An exhibition by Dave Leggett and Mike Weston

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Dave Leggett

I am a Lincolnshire lad, born and bred and educated at Carre’s Grammar School in Sleaford, where I realised I had a talent and a love of art.   However, over the years art has mainly been a hobby, off and on, taking a back seat to sports during my youth. Now I am retired it is one of my major pastimes and I volunteer at Carre Gallery where I have submitted paintings during previous exhibitions.

DLegget_Elephants_550I have always lived near an RAF base and on a flight path, regularly attending air shows; this has possibly accounted for my desire to paint airplanes. Also, due to my working life being in engineering, I have always been interested in anything of any sort with an engine. My other hobbies are motorcycling, other motor sports and music (I play the guitar) together with coarse fishing.

DaveLegget_550I have received many commissions over the years to paint a number of subjects, including animal portraits, and would be happy to discuss anyone’s requirement for a ‘special’ piece of art. My preferred painting media is oils but I am quite happy to use watercolour too.

I hope this exhibition demonstrates my varied interests and shows that I can turn my hand to a variety of subjects.  I hope you enjoy the exhibition.

Note: If you are interested in purchasing any paintings but would prefer a different frame, I am happy to discuss your requirements.

Mike Weston

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MWeston_StumpsAtThorham_550I have been painting since 1993 and I am self-taught. All my paintings are either in watercolor or oils. In 1991 I took part in The Watercolor Challenge on television’s Channel 4.

In keeping with the exhibition theme I am exhibiting trains, tractors, (wheels); aircraft, birds and butterflies (wings) and a selection of boats and landscapes (other things).

The aircraft are a tribute to 100 years of the RAF, and feature aircraft from 1918 to the present day. Both Dave and myself are donating an artwork as a raffle prize with all the monies raised going to LIVES (Lincolnshire Integrated Voluntary Emergency Service).”

MWeston_SplashDown_550LIVES is the Lincolnshire charity that supports 700+ highly trained and dedicated volunteers who get to their neighbours fast to deliver vital care in those first critical moments of a medical emergency before handing over to the ambulance service. Mike Weston was a member of Vale Responders, a similar organisation in Leicestershire, for seven years and received the Queen’s Award in recognition for his contribution to the community.

Mike says, “LIVES is an excellent organisation which, in my opinion, does not have the public recognition it deserves. We are trying to raise money and awareness with the donation of these two artworks.”

Charity Raffle

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Two prizes up for grabs. Dave has donated a signed limited edition print of a Vulcan over Lincoln Cathedral – “At Home”. Mike has donated a watercolour of a Spitfire – “Out of the Clouds”.  Come along, see some excellent work and support a charity. Someone has to win; it could be you!

The exhibition is open 10 am – 4 pm every day (including Sunday) from 05 November until 17 November.

Images supplied by the artists.  Click on any image to see a larger version (opens in a new window/tab).

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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).

Sleaford Pro Loco

August 20, 2018

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Carre Gallery currently has a display of images created under the rules of Pro Loco.

Pro Loco roughly translates to ‘in favour of the place’.  Local artists chose locations in our place, Sleaford, and created their pictures in one day.  We invite visitors to vote for their favourite.

Participants in our first Pro Loco were Angie Fahy, Mike Weston, Pat Hoyland, Margaret Chamberlain, Annie Harrison, Bob Bradley.

Also on display is a mix of work from various Lincolnshire artists in an open exhibition with cards, books and various small items for sale.

The exhibition is open from 10 am – 4 pm every day except Sunday until Sat 01 September.

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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).