Take Part in The Big Draw - The Worlds Largest Drawing Festival

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Wed 29 Oct 10.30 to 11.30am
Fri 31 Oct 10.30 to 11.30am

Join resident artists Renira Barnes and Cheryl Jackson in these free workshops to be held at Gallery 45.

Picture postcards!

  • Create a colourful picture postcard using various media
  • Artist-led workshops
  • A starting image triggers the imagination
  • A variety of media can be used including pen, pencil and paint
  • Artists Renira and Cheryl will be on hand to guide and encourage
  • All ages are welcome to drop-in and create a masterpiece!

    No need to book and all materials will be provided. If you have any questions call in at the gallery. More information can be found on The Big Draw website.

Exhibition opening - Red Hen Originals

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Join us on Saturday October 6th at 2.30pm to meet Julia Burns of Red Hen Orginals. There will be nibbles and drinks served and a chance to talk to Julia.

Julias' quirky, original hand-printed images have a contemporary edge but are all made using that most traditional of techniques - potato-printing.  "All you need is a potato, some paint and a table top", says Julia, whose charming prints evoke her rural surroundings.  

Growing up in a creative household, with an early interest in art stimulated by her father, an architect, who was passionate about aesthetics and design. She took a foundation course at York Art College, followed by a place at the prestigious Slade School of Fine Art at University College, London, and moved to North Yorkshire in 1985.  Julia’s large-scale abstract works were been exhibited worldwide, including London, Europe, Japan and America. However, circumstances forced Julia to shift her creative direction and Red Hen Originals was born. You can read more about her story & see her work on her website www.redhenoriginals.com.

The exhibition will run in the Gallery until 30th October 2014.

Macmillan Cancer Support Coffee Morning Friday 26th September

Painting by Renira Barnes

We are delighted to be taking part in "The World's Biggest Coffee Morning". This is Macmillan Cancer Support's biggest charity fundraising event. They ask people across the UK - and sometimes further afield - to hold a coffee morning, where donations on the day are made to Macmillan. In 2013 154,000 people signed up to coffee morning, raising a record £20 million for charity. 

Come along to the Gallery on Friday 26th Sep, and take part. Coffee, tea and cake, from 10.30 to 12. For more information about the charity, click here.

Apply for our first Christmas Fair

Yes, we know it's far too early to think about winter! However, we are currently taking applications for stallholders for our Christmas Fair on December 6th. This is the first of an annual event we hope will become one of the best Christmas shopping experiences in Northumberland.
If you have quality crafts, food or gifts you would like to sell (or know someone who does) please get in touch and we will send you an application form. 

Workshop with Jane Murray

Jane ran a workshop here on Saturday that was very well received and we hope to run some more in the future. Here are some pictures...

Summer Exhibition

Please join us for coffee and cake and to meet some of our featured artists.  The artists for this show are Nick Potter, Karen Willis, Renira Barnes, Charles Evans, Sarah O'Dowd, Libby Watkins and Charles Ashby.  Their work will be in the Gallery until 12 September and include some familiar scenes and much loved landmarks.
Saturday 14th June 2014 from 11am to 1pm.

Exhibition by Jane Murray

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Jane Murray is exhibiting some of her beautiful watercolours in the gallery. You are invited to Meet the artist on Saturday 10th May from 10am until 12am, complimentary coffee and cake will be served. The exhibition will run from the 10th May to 8th June.

Jane mainly works in watercolour. Her work varies from detailed botanical studies to
larger out-of-scale, tending towards abstract, compositions. Recently her starting point has been the flowers, leaves and vegetables in her garden.

She has drawn and painted all her life. After finishing school she completed a foundation course at Leicester College of Art. She then went on to obtain a degree in Fine Art at Hull.

She followed the trend at the time and produced vague abstracts in oil on huge canvases. She later started designing greetings cards but found it limiting so started to enlarge her designs and sell them as pictures. She grew more and more interested and involved in the intricacies and the beauty of natural forms. This close study began taking her away from painting into a scientific study, which although fascinating, proved to be a dead end for Jane.

A few years ago she fell in love with some beautiful onions and leeks which she grew in her garden. Jane then started to paint a collection of vegetables which included red cabbage, courgettes, radishes, turnips and rhubarb. 

For the past 15 years Jane has worked in her attic studio at her home in Ulgham Grange, a hamlet 7 miles north of Morpeth. She continues to love the form and colour of many
flowers and grows poppies and irises which she paints on a seasonal basis. Her interest in the seasons also draws her towards autumn leaves, trees in the winter landscapes and the details of rotting wood, bark and lichen.