Kooroon Christmas Event

Friday 4th to Sunday 6th December 11am to 4pm free entry

10 artists and makers are taking part in the Kooroon Gallery Christmas event this year, offering fabulous decorations, cards and unique gift ideas for every budget.

Archive Crafts fills Foyer with shiny delights in the form of pewter mirrors and unique hand crafted jewelry. Printmaker artist Donna Drouin brings this years new range of hand printed cards, which can be turned into gift boxes and decorations.

Gallery curator and artist Glenda Gibson exhibits vibrant oil paintings, large and small and new-to-the-gallery sculptor Mark Hodson brings the smaller of his bespoke metal sculptures and decorations.

Back by popular demand are ceramics by Finola Delamere and Kooroon regular PollyWhistle with her newly finished individual textile angels. Look out too for a brand new range of crisp, bold tea towels printed from artist Vanessa Stone’s landscapes.

Three T’s and Me aka Dian Harrison launches her new journals. Ros Willis brings colourful textile book covers and other hand embroidered textiles treats, whilst husband Roger offers a beautiful selection of wrought iron roses and more.

This year also sees emerging crafter Kit of Kit Nacks exhibit for the very first time. Check out her very Christmassy giddies including hand made pine cone wreaths and gnomes.

There really something for everyone this year.

Two Day Pop-Up Emporium

24th and 25th October 2020 10am till 4pm

PollyWhistle and Miss Cherry Pie Vintage

Textile artist PollyWhistle is teaming up with Merrimans Vintage Jamboree (aka Instagram’s Miss Cherry Pie Vintage) to bring you a temporary treasure trove of unique textile treats, handmade creative gifts and a myriad of re-discovered vintage delights!

Entry is free of course but please wear masks (if you are able to) and we’ll help everyone keep to social distancing guidelines. 

Animal, Landscapes and Aviation

The wonderful world of Catherine Moores

Fri 2nd & Sat 3rd and Fri 9th & Sat 10th October 11am till 4pm free entry

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 and new work about armed forces and aviation bringing together originals in oil and acrylic as well as graphite pencil and limited edition prints, all of which will be for sale.

Kooroon September Exhibition – Donna Drouin

In this exhibition we see Donna Drouin return to the landscape to capture those memories  of long walks in wild landscapes, and the hot colours of summer. Her abstract landscapes are inspired by the studies done during lockdown and walks across the Sussex South Downs.

The loose lines capturing the  remembered flight paths  of birds and insects. The hot patches of sunlight and intense indigo shadows under thick hedgerows.

 Alongside this stream of work Donna continues to explore the visual storytelling of “The Girl With the Cardboard Wings”. Here Donna is capturing a visual path through the story enclosed in old wooden boxes. The different elements displayed using a variety of printmaking, soft sculpture, paintings and drawings. The representations for the story are referenced from Donna’s childhood, her earliest memories of her first home to personal encounters with nature. This is an ongoing work, the progress of which was slowed due to lockdown.

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. 

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).