Presented by Carre Gallery and Lincolnshire Pride Magazine

 

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The Carre Gallery summer show in partnership with Lincolnshire Pride Magazine. An exhibition of art in various media including oils, watercolours, pastels, drawings, mixed media and textiles.

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 04 July and all exhibitors are invited to attend.

Exhibitors: Bob Bradley, Eve Marshall, Mike Weston, Roy Talbot, Malcolm Doughty, Brett Barker, Jess Fuller, Elaine O’Donnell, Rachel Hare, Kim Wooldridge, Sarah Marnier, Carol Bratley, Ronald Feeney and Laura Davies.

Exhibition open 10 am – 4 pm every day (exept Sundays) from 01 July until 27 July inclusive.

UPDATE:

Awards Presentation:

The Awards presentation was held at the gallery on Thursday 04 July.  Rob Davis, Executive Editor from Pride Magazines gave a speech which is reproduced below with permission.

Pride Magazine Award:

“Good lord, you don’t make it easy! Another year and another wonderful selection of artwork in a range of styles, in a range of media.

As always, a wonderful example of the talent right here in the town. Before naming a winner, I’d like to recognise a couple of artists especially as there are a few new artists to the gallery too. One of the nice things about the diversity of art here is the combination of old techniques and new technology.

RoyTalbot_WhatIsThat_600Congratulations to Roy Talbot who has created a trio of artwork – not a triptych, I don’t suppose, as they are three separate pieces instead of one piece of art in three pieces – Decision Time, Together as One and What is That? are three wonderful mono pieces, with lovely execution and a simple black and white palette, created on an iPad or tablet.

The touch screen nature of these devices must, one imagines, keep you in physical contact with your artwork in a way that a mouse just would serve to do. It’s the first artwork that Roy has created, and certainly the first entered into a gallery, and actually I think that’s a really good thing because it not only demonstrates the approachability of the Carre Gallery to all artists, no matter how experienced or otherwise, but it also shows that Roy approaches his work with no preconceptions or prejudices of what’s ‘right.’

I love them visually they’ve a real presence and certainly allow the person viewing them to write their own narrative as to the story behind the piece.

Billy Hare by Rachel HareI’d also like to congratulate Rachel Hare on her pieces, ironically Billy Hare, and Sparky Squirrel. These are mixed media pieces, loads of character, lovely tones in the artwork courtesy of craft paper and other materials. Lots of colour, lots of texture and lots of character. Wonderful, I love them.

Upcylced vintage tool Dragon on a Rock by Brett BrakerBrettBarker_DragonOnARock_Detail_600Ultimately though I have to pick one piece and I’ve chosen Brett Barker’s Upcycled Vintage Tool Dragon on a Rock. If you have a look you’ll be able to pick out the origin of Brett’s creature’s constituent parts. Twisted metal, pliers, metal punches and bradawls. I’ve doubtless misidentified tools – not my strong point – but I haven’t misidentified the work itself if I describe it as talented, unique, eco-friendly given that it’s upcycled, and really imaginative. Really quirky, I love it! I love the patina, the construction, the way it’s mounted and the fact that it’s just so so different!

I’m looking forward to visiting Brett, seeing how his sculptures are made – there’s another in this room too (pictured below – Ed), and I think the idea of taking something old and turning it into something fresh and quirky and new is terrific! Well done!”

Directors’ Award:

Sparky Squirrel by Rachel Hare.

Summer Hedgerow by Eve MarshallEvery year that we have been running the summer exhibition it has been full of works of the highest quality and this year is no exception. There was a lengthy debate amongst the directors’ award panel, as there should be, but it was surprising how entrenched they were in their opinions this year. It is to that end that they would like to give mentions to Eve Marshall for “Summer Hedgerows” and Laura Davies for “Early one Morning”. However, this year’s winner is “Sparky Squirrel” by Rachel Hare. In a competition with such a variety of other styles and media it is unavoidable that a choice of winner becomes somewhat subjective but “Sparky Squirrel” appealed in terms of the subject, its representation and the visual and textural quality added with use of mixed media.

Early One Morning by Laura Davies

Gallery Award:

Together As One by Roy TalbotOur Summer Show may not be as large as the Royal Academy’s but we have a good variety of media, styles and subjects to be proud of. Thank you to all our artists who have brought in their work. This year the Gallery Award goes to a new artist with a new medium which uses technology to create storytelling images showing movement, energy and drama. The Gallery choice for this year is ‘Together As One’ by Roy Talbot.

Carre Gallery would like to thank Rob Davis and Pride Magazines for their continued support of the Summer Open Exhibition.  Also, thank you to all artists who entered work and congratulations to our prizewinners.

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Images from the top:  Exhibition view; What is that? (digital art) by Roy Talbot; Billy Hare (mixed) by Rachel Hare; Upcycled Vintage Tool Dragon on a Rock (metal and rock) by Brett Barker (plus detail); Sparky Squirrel (mixed) by Rachel Hare; Hedgerows (felted wool and silk) by Eve Marshall; Early One Morning (Acrylics) by Laura Davies; Together as One (digital art) by Roy Talbot; Plesiosaurus on glass base by Brett Barker.

Gallery and Artwork photographed by Martin Cameron. Click on any image to see a larger version. (Opens in 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).

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.”

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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.”

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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).

 

On The Trail

June 18, 2018

Sleaford and District Civic Trust 2018 Photography Competition

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Carre Gallery’s new photography exhibition opened on Monday 18th June with an evening preview of entries for the Civic trust’s annual photography competition. Exhibits depict scenes from the various walking trails in and around the town, with photographers competing for cash and other prizes in different age groups. The theme for the competition and exhibition was inspired by development of the Civic Trust’s new audio visual Heritage Trail which joins the ‘When in Sleaford’, Navigation and other established touring routes that celebrate Sleaford’s natural, cultural and built heritage.

OTTPreviewMix_500Garry Titmus, chairman of Sleaford and District Civic Trust said “ Last year’s ‘Hidden in plain sight’ photography competition was such a success that we decided to make this an annual event. We have been encouraged by generous support from the Sleaford Town Councillor’s Fund and artsNK. The quality of exhibits is again of a high standard and identifies many interesting and some unusual features of the town which otherwise could easily be overlooked”.

Judging of the event will be undertaken by representatives from the Sleaford and District Civic Trust, artsNK and Carre Gallery with winners to be announced at the end of the month.

Winning images will be posted on this blog when the results are announced.

The exhibition is open from 10 am – 4 pm every day (except Sunday) and runs until Saturday 30th.

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

UPDATE:

Judging of exhibits was undertaken by representatives of the Civic Trust, artsNK and The Sleaford Gallery Arts Trust.  Prizes and certificates have been awarded for entries submitted by Michael Hardy, Tony Brand and Colin Ironmonger.  Under 18 awards went to Karina Budd, Sophie Henton and Niamh Cooper.  In the Junior section awards were given to Martha Davies and Lucy Blair (more photos to follow).

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From left to right: Martha Davies, winner of the junior section with “The Guards at Lollycocks Pond”; Michael Hardy, winner of the Over 18 section with “Zebra Crossing by the Slea”; Karina Budd, winner of the Under 18 section with “Meander”.  Photograph by Martin Cameron

People’s Choice:

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Further congratulations to Michael Hardy whose ‘Zebra Crossing by the Slea’ was voted the most popular photograph by visitors to the gallery.  He was presented with his prize and certificate by gallery director Chris Hodgson.  Photograph by Martin Cameron

 

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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An Open Exhibition of Photography

The theme of this exhibition is straightforward; participants were invited to take a photograph that highlights a part of Sleaford – a building, a structure or an aspect of everyday life – that goes unnoticed by the casual observer.  Ideally the photograph to be taken from within the centre of Sleaford but consideration also given to extraordinary pictures taken outside this area with the proviso it was within the Sleaford district.

Over 150 entries were received and these entries were narrowed down by a panel of three judges to about sixty photographs which have been professionally printed and mounted to form this two-week exhibition in the Carre Gallery.

 

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The Judges were Lucy Lumb – representing artsNK who has given support to this project, Martin Cameron – a professional photographer and director of the Sleaford Gallery Arts Trust, and Russ Mathieson – representative of the Civic Trust who proposed and is jointly sponsoring this competition.

Prize winners will be announced at the presentation evening in the second week of the exhibition with results posted on this blog.

The exhibition is open from 10 am – 4pm every day (except Sunday) until Saturday 17 June.

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The exhibition has been sponsored by members of Sleaford and District Civic Trust, the Sleaford Gallery Arts Trust and Hodgson Estates and is being supported by artsNK.

Gallery photographs by Martin Cameron.  Click on any image to see a larger version.

UPDATE: Winning Images.

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Under Thirteen Category

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First Place – The Bass Maltings by Alice Taylor

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Second Place – Sheep in the Town by Chiara Nel

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Third Place – William Alvey Memorial Plaque by Joshua Lenton

Under Eighteen Category

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First Place – Resting Bike by Aimee Scadding

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Second Place – Another Curious Surprise by Karina Budd

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Third Place – The Wyvern Railings by Lucy Hubbert

Over Eighteen Category

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First Place – Night Fish by Colin Brammer

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Second Place – Princess by Barry Mayes

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Third Place – Graffitied Wall At The Boston Road Rec by Sue Shaw

Portrait Exhibition 2016

October 3, 2016

Lincolnshire Portrait Competition

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The Carre Gallery Portrait Exhibition – a mixture of painting, drawing, photography and ceramics. The exhibition will be judged in the early stages of the exhibition with the winner being announced on Thursday 06 October.  Revisit this blog post for updates.

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As usual we invite all visitors to vote for their favourite portrait for the ‘People’s Choice Award’ presented at the end of the exhibition.

dpeterson_jack_500Exhibiting artists: Laura-Jane Luff, Neil Topley, Keith Flint, Bob Bradley, Laura McKeegan, Mary Newman, Anita Mortimer, Eric Weil, Rosi Campbell, Laura Davies, Ellie Benton, Jennifer Cottis, Gillian Beale, Mona Storey, Ann Mackenzie, Donnas Peterson, Peter Hayward, Rebecca Henson, Martin Cameron, Irina Smyth, Gail Sylvester, Dave Leggett, A K Smith, Kim Wooldridge.

Exhibition runs 10 am – 4 pm from Monday 03 October until Saturday 15 October.  (The gallery is closed on Sundays.)

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UPDATE:  COMPETITION RESULT

The results were announced at the private view on Thursday evening 06 October.  It was a pleasure to see artists with family and friends at the gallery.  Gallery Director Andrew Fotheringham welcomed our guests and announced the results.

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“Our judge was Lucy Lumb from Arts NK who was very impressed with the high standard of work.  She said that, as well as judging the merits of the work on composition and technique she was looking for a portrait that communicated the personality of the sitter to her.”  Andrew went on to share Lucy’s thoughts, reproduced below, on her shortlist before announcing the winning image.

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Winner of the Carre Gallery Portrait Competition 2016

Lara by Rebecca Henson  “A portrait of a young girl, unusual in as much as she has her coat hood up.  The colouring is unusual but works perfectly. The picture has a ‘glow’ and the girl’s expression is very engaging.  I kept being drawn back to this image so I had to choose it as my favourite.”

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Julian by Rosi Campbell.  “Very accomplished technically and aesthetically.  The sitter seems in deep contemplation.  I could easily imagine this painting displayed in a top gallery.”

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Gertie by Gail Sylvester.  A lovely character; every time I look at this I smile.

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Dad by Neil Topley.  Simple, confident application of the media.  It is not over-worked yet still communicates the character.   Even though the title would suggest it, the piece gives the impression that the sitter is very comfortable with the artist.

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Norman by Laura-Jane Luff.  This showed something of the ‘twinkle’ in Norman’s character.

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Carre Gallery would like to congratulate our winner and offer our sincere thanks to our judge, Lucy Lumb, and to all exhibitors and volunteers for their continuing support.

UPDATE 2 – PEOPLE’S CHOICE.

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Nicholas (oil on canvas) by Laura-Jane Luff won the People’s Choice Award.  Congratulations to Laura-Jane.  Other popular images were Gertie by Gail Sylvester, Peter with his Guitar by Jennifer Cottis, and Julian by Rosi Campbell. All these images can be seen in the blog post above. (Peter is on the left in the top image.)

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