I have always found the natural environment a huge source of inspiration, whether it be a wild landscape or one that has been tamed to serve the needs of mankind. During my lifetime, I have seen enormous assaults on the natural world - particularly in the last 25 years - mainly due to over-population or crass planning. Mankind seems unable to heed the warnings about its future, as plants, insects and animal species die out, landscape and the seas become degraded and the climate gets more and more unpredictable. Our interdependence on other species is becoming just a pleasant memory. This has driven me to seek out a few of the remaining rich corners of our environment, where nature’s simple beauty still remains supreme, and to record them, using a variety of media.
I work in water colour, oils and mixed media. Brushes are not my automatic choice of tool, but take their place beside a palette knife, pieces of credit card, pointed instruments, pens, pipettes, crayons, pastel sticks, bits of cling film. I work on good quality watercolour paper, canvas board and canvases. The end result might look ‘traditional’, but I hope that you will look beyond that dismissive term and find something deeper. My subject matter is not just landscape. I get great pleasure from the interiors of buildings that have character: details in corners, decay, placement of furniture, colours. Portraiture is a great love - but challenging. My mother ‘guided’ my hand when I painted her; it came so easily!
I work from drawings I have made, regularly using a sketch book. I regard these scribbles/ drawings as a ‘library’ of images which I can refer to. Sometimes I use photographs as a back –up, when weather in inclement or time is pressing. Subjects can be anything that catches my eye, from the mundane domestic scene, to the majesty of a landscape.
Finally, as you look around, remember:
‘A work of art is a confidence murmured to gentle people’ (Nikos Engonopoulos Greek painter and poet)
‘Art is a continuing dialogue that stretches back through thousands of years…….’ (Kit White)
Jaci and Sue have had an ongoing dialogue about Art and their different roles in it since they met whilst working in the Arts in 2002. Their styles are very different but they share a love of the countryside. Jaci explores aspects of the natural environment with texture and colour in her mixed media work and paintings whilst Sue explores nature and folklore themes in her illustrative lino prints and textiles. This exhibition celebrates their individual approaches and continues the dialogues that artists hold with their own work and with others.
Ideas that I began to explore in 2014 have proved to be a rich source for exploring elements that are basic to art and life, such as colour, texture and pattern, using different media to develop themes that inspire: the layers of colour in a landscape or a shoreline, the strong shapes and intricate textures in reed-beds and vineyards ……… The work in this exhibition is part of my own inner dialogue with my ideas and interpretation of them.
Sue Rowland, Printmaker and Textile Artist
‘My detailed illustrative prints and textile pieces celebrate the natural world and are dialogue with British folklore and superstitions of the past, a time when we were more in tune with nature, the landscape and the weather. The work explores pattern, texture and rich colours in intricate design layouts which entice you to look closer and to perhaps learn a quirky fact about the old folklore meanings that inspired each piece'.
Sue trained at Central St Martins and has worked in the textile industry designing for high street stores. Working as a professional artist, she is well known for her school and community creative projects in the East Midlands. She is a tutor for Leicester Print Workshop, a member of The Leicester Society of Artists and sells her work through various galleries.
Sam Scorer is pleased to announce its First Open Exhibition!
Featuring the work of over 40 artists in an array of different styles, many showing in the gallery for the first time. Although we won’t have any yellow walls, we will have colour!
An exhibition by Caroline Christiane Matthaei - goldsmith and sculptor - and Wilhelm Schmidt - master goldsmith and watchmaker - of individually and collaboratively made work: simple automata, small sculptures, time pieces - on the common theme of mechanical movement.
A tranquil addition to the show: watercolours by Johann Joachim Matthaei - architect.
Tea and muffins served on Bank Holiday Monday, Saturdays and Sundays from 14.00
The group formed in 1988 and was originally called Lincolnshire and Humberside Contemporary
Crafts then renamed in 1977 when Lincolnshire and Humberside disbanded as a regional arts board. They have continued to flourish, encouraging members to learn new techniques and develop skills in their chosen fields including materials such as glass, ceramics, wood, metals,
felt and textiles.
‘Celebration’ brings together some unique, beautifully crafted work from members both past and present with a chance to meet the artists at the Preview party on the opening day Tuesday 14th August between 2 – 6pm
This exhibition showcases the work of six resident fine artists from The Ropewalk Studios in Barton upon Humber. The group have varied backgrounds and differing approaches to their work with a range of imagery that reflect the different stages of their respective careers – from recent graduates to not so recent graduates! The one thing they do have in common is that they all work on the banks of the River Humber under the shadow of the Bridge.
The Artists are; David Alcock, Sally Beaumont, Emily Connor, Deborah Grice, Richard Hatfield, and Tim Needham.
Private View, Tuesday 17th July 6pm – 8pm.
“I’ve been out exploring in Yorkshire and Derbyshire, also my home city of Lincoln and nearby Woodhall Spa. Derelict scenes and details; captured by my imagination.
Serendipity often takes me in another direction, this time, to a sub project of a remarkable scale!
It’s dark, but when I go out playing; the sun always comes out. “
Jane will be in the gallery for the duration of the exhibition.
Well known and respected local artists Denise Hawthorne and Anne Wood bring their new show to the gallery. Both artists have a love of the natural world but their expression of light, movement and colour is very different, but, complementary.
There is an opportunity to meet the artists on July 3rd 11am-3pm and they will both be painting in the gallery on different occasions.
The show opens on July 3rd and runs through to July 14th.The show will be closed on Monday July 9th but is open every other day from 10-4.
The Lincolnshire Artists’ Society was founded in 1906 as the Lincolnshire Drawing Club.
Members come from across Lincolnshire and while they work in a wide variety of styles and media, they share a strong creative passion.
This year’s Summer Show brings together the work of 35 artists. As well as a rich range of pictures there are inventive and original 3D works. Whenever you visit the show a member of the society will be there and will be happy to talk to you about their own work and the process of making, as well as sharing ideas about the exhibition as a whole. The show will be open every day from 19th June-1st July 10- 4.
"Being political is an integral part of being Iranian. Our lives are defined by politics" – Shirin Neshat
Since the Iranian Revolution of 1979, women have constantly found ways to rebel against restrictive laws. Natasha Monfared highlights this ongoing resistance by Iranian women through collage and sculpture. The role the mandatory veil plays within her work explores and questions its initial function in relation to a political weapon. Acting as a voice for these women who lack freedom of speech, Monfared aims to raise awareness of a fleeting moment of protest.
How we perceive women in Iran may be stereotypical, but this begs the question: what is the source of this oppression?
Show runs from June 5th-June 17th every day from 10-4.
Ever wondered what happened to Lincoln College of Art students from the mid 70’s?
They're back in town for a reunion and exhibition at the Sam Scorer Gallery at 5 Drury Lane.
Former LCA students will be returning from all over the UK and even rural France to meet up and show their recent work, more than 40 year after they studied together in Lincoln.
A wide range of art media will be on display, including photography, sculpture, painting, ceramics, fashion and textile design, jewellery and printmaking.
Former students will be exhibiting alongside work created by LCA staff that taught them in the 70's.
Show runs from 22nd May-June 3rd every day from 10-4.
Inspired by Vergette's Time and Tide Bells Project on a beach near Mablethorpe. Stimulating conversations about people's relationship with the sea past, present, and future. Global warming and the social stresses a rise in sea level would bring. The exhibition will have works by German artist Felix Müller; some not exhibited publicly before. Müller's life is presented in counterpoint to that of migrants.
Leszek Dabrowski a popular exhibitor at the gallery will bring three new artists in a group show entitled 'Old Friend New Friends'. Elizabeth Seymour showing photography, Rob Vashak will bring three-dimensional work and Emily Cartwright will bring drawings and paintings.
Jaq McCaughern will be creating and working on a series of Angel panels for her upcoming exhibition at Lincoln Cathedral. Anyone interested will be able to watch them progress from bare panel, through drawing out, applying relief, gilding, painting and patinating.
There will be opportunities for anyone who would like to work on an angel panel for themselves, discuss with Jaq.
Anyone wishing to enquire is invited to contact Jaq on 01522539730 or 08725611251.
A chance to see artist Jaq McCaughern at work in the gallery.
Jaq will be taking over the gallery from Monday 22nd January, working on her wonderful relief panels for a show later in the year at the Chapter House. Jaq will be creating highly textural panels for her upcoming exhibition, “EARTH INSPIRED” at Lincoln Cathedral.
Jaq will explain and demonstrate her techniques of painting in relief and explain her inspiration for this ongoing body of work. All will be welcome to pop in and chat about the work and the concepts underpinning it.
Workshop Leader: Denise Hawthorne BA
10.30am - 1pm
What happens when you paint over resist materials, add salt or cling film to your watercolour? Beautiful unexpected results can happen. Come and make your own expressive painting. Materials will be provided but if you wish to bring your own paints and favourite brushes please do so. Beginners welcome.
Workshop Leader: Cilla Eisner
2 - 4pm
A botanical drawing workshop suitable for beginners to the more experienced, this workshop is about drawing from the
natural world of fruit, seeds and spring flowers. Create a single drawing or a sheet of studies and get to know these natural forms through drawing their many shapes, forms, texture and colours. Please bring drawing materials and paper.
Workshop Leader: Janet Schooley
10.30am - 3pm
I have worked on and off with mosaic for 10 years. I now run classes at my studio in Nettleham and would like to bring that experience to you at the Sam Scorer Gallery. Mosaic is a craft that is achievable to all, no prior knowledge required.
All tools, materials, guidance and enthusiasm for you to create your own bespoke mosaic stone is provided for. It’s a great opportunity to meet up and make friends. On this first session you will make your mosaic stone, it then needs to dry so that it can be grouted and competed.
The second half day session to finish your mosaic will take place on Thursday January 18th from 2-4pm.
Workshop Leader: Phil Bowman
10.30am - 4pm
Would suit people with some drawing experience, but brave beginners or the rusty few can be catered for.
Please feel free to bring a range of drawing and painting materials (except oils) to use. A limited amount of paper will be provided.