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We bring Rutland Open Studios to the Vale

We are playing host to five professional artists for the Rutland Open Studios 2021, an established art trail that has grown to incorporate bordering villages in Leicestershire. 

Open from 11am to 4pm on 18th 19th, 25th and 26th September this will be a chance to enjoy a variety of art forms including painting, paper cut, textiles and sculpture.

Vanessa Stone has been exploring the Vale of Belvoir to create striking landscapes in drawing, paper cutting and collage. The TizzyWhistle creative partnership launches a brand new collection of embroidery patterns, stencils and fabrics inspired by Belvoir Angels, folk art and botanical dyeing.

Multidisciplinary artist, print maker and poet Donna Drouin focuses on a vibrant exploration of her relationship with nature in paintings and print. Abstract, colour and landscape feature strongly in Glenda Gibson’s lively oil paintings.

Each of these artists will be running a workshop or giving a talk. Pre booking is essential as places are limited and full details can be found via the links below:

Saturday 18th September

Paint with Glenda workshop 10am – 12pm

Saturday 25th September

Donna Drouin Drypoint Printing 10am – 12pm

Make an artist book / journal – Decorative journaling techniques with TizzyWhistle 2pm – 4pm

There will also be a chance to experience the ‘metal expressions’ of sculptor Roger Lee, who has taken over the secret gem of the Quiet Garden to create a mini sculpture park right in the heart of the village.

Entry is free and all are welcome. Current Covid guidelines for social distancing and hand sanitising are being followed. For more information on Rutland Open Studios please visit

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Kooroon Gallery Exhibition- September

Friday 3rd, Saturday 4th, Friday 10th and Saturday 11th September. Open 11am to 4pm Daily

Impact the Land

Kooroon Gallery is presenting the sculpture of Roger Lee and artwork of Donna Drouin in September.

Donna Drouin is inspired by the land; the marks humanity make, the communications, repeated paths taken, these patterns we have subconsciously collectively created and archaeological traces of medieval ridge and furrow, as we inhabit, cultivate and walk the land. Her exhibition will include printmaking, abstract landscapes, drawings, workbooks and poetry.  

‘Donna, utterly mind bending works!’ Ruth M

‘Inspirational. I love your use of colour and interpretation.’ June L 

Roger Lee is an experienced artist who is enhancing the developed garden at the Old Sorting House, Bottesford, for the first time with his metal expressions of faces on spades and human connection.

“Much of the output from the Village Blacksmith could be called abstract, cranks, levers, tie bars from barn roofs, hinges and straps and one-off bolts. Reusing and making new versions brings a figurativeness to the abstraction, anything upright becomes a figure and symmetry with two dots reads as a face.  Otherwise, like my India drawings, there are forms and patterns hidden in printed text and then there is ‘just abstract’, silent sounds, and rust, rust with everything.” Roger Lee

Workshops by Donna Drouin

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Botanical Dyeing this Saturday

There is still time to book on the Simple Botanical Dyeing for papers and fabric workshop taking place this Saturday.

examples of botanical dyed papers

A day exploring what flowers, leaves, fruit teas and more can offer in terms of colour and pattern for paper and fabrics. In this course Dian Harrison and Jane Millum will take you through the processes of making small items at home using uncomplicated methods and equipment. This is an introduction to botanical dying at home for people who are new to the art and wish to make beautiful resources to use in art and craft practices from making cards, notelets, books to unique panels for patchwork, embroidery and other stitched based projects.

Saturday 21st August 10am to 4pm £50, all materials provided.

For full details and to book click here!

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August Kooroon Exhibition Cancelled

Unfortunately Kooroon has had to cancel this exhibition due to Covid as Sharon is currently self isolating.

The work will be showing in February 2022 and her jewellery and mirrors will be here in December for Kooroon Christmas

August 6th, 7th, 13th and 14thSharon Dickinson – Cancelled

Sharon Dickinson is a metal artist and jeweller who works under the name of Archives Crafts. She is perhaps best known for her  beautiful jewellery and unique pewter repousse plaques and mirrors inspired by myth and magic, pre Raphaelite maidens and mermaids. For this exhibition Sharon will also be showing her Goddess Collages, large and glorious celebrations in paper, paint and pen.

Sharon will be running a workshop during this exhibition, details of which are to follow.

She also runs Beginners Jewellery making workshops part of the Old Sorting House programme which can be found on the workshops page.

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Coming up this week

Glenda Gibson‘s Summer Art Fun for Children’s Classes start on Wednesday with collage animals as does her unique creative development workshop Starting Point. For links to full details on both of these click here.

We are also launching our very own Stitchers Sewcial on Thursday evening. An open session for anyone making things using stitch (sewn, knitted, crochet etc) to come along and work on their own projects in the company of other stitchers. More info and to book on this first session (Covid guidelines limits numbers for now) please click here.

Dian Harrison kicks of with some glorious colour in her Decorative art for home and gift wares sessions on Friday looking at stroke work in painting and how this can be adapted for a wide range of surfaces. More info and to book see here.

See you soon!