Sleaford Art Group

November 19, 2018

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Members’ Exhibition

ShirleyNewton_TheGardenShed_6574Currently enjoying its sixty-second year, Sleaford Art Group is a long-established group of artist working in many media. We meet on the first Wednesday of each month in The Community Room at the Town Hall, Navigation Yard, Sleaford from 7 pm to 9 pm.

For Further information please contact either Joan Lawton on 01529 3014709 or Catherine Batsford on 01529 414357.

Exhibiting Artists:  Shirley Newman, Mike Weston, Catherine Batsford, Mike Weston, Joan Lawton, Barrie Prodger, Patricia Hoyland, Dee Pottinger, Heather Houghton, Margaret Chamberlain, Angie Fahey, Ian Cox, Mary Newman, Peter Haywood.

Exhibition open daily 10 am – 4 pm from 19 November until 24 November.

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Images: The Park by Ian Cox.  Garden Shed by Shirly Newman. Artwork photographed at the gallery by Martin Cameron.  Click on any image to see a larger version (opens in new window/tab).

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An exhibition of paintings and photography by gallery founder Windham Hime

Sponsored by Rupert King & Co – Chartered Accountants, Grantham

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Carre Gallery came about as a result of a conversation in 2008 between gallery director Christopher Hodgson and Windham about the lack of any local gallery for artists to display their work. As Chris explains, “With the help of others we set up a small charity, The Sleaford Gallery arts Trust, to open and operate Carre Gallery. Windham and his wife Margaret were the driving force behind the project; it would not have happened without their enthusiasm, hard work and commitment.”

WHime_StillLifeWithBarrel_550“Windham’s untimely death in 2009 was a big blow but it is testament to his achievement that the gallery continues to run successfully with the help of an enthusiastic team of volunteers and exhibiting artists. The gallery has also developed as a meeting place for local artists and a venue for them to demonstrate their technique to each other and visitors to the gallery.”

“The gallery celebrates its tenth anniversary with an exhibition of some of Windham’s own work.  The paintings are being lent to the gallery for the exhibition by their present owners.”

There is also a selection of photographs by Windham kindly supplied by Margaret Hime.  This includes commercial work, commissioned historical records of people and country life as well as some nicely observed personal work.

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Windham Hime – 06 February 1936 – 28 December 2009

By Margaret Hime

WindhamHime_550Windham was born in Kuala Lumpur where he spent his early years. With the coming of the war in the Far East he arrived in England via Australia and South Africa.   On leaving Bryanston School he joined the RAF as an armaments officer and served for five years in Ireland and Germany.

His love for photography came to the fore on joining Kodak and he became a technical advisor; then as a training officer for Rank Xerox. He later spent many years as a freelance photographer in Wales and later in Lincolnshire, with many commissions from Kodak for trade exhibitions, Powys Council to cover industry and farming, Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust recording development of new sites, along with newspaper and magazine work. Around the year 2000 he produced a photographic archive of Lincolnshire farming for the Museum of Lincolnshire Life.

WHime_FenlandCoast_550Windham started painting whilst spending school holidays in Ireland; his parents had retired there after leaving the Customs Service in Malaya. He continued to paint throughout his life and exhibited widely, painting mainly in oils but also experimenting with pastels. His love was always for the landscape. On arriving in Lincolnshire he was able to devote more time to his art and became interested in helping promote fellow artists.

The most important work for Windham for the last two of years of his life was as Director of the Sleaford Gallery Arts Trust and the running of the Carre Gallery for Lincolnshire artists who live and work in the county. Windham’s aim was to promote an interest in art and art appreciation for a wider audience from children to adults, with the help of the gallery and with any teaching and exhibitions that he could do himself.

He would be pleased to see that Carre Gallery is continuing to promote Lincolnshire artists.  I congratulate the Trust and all the volunteers, who give their time, and the artists, who display their work, for reaching your tenth anniversary.

The exhibition is open every day (except Sunday) until Saturday 27 November 2018.

Carre Gallery would like to thank Rupert King and Company, Chartered Accountants – Grantham for their generous support in sponsoring this exhibition.

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All artwork by Windham Hime (except the painted portrait of Windham in top photo by Phil Janes). Gallery photographs by Martin Cameron. Photograph of Windham by Margaret Hime.  Click on any image to 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

 

Open Exhibition

April 3, 2018

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A selection of work in a range of different media from a variety of Lincolnshire artists. All work is available for purchase.  Also for sale, unframed works of art and greetings cards.

CPerez_RapefieldAndBlackthornOnA52_550Exhibitors:  Mike Weston, Laura Davies, Crissy Perez, Mary Newman, Ann Mackenzie, Anne Dolan, Celia Slack, Eve Marshall, George Slack, Ronald Feeney.

Exhibition open 10 am – 4 pm from 03 April until 28 April. (The gallery is closed on Sundays.)

The gallery is currently accepting work for our pool of images for this and future open exhibitions.  As usual, just pop into the gallery to drop off your work and complete the paperwork. We’ll do the rest.

Images: Top image – Winter recreation by Mary Newman, Portree Syke by Ann Mackenzie, Hand Woven Tapestry by Anne Dolan.  Centre image – Rape Field and Blackthorn on A52 by Crissy Perez. Bottom image – Over the Meadow by Eve Marshall. Candlesby Room. Click on any image to see a larger version (opens in new window/tab). Artwork photographed at the gallery by Martin Cameron.

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Photographic work from Year 13 Students’ BTEC level 3 Course.

Carre Gallery is pleased to welcome back students from St George’s Academy who continue to demonstrate a keen sense of observation, artistic innovation and technical ability.

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Exhibiting Students: Izzy Nixon, Georgia Tjepkema, Evie Londsdale, Chloe Sykes, Jasmine Markham, Morgan Christian, Lulu Bews, Amelia Norman, Neave Rogan-Mackintosh, Daniel Leggett, Charlotte Walsh, Aimee Scadding, Chelsea Friar, Bethany Salt, Mia Hambleton, Melanie Christian, Amy Parkinson, Tom Leggett, Keira Louth, Georgina Beresford, Grace Hawksworth, Carter Henson, Katie Lowe, Rachel King, Hannah McEvoy, Lucy Atkinson, Archie Lightbody.

Exhibition opens from 10 am – 4 pm every day (except Sunday) from 19 March until 29 March 2018 inclusive.

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A Selection of photographs from the exhibition:

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Individual photographs supplied by St George’s Academy.  From the top: Construction of Illusion by Mia Hambleton. Builders, London by Lulu Bews. Horse by Hannah McEvoy. Arcade by Chelsea Friar. Spider by Keira Louth. Life without Colour by Amy Parkinson. Growling Leopard by Bethany Salt. Exhibition photographs by Martin Cameron. Click on any image to see a larger version (image 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

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.