We are busy putting together the Art Trail for 2020. In the meantime take a look at who took part last year.
Blue Owl Art Gallery
At Grantham Tennis
Club, Gonerby Road, Grantham. NG31 8HU
Open Friday to Monday
9am to 7pm, Saturday & Sunday 9am to 5pm
Tel: 01476 591391
Art is based at Grantham Tennis Club. It is a gallery space with changing
exhibitions located in the first floor gallery space and in the bar area.
Display cabinet with contemporary artist makers. Browse a selection of original
work and prints from various artists. Greeting card selection. Cafe serving
homemade cakes, lunches, snacks. Free parking. Lift available to gallery level.
Hollaway is exhibiting at Blue Owl ‘Butterflies & Nets’. Her work is
currently on display in the upstairs gallery and in the bar area. Linda taught
art for 25 years in Primary, Secondary and Further education. Since taking
early retirement she gained an MA in Fine Art with distinction from the
University of Lincoln where she became involved with the exploration of human
fragility. This exhibition is in recognition of the altering and diverse state
of mental health.
J Roberts is a Fine Art graduate from Loughborough University. Currently based
in Leicestershire, she has exhibited throughout the East Midlands. Carolyn’s
work develops from her affinity for the landscape; from The Peak District, Yorkshire
Dales and Moors, to the North Norfolk coast and beyond…Her mixed media work
looks to capture the juxtaposition of permanence and vulnerability: the contour
lines of the landscape contrasting with the delicacy of the tissue paper, soft
ink and watercolour washes. Impressionistic and abstract rather than representational,
the work is her response to the landscapes she loves and the issues it faces.
Oliver Lovley BA Hons,
ASGFA has exhibited at The National Portrait Gallery, The Mall Galleries and at
live shows such as Art in Action and Patchings Festival. He is a member of the
Society of Graphic Fine Art based in London. A professional fine artist and art
teacher born in Grantham he is now based in Nottingham.
paintings are absorbed, introspective and emotional, forming and re-forming
themselves. I use a combination of observed drawing and an unconscious process
of building layers of textural surfaces to function in contrast. I have a strong
interest in the depiction of my own physical reality”.“It has been very nice to
return to Grantham to explore the place properly for new paintings produced
especially for Blue Owl Art.”
Vic Bearcroft has exhibited with Blue Owl several times
including a recent solo exhibition. An East Midlands based professional
wildlife and portrait artist Bearcroft spends many hours studying, sketching
and photographing his subjects at close quarters, mainly in conservancies in
the UK and USA. ‘Some of these animals I know intimately after several years of
working with them and I find their character shining through their eyes. I enjoy
working in a variety of mediums, as I feel that this helps to fuel my
creativity, and enables me to different moods to compliment the subject, or to
tell a story by setting the animal in a more natural environment. My influences
come from varied sources; art, music and literature.
John’s award winning paintings
are inspired by the mountain ranges of the Isle of Skye in Scotland,
specifically the Black Cuillins. This is a choice based on the drama and visual
spectacle of these rugged coastal mountains where he climbed. John found that
exaggerations of the landscape and ‘stretchings’ of the viewpoint geometry
produced a new and compelling topography. Strange forms and dramatic radial
compositions emerged from the experiments, twisted mountains began to suggest a
human form or animal presence, the landscapes now extending almost into the
shapes of portraiture, expressive of some new emotion even.
Practice AND Mai Holistic Centre
12 Albert Street,
Bottesford, Nottingham NG13 0AN
Vanessa is a paper cutting &
collage artist who uses a scalpel and scissors to draw into paper, making bold
and distinctive collages that are all about capturing a place and a
time. “Nature and the places around me inspire me a great
deal. I can never get enough of seeing old buildings or streets and wide open
fields! Walks in the woods, day trips in the car to explore and go on an
adventure –the things I see bubble up through my subconscious and into my
sketchbooks or into cut paper pieces.
18 Devon Lane, Bottesford, Nottingham NG13 0BZ
Open Saturday to
Monday 10am to 4pm
Around 18 artists offer
a group exhibition of approximately 80 paintings of various size and different
media by members of the Vale of Belvoir Art Society. Subject matter varies
greatly and works will be a number of unframed, mounted pictures available for
sale as well. Refreshments including lovely cakes will be available to buy
8 Queen Street
Bottesford NG13 0AH
A selection of textile
artworks by Michelle Baker of the Newark based textile and stitch creative
workshop Crafty Betty. More work will be available to view in the Art &
Soul Studio Space as part of Kooroon Gallery (see below).
The Geese &
1 School Lane, Croxton
Kerrial, Grantham NG32 1QR
Friday, Saturday & Monday 8.30am to 11pm
Sunday 8.30am to
Tel: 01476 870350
Artist: PollyWhistle www.pollywhistle.com
Textile artists Jane
Millum works as PollyWhistle to tell these tales in textiles and stitch. Exhibition
a brand new selection of new textile mini art quilts featuring appliqué illustrations
of British birds and still life studies Jane’s work hand made using vintage, reclaimed
and carefully selected new fabrics
The Glass and Art
46a Main Road, Long
Bennington, Newark NG23 5DJ
Open 10am to 2pm
Friday to Sunday, Monday 10am to 4pm
Tel: 07969 721877
Glass has always held a fascination . The beauty of stained glass
led Katie to explore the magical way glass can be used as
a medium to express. After graduating from the University of Sunderland Katie
continues to explore colour, texture and light within the techniques of kiln
fused glass. Experimentation with coloured layers, dilution and a variety of
textures are at the base of each piece. The technical processes of deigning,
firing and finishing pieces continue to offer endless possibilities for
development and discovery. Within the Pure Glass Design range Katie creates
glass pieces incorporating beauty and functionality including; kitchen
splashbacks, wall art, clocks, plates and tableware.
At The Glass and Art Studio Katie runs kiln fused glass courses
suitable for all ages and abilities. Courses range from hourly Family Sessions
to Taster Days and Weekly Courses. Having worked as a Tutor, Lead Tutor and
Coordinator for Leicestershire County Council Katie now provides a relaxed
informal learning environment to help students get great results
The Old Sorting House,
25 High Street, NG13 0AA
Open Friday to Monday 10am
A new venue in
Bottesford consisting of two main Gallery spaces, the Long Gallery and Cox
Gallery plus a flexible teaching studio space called the Art & Soul Studio
and a Quiet garden at the
back. Refreshments available. Toilet on site.
Rosa Wain www.rosawainartist.com
has a passion for gardening and the natural world, and a fascination for
kaleidoscopes. Watercolour is her preferred medium to create. She loves watercolours' bright, fine
pigments. Rosa has been exhibiting for about ten years in various places –
theatre lounges, cafes, Open Studios and Coventry Cathedral! With her
husband Roger, she runs Worship Art workshops, mainly from a church based at
Glenda is an expressive painter who uses bright colour to explore
her joy of the world and her relationship with God. From water scenes, to
houses and hearts, Glenda’s work is alive with the interplay of colour and
texture. She loves experimenting with new materials and styles and includes
various surfaces in her work. Her recent love is painting in oils.
Dian is the studio owner and a painter and teacher of Decorative
Art and Mixed Media. She was an inaugural member of BADFA (The British
Association of Decorative and Folk Art) and lived for several years in America.
She has been lucky enough to have been taught by some of the most well known
teachers of Decorative Art and during her career taught around Britain,
America, Canada, and as a guest teacher in Japan.
born Catherine Moores has lived in the Vale of Belvoir, Leicestershire for over
25 years. Working in acrylic and oil paints as well as pencil Catherine covers
a wide range of subjects including landscapes and seascapes, although animals
are considered a speciality. Catherine
has had a passion for art since being a young child. She has worked a number of
jobs including those with horses and dogs but art has always remained her main
passion. She’s built a strong reputation over the last 10 years, completing
numerous commissions and holding her own art exhibitions.
A textile surface
pattern designer, Sarah’s most recent work revolves around experiments with
felt images. Influenced by ‘outside life’ and surface pattern designers, Sarah
is aiming to share her work through this experimental stage of her life.
include textile work by Ros Willis and further work by Katie Hinder, Vanessa Stone and Crafty Betty
further details of which can be found in listings above.
2 North Crescent,
Bottesford NG13 0BP
Open Friday, Saturday
& Monday 10am to 4pm, Sunday Closed
Tel: 07772468750 #copsecollection
Copse Collection is an installation for which two artists have taken
woodland adventuring and random rambles as their stating point to explore the
wonder of walking, playing and generally being outside.
printmaker, Donna Drouin is in a consistent cycle of observing, recording and
creating. “It’s true you’ll find me stood stock still staring at a leaf, or
with my head tilted at the sky watching a bird soar overhead. You might catch
me crouching over moss on a wall or taking photographs of lichen on a tree
stump. This is just part of my world that I try to capture onto paper, canvas,
photographs and tissue. The concept of redemption, repurposing, reusing, giving
a fresh look at things that would normally be discarded. Showing the beauty
that is intrinsic. “
Jane Millum works as PollyWhistle to create curious and quirky stories of
Faux-Lore involving the lives of characters both real and imagined. For this
installation Jane uses reclaimed textiles and found materials to comment upon
the nature of playing, adventuring and collecting real treasure, not to mention
the importance of pockets.
The Old Brickyard Tea
Mowbray LE14 4ST
Open Friday to Monday
10am to 5pm
Carol Pairaudeau - Artist / print maker / teacher: http://www.carolartgallery.com/
Lynne Whitfield - artist / watercolour specialist /
Alegria Jewellery - sparkly resin jewellery: https://www.facebook.com/alegriajewellery/?ref=br_rs
LB Ceramics - Unique, hand thrown Japanese style teapots https://www.facebook.com/LeighBassCeramics/
Sugar Plum Pig - Handmade loveliness, shabby chic sewing creations
by Lorraine: https://www.facebook.com/SugarPlumPig/
Sharp Needle Felts - fabulous needle felted
creatures by Sophie Harwood https://folksy.com/shops/Felt1knit2
Maureen Ake - Woolly creative / spinning / natural
dyeing / felting
Amanda Rudkin – mosaics
Marilyn Cragg - Crochet creatures
Anna Stasinska - Bowie prints and original
watercolours sold for local Cancer Research charity - HOPE Against Cancer
Greeting cards by various artists including
cards by Marilyn Pepper
Pat Murray - artist / illustrator: http://www.patmurrayillustrator.com/
The Old Sorting House Information Point
Open Friday to Monday
10am to 4pm
Information Point for
Belvoir Art Trail, Here you can meet some of the organisers and artists as well
as pick up maps, business cards and further information.
Venue to be revealed
Sunday 2pm to 5pm only
Artist: Heidi Draper
Heidi runs a special
family friendly workshop making dream catchers. Suitable for children aged
7 upwards if accompanied by an adult. This is a free make and take session
offered on a first come first served basis.
Poppy Seed Cafe
12 Queen St,
Bottesford, Nottingham NG13 0AH
Window Display (Café
painter/printmaker Donna Drouin staring at flowers and stars, photographing
details, trying to develop an understanding of how and why. A prolific sketchbook filler Donna collects
surfaces, textures and architectural details to work into her paintings and
prints like a secret language. Using layers of under painting to build up rich
tones in her paintwork the same way a printmaker uses layers of colours to
build an image, Donnas work communicates her wonder of the universe we inhabit,
her love of God and an understanding of science all together in one place.
Steve Hunt Workshop
17 Garden Road,
Bingham, NG13 8GB
Open Saturday 4th 11am
to 4pm only
working workshop, with displays of hand carved wooden bowls, pots and spoons,
also insect boxes, bird boxes and other items made from locally sourced hard
woods and reclaimed timber and metals.
Hand carved items made from cherry, apple, plum,
beech, hawthorn, chestnut and rowan have been used for centuries as useful and
beautiful things for every home.
Nowadays thousands of tons of wood are
left on the ground to rot, chipped for
compost, or buried in landfill. I am
exploring how I can use my own designs to create useful and sculptural items
from found, rescued and donated materials. My insect hotels and bird nesting
boxes are made from reclaimed timber - donated by friends and neighbours or
found abandoned or discarded as rubbish. There is a story behind everything I
White Robin Emporium
8-9 Westgate, Grantham
Open Friday, Satruday
& Monday 9.30am to 4.30pm
Sunday 11am to 4pm
The White Robin Emporium is a home to various crafters, artisans
and artists. We also sell home and gift-wares as well as vintage collectables
We have a workshop space which we rent
out to people to teach their skills to others eg felting, art classes, willow
weaving etc. and run furniture painting and other decorative home courses
Artists / makers:
Chapman Stacey -Fine Artist
After graduating in Fine Arts in 2015 Willow retuned to Grantham
to focus on her career as an artist. She is most commonly associated as a
feminist artist, with a focus on the female form, but admits to being
distracted by beautiful things and buildings, which influence the illustrative
side of her practice.
Sharon Palmer –
Sharon lives and works in Burton Lazars, where she creates
original, unique and interesting contemporary mixed media collage, cityscapes,
nudes, watercolours and acrylic art work. Sharon creates her collages using
photos, print work, found paper, torn and cut newspaper, and adds stencilling,
stamping and other paint mediums.
Emporium – Upcycled cutlery
Alison and Chris work together to create many and varied beautiful
items each crafted from silver plated cutlery. These range from earrings to
necklaces, bracelets to wine racks, coat hooks to bangles and rings to candle
holders. A truly unique and beautiful product.
fragrance– Candles, diffusers and wax melts
Tara makes hand poured candles, diffusers and wax melts. All her
products are vegan, plastic free and use sustainable ingredients sourced
locally where possible.
She has a wide range of fragrances to include pomegranate, peony
and vanilla, orange, basil and lime, and English rose.
Masons – Wooden boxes, plaques, frames
Paul has a variety of wooded products that he can personalise with
words to suit every occasion. Eg boxes with ‘wedding keepsakes’, photo frames,
which say ‘love you to the moon and back’, plaques that read ‘ Great Dad’ that
also have a picture on them. You name it, he can etch it.
Mark Swadling –
turned pens, industrial, quirky lamps
Mark is a very talented
electrical genius. He can turn everyday items into quirky lamps. Eg a set of
Victorian scales, a copper kettle, a set of crown bowls. He also turns wood and
makes unique pens and pencils.
Forager – sea glass jewellery mounted with silver
Lisa creates unique and individual pieces of jewellery from
polished foraged sea glass. Each piece is assessed for its suitability as to
whether it would make a good necklace, bracelet or pair of earrings etc. They
are then mounted with silver clasps and chains. Truly stunning in a subtle way.
Tatty Daft – Hand
sewn individual creations
A true British brand, all products are hand crafted using British
and locally sourced textiles. An iconic collection of soft furnishings and
accessories inspired by the countryside where Tatty is located.
Alison Taylor –
Hand sewn teddies, dolls, bags etc from quality fabrics
A wonderful range of hand sewn bears made from her own patterns
from quality fabrics such as mohair. Each bear has its own unique endearing
expression. Alison also makes fabric dolls and mice which are dressed to
Soaps – pure and natural soaps, creams, balms
John makes a wide range of toiletries all created from natural
fruit and vegetable oils and with natural fragrances. These include facial
serums, beard oil, soap, balms, and a vegan lip balm. He does not use palm oil,
or single use plastics.
Dainty Designs by
Elliepie – hand sewn bonnets, angels, lavender bags etc
This little cottage industry makes hand sewn items such as
bonnets, angels, lavender bags etc all with a vintage feel. These are made
mainly from recycled fabrics
M. H. Preserves –
jams, jellies, chutneys etc
May is a whizz with the jam pan. She can and does create a wide
and varied range of preserves always with a seasonal twist. She grows some of
the fruit and veg in her garden and buys the rest locally. Her products contain
no added pectin or salt and she tries to use Victorian recipes where possible.
Ann Kilroy –
Ann is a very talented artist who uses oil on canvas, mixed media,
and watercolour. She also sells prints and has a range of cards. Her colour
palette is soft and muted, which creates a beautiful easy to place picture. Ann
also uses papier mache to create individual bowls, dishes and vases.
Jannett Frost –
hand sculpted and thrown clay objects
Jannett has a range of hand-made pottery to include pigs, bowls,
vases, toadstools, pincushions, and greetings cards. Each piece is individual
and shows the care and attention with which it has been created. Her glazes are
and finishing details are wonderful.
Michele Kettle –
Hand crocheted blankets, throws, toys, baskets.
Michele crochets in her spare time and makes baby blankets,
bedspreads, throws, children’s toys, baskets and assorted other pretty items.
Blue Owl Art Gallery
Bottesford Dental Practice AND Mai Holistic Centre
Bottesford Methodist Church
Crafty Betty (Bottesford)
The Geese & Fountain
Sunday 8.30am to 9.00pm
The Glass and Art Studio
Derbyshire born Catherine Moores has lived in the Vale of Belvoir, Leicestershire for over 25 years. Working in acrylic and oil paints as well as pencil Catherine covers a wide range of subjects including landscapes and seascapes, although animals are considered a speciality. Catherine has had a passion for art since being a young child. She has worked a number of jobs including those with horses and dogs but art has always remained her main passion. She’s built a strong reputation over the last 10 years, completing numerous commissions and holding her own art exhibitions.
Other exhibitions include textile work by Ros Willis and further work by Katie Hinder, Vanessa Stone and Crafty Betty further details of which can be found in listings above.
The Old Brickyard Tea Garden
The Old Sorting House Information Point
Poppy Seed Cafe
Steve Hunt Workshop
White Robin Emporium
Sunday 11am to 4pm