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Friday 12th April 2019Gallery B and B

Alison and I are now offering B and B from two newly-created rooms above the gallery - the Indian Room and the Country Room - which share a private shower room.
 

The Country Room is a result of Alison's love of collecting country-style vintage pieces and the Indian Room is full of artefacts that we have brought back from the Himalayas. My artworks are shown in both bedrooms. Visitors are welcome to enjoy the long, south-facing garden behind the gallery. The building work, by Prudhoe’s Gary Watson, has just been finished, and we love the bespoke handmade doors, windows and shutters. 

 

Alison serves up a superb full Northumbrian breakfast, or you can choose smoked salmon and scrambled eggs or fresh, continental breakfast.

 

Prudhoe has plenty of restaurants, cafes and pubs to visit in the evenings, from Ball’s restaurant and Gloria’s Italian to Ginevra; Café No 22; Aramee and Tony’s Bombay Lounge. Both rooms have Wi-Fi, TVs, mini fridges and tea/coffee making facilities - and pets are welcome. 

 

Posted on April 12th 2019 on 10:44am
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Thursday 03rd May 2018Tyne Valley Express Feature - Fragile Windows to the World

Thank you to the Tyne Valley Express for publishing this article about my Windows paintings, my inspiration for them, and the abandoned buildings that I paint.
 

Posted on May 03rd 2018 on 01:18pm
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Friday 30th March 2018Two Years Since Official Gallery Opening

It‘s two years since the official opening of my Prudhoe gallery - so much has happened since then. Thanks to so many of you for your support - Alison, family, students, friends, neighbours and social media supporters.
 
 
Highlights have been showing at Ripon Cathedral and with the Royal Watercolour Society in London, visiting the Himalayas, Tuscany and France, and the paintings that followed - and several commissions. Appearing as a guest on Look North to give photography advice and judge the photos for their calendar was also an experience (or two) and great publicity for the gallery.
 
Thank you again.

Wednesday 31st May 2017Himalayan Blankets and Shawls from the Gaddi Tribe

I've been visiting people in this welcoming Himalayan community since living there in the 1980s and have now decided to sell blankets and shawls on their behalf from my Prudhoe gallery

 
I buy from one extended family in a small village, Noli, in the Dhualadhar region, who weave traditional designs from simple looms at home – not unlike clan tartans, I always think. Blankets and shawls are made from sheep the people have reared and wool they've spun, cleaned and woven themselves. 
  


Gaddi tribes were nomadic - now they settle in villages, but they still move with their livestock to pastures in upper hills during summer and to the foothills in chilly winters. The Gaddi use blankets for bedding, protection, and even as emergency makeshift tents when they're living in the hills with their sheep.  
  
The Noli villagers sell the woolen goods they create to live - an important supplement to their farming income. It was great to catch up with old friends I haven't seen for a number of years. Their hospitality was second to none. 

One large blanket takes two months to weave and I spent some time in their homes, seeing them work and even trying a little weaving myself (which I was absolutely useless at!). I've been visiting this region for many years and the warmth, generosity and hospitality of the local people has been very humbling. It is a tough, but beautiful region.

The blankets are large and very strong and warm - perfect for summer picnics, bedding and wrapping yourself up in when it's breezy or cold.



Gaddi people have great stamina, walking for miles in the hills with heavy loads on their backs, and visiting them involved lengthy trekking. Spending time with them again gave me an even deeper respect for these people, who survive in such tough conditions, yet are so gracious. 

Gaddi men and women use their shawls to protect their heads and bodies in cold weather. In this country, these strong shawls are also warm enough to serve as small picnic blankets, or to wrap around yourself as you sit outside on summer evenings when the sun goes down.

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