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).

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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

 

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).

Presented by Carre Gallery and Lincolnshire Pride Magazine

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Visitors to Carre gallery are in for a treat when they visit this year’s annual Summer Show. The work on display is high-quality and features both traditional and contemporary styles.

There are almost sixty exhibits created by twenty-five Lincolnshire artists. Many different media have been employed by the artists; traditional paints such as oil, acrylic and watercolour as well as mixed media, acrylic ink, pastel, pen, silk painting, and scraper board. The exhibition also contains photography, grogged stoneware and glazed stoneware.  Subjects include traditional landscapes – including local Lincolnshire scenes, architecture, animal and pet portraits, boats, floral, and abstract. Almost all of the work is for sale and prices range from £45 to £800.

The prize winners will be announced at the private view on Thursday 14 July and the results published on this blog shortly afterwards.  All exhibitors are invited and encouraged to attend – it could be you receiving a prize.

Gallery visitors can vote for their favourite exhibit using the slips and voting box provided.  The People’s Choice will be announced at the end of the exhibition.  Come and see. You will be inspired.

Exhibiting Artists:

Margaret Allton, Anne Barnham, Gillian Beale, Ellie Benton, Francis Brice, Martin Cameron, Susy Chaplin, Ian Cox, Laura Davies, Elaine O’ Donnell, Ronald Feeney, Moira Garrick, Robin Hall, Jenny Hammerton, Iain Harkess, Peter Hayward, Janey Hill, Pearl Hudson, Ann Mackenzie, Anthony Pegg, Ira Smyth, Paul Stuchbury, Wendy Tait, Mike Weston, Kim Wooldridge.

The exhibition is open 10 am – 4 pm from 11 July until 06 August.  (Gallery closed on Sundays.)

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UPDATE:  Competition Results.

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Leopard by Ellie Benton (acrylic) – Lincolnshire Pride Magazine Award.

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Lincoln Cathedral by Anthony Pegg (oils) –  joint winner of the Directors’ Award.

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Free by Laura Davies (acrylic) – joint winner of the Directors’ Award.

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Stumbles Head Lighthouse by Kim Wooldridge (oils) – The Carre Gallery Award.

Congratulations to all our winners and a huge thank you to all artists for contributing to an excellent exhibition.

UPDATE 2: People’s Choice:

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White Gladioli (oils) by Janey Hill was voted People’s Choice by our gallery visitors during the exhibition.  Congratulations to Janey.

Carre Gallery would like to thank Lincolnshire Pride Magazine for its continuing support of the Summer Exhibition.

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

Carre Gallery and Lincolnshire Pride Magazine Summer Exhibition

Private View and Presentation Evening

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2014 is another record year for entries.  Mary Newman of the gallery management team says, “The Summer Show increases in popularity each year and the general standard of work improves every time.  We are very pleased to see some excellent work from new exhibitors as well as from many of our regular contributors.”  At the private view and presentation evening, held on Monday 14 July, the Carre Gallery Award and Directors’ Award were presented by Director Eddy Double.

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Pomegranate (oil) by Janey Hill wins the Carre Gallery Award.  Chosen by the gallery Management who were, “impressed by how paint was applied in an almost sculptural way using a palette knife.  Choosing to study a single object the artist has created presence and power.   Layers of colour give the image depth and solidity.”

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Yellow Field (acrylic on board) by Euan Boyd-Wallis wins the Directors’ Award.

SummerPV_7421The Lincolnshire Pride Magazine Award was selected by our guest judge, artist Michelle Bird, who kindly joined us to make a presentation on the evening.  “Having to choose from all the entries was not an easy task, particularly as there is merit to be found in all the works of art.  The paintings have been a real delight to look at.”

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Leaves from Eternity (acrylic) by John Lincoln wins the Lincolnshire Pride Magazine Award.  Says Michelle, “I found this painting, inspired by a poem by John Clare, both beautiful and intriguing. I sat for quite some time looking at it. The subtlety of colouring and layering of paint were quite mesmerising.”

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From left to right: Gallery Director Christopher Hodgson presenting award certificates to John Lincoln, Janey Hill and Euan Boyd-Wallis.

UPDATE:

The winner of the People’s Choice Award is Chris Jones for her study of a dog called Bad Hair Day.  Chris came into the gallery to have her prize presented by Christopher Hodgson.

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Christopher Hodgson presents Chris Jones with her People's Choice Award for 'Bad Hair Day' (pictured).

Christopher Hodgson presents Chris Jones with her People’s Choice Award for ‘Bad Hair Day’.

Other work which receives a special mention from our guest judge:

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Baby Stay Close  by Anita Mortimer (graphite) “shows a powerful composition and areas of fine detail and contrast.”

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The Old Barn Woolsthorpe (graphite) by Tony Whiston “shows a wonderful variety of mark-making that creates the form and sense of place for this wonderful little drawing.”

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The Beck – Staithes (oil) by S. Amelia. “One can see a lovely blending of colours and gets the sense that the painter really was sitting down in this area of sand, painting life as it passed her by. A fleeting moment is captured.”

Janey Hill explores the properties of paint and colour vividly in her still-life Pomegranate (see above), an ordinary object easily taken for granted which here has a strong presence of its own and, might I add, looks ready to eat.”

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Just a little bit of cheese (watercolour) by Elaine O’Donnell.  “Continuing with the theme of food, this watercolour shows beautiful fine detail, particularly around the doyley. Both the angles and the colour create a vibrant composition. (I think though, just looking at the mouse, he’s had rather a lot of cheese – contrary to the title.)

Click on any image to see an enlarged view.

The exhibition is open from 10 am – 4 pm Monday to Saturday from 14 July until 09 August.  Admission is free with free parking available nearby.

Carre Gallery would like to thank Lincolnshire Pride Magazine for its continued support of the Summer Open.

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Awards evening and artwork photographed by Martin Cameron.