Inspired: online and at Kooroon Gallery

Live at The Old Sorting House Friday and Saturday – 3rd and 4th July and 10th and 11th July 11am to 4pm and Online at Inspired from 3rd July onwards

Kooroon Gallery and Christian Artists Together are exhibiting contemporary Christian Art from 3 July to 11 July on-line at Inspired and as Kooroon Gallery’s July exhibition right here in the The Old Sorting House (whilst maintaining Social Distancing for your safety).

Kooroon Gallery and Christian Artists Together have attracted artists from the UK and abroad including poets, film makers, musicians, sculpture, textile artists, glass artists, oil painters and an installation to show in an online Gallery. As the Gallery can now open some more local work will be available to view at The Old Sorting House too.

Donna Drouin from Christian Artists together writes –Inspired: how would I describe inspired? Inspired, to draw in air, to start a revolution, to support others. Little did we know how relevant the word Inspire would become for 2020. We have all had to change how we live and work because one tiny little microcosm has caused a world wide revolution, and has made all of us think about our communities and how we can support each other and cheer each other on. I cannot think of a better word that fits the current circumstances for an exhibition online in 2020.

Two online workshops will run along side the exhibition. One on Prophetic Art by John and Val Blundell on 4 July and Donna Drouin will be sharing her Lectio Divina for artworks.

Check the following links for more detailed information. Booking and a fee of £3 is required for the Prophetic Art Workshop. Contact Glenda Gibson via email to book on either workshop glendagibson@live.com

View the online exhibition at https://celestedrouindavis.wixsite.com/inspired

christianartiststogetheruk.blogspot.com and www.facebook.com/ChristianArtistsTogether/

Animal Portraits and Landscapes – Catherine Moores

Fri 3rd & Sat 4th April 11am till 4pm

Derbyshire born artist Catherine Moores has lived in the Vale of Belvoir, Leicestershire for over 25 years. Whilst developing her creative practice here she has also worked with dogs and horses and the influences of the rural life and her love of animals if very apparent in her work.

Catherine’s specialties are animals and landscapes and she undertakes many commissions on these and other subjects such as a recent commemorative piece celebrating the British Armed forces which was auctioned for charity.

This exhibition focuses on her animal and country pieces, bringing together originals in oil and acrylic as well as graphite pencil and limited edition prints, all of which will be for sale.

Combining Contemporary Craft and Art

Fri 6th & Sat 7th 11am till 4pm

Sharon Dickinson – An Artist in Metal

Vanessa Stone – The Essence of English Landscape

The PollyWhistle Portable Pop-up Carnival

Sharon Dickinson – An Artist in Metal

Sharon Dickinson as Archives Crafts is an “artist in metal” designing and creating unique, individual silver jewelry and metalwork in pewter and aluminum. Based in the Vale she has exhibited and sold throughout the UK and abroad yet remains grounded by working from her beautiful home and committed to the sustainability of using what is locally available first and foremost. Her motto is “Love what’s local”!

Wherever possible she re-cycles, re-uses and re-purposes materials working in silver and pewter, but also aluminum, copper, vintage tins, and even rusty old finds!  Stained glass and mirror glass also have a special place in her work and alongside the jewellery and pewter plaques she is known for her unique mirrors and sun catchers. She creates nature inspired and fantastical character based work which both adorn and form the basis of her pieces.

Super Sparkly Mosaic Pendant with Sharon Dickinson

Saturday 7th March 1-3 pm £20.  Booking via glendagibson@live.com 

All materials provided from the artists personal stash of vintage crystals, components glass millefiori glitters mica powders and more. The pendants will be finished by setting your chosen components in a fast setting clear resin. You will have a beautiful and unique necklace to take home on the day. 2 hr class £20

Vanessa Stone – The Essence of English Landscape

Vanessa Stone is possibly most well known for her paper cut work but actually has a background in art, textiles and design. For this exhibition she brings rarely seen work, brand new to Kooroon in the form of painted paper collages.

They are created with the aim of capturing the essence of the English landscape. Through subtle tones and textures these pieces depict wide woods and vistas, but also smaller moments like seeing the blue sky through beech leaves on a spring day.

PollyWhistle’s Portable Pop-up Carnival

Self proclaimed textile folk artist, curator of curios and all round good egg Jane Millum works are PollyWhistle to create little people and the tall tales they tell her.

For this year’s annual exhibition at Kooroon she has captured a rag-bag band of rag-tag characters and created the PollyWhistle’s Portable Pop-up Carnival.

Headlining the Emotional Wee Folk and Ticking Carnies there are also some very Feral Fairies desperate to escape. There is even a Penny Museum of Mystery.

So don’t miss out on what might be your only chance to experience the thrill of perhaps the greatest small show on earth and help some of these quirky characters escape!

Friday 6th March 11am to 1pm. £15 Booking via glendagibson@live.com 

Create your very own articulated fairy to capture and keep. Using prints of vintage photos and images, inks, pens, paper, glue and maybe even some sparkle, you’ll choose, cut and colour to make a wild little creature of your very own. All materials provided. 

Atmospheric and Expressive Original Artwork: Sy Baker and Ernie Butler

Two accomplished, English artists, Sy Baker and Ernie Butler are exhibiting together for the first time, 31 January and 1 February, for Kooroon Gallery at the Old Sorting House Bottesford, NG13 0AA. 

Ernie Butler is an internationally exhibited and collected artist based in Cambridgeshire. He exhibits, fulfils commissions, teaches, demonstrates and has been funded by the Arts Council England, as well as others. Ernie trained under William Calladine who was apprenticed to the last living Dutch old master. Ernie’s work displays a sense of light and atmosphere.

“Like stepping from darkness into the light”

“wonderfully atmospheric”

Sy Baker, originally a medical artist, works with artists near Bicester where he lives, on community projects.  His recent work uses ‘slow’ materials such as hand-crushed oyster shell and gold leaf which is laid down in a slow, almost meditative,  process allowing each layer to dry.  The rich and vibrant result is best viewed first hand.  Sys Shadow Reflection Series focuses on people who are hidden in plain sight, bringing them into focus so they become ‘seen’. He will also have some wire sculptures on view and be teaching Painting Birds on Teabags Workshop.  

Glenda Gibson is, “truly excited to bring together two top quality artists in a single exhibition in my own village, Bottesford.” 

Free viewing on 31st January 2-4 pm and 8-9:30 pm and 1st February 10-4 pm. 

For more information about the workshop visit www.theoldsortinghouse.com where you will find out how to book the workshop. Saturday 1st February 1-3 pm £15 at the Old Sorting House, 25 Hight Street Bottesford, NG13 0AA. Also, book via glendagibson@live.com 

Glenda Gibson & Dian Harrison 3 & 4 Jan

Open Fri 3 Jan 2-4, 8-9:30 and Sat 4 Jan 10-4 Entry Free

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Kooroon Gallery did not just happen.  Glenda Gibson was asking what to do next for the Artists she and Donna Drouin had been encouraging.  Their work needed to be shown to the world and be for sale so they could continue to afford to be artists. Kooroon Gallery started in the dinning room of Glenda’s home as an experiment.  A small but faithful following developed who have followed her to a new venue.  

Dian Harrison dreamed of using her home for something more. An artist herself she had a purpose-built studio for teaching classes so she relocated her living to upstairs so she could free up space for a gallery down stairs.  Kooroon was the first to exhibit in this wonderful and well lit space.  Most not seen from the street so come on in and have a good look. 

Glenda is working on portraits of Artists for the next exhibition and Dian is creating new work.

Glenda will run a workshop on 4 Jan from 1-3pm.  Acrylic painting using ideas from Este MacLoud.  £15 with all material provided.  Booking essential.

Brand new after school club for 2020

Wednesday After School Art Club – Sculpture (starts 8th Jan 3.45pm)

Artist and teacher Glenda Gibson presents a six week course of after school sessions for 5 to 10 year olds teaching the basics of sculpture through a series of fun activities using a variety of media.  All materials are provided and this is a small group of no more than 6 children so book early.

The sessions will run from 3.45pm to 4:45pm on:

8 Jan, 15 Jan, 22 Jan, 29 Jan, 5 Feb, 12 Feb

£42 for 6 sessions on Sculpture

Booking price is for all six sessions.

Booking is with Glenda directly via her gallery facebook page or click here for other options.

8th & 9th Nov Kooroon Exhibition – John & Val Blundell and Ernie Butler

8&9 November John and Val Blundell from Lincoln will be exhibiting a variety of oil and acrylic works.  John is an accomplished and sort after painter of sea scenes in oils but both he and Val will also be exhibiting prophetic art.  Ernie Butler, from Spalding, will also be exhibiting big sky oil paintings. Gallery open: Fri 2-5pm, Evening 8-9:30pm, Sat 10-4pm

Belvoir Angels by Vanessa Stone and PollyWhistle

Kooroon Exhibition: 2-6 Friday 4th and 10-6 Saturday 5th October

October’s Kooroon Gallery offer here at The Old Sorting House includes a section of brand new interpretations of the local mystery emblem the Belvoir Angel. Carved into headstones in churches throughout the Vale of Belvoir and its surroundings areas, the Angels have a very specific look thought to be unique to the area. This design has formed the inspiration for new textile, paper cut, applique, embroidery and folk tale art works created by these two artists.

Vanessa Stone is possibly best known for her paper cut work but actually has a background in textiles and design. For this exhibition she has revisited her textile roots as well as experimenting with scale in paper cut, going from tiny to extremely large to interpret the Angels.

PollyWhistle artist Jane Millum has incorporated her usual story based art dolls and applique approaches in her interpretations but also some more intricate needle work through embroidery and English paper piecing in silk.

Both artists will be exhibiting other work too and on hand to discuss the project and talk through sketchbooks and prototypes.

In addition Jane will be running a Belvior Angel textile sign workshop from 10 to 1pm and Vanessa a Folky Stencilled Fabric Workshop from 2pm to 5pm on the Saturday. (click on the links for more info and bookings).

Donna Drouin Exhibition

Kooroon Gallery at OSH

Kooroon Gallery’s September offer is the annual Donna Drouin Solo Exhibition, again featuring new work by this prolific painter and printmaker. Exciting and quirky her new pieces relate to her relationship with the natural world especially trees, sky, lichen and birds. She utilises various media including dry point, lino, gelliprint, acrylics, gold leaf and oil pastorals as well as creating artists’ books and sculptural explorations.