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Garry Ravenhall

CloseUpPainting3_600Garry has been painting professionally for over 40 years. His work is treasured in homes across the world from the UK to Australia and New Zealand. His subjects range from landscapes and portraits to still-life and figure compositions.

Garry graduated from the University of Reading with a BA honours degree in Fine Art in 1985. He then moved to East Anglia where he lived until a short time ago; he has recently moved to Sleaford in Lincolnshire. He has recently retired from teaching Art and Art History to concentrate on his painting. He has also spent time in the past examining and moderating Art and Art History for two examination boards. He spent three years as Principal Moderator for A level Art and Design for Edexcel.

CourtyardOutsideMillersRestaurant2019_600Most of Garry’s work is painted on canvas or canvas board in oils or acrylics, although some of his smaller work, for example his landscape work from the Yorkshire Dales or the Lake District, is carried out in watercolour on watercolour paper. Occasionally pen and wash is used. His work is largely figurative although he does lean towards semi-abstraction at times. His passion is for the depiction of light and shade in an image and the sensitive and expressive use of paint.

Much of his work is painted to commission. The size of the work varies from notebook size for his watercolour studies up to the largest commission he painted for Ipswich Town Hall which was over 15 feet across.

Garry is available for commissions and is happy to discuss your requirements. He specialises in landscape and portrait work, including animal studies, but he will consider any reasonable subject. You’ll find more information on Garry’s website – click here (opens in new window/tab).

Sleaford Discovered

SleafordSouthgateFeb2019_600This exhibition focuses on the magical imagery around us in Sleaford. Garry has explored the everyday sights that we might normally overlook in our busy day to day lives. ‘Sainsbury’s at Night’ evokes the work of Edward Hopper in its moody depiction of the Sleaford store of a dark winter’s evening with light streaming through the welcoming windows of the sanctuary. ‘Southgate Sleaford’ captures the busy bustling shopping heart of our lovely town in all its frenetic vibrance. ‘Sleaford Railway Station Viewed from the Level Crossing’ has an air of the overlooked, the faded and slightly mundane but conversely sparkles with life and energy. ‘A View of the River Slea near Cogglesford Watermill – May 2019’ shimmers with the promise of the late Spring, capturing the dancing of light on the surface of the water.

An exhibition not to be missed!

Exhibition open 10 am – 4 pm every day (except Sunday) from 12 August to 27 August.

Images supplied by the Artist.  From the top: Sainsbuy’s at Night, Garry Ravenhall, Courtyard outside Millers Restaurant, Sleaford Southgate. 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. 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.)

Open Exhibition

May 27, 2019

Glen Hope. Scotland.

TinaRobson_SaltMarsh_Winter_550The Current exhibition at Carre Gallery is a mixed exhibition featuring Lincolnshire artists. Subject matter includes wildlife, floral and botanical, landscape and still life. Exhibitors have employed a variety of media which includes acrylic, oil paint, pastels, watercolour and ink, and photography.  There are also mounted, unframed images and cards for sale.

Exhibitors: Mike Weston, Elaine O’Donnell, Ann Mackenzie, Ronald Feeney, Gail Sylvester, Emily Boyhan, Marcelle Seabourne, Martin Cameron, Karen Brown, Eve Marshall, Tina Robson, Carol Bratley.

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The Exhibition is open 10 am – 4 pm from 28 May until 15 June.  (Gallery closed on Sundays.)

Images from top: Glen Hope, Scotland by Martin Cameron; Salt Marsh, Winter by Tina Robson; Still life by Carol Bratley.  Click on any image to see a larger version (opens in a new window/tab).

 

The Windham Hime Memorial Exhibition 2019

Sponsored by Rupert King and Company, Chartered Accountants

CloudTheme_P1010807_550“Allsorts ” is not the liquorice sort, but a description of the variety of media and themes. Mary treats us to another quirky exhibition with ‘traditional’ art, theatre pieces, post-it-note doodles and a few interesting stories and anecdotes with associated artworks.  Look out for the suspicious package – a true story (and the snails!)

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“I was born and raised in Bristol but have lived in Ruskington, then Sleaford for over 40 years. Aged forty-two I graduated from Hull Art College with a BA (hons) Fine Art.
Back in Sleaford I took on Adult Education Art classes and gained a City and Guilds 730 Certificate in adult teaching.  I retired having taught for 17 years.”

Package_P1010805_550“These days I am involved in running the Carre Gallery, belong to the Sleaford Hub Writers, Sleaford Art Group and Sleaford Little Theatre group. I have been painting theatre scenery for for about 20 years off and on, mostly for the pantomimes at Heckington and Sleaford. My friends who give me lots of support were all born in the same year as me! We call ourselves the 45ers.”

“I hope my exhibition will amuse and entertain you.”

CatDoodles_P1010817_550The exhibition is open 10 am – 4 pm every day (except Sunday) until 27 May 2019.

Images from the top: Clouds?; Venice (or closer to home? – look again); Suspicious package?; Cat Doodles; Private View.

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

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Open Exhibition

February 18, 2019

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RHall_EveryCloudHasASilverLining_550The Current exhibition at Carre Gallery is a mixed exhibition featuring the work of 16 Lincolnshire artists. Subject matter includes wildlife, floral and botanical, landscape, portrait, town and cityscapes, and still life. Exhibitors have employed a variety of media which includes acrylic, oil paint, pastels, watercolour and ink, watercolour, and gouache. All in all there are 41 paintings as well as cards for sale.

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Ellie Benton, Elaine O’ Donnell, Emma Yardley, Ronald Feeney, Rebecca Henson, Karin Christensen, Bob Bradley, Jane Scholey, Ann Mackenzie, Robin Hall, Marcelle Seabourne, Karen Brown, Alison Headland, Dennis Wilson, Mike Weston, Carol Bratley.

The exhibition is open 10 am – 4 pm from 18 February and runs for three weeks until 09 March 2019.

Images: Above – Every Cloud has a Silver Lining by Robin Hall. Right – Companions by Ellie Benton. Gallery interiors by Robin Hall.  Click on any image to see a larger version (opens in a 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).

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).

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

 

An Exhibition by Dorothy and Jenny Wood

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Dorothy & Jenny Wood, two good friends, invite you to pop in & have a look around. They are showcasing an eclectic mix of media (acrylic, pen & ink, charcoal, print, textiles & embroidery, & photography) in their individual styles, with their love of nature being a central theme.

“We share a personal narrative, poetry and images representing life’s journey to find our creative selves that we are today. The benefits that art and nature bring to emotional well-being through creativity will be evident and we will be on hand to have a chat & hope to inspire visitors to identify their own creative potential and to realise that it is NEVER too late to learn!”

Dorothy Wood

DorothyWood_Reflections_600“I wish I could draw” I said as a young child

“I’m terrified of the art mistress, I wish I could draw” I said in my early teens

“I wish I could draw and paint some of the beauty of nature” I said as a young woman in my 20s.

“I have the opportunity to do an embroidery course” I said in my late 30s. “I’ll go and learn a bit about it”

From this unpromising beginning I found my creative spark which I nurtured, through trial and error, practice and experimenting, which has led me down many unexpected paths. Two City and Guilds qualifications in embroidery opened up a world of creative possibilities. I began with no experience of art and very little in embroidery. Although daunting at first, this has been a great advantage. I am not constrained by any rules, as I know none. I approach a lot of my work with the thought ‘What if…?’, which opens up different ways of working. I have developed many new skills including hat making, writing poetry and public speaking, but for me, my greatest achievement has been to go to Nottingham Trent University where, when I was 65, I graduated with a Foundation Science degree in Horticulture and Garden Design. I now use my creativity as a garden designer. It is never too late to learn!

Jenny Wood

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe are who we are today, based upon life’s lived experiences – shaped by our upbringing – relationships, environment, and learning. As a child I filled every available space drawing on address books, walls and on paper. The freedom that I had enjoyed as a child, exploring and creating my own worlds in fields, woodland and rivers near where I lived, was shattered in my secondary school years, with bad experiences of boarding school. Whilst art school was the next natural choice because I was always drawing, I was pushed into graphic design by my parents, insistent that there was no career prospect in my preferred choice of ‘fine art or textiles’ and my work became sterile. I would only produce work, for many years, if it was to order and with the belief that “it must be just right”. There was no room for error, for wastage and therefore no opportunity to play or experiment with different medium or styles. The creative flare that I had as a child was lost and it is only now, in my 50’s, that I am beginning to draw, paint, and stitch, whatever and however I want to. I know that I can draw and paint, but I am only just at the beginning of ‘playing’ and seeing what unfolds. So this time next year will see a very different style of work as I embark on a new venture, a new creative journey and release the artist that I truly believe lies within… as I begin again!

Exhibition open 10 am – 4.30 pm from 04 June until 16 June. (Gallery closed on Sunday)

Images: (From the top) Dorothy (left) and Jenny Wood.  ‘Reflections’ (painted fabric with hand stitching) by Dorothy Wood. ‘Agapanthus’ (felt pen) by Jenny Wood.  Images supplied by the artists.  Click on any image to see a larger version (opens in new window/tab).

 

Abstraction in Space

May 14, 2018

An Exhibition by Justin Cooper and Betty Cooper

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Justin Cooper, a contemporary artist, lives near Gainsborough in Lincolnshire and is greatly interested in the environment, landscape and photography.  He has been painting for 18 years and specialises in the juxtaposition of shape and colour in all mediums.

 

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Betty Cooper, a mixed media artist, was a partner with her late husband David Cooper who had a Furniture and Interior Design business in Newark for over 25 years. David was a talented furniture and interior design specialist, educated at Leeds College of Art in the 60’s and had many years experience in the art and design business.  Betty decided to take up painting about 4 years ago and enjoys working with both watercolour and acrylic paint. She has had guidance from two excellent tutors based in Lincoln.

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Betty will be at the exhibition every day, including Sunday, over the next fortnight except Tuesdays and will be very happy to discuss the exhibits with visitors.

Exhibition open 10 am – 4 pm until Saturday 26 May 2018.

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