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Friday 10th May 2019Gallery News and Gallery Bed and Breakfast

 Thank you Tyne Valley Express for the latest article about 'Pithead, Grove Rake Mine' and the Gallery Bed and Breakfast.
 

Posted on May 10th 2019 on 12:13pm
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Friday 10th May 2019The First Prudhoe Art Trail

Prudhoe Community Partnership at the Spetchells is organising the first Prudhoe Art Trail in the town. It’s a great idea and I will be helping with hanging the work. They are looking for talented artists from in and around the town to take part and over 20 businesses are keen to exhibit work so far. 
 
Interested artists are invited to send jpegs of their work and an artist’s statement to spetchells@prudhoe.org .
 
 
These notes below from Prudhoe Community Partnership are helpful.
 
  • Some 20+ central Prudhoe businesses are keen to display artists’ work so far, from cafes and shops to the library and Waterworld. We seek to increase footfall to those businesses and also artistic engagement from those enjoying the work
  • We plan to secure a pop-up shop as showcase and headquarters, and to run related events from there
  • We are looking for a variety of artistic styles, media and genres, of good quality, from artists from Prudhoe and the surrounding area – two-dimensional paintings, drawings and prints and also textiles
  • Artists need to provide at least four pieces of work, framed and ready to display
  • Artists are invited to send jpegs of their work and an artist’s statement to spetchells@prudhoe.org
  • Renowned watercolour artist Paul Stangroom, who has a gallery in Prudhoe, will be overseeing hanging, which will take place on the Thursday and Friday before the trail. Work can be taken down on the Monday afterwards
  • Preferably, artists should be able to attend the shop/premises where their work is displayed occasionally, to talk to the public about their practice and work
  • Prudhoe Community Partnership will be selecting the work and pairing it with the premises
  • We will be promoting the trail and the artists’ work through press releases and social media
  • All artworks displayed are to be for sale
  • We hope that the Art Trail will also become an annual event
  • Artists are responsible for insuring their own work
  • We welcome expressions of interest by 28th May

 

 

Posted on May 10th 2019 on 09:06am
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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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Thursday 21st February 2019Centre Stage Photography Gallery Photoshoot

Paul Martin from Centre Stage Photography, Blyth, visited the gallery this month and has taken photographs of both myself and the gallery environment.
 
 
I very much enjoyed working with Paul, who was informed, inspiring and relaxed - and I'm delighted with the photographs.
 
 
Paul works with dancers, artists and other businesses and I would readily recommend his photography work - http://www.centrestagephoto.co.uk/
 
 
Let me know what you think.

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.
 
 
 

Friday 09th November 2018Ruined Cottage, Allendale

Just after changing my cover photo to ‘Ruined Cottage,’ I received this photo from friend Jennifer, who has recently seen the cottage as it is now, after coming across it on a walk. The cottage in Allendale is surrounded by mine shafts, and seems to be sinking and crumbling into the earth.
 
 
Thanks to Jennifer for sending me the photo.
 

Posted on November 09th 2018 on 04:35pm
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Thursday 06th September 2018Painting Places

Thank you to the Tyne Valley Express magazine for featuring this interview about the places I paint including Riddlehamhope, a derelict shooting lodge three miles from Blanchland, Durham. It is also a joy to to share the page with friend and artist Carol Davison.
 
 

Posted on September 06th 2018 on 12:18pm
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Tuesday 21st August 2018Framehouse, Consett.

Students and customers often ask who frames my paintings and prints. I always have them framed by the Framehouse, Consett, and they are helpful, professional and reliable - a superb service.
 

Posted on August 21st 2018 on 11:37am
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Friday 20th July 2018Blanchland - from Jaspah Crewe, Blanchland

This is a really interesting blog about the beautiful and historic village of Blanchland. Janice Hutchinson of Jaspah Crewe wrote the blog, copied below. Jaspah Crewe is a shop beside the White Monk Tearoom, just across from the Lord Crewe Arms. Jaspah Crewe stocks my paintings, prints and books and is an eclectic emporium of arts, jewellery, glass, ceramics and cards.
 
 
Blanchland 

The picturesque village of Blanchland (above), set in the glorious landscape of the North Pennines, grew out of Blanchland Abbey and takes its name from the monks’ white habits.

Not Persil-white, apparently; a 15th-century report rebuked the monks for drinking too much beer and told them to get proper haircuts and employ a washerwoman.
 
By the time John Wesley, co-founder of the Methodists, came to preach in 1747, Blanchland was little more than ‘a heap of ruins’.

Today, this greatly loved village is so picture-perfect that TV aerials are banned. Hence its appeal as a film location in period dramas, including Catherine Cookson TV adaptations and the movie Jude, starring Christopher Eccleston and Kate Winslet. Recently used in the filming of VERA with Brenda Blethyn. 

WHERE TO EAT: Housed in an old school, The White Monk Tearoom serves delicious homemade lunches and teas. Sit in the walled garden in summer 

WHERE TO STAY: The sensitively revamped Lord Crewe Arms, incorporating features of the abbey. 

DON’T MISS: Hadrian’s Wall; walking and cycling (maps available from the Lord Crewe Arms).

SHOPPING Jaspah Crewe: a cooperative of creative members- who make and sell their work and who take turns to work in the shop. Unique gifts from Key Rings to Fine Art. Open 7 days a week 10am -5pm .
 
 
 
 
 

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