Fighting for Spring by Eve Marshall

Lincolnshire Pride Magazine Award Winner:  Fighting for Spring (feltwork) by Eve Marshall

“Take a look and you’ll notice a really organic shape to the piece itself, and some really abstract colours and flower details in the piece, but at the same time two really clearly defined hares. It’s like you’re in a building and you’ve smashed a hole in the wall and you’re peering out into the countryside. I absolutely love it and I think the best compliment we could pay it is that when we were looking at it, we decided that you could look at it over and over again and simply not become bored of just looking at it, admiring it. It’s really cheerful, very lovely indeed, so well done Eve, absolutely great. And we look forward to meeting you and finding out how you work in an article in a future edition of Pride. Congratulations and very well done!”

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Gallery Award: Vessels (textiles and handmade paper) by Anne Dolan

“Vessels is a mixed-media piece, a combination of textiles and hand made paper. Lovely tones, intriguing shapes, and a really peaceful tranquil tonality to the colours that Anne has chosen, cool soft blues and rich lustrous golds. Very nice indeed.”

Polar Bear by Ellie Benton

Directors’ Award: Polar Bear by Ellie Benton

“I’ve not had a hand in choosing the winner but they are known to me and I’m an admirer of this artist’s work. There was a good deal of discussion of this piece because as good as it is as a piece of work, it’s also a bit unsettling. The ferocity of the expression, the idea that something is attacking the animal or provoking such a violent reaction. It’s a piece which, quite beyond its visual appeal actually carries a really strong message of either of the importance of conservation or of the brutality of nature or perhaps something else, because best of all, it’s extremely thought provoking and perhaps open to your own interpretation of what it means.”

Commendations:

“I just wanted to identify a couple of pieces that have really caught my eye, two further examples of the impressive diversity of pieces here this evening.”

Cat Nap by Laura Davies.

Cat Nap (acrylic on canvas) by Laura Davies.  “Laura’s picture just captures that really lovely peacefulness and serenity of a content cat dozing away. The expression is lovely and I love the saturation of colour, a deep lustrous red against the less colourful grey of the cat. When you look at it, stand back and you’ll appreciate the colour, the detail, and the way it clearly captures the detail of the subject so very beautifully.”

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Beach View (photograph) by Colin Brammer.  “So I’m a photographer as part of my day job, which means I pay special attention to any photographic work exhibited here, and Beach View is really very impressive indeed. I suppose it’s an abstract piece and it has beautiful colours and a striking composition thanks to some perfectly straight lines. It’s a really impressive combination of a great original image and some thoughtful and technically very skilful post production. Very very good.”

“Congratulations to everyone who has worked so hard to make this year’s exhibition even more diverse, and as brimming with talent as ever. I always say that I feel a fraud being asked to comment on the artist’s work each year, but it’s a pleasure nonetheless and I congratulate everyone who has contributed such incredible work.”

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Image above: Chris Hodgson presents Gallery Award to Anne Dolan. Rob Davis Announcing winners. All photography by Martin Cameron.  Click on any image so see a larger version (opens in a 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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A breast cancer awareness art exhibition.

Images and words of breast cancer journeys

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LouiseStedman_500Louise Stedman participated in the Edinburgh Half Marathon in May 2012, running a personal best time and fundraising in excess of £600 for a cancer charity along the way. Just a few weeks later, aged 48, Louise was diagnosed with stage 2 invasive lobular breast cancer.

Louise kept an account of her journey and experiences in her blog “Dancing in the Rain”.  www.lulusjourney2012.blogspot.co.uk

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Louise decided to give up her support work and focus on herself and her healing. She had a vision to raise awareness through an art exhibition and The Breathless Breastless Project was born. Louise spent several months coordinating a fantastic team or artists and survivors to create this compelling collection of works.

Breathless Breastless Project opened its first exhibition in Aberdeen in June 2014 and has since exhibited at several venues including the Saltaire Arts Festival and The Museum of Scottish Lighthouses in Fraserburgh.

Bainton_550Artists and participants:  Lou Loakes, Beate Allerton, Tracey Swift, Sonya Binnie, Paul Stedman, Mags Gray, Maggie Kelly, Jane Birrell MacKenzie, Kelsey Henderson, Evelina Cassari, Sarah Harper, Doug Harper, Jane Glue, Rosy Long, Justin Padget, Hannah Foxley, Hayley Judson, Dee Henderson-Haefner, Coreen Helen Ann Gillespie, Lorraine, Lindsay Dawson, Zoë, Barbara Devey.

The exhibition is open 10 am – 4 pm,  Monday – Saturday until 25 November 2017

Please be aware that the exhibition contains graphic images and nudity.

www.breathlessbreastlessproject.org

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Images from the top:  Private view, Louise Stedman, Portrait of Coreen by Tracey Smith, Bainton Room, Somersby Room.  Photography by Martin Cameron.