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).

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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).

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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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Winter Art Fair 2017

November 27, 2017

 

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The art fair has a range of media including acrylics, oils, watercolour, and three dimensional items. As well as framed paintings, there are unframed paintings and prints, gifts and cards.

All the exhibits in our Christmas Fair are, as usual, priced under £100 so there is something for all pockets.

 

SCaplin_Decorations_550Gallery Opening: 10am – 4pm Monday to Saturday until 06  January 2017.  Christmas Closing: The Gallery will be closed from 24 December to 01 January inclusive.

Images:  Snow, Mareham Pastures by Robin Hall. Cogglesford Mill in the Snow by Mike Weston.  Door plates, boxes and decorations by Susy Chaplin.  Exhibits and card display in Somersby Room.  Click on any image to see a larger version.

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Photography by Martin Cameron.

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

TraceySwift_PortraitOfCoreen_550Despite the familiarity of The Pink Ribbon Louise became aware of how little she and the people around her actually knew about the consequences of a breast cancer diagnosis. She know little about the various types of breast cancer, the treatments including lumpectomy, mastectomy, drugs, the subsequent drains, pain, healing, reconstruction, prosthesis, side effects, issues with body image and self-esteem and finding a “new” normal.

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.

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David Forest in the Bainton Room

David says, “I have recently returned to England after 30 years in the Czech Republic where I was privileged to work in architecture and building engineering involved in the refurbishment of central Prague during the period immediately after the Velvet Revolution.”

“Dealing with a variety of buildings of the Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque Classicism, Italian Renaissance and Functionalism eras I was witness to a constant stream of revelations and adventure. When it was all over and retirement was on the horizon I found the artistic elements of my career had to continue, so, as most architects do, I took up my pens and began illustrating the life around me.

Gurasada_A_550A wide range of subjects called for my attention and I discovered the best way to record my time was in calendar format and therefore my art followed that route. It allowed me to combine my three great interests in life – music, graphic art and prose. From the mid nineties I “sat” in many cities, towns, villages, even railway stations around Central Europe as well as good old England and produced a considerable library of work. This included calendars for the Dvorak Society and many English cathedrals, both going worldwide. I felt that I was tracing the footsteps of three giants-Turner, Dvorak and Morton and it was these three that ultimately cemented together, for me, the narrative for the preciousness of time and travel.

DForest_York_550My time in Prague proved to be a special part of my life, as in fact does Lincolnshire and my soul belongs to these two environs, shaping my art in a way that substituted for the absence of any formal training in the subject.

My next calendar, needless to say, will be that of Sleaford and already I am working on the framework of scenes, background music and commentaries set in the style of my similar previous projects.

The work hanging in this room, you will notice, captures my travels over the last forty years. On the return to the place of my childhood I am now proud to be associated with the Carre Gallery.”

Mixed Exhibition

In Somersby and Candlesby rooms we have a mixed exhibition of work from Lincolnshire artists in various media.  Also on show are the winning images from the Portrait Exhibition which the artists have kindly allowed us to keep for another two weeks.

Exhibition open from 10 am – 4 pm until 28 October.

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Images: From the top – David Forest in Bainton Room, Gurasada and A Glimpse of York Minster by David Forest, Mixed Exhibition in Candlesby Room.  Photography by Martin Cameron.