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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 from vegetarian, 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. 

 

Posted on April 12th 2019 on 10:44am
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Wednesday 27th February 2019Lithographic Sale

 
I‘m celebrating spring with a sale of a range of my lithographic prints, this March only. The prints are reduced substantially, such as ‘Rhododendron’, now on sale at £45 from £90. The sale starts on Friday, 1st March.  Please see the list of sale prints below and enjoy browsing my website.
 
Crossdykes Farm £90 reduced to £50
Square Wood £75 reduced to £40
The Pathway £75 reduced to £40
*Cross Fell £75 reduced to £40
*Burnt Heather reduced from £75 to £40
Hard Rigg reduced to £50
*Windy Head reduced from £75 to £40
Warden Hill reduced from £95 to £50
 
*These 3 asterisked prints are not available on my website, so please email me on paulstangroom.fineart@gmail.com to purchase. Images will be shown on Facebook and Twitter.
 
 

Posted on February 27th 2019 on 04:45pm
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Wednesday 23rd January 2019The Tree House

I'm pleased that the story of one of my favourite paintings has been featured in the Tyne Valley Express this month. I found both of these windows in a long-abandoned house in Huntshieldford, Daddry Shield, Weardale. The house was in such a poor state that I had to crawl into it - the back wall had completely collapsed. And yet, once inside, it was a treasure trove of 'found' objects, including a tallboy, stuffed grouse and plant pots. There was an elderberry tree growing right through the floor.
 
I produced both of these paintings based on windows in that house, 'Tree House' and 'Window' - and the hole in the roof in 'Window' makes me think of the painting to myself as 'Velux.' It's a personal favourite.
 
 
 

Tuesday 10th July 2018Living Art - Tyne Valley Express Interview

Thank you to the Tyne Valley Express magazine for featuring this interview about my working from the gallery in Prudhoe - much appreciated. The magazine is just being distributed this week, or you can read by clicking on the image, if you’re from outside of the Tyne Valley.
 
 
 
 
 

Monday 18th June 2018Celebration Sale - 20% off Until 25th June

I am holding a celebration sale, as it’s four years this month since I picked up the keys to the gallery, and I am celebrating Father's Day too. I have had great support in this time from Alison, family, friends, students and neighbours and the gallery is developing still.
 
From now until 25 June, ALL of my originals and prints are reduced by 20%, so, for example, the original ‘Chamba’ will be reduced from £1 450 to £1 160. 
 
 
(Please call/text ‪07968 990552‬ to order and we will discount the price on the website for you. Some prints may take a week to arrive from being ordered.)
 
Chamba >> http://www.paulstangroom.co.uk/originals/the-himalayan-collection/paul-stangroom-chamba-c18363d183129.html

Posted on June 18th 2018 on 09:57am
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Thursday 24th May 2018Gallery Garden

Gallery visitors are often curious about the garden behind the building, and Alison and I spend a lot of time there. Alison tends to the flowers and I look after the vegetables, berries and the greenhouse. This May has been perfect for sitting outside in the evenings, and my art students occasionally sit out on the patio too, in their breaks. I've had to relearn the mechanics of running a greenhouse and em enjoying growing so much of our own food from the garden.
 
We grow flowers, chives, mint, rosemary, potatoes, onions, tomatoes, gooseberries, blackcurrants and much more from the sunny plot and also have a variety of seating areas to catch the best light. Sometimes on quiet Sundays, I leave a 'Working in the Garden' sign on the gallery door, and visitors can seek me out there.
 

Posted on May 24th 2018 on 01:11pm
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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.

Thursday 15th March 2018A Tuscan Cellar - Sequence of Painting

It's interesting to see the gradual development of this painting of a Tuscan cellar here, from start to (almost) finished. I've enjoyed working on it and have often been up at  four in the morning lately to finish it. This is a slightly unusual medium for me, because of the use of pencil, alongside the watercolour I often work in. This painting will soon be available as a print on my website.
 

Friday 30th June 2017Ruffside Farm

 I'd like to share this painting, 'Ruffside Farm' and the first part of the poem accompanying it, written by my friend and poet, Noel Connor, for 'In the Pause of Passing.' It seems to be a poem partly about adapting to and surviving difficult times...

I Grew to Love

I grew to love that tree,
solitary, thick skinned,
clenching itself
to the stony ridge
behind the house,
muscling into the wall.

Young whippersnapper
it defied each winter,
leaned when to bend, to lean away
when the wind demanded,
to grow slow and hard-hearted,
a gnarled knowledge
shaping to survive,
knotting itself to the landscape...

http://www.paulstangroom.v1.gallereo.com/…/paul-stangroom-a…

 

Thursday 29th June 2017Three Years in Prudhoe for the Gallery

Three years ago, I picked up the keys to the gallery, then washeteria, and slept on the floor on a mattress. I celebrated with today's students and a bottle of Prosecco. Very happy with how those three years have gone - and grateful. May celebrate a little more tonight ...
 

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