Winter Art Fair 2018

December 3, 2018

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ADolan_BookCovers_550The art fair has a range of media including acrylics, oils, watercolours and textiles. As well as framed paintings, there are unframed paintings and prints, gifts, cards, tree decorations, and books.

All the exhibits in our Christmas Fair are, as usual, priced under £100 so there is something for all pockets.

 

 

Gallery Opening: 10am – 4pm Monday to Saturday until 05  January 2019.

Christmas Closing: The Gallery will be closed from 23 December to 01 January inclusive.

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

 

 

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Three local artists in different disciplines have joined together to create an interesting exhibition for Carre Gallery.

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Brett Barker creates ‘upcycled’ metal work. Using spanners, tools, even sports equipment, he creates a mixture of artworks from animals to table lamps.

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Dianne Pyper is a photographer and designer. As well as photography she is displaying her painted glassware, jewellery and light-up bottles.

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Sally Faulkner, no stranger to the gallery, is exhibiting her landscape and fine art photography. Some of her images are very local, including images of Sleaford. Sally also has a selection of greetings cards for sale.

Exhibition open 10 am – 4 pm every day until Saturday 01 December.

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

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).

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).

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).

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).

 

 

Pic & Mix

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).