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.

Plesiosaurus Sculpture on Glass base by Brett Barker

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.)

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).

 

Phil Janes and Eve Marshall

September 24, 2012

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Phil Janes:

Phil Janes’ Old Man said that he could pursue a career in art but “there had to be a regular job and money at the end of it.”  Graphics seemed a good compromise so, after leaving school, Phil trained in Graphic Design at Luton school of Art and Design, not really knowing what Graphic Design was.  He had really wanted to study Fine Art.

After four years at Art School he was offered a job as a newspaper artist/visualiser on a new newspaper based in Luton.  The newspaper became very successful and Phil remained there for 17 years producing fast magic-marker visuals and advertisement ideas to sell advertising space to local businesses.

As computers started poking their heads round the door of the studio Phil decided that it was time to leave the newspaper (everyone was becoming a designer) and hawk his hand skills to advertising agencies that liked the energy of hand-rendered visuals and artwork, and the smell of Cow Gum and spirit markers.  He became a freelance artist and, for a number of years, had desk space at advertising agencies as well as working from home.

Taking a long break from commercial art and moving to Lincolnshire he remembered that graphic design was not his first choice, so he went back to the beginning of his art journey by joining a life drawing group.  He has now gone full circle and is back where it all started.  In his head he is now 15 years old again, back at school in the art room where everything is possible, life and art are exciting and need to be explored.

Phil describes his work as “varied with no particular style settled on yet” although a quirky theme runs through much of his art. He produces work that sometimes surprises himself – he even makes cigar box guitars.

Eve Marshall:  “It all begins with a bit of fluff and a lot of imagination.”

Eve Marshall creates unique and realistic felt art pieces.  She studied Fine Arts at university and spent most o her time painting with watercolours until she bought a felting kit in 2004.  Since then she has been exploring the medium by making animal and blower brooches, wall art, cushions, bags and kits.  Eve had exhibited at art galleries and shows throughout Britain and America.

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Eve currently sells her craftwork in Things British on Carnaby Street in London, Hansen’s Chocolate Shop in Folkingham, and is a member of the Stamford Artisans Guild and the Alford Craft Market.  In the spring of 2012 she demonstrated and exhibited at the Country Living Show in London.  She demonstrates and teaches felting in Lincolnshire and creates work to sell at various craft fairs and art shows in England.  Some of the wool that Eve uses comes from the sheep that live in her village.  Each year she washes the fleeces for weeks before using them for her artwork.

The art pieces in this exhibition were first wet felted and then needle felted.  Wet felting is laying down wool fibres, adding hot water and soap, and then rubbing and rolling the fibres until they tangle together and shrink into a piece of felt.  Needle felting is using a sharp barbed needle to poke wool fibres into a piece of felt or into itself so that they tangle together and shrink into a solid shape.  Using these two techniques Eve creates one-of-a-kind artworks.

The exhibition is open from 10 am – 4 pm until 29 September.  One or other of the artists will be present in the gallery throughout the exhibition.

Phil Janes, Eve Marshall and friends

©  Photography of artists and guests by Frank Emonds.  Other photos by Martin Cameron.