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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.)

Spring Show

April 10, 2019

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KarenBrown_Squirrel_550The Spring Show, currently open in the Carre Gallery is a mix of styles and media from the bold bright colours of Laura Davies’ peacock, fine detailed animal studies of Karen Brown to Mike Weston’s delicate watercolours.

Exhibitors: Emily Boyham, Crissy Perez, Carol Bratley, Laura Davies, Dave Leggett, Gail Sylvester, Mike Weston, Ann Mackenzie, Colin Brammer, Karen Brown, Denis Wilson.

The exhibition is open from 10 am – 4 pm every day until 27 April.

NB: The gallery is closed on Sundays and bank holidays.

Images by (from the top) Laura Davies, Karen Brown, Mike Weston. 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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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).