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).

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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).

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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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.

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Explorations is a collection of paintings in mixed media ranging from traditional watercolours, coloured pencil drawings and semi-abstract paintings using acrylics, inks, and watercolour. Almost all of the images are inspired by the Lincolnshire landscape.  Robin was born in Sleaford and has always been inspired by the surrounding countryside, the seasons, and the ever-changing skies.

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Robin Hall

“For me, as an artist, Lincolnshire is a truly inspiring place to live. Trying to capture that inspiration is a lifelong challenge and, through experimentation with various art materials and techniques, I try to capture the character of the Lincolnshire landscape.”

The title of the exhibition can describe the physical act of discovering the countryside and, more importantly, it reflects Robin’s belief that the way to learn about a particular medium is to explore. And that through this exploration we learn how the artists’ media truly work. That knowledge can then be used to depict the landscape and it’s ever changing atmospheres.

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“Through exploration I am always learning something new about a medium. In a lot of my current work I use cling-film to create texture without the use of brushes. It gives another dimension to my landscapes.”

Explorations is held in the Bainton Room of the gallery and features framed paintings, original paintings in mounts, and hand painted cards.

The exhibition is open 10 am – 4 pm every day from Mon 24 March until Sat 29 March.

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Artwork above from left to right: Helpringham Church, Moonrise, View from Mareham Pastures.  Gallery photos by Laura-Jane Luff.  Robin Hall photographed by Martin Cameron.

Peter Stannett

September 2, 2013

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Thanks to the Carre Gallery, Trust and staff volunteers I have a second opportunity to exhibit my work in watercolours.  Although it was my original intention to keep the work of the local vicinity there were a number of challenges that I found were too tasty to pass up.

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After 3,000 easel hours covering 36 square metres of surface, the general overview has turned out to represent Bricks, Mortar, Figures and Water.

 It has been a long haul to master watercolouring to achieve the richness of oils and the detailing that a photograph provides.  From being a pencil demon since 1943 (a three-year old urchin with his first sketch on the bedroom wall) using anything to draw with on whatever surface was available to be used.  Since school days

 I have intensified my application with just the pigments and brushes available.  It can be said that my eventual work is developed from an ordinary child’s paint box.

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Peter Stannett

The results achieved can only be assessed by the eye of the beholder, and it is my hope that I have done justice to the opportunities that Sleaford and the Lincolnshire folk have provided.

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Exhibition open 10 am – 4 pm from 02 Sep until 07 Sep.

Artwork photographed at the gallery by Neville Hull

Near and Far – Iain Harkess

November 14, 2012

Local artist Iain Harkess has chosen Carre Gallery as the venue of his first solo exhibition in twenty years.

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‘Near and Far’ is an exhibition of watercolour paintings and is a mix of flower paintings, a selection of scenes from places Iain has visited around the world, as well as one or two more local views. Iain, who lives in South Rauceby is a keen gardener and his love of flowers has provided the inspiration for a series of colourful, striking paintings. ‘They are not botanical paintings as such but I try and capture some of the amazing colours, shapes shades and textures of the flower heads’.

Hollyhock (watercolour) by Iain Harkess

‘I’m really excited and of course nervous about the exhibition. It’s great to get feedback from visitors, negative or positive. Painting can sometimes be a bit lonely and insular and it’s really useful to hear peoples’ responses to my paintings. It’s been a while since I last had an exhibition – some 20 years ago in Boston. Since then my other ‘career’ in the NHS just got in the way of gathering a body of work together. But now I’ve focussed more on painting as a professional and I’m really looking forward to both producing more paintings and continuing with the never ending process of improving and learning.’

The exhibition is open daily from 10.00 am until 6.00 pm from Monday November 12 through to Saturday November 17. Iain will be painting in the gallery each day.