An exhibition by Anne Barnham and Robin Hall

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Anne Barnham

Anne originally comes from Cumberland but now loves living in Lincolnshire. She paints open landscape scenes, rivers, old buildings, boats and much in between.

ABarnham_TheLamp_550The skies and views here are an absolute delight, especially to a countryside-loving artist like myself.

I started painting later in life with help from many artists, including Peter Hayward from Timberland. I have attended courses with artists whose style I feel compliments my own, a desire to encapsulate the essence of a view.

I have painted in many different places, both in England and abroad, as much as possible on the spot, but if not then from my own sketches, photos and observation. I undertake commissions, either from photographs or the actual place. My paintings are hanging in collections in many parts of Australia, New Zealand, Europe and USA. (Mr. Trump hasn’t got one yet!)

I think it is very necessary to capture the atmosphere and feeling of a place. My paintings reflect this with the idea that you could ‘walk into’ the scene, they are varied and interesting with wonderfully strong and harmonious colours.

I enjoy selecting my paintings for an exhibition, there are a number of local views as well as some with a little difference! More paintings can be seen at my Studio in Digby, you are very welcome to come and visit.”

ABarnham_TheLockAtHaverholme_550Anne has been given several awards, including The Carre Gallery Award in the 2015 Summer Exhibition, and she was selected to be a wild card in the Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year 2016. Unfortunately she was unable to take up the prestigious offer because of prior commitments. She is entering again this year.

Anne is also Chair of the Sleaford Art Group, a member of The Shelford Group of Artists, an Ambassador for SAA paints and a Professional Associate of the Society of All Artists. She does workshops and demonstrations for local Art Groups, give talks to WI and Ladies groups and teaches art on the Cruise Liners.

Robin Hall

Robin is a Sleaford-based artist who paints mostly landscapes inspired by the Lincolnshire countryside. Born in Sleaford, he attended York College of Arts and Technology where he attained a BTEC National Diploma in General Art and Design. He then went to Coventry University where he graduated with a degree in Graphic Design. Robin has also studied calligraphy with the Open College for the Arts, watercolour with Christine Burnett at her studio in Grantham, and drawing with well-known SAA art tutor and author Trudy Friend.

RHall_AtTheFieldsEdge2_550“My half of the exhibition with Anne features work created over roughly a seven month period. I can definitely say that my contribution to the exhibition is the unseen bit! Despite my work having mostly an imaginary style, my paintings are inspired very much by the Landscape, especially the Lincolnshire landscape.  Skies, trees, hedgerows, cow parsley, sheep, and colourful yellow fields have all inspired the various paintings I am exhibiting. I have used a variety of media to create the images for this exhibition including watercolour, coloured pencil, mixed media, acrylic inks, and watercolour pencils.”

RHall_GrazingSheepNearRauceby_550In 2013 Robin won the Carre Gallery Award for his painting Sunset at Silk Willoughby and his paintings were used in 2016 as part of a presentation for the Lincolnshire Environmental Award about Mareham Pastures.  Robin, a member of the SAA, also teaches painting on Wednesday afternoons at The Source in Sleaford.

The exhibition is open from 10 am – 4 pm every day until Saturday 03 June. (Closed on Sunday.)

NB: OPEN on Bank Holiday Monday 29 May.

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Images (from the top).  Ancient Sentinel (Robin) and Grange in Borrowdale (Anne); The Lamp; The Lock at Haverholme; At the Field’s Edge; Grazing Sheep near Rauceby.  Click on any image to see a larger version (opens in new tab/window).

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Jennifer Cottis was educated in London, the hub of art and design in the ‘swinging sixties’. Two years at Ealing School of Art were followed by three studying Industrial Design at the Central School of Art and Design, in London, one of the top colleges in the country. She graduated top of year and was twice awarded the Royal Society of Arts student travelling bursary for Design. This was followed by a successful career as a staff designer and design consultant.

J_Cottis_550As a design educator she has been a visiting lecturer and external examiner at many university Art and Design Departments, a Senior Lecturer at Swindon School of Art and Goldsmiths College, University of London, Principal Lecturer and Head of Industrial Design at the Central School of Art and Design, and Academic Development Manager at Lincoln College of Art and Design.

Following a career as a designer and educator she now concentrates full time on Art. Her drawings, paintings and sculptures have been exhibited widely in public and private galleries throughout the country and have won several top prizes.  Examples of designs and a biography have been included in major exhibitions at the prestigious Design Centre Stuttgart and the International Design Centre Berlin. Jennifer also runs courses in drawing and oil painting for adults.

JCottis_MarketDayStRemyDeProvence_550This exhibition displays examples from her work. It ranges from both large and small landscape paintings in oils, developed from the many watercolours in her travel sketch books (some of which are available to purchase as prints) to portraiture, seascapes and sculptures.

The depiction of the sea is a recurring subject with a personal visual language that frequently moves between two and three dimensions. Drawings translated into sculptures – sculptures into further developments in drawing and painting.

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Exhibition opening times: 10 am – 4 pm from 27 March until 08 April.  (Gallery is closed on Sundays.)

JCottis_Owl_550Jennifer will be in the gallery on the following days and will be happy to talk about her work.

Monday 27 March: 1 – 3pm
Tuesday 28 March:  1 – 3pm
Monday 03 April:  1 – 3pm
Wednesday 05 April:  11am – 1pm

Images from top: Shade by the Church near Nyons: Jennifer Cottis at Carre Gallery: Market Day – St-Rémy-de-Provence: Owl.  Gallery photographs taken by Martin Cameron.  Photos of paintings supplied by Jennifer Cottis.  Click on any image to see a larger version (opens in new tab or window).

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Muriel Elliott Retrospective

February 13, 2017

Azalea (watercolour) by Muriel Elliott.

Carre Gallery is proud to present a retrospective of Muriel Elliott’s paintings in an exhibition curated by Mary Newman with John Elliott.  Having spent over forty years in Africa, Muriel’s work features African imagery as well as paintings of vibrant flowers and British landscapes.

Hanging the show was a family affair with John, daughter Peta and son Jonathan being very involved in creating the exhibition you see.

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Exhibition curator Mary Newman with John Elliott and daughter Peta at the private view.

John Elliott says, “Muriel created a large amount of work, making it hard to choose which to include in the exhibition. Mary Newman was indispensable in helping to create this celebration of her work and we are very pleased with the result.”  The private view on Monday 13 Feb was well attended by family, friends and fellow artists who were very impressed; many paintings sold on the first day of the exhibition.

As well as the Muriel’s paintings, there is also a selection of blank canvases and hand-made watercolour paper for sale from Muriel’s stock of materials.

Come and take a look. You will not be disappointed.

Exhibition open 10 am – 4 pm from 13 Feb until 25 Feb 2017.

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Muriel:

Muriel arrived in Kenya in 1954 at the invitation of a friend of her mother on the understanding that, if she liked it, she could work in the office of his meat processing company, which she did.

John was an Inspector in the Kenya Police when he met Muriel: They were married in Nairobi in 1956 and, at the end of his contract with the police, they travelled by sea around the Cape of Good Hope to England to meet the families. After some three months they decided to return to Kenya.

Rondavels in Africa (oil) by Muriel Elliott.

Muriel returned to her job and John joined the Kenya Prisons Service on a short-term contract. They moved into a bungalow at Kisumu Prison but later moved on to Nairobi where they had a bungalow with his new job in government security. After two years they moved down to Mombasa to start a security company employing African security guards.

Working extremely hard John successfully expanded the new company to employ some seven hundred personnel. Life was good; living on the beach with their two children was a paradise. However, when a British company offered to buy the company it was sold and the family moved down to Johannesburg.

African Farm (oil) by Muriel Elliott

Once settled, Muriel decided to attempt to paint, having never tried before. She had two brothers who were both excellent artists, one of which turned professional.Muriel never took lessons as such but joined a local artists group and, as she improved, started to exhibit on a Sunday with ‘Artists in the Sun’ where she was sold a number of paintings to visitors. The group also exhibited in the local shopping mall by taking advantage of empty premises on a short-term basis; this also proved successful with quite a few sales made. Unfortunately a bulk sale turned sour when the ‘bank-guaranteed cheque’ bounced.

melliott_littlehouseinthetrees_550Muriel became a competent artist in all mediums, staging a number of exhibitions and making sales. Muriel and John returned to England in 2002 after forty seven years in Africa, settling in Sleaford. Muriel soon joined a local art group and became a regular member of Leadenham Art Group enjoying her Mondays in the company of a friendly crowd of artists. She was also a regular volunteer and exhibitor at Carre Gallery. Never without a smile, her sparkling personality brightened up the gallery on the dullest of Lincolnshire days and intensified the warmth of the sunniest.

On 21 April 2016 Muriel and John received a letter and photo from Her Majesty the Queen in recognition of their sixtieth wedding anniversary. Sadly Muriel passed away in July 2016.

Images from top:  Azalea (watercolour) : Mary Newman, John Elliott, Peta Elliott at the exhibition : Flower-themed room at the gallery : Rondavels in Africa : African Farm : Little House in the Trees.  Artwork photographed at the gallery.  All photography by Martin Cameron.  Click on any image to see a larger version (opens in new window/tab).

Winter Art Fair 2016

November 28, 2016

baintonsomersby_550It’s the festive season and what better way to celebrate it than by purchasing some handmade work by Lincolnshire artists.  All the exhibits in our Christmas Fair are, as usual, priced under £100 so there is something for all pockets.

candlesbygifts_550There are 25 artists exhibiting using a range of media including acrylics, oils, photography, silk painting, watercolour, and three dimensional items.  Subjects range from landscapes including local scenery, animals, abstracts, figures, flowers, still life, aircraft, and motor bikes.  As well as framed paintings, there are on display cards, both handmade and printed. Unframed paintings and prints, silk items, and  gifts.  So pop along to Carre Gallery at 29 Carre Street, Sleaford, and purchase something locally made for that extra special gift.

cards_550Gallery Opening: 10am – 4pm Monday to Saturday until 07  January 2017. So, as well as buying presents for others you can come in after the big day and treat yourself with your gift money.  Christmas Closing: The Gallery will be closed from 24 December to 01 January inclusive.

somersbycuratedtin_550Exhibiting artists: Ellie Benton, Carol Bratley, Harriott Brand, Colin Brammer, Alexandra Cann, Susy Chaplin, Ronald Feeney, Christine Grocock, John Grey, Christine Haynes, Pearl Hudson, Robin Hall, Pat Johnson, Dave Leggett, Laura-Jane Luff, Ann Mackenzie, Kathleen Richards, David Scargill, Gail Sylvester, Angela Trotter, Pauline Thompson, Dennis Wilson, Vicky Watkins, Helen Webber, Mike Weston.

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0229 Spitfires_550.jpgOriginally from South Wales and trained as an illustrator, Richard has lived and worked in Lincolnshire for the last fifteen years.  His life-long passion for drawing and painting has attracted him to subjects such as dramatic coastline and the personal stories found through portraits.

2015 Hendrix_550.jpgRichard has recently began to work with collage, creating exciting and unique imagery.  His earliest ‘art’ memory is as a boy copying fro comics, marveling at fantastic characters.  This theme and love for ‘pop culture’ has remained a constant in much of his work.  Richard has exhibited in Lincoln a number of times at Gallery at St. Martin’s and the Sam Scorer Gallery and he is also a regular trader at the Lincoln Artists’ Market.  This will be Richard’s second exhibition at the Carre Gallery.

17931 Hare_550.jpgThis exhibition is made up of painting and collage works which explore themes such as landscape, characters from Celtic mythology, portraiture and pop culture.  Paintings are acrylic and are worked upon board or canvas, while art collages are made from various recycled finds such as cards and magazines.

The exhibition is open from 10 am – 4 pm until 26 November. (The gallery is closed on Sunday.)

Images supplied by the artist.  Click on any image to see a larger version.

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Robin Hall

Robin’s exhibition features work mostly created between June and October 2016. Along with new Lincolnshire scenes painted in watercolour, Robin will also be displaying images painted using acrylic, coloured pencil, and water soluble pencils, these feature a range of subjects inspired by nature and the landscape.

“The Lincolnshire landscapes I have painted are all in the Sleaford area and are inspired by agriculture.  When I am not working with watercolour I like to expand my artistic repertoire and explore using various media. I am displaying these ideas along with my landscapes so that visitors can see my full range of ideas and work.”

Robin will be at Carre Gallery on Saturday 5th and 12th November.

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Anita Mortimer

Anita Mortimer is an artist using mostly pencil. She also uses pastels, pen and ink and very occasionally acrylic or oil paints.  Pencil is an unforgiving medium but one that Anita feels comfortable with. It enables her to show the sweep of feathers or the curl of fur with breathtaking accuracy.  Her subjects are mostly animals but she also does portraits, landscapes and sometimes buildings.  In this current exhibition she focuses mainly on pets but not exclusively.

Anita grew up in Croydon, Surrey and now lives in Lincolnshire.  Her pictures have sold internationally and she has taken commissions for portraits, wildlife and pet portraits.  Her current project is to open a small gallery in Horncastle.

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The exhibition will be open 10 am – 4 pm from 31 October to 12 November 2016. (Gallery closed on Sunday.)

Images: Blackberries by Robin Hall. Parrot by Anita Mortimer.  Supplied by the artists.  Gallery photographs by Martin Cameron.  Click on an image to see a larger version.

Portrait Exhibition 2016

October 3, 2016

Lincolnshire Portrait Competition

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The Carre Gallery Portrait Exhibition – a mixture of painting, drawing, photography and ceramics. The exhibition will be judged in the early stages of the exhibition with the winner being announced on Thursday 06 October.  Revisit this blog post for updates.

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As usual we invite all visitors to vote for their favourite portrait for the ‘People’s Choice Award’ presented at the end of the exhibition.

dpeterson_jack_500Exhibiting artists: Laura-Jane Luff, Neil Topley, Keith Flint, Bob Bradley, Laura McKeegan, Mary Newman, Anita Mortimer, Eric Weil, Rosi Campbell, Laura Davies, Ellie Benton, Jennifer Cottis, Gillian Beale, Mona Storey, Ann Mackenzie, Donnas Peterson, Peter Hayward, Rebecca Henson, Martin Cameron, Irina Smyth, Gail Sylvester, Dave Leggett, A K Smith, Kim Wooldridge.

Exhibition runs 10 am – 4 pm from Monday 03 October until Saturday 15 October.  (The gallery is closed on Sundays.)

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UPDATE:  COMPETITION RESULT

The results were announced at the private view on Thursday evening 06 October.  It was a pleasure to see artists with family and friends at the gallery.  Gallery Director Andrew Fotheringham welcomed our guests and announced the results.

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“Our judge was Lucy Lumb from Arts NK who was very impressed with the high standard of work.  She said that, as well as judging the merits of the work on composition and technique she was looking for a portrait that communicated the personality of the sitter to her.”  Andrew went on to share Lucy’s thoughts, reproduced below, on her shortlist before announcing the winning image.

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Winner of the Carre Gallery Portrait Competition 2016

Lara by Rebecca Henson  “A portrait of a young girl, unusual in as much as she has her coat hood up.  The colouring is unusual but works perfectly. The picture has a ‘glow’ and the girl’s expression is very engaging.  I kept being drawn back to this image so I had to choose it as my favourite.”

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Julian by Rosi Campbell.  “Very accomplished technically and aesthetically.  The sitter seems in deep contemplation.  I could easily imagine this painting displayed in a top gallery.”

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Gertie by Gail Sylvester.  A lovely character; every time I look at this I smile.

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Dad by Neil Topley.  Simple, confident application of the media.  It is not over-worked yet still communicates the character.   Even though the title would suggest it, the piece gives the impression that the sitter is very comfortable with the artist.

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Norman by Laura-Jane Luff.  This showed something of the ‘twinkle’ in Norman’s character.

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Carre Gallery would like to congratulate our winner and offer our sincere thanks to our judge, Lucy Lumb, and to all exhibitors and volunteers for their continuing support.

UPDATE 2 – PEOPLE’S CHOICE.

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Nicholas (oil on canvas) by Laura-Jane Luff won the People’s Choice Award.  Congratulations to Laura-Jane.  Other popular images were Gertie by Gail Sylvester, Peter with his Guitar by Jennifer Cottis, and Julian by Rosi Campbell. All these images can be seen in the blog post above. (Peter is on the left in the top image.)

Artwork and people photographed at the gallery by Martin Cameron.  Click on any image to see a larger version (opens in new window/tab).