Presented by Carre Gallery and Lincolnshire Pride Magazine

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The Carre Gallery summer show in partnership with Lincolnshire Pride Magazine.  Over fifty exhibits have been skillfully presented to give a colourful exhibition of art in various media including oils, watercolours, pastels, drawings, mixed media, textiles and photography.

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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 05 July and all exhibitors are invited to attend.  This blog will be updated once the awards have been announced.

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Exhibitors: Anne Barnham, Ellie Benton, Colin Brammer, Carol Bratley, Martin Cameron, Betty Cooper, Justin Cooper, Laura Davies, Anne Dolan, Ronald Feeney, Jess Fuller, Patricia Long, Ann Mackenzie, Eve Marshall, Elaine O’Donnell, Marcelle Seabourne, Ira Smyth, Mona Storey, Mike Weston, Tony Whiston, Dennis Wilson, Dorothy Wood, Janice Wright.

Exhibition open from 10 am – 4 pm every day (except Sundays) from 02 July until 04 August 2018.

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

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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).

 

New Year – New Work 2018

January 8, 2018

MWeston_2150GallonsPls_550Carre Gallery’s regular January exhibition; a selection of artwork from Lincolnshire artists which has not been previously exhibited.

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Exhibiting Artists:  Nelson Porter, Amber Porter, Anne Barnham, Robin Hall, Celia Slack, Jenny Wood, Dorothy Wood, Tony Whiston, Ann Mackenzie, Ellie Benton, Alex Cook, Elaine O’Donnell, Ronald Feeney, Tony Whiston, Mike Weston.

Exhibition open from 10 am – 4 pm every day (except Sundays) until Sat 03 February.

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Images from top:  2150 Gallons Please by Mike Weston; Dusk by Jenny Wood, Angelica by Jenny Wood, A Seascape by Dorothy Wood (these three in one image); Elephant by Ellie Benton; Halloween by Nelson Porter. Artwork photographed at the gallery by Martin Cameron.  Click on any image to see a larger version (opens in new tab/window).

Winter Art Fair 2017

November 27, 2017

 

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The art fair has a range of media including acrylics, oils, watercolour, and three dimensional items. As well as framed paintings, there are unframed paintings and prints, gifts and cards.

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

 

SCaplin_Decorations_550Gallery Opening: 10am – 4pm Monday to Saturday until 06  January 2017.  Christmas Closing: The Gallery will be closed from 24 December to 01 January inclusive.

Images:  Snow, Mareham Pastures by Robin Hall. Cogglesford Mill in the Snow by Mike Weston.  Door plates, boxes and decorations by Susy Chaplin.  Exhibits and card display in Somersby Room.  Click on any image to see a larger version.

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Photography by Martin Cameron.

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.

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David Forest in the Bainton Room

David says, “I have recently returned to England after 30 years in the Czech Republic where I was privileged to work in architecture and building engineering involved in the refurbishment of central Prague during the period immediately after the Velvet Revolution.”

“Dealing with a variety of buildings of the Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque Classicism, Italian Renaissance and Functionalism eras I was witness to a constant stream of revelations and adventure. When it was all over and retirement was on the horizon I found the artistic elements of my career had to continue, so, as most architects do, I took up my pens and began illustrating the life around me.

Gurasada_A_550A wide range of subjects called for my attention and I discovered the best way to record my time was in calendar format and therefore my art followed that route. It allowed me to combine my three great interests in life – music, graphic art and prose. From the mid nineties I “sat” in many cities, towns, villages, even railway stations around Central Europe as well as good old England and produced a considerable library of work. This included calendars for the Dvorak Society and many English cathedrals, both going worldwide. I felt that I was tracing the footsteps of three giants-Turner, Dvorak and Morton and it was these three that ultimately cemented together, for me, the narrative for the preciousness of time and travel.

DForest_York_550My time in Prague proved to be a special part of my life, as in fact does Lincolnshire and my soul belongs to these two environs, shaping my art in a way that substituted for the absence of any formal training in the subject.

My next calendar, needless to say, will be that of Sleaford and already I am working on the framework of scenes, background music and commentaries set in the style of my similar previous projects.

The work hanging in this room, you will notice, captures my travels over the last forty years. On the return to the place of my childhood I am now proud to be associated with the Carre Gallery.”

Mixed Exhibition

In Somersby and Candlesby rooms we have a mixed exhibition of work from Lincolnshire artists in various media.  Also on show are the winning images from the Portrait Exhibition which the artists have kindly allowed us to keep for another two weeks.

Exhibition open from 10 am – 4 pm until 28 October.

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Images: From the top – David Forest in Bainton Room, Gurasada and A Glimpse of York Minster by David Forest, Mixed Exhibition in Candlesby Room.  Photography by Martin Cameron.

Portrait Exhibition 2017

October 2, 2017

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Our regular Autumn competition of portraiture returns.  Winning artwork, judged to be announced at a presentation evening on Thursday 12 October.  All contributing artists are invited to attend.  Blog post will be updated once winners are announced.

Visitors to the gallery are invited to vote for their favourite piece for the ‘People’s Choice Award’ which will be announced at the end of the show.

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Exhibiting artists:

Keith Andreetti, Bob Bradley, Martin Cameron, Ian Cox, Laura Davies, Ronald Feeney, David Forest, Sheila Grimwood, Grace Hawkworth, Janey Hill, Patricia Long, Jeremy Jones, Ann Mackenzie, Anita Moritmer, Mary Newman, Abbey Smith, Irina Smyth, Mona Storey, Jim Suggit, Vicky Watkins, Tony Whiston, Kim Wooldridge.

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Exhibition open 10 am – 4 pm from 02 October until 14 October 2017.  (Please note the gallery is closed on Sundays.)

UPDATE: Competition Result.

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The presentation evening was held at the gallery on Thursday 12 October.Our Guest judge, artist Harriott Brand kindly presented the winner’s award and shared her thoughts with the assembled audience.

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Winning Image:  Violet 2017 by Kim Wooldridge.

KWooldridge_Violet1935_550Harriott said, “The best in show (and this is subjective) is Violet by Kim Wooldridge.  I love the use of pastels, the expression on her face, the little light in her eyes; she loos as if she is about to tell you something.  It was only after returning several times to Violet that I noticed the adjacent pencil portrait of her younger self in 1934 (also by Kim Wooldridge – see right).  What a beauty still hiding beneath life’s sculpting of her face and neck.”

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“I commend all exhibitors.  I particularly liked Miller of Boot by Sheila Grimwood for the drawing and unusual use of dark paper accentuation what I hope is flour dust.  I also enjoyed the collage of Michael by Janey Hill for using an unconventional medium and approach.  The fine pair of drawings by Jeremy Jones show wonderful graphite skill and I liked the composition of the couple, The Turangs.”

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Above: Harriott Brand talking to the assembled audience and (right) presenting Kim Wooldridge with her Award for Best in Show.

People’s Choice

For the first time at Carre Gallery the People’s Choice is a tied result.  Congratulations to Anita Mortimer for ‘Barney’ and to Irina Smyth for ‘Tommy’.

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