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).

 

 

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October 1, 2018

An exhibition by Robin Hall and Laura-Jane Luff

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Robin Hall

“I was born in Sleaford and my favourite subjects to paint are Lincolnshire landscapes, especially skies, trees, fields, and distant church spires. I paint not only because I enjoy the act of painting, but because I am passionate about the countryside.

RHall_MablethorpeDistantSqual_550Art for me is also a way of coping with the stress of modern life. I prefer to work at home rather than ‘en-plein air’. I don’t have a studio, instead I am very much a ‘kitchen table artist’, which suits my circumstances. I take a lot of photographs while I am out and about in the countryside and these form the inspiration for my paintings, though I do like to use my imagination and artistic licence rather than slavishly copy a photograph. I find that working wet on wet with watercolour helps to create a loose feel to my work. I tend to go-with-the-flow of the paint as opposed to trying to paint every bit of detail. This is for me the magic of watercolour.

I also like to use mixed media to create expressive paintings. For these I may mix acrylic inks, brusho, and watercolour. Once again the landscape is the inspiration for my work.

RHall_Chester_550As well as watercolour and mixed media I use coloured pencils. Most of my animal and pet portraits are created with pencils as I find I can get a better likeness with them, especially of a pet, as opposed to using watercolour.

I attend the Riverside Art Group on Wednesday afternoons. Several of the smaller pieces in this exhibition were created at art group. I do not mind admitting that in the past I was very anxious about creating art ‘in public’ but the group has helped me to overcome some of these anxieties.

I have taken part in a number of exhibitions at Carre Gallery including Nature and Structure with Photographer Martin Cameron, and Scene and Unseen with Anne Barnham. In 2013 I won the Carre Gallery award at the summer show that year. (Editors note: these can be seen on the previous exhibitions page of the blog.)

As well as art my other interests are playing guitar, walking in the countryside, doing crosswords, listening to music, and watching sport.”

http://www.robinswatercolours.co.uk/ and http://www.facebook.com/theartofrobinahall

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Laura-Jane Luff

LJLuff_Elizabeth_450“From a very young age I found that I had an ability and keen interest for drawing and painting. I graduated with a BA Hons Fine Art degree at Lincoln University in 2012 and since then have set up my own fine art practice. I’m currently co-running an art group once a week in a relaxed environment for anyone at any level of artistic ability and I give demonstrations within the group on how to draw and paint different subjects , encouraging them on their artistic journey.

LJLuff_squirrel_550The world around me is my inspiration and I love to draw and paint a variety of subjects including people, animals, landscapes and still life. These are created through a range of media that includes coloured pencils, acrylic, water-soluble oils, and pastels.  As an artist I feel that it’s important to sometimes ‘get out of your comfort zone’ and explore and interpret various subjects and media.

I am a regular volunteer and exhibitor at Carre Gallery and have previously participated in exhibitions in Bottesford, Sleaford, Lincoln, Broadstairs, and Cirencester.

I welcome commissions for portraits and pet portraits, so if you are looking for a special gift for someone or for yourself then feel free to contact me.”

You can follow Laura online at the following links:  www.facebook.com/theartoflaurajaneluff  and www.laura-janeluff.blogspot.co.uk

The exhibition is open 10 am – 4 pm every day (except Sunday) until Saturday 13 October.

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Gallery photos by Martin Cameron.  Images of artwork supplied by the artists.  Click on any image to see a larger version (opens in new window/tab).