Christmas 2007 at Percy House
As Christmas approaches
Percy House offers a selection of work by new and regular artists
to the gallery. Watercolours by Jim Binns, pastels by Shirley
Shackleton and acrylics by Venus Griffiths plus many more.
New artists to the gallery include Claire and Ian Mcmean who
have recently returned from South Africa to paint in Cumbria,
landscapes by Godfrey Tonks and portraits by Gary Craig. We also
have in a wide range of jewellery, ceramics, textiles and photographs.
The exhibition starts Saturday 10th November and runs until the
Little we see in nature that is ours'
An exhibition of paintings
in oils exploring the inspirational Lakes
by Peter Dworok
October 6 to November 7, 2007
After leaving college
Peter lived and worked on the Isle of Skye and later Edinburgh
where he exhibited his work widely. On moving back to his native
Nottinghamshire, he helped to establish Rufford Craft Centre
as a centre of excellence for the applied arts.
"I have always had
an interest in the landscape, especially dramatic landscapes,
those that have an underlying threat to human settlement. Where
the line of the hills gets lost in a leaden, storm ridden sky
and a glimpse of sunshine on the horizon promises a brief interlude
to the wind and rain of a passing storm. It is these glimpses
that I attempt to capture, the moment in time when the light
creates an ephemeral landscape, a landscape in transition that
a moment later would have changed completely. The Lakes have
all of the landscape characteristics that I look for. They provide
the backdrop to this changing drama of light and shade that I
attempt to capture."
Drawn to the Light - Jim Wright
1st - October 3rd.
Recent Works - Thuline de Cock
Watercolours of landscapes and seascapes
of the North West.
Exhibiting July 28 to August 29 2007
Thuline observes animals
and their shapes,
gestures and mannerisms
Sat 30th June - 25th July 2007
The Changing Face
of a Northern Landscape
by Wendy Jones
2nd - 27th June 2007
Born into a family of painters in the North, Wendy Jones
completed her studies at Camberwell College of Art before becoming
a teacher. She has been a painter all her life, but on her retirement
was able to devote herself to painting full-time. In her studios
at home in North Yorkshire and at Farfield Mill, Sedbergh, she
explored various themes including Byzantine, Middle Eastern and
Indian influences as well as pure abstraction. However for the
last few years Wendy has concentrated on interpreting the beautiful
landscapes of the Yorkshire Dales, the Cumbrian Hills and the
North Yorkshire coast, using oils and mixed media. Her understanding
of the media and love of colour allow her to create deeply satisfying
works of art which capture the essence of her subject. Wendy
exhibits widely in the North; she recently showed work in the
Great North Art Exhibition in Ripon Cathedral. Her paintings
are in private collections in this country and overseas.
Wendy's exhibition starts Saturday 2nd June and runs until 27th
A Holiday on Shetland
Sat 28th April - 30th May
..a viking ship drawn up on Unst;
ancient settlements; pebbles on a beach;
the colours of the rocks
Sat 31st March
Passion by Penrith
artist Christine Romano is an exhibition of fused glass, sculptures,
and wall tiles.
Deciding on a theme for my exhibition is always a bit of
a challenge and organic themes have proved to be very successful
in the past, but this time I wanted to try something completely
different. I decided on an emotion because it can be interpreted
in so many ways and everyone has experienced it.
Passion comes in many forms, in a person or a belief, you just
have to watch the crowd at a football match to see the passion
they feel, it can be all consuming.
I know only too well how passionate and obsessive I can be, when
I get caught up with an idea for a new piece of work, and have
tried to interpret that in my glass.
Photographers Bob Douglas,
Jim Kearney, David Herrod and Mike Shepherd
Sat 3rd March - 28th March 2007
January 20th -February
Girls Alone is an exhibition
of work by talented female artists living and working in Cumbria.
Cockermouth artists Linda Cooper and Jackie Scammell will be
displaying work alongside a host of others including Venus Griffiths,
Marilyn Laugesen and Shirley Shackleton.
Kate Tame has produced large multi layered embroidered textiles
and Angie Flynn is bringing in
her humerous female forms drawn with her sewing machine needle.
Felt hangings by Dianne Standen and pewter ware by Roma Vincent
and Maria Santos.
Full Programmne of Exhibitions 2007 (See left panel)
10th January 2007
Alongside our wide
range of jewellery, textiles and ceramics, we are featuring work
by both new and regular artists to the gallery. There are new
watercolours by Jim Binns, pastels by Shirley Shackleton, dramatic
panoramic images by Jim Kearney (pictured above) and paintings
by Jim Wright and Chris Mounsey to name but a few.
Furniture makers Mike Mossop and Craig Murchie have been producing
beautiful tables, cupboards, oak and pebble mirrors and handmade
Jim Wright and Chris Mounsey
will be featured in a forthcoming exhibitions in 2007.
- 31st October 2006
From the 28th September, Percy
House Gallery will be staging an exhibition of work by a group
of artists from Marvejols in France.
The new exhibition coincides with the 23rd anniversary of Cockermouths
twinning with the French town.
There is a wide variety of work in the exhibition ranging from
oil paintings by Bernard Mabrier, a graduate of the national
college of modern art in Paris, to delicate watercolours by Jeanne
Contou-Carrere. Other artists include Guy Rigo, Florence Pradier,
Agnes Farges and mother and daughter Elisaberth and Elsa Thyss.
Please feel free to visit the exhibition which runs from the
28th September until the end of October.
Embellished Women - Angie Flynn
Paper, Fabric and Threads
Sat 2nd September - 27th September 2006
Angie says of
this her third exhibition at Percy House;
I love colour, shape, pattern and texture and I hoard scraps
of fabric, papers and threads which can be applied to my work
using a variety of techniques, applique, quilting, stitch and
papier mache. My sewing machine is my drawing tool, using the
needle like a paintbrush to lay down colour, it achieves painterly
qualities but also the tactile quality of textiles.
The Full Spectrum - Shirley Shackleton
Exhibition of Pastels
Sat 29th July - 30th August
Shirley Shackletons pastels capture the dramatic lighting
and stormy skies which are so much a part of the English Lake
District.. Working from sketches and photographs she applies
the pastel boldly on heavy grade sandpaper, completing the work
in her studio.
The exhibition runs from 29th July until 30th August. If you
would like to meet Shirley she will be in the gallery between
2pm and 4pm on Saturday 29th July.
A Moment in Time - Barry Herniman
Sat 24th June - 26th July
Space, Light and Colour
by Geoff Marsters
Geoff Marsters is a professional
painter living and working in Cumbria. He is a painter of land
and seascapes, working in oil, acrylics, pastel and watercolour.
Geoff studied at the Cambridge School of Art, Bath Academy of
Art and The Beaux-Arts, Paris. and has exhibited widely in the
UK and France.
His exhibition at Percy House
Gallery is in oils and pastels and brings together studies in
Cumbria, Scotland, The Auvergne, Brittany and Gascony. These
studies aim to translate the ambience of a subject through a
direct freshness and vitality of the painted surface, making
works of boldness and of subtlety of tone and colour.
The exhibition runs from the 27th May until 21st June.
Sat 29th April -
I cannot remember
a time when I have not felt the desire to draw and paint.
When I was thirteen I was awarded a scholarship to Wakefield
Art College. After that I became a technical illustrator, giving
up when marriage and raising four children became a priority.
I moved to Keswick in 1988 and set up my own studio at home.
My work includes acrylics, watercolours and mono screen prints.
Each discipline requires a different approach which is exciting
and demanding. I am still thrilled and often amazed how an idea
in my mind develops into a finished piece of work.
Many people have asked where the name Venus came from - I was
named after my maternal Grandmother and to the relief of my daughters
the name has not been inflicted on the next generation.
Living Colour is an exhibition of paintings about the places
that are special to me.
I feel passionate about North Yorkshire, The west coast of Scotland
and especially Cumbria where I am fortunate to live and work.
Sat 1st April - 26th
Frayed Edges consists of the nine designer weavers
who, in the summer of 2004 graduated together in Handloom Textile
Design from Bradford College. The course is well known among
members of the Spinning, Weaving and Dyeing community. The friendships
forged and the skills acquired led to a determination to keep
weaving together and thus Frayed Edges was born.
The 9 members are spread widely across Britain which brings a
wide variety of approach and style to the work adding interest
and vibrancy to the exhibition. Some have been weaving and selling
items for several years whilst others are venturing into the
market for the first time but all have achieved a high standard
of skill and design ability.
The aim of the group is to produce beautiful and imaginative
woven textiles for both home use and fashion. They produce a
wide range of items from wall hangings, rugs and throws to scarves,
bags and wraps. The members are:
Kath Allen, Mirja Dawson, Alison Daykin, Jane Deane, Jill Dexter,
Carole Dickens, Janice Moilliet,
Jillian Morris and Tessa Smith.
Spirit of the Land - Mike Shepherd
Limited Edition and
4th March - 29th March
14th January- 28th February
Percy House Gallery starts
2006 with a Ladies Only exhibition featuring upstairs in the
Work will include oils, watercolours, acrylics and pastels, embroidered
and hand tufted hangings, jewellery and ceramics. Artists will
include Judy Coleman, Linda Cooper, Christine Crofts, Mary Taylor
and Shirley Shackleton plus a selection of work by The Rural
Feminine Touch runs until February 28th.
Previously in 2005
Jan 5th 2006
A new selection of Lakeland watercolours by Cockermouth artist
Jim Binns are part of the Christmas Exhibition now on display
at Percy House Gallery. Other works include pastels by Shirley
Shackleton, acrylics by Judy Coleman and photographs by David
Herrod and Mike Shepherd.
Artists new to the gallery include Martin Norris, also from Cockermouth,
who has produced beautiful fish and bird sculptures. Martin works
with clay that has been modified with wood pulp. The finished
product is then smoke fired to give its subtle shading.
We also have in a new range of jewellery by Paula Boulton, hand
tooled pewter boxes by Maria Santos plus lots of lovely textiles
including alpacha bags, shawls and scarves.
The Christmas Exhibition runs until the 5th January.
Percy House is open 10am - 5pm Monday till Saturday. For more
details please telephone the gallery on 01900 829667.
Sat 1st October - 2nd November
The Colour of Peacocks
Sat 3rd September - 28th September
Loose Threads by Angie Flynn
Saturday July 30 until
Angie successfully exhibited
at the gallery last year and we are very much looking forward
to her latest work.
I am thrilled to be asked back to exhibit at Percy House
gallery for the second time. said Angie.
I live in Cumbria spending my childhood in Egremont and
now living in Barrow-in-Furness with my family. Having taught
embroidery and art and design for some years I made the decision
to concentrate on my own work. Its a challenge because
you have to be both focused and disciplined.
The work that will be shown, again, shows the female
form developed and explored. Inspiration is drawn from
everyday surroundings, observing family and friends. Working
with a variety of techniques gives me diversity and freedom to
choose what suits the subject best.
Applique, paint and stitch enables me to create shape,
colour and line and my sewing machine is my drawing tool.
The motivation behind my work is to take a fresh approach
with each piece and to capture situations with Humour that the
viewer can identity with.
25th June - 27th July
10am - 5pm
Out of the Mist
By Jim Binns
by Mary Taylor
Sat 28th May
- 22nd June
Mary Taylor is a textile artist,
living and working in South Cumbria. Her work is inspired by
our landscape. The cycle of the seasons and ever-changing light
provide a limitless source of inspiration. Her pieces are created
by layering fabrics, particularly organza and chiffons over velvet,
stitching into them before burning and heating to reveal the
colours beneath to create a wonderful textured surface. This
is enhanced with further machine embroidery and hand beading
to emphasise the texture and add highlights.
The work is then made into
long narrow hangings, which represent a narrow slice of
landscape, smaller framed panels, cushions, lamps and jewellery.
Each unique piece of jewellery, (pendants, bracelets, bangles,
brooches and earrings), is like a miniature landscape.
Impressions of Nature runs
from Saturday 28th May - 22nd June
Shifting Landscape by Annie
Hudson: Saturday 30th
April - 26th May
Annie Hudson has been drawn to the hills and rugged landscape
since childhood. It is only in the last few years that she has
had the oportunity to immerse herself in it, and experience the
rewarding pleasures of living and working in Cumbria.
Annie studied at the Royal Academy Schools, London in the 70s,
and through an initial
compulsory 3 months of life drawing, she developed her love of
drawing, which remains
central to the work she does, whether in pastels, oils or mixed
Working from drawings made in the open, but developing ideas
in her studio,
Annie tries to capture the sense of movement and energy of the
landscape. I am fascinated by the way rock formations
reveal so much about their dramatic making,and transformation
through time. Shifting weather and light, add further layers
of visual information, providing me with a dynamic mix of subject
Shifting Landscape runs from Saturday 30th April - 26th May
Percy House is open 10am - 5pm Monday till Saturday.
March 26 - April 27
Producing high quality,handmade textile work from sustainable/recycled
"A fascination with colour and texture has led me to work
with textiles. From an early interest in fabric and threads I
have focused for the past decade on feltmaking. Not only is this
an extremely versatile technique with huge
scope for exploration,the raw material,wool, has excellent qualities.
"In recent years growing concern about sustainability and
waste has led me to experiment widely with bonding used textiles
with wool and incorporating
synthetic material .In addition to innovative feltmaking I use
traditional rag techniques and experiment widely with new ideas
to produce very
contemporary pieces.The result is vibrant ,colourful work which
has given new life to old textiles and produced goods which are
durable,functional and attractive.It gives me great personal
satisfaction to reduce the use of dyes and diminish the amount
of textiles entering landfill . I take many of my ideas for designs
from the movement of water/sky and land formations.I'm continually
inspired by wanderings in the Lake District or the Cumbrian Coast
where I live."
25th Feb - 24th March
Smoke Fired Ceramics
Nancy Tingey &
Nancy Tingey established
her studio at Isel Hall in 2002 and her paintings for the exhibition
at Percy House concentrate on work inspired by the view of Skiddaw
from the entrance of Isel Hall.
The watercolours aim to capture the elusive and mercurial quality
of the lakes landscapes.
After graduating in Fine Art at Durham, Nancy has developed a
varied career in the visual arts.
She has worked as art curator and exhibited her paintings and
textiles at Abbott Hall in Kendal.
She has also worked as lecturer and practising artist in both
England and Australia.
Wendy Rotarides started potting many years ago after joining
classes at Carlisle College of Art.
She set up a small pottery workshop and this was the beginning
of a lifetime love of pottery.
She was a member of the Guild of Craftsmen and has had work in
many outlets across Cumbria. After an introduction to sawdust
smoke firing she decided this was the process she wished to concentrate
on. Pots fired in this way require a very special clay in order
to be able to withstand the thermol shock of being exposed to
the quick heating and cooling demanded by this process. The pots
are burnished to produce a very smooth surface, then smoked in
a sawdust kiln in the garden to produce a beautiful smoky finish.
January 8 -February 23
As the New Year gets under
way we now have the final details of our 2005 exhibitions in
The mixed exhibition entitled Winter Blues continues until February
and includes new pastels by Geoff Marsters. Geoff is a painter
of land and seascape with a strong interest in the qualities
of light and atmospheric colour. His work is reproduced in numerous
books, his pictures held in private and corporate collections
We also have work by Judy Coleman whose acrylic paintings are
inspired by Cumbrian landscapes. Judy has held numerous exhibitions
and is an elected member of 'The Lake Artists Society'.
From the end of February, and into March, the gallery will be
showing watercolours by Nancy Tingey and smoke fired ceramics
by Wendy Rotarides. Also planned are four textile exhibitions,
more watercolours by Jim Binns and oils and pastels by Sue Lawson
and Annie Hudson.
For more details please telephone the gallery on 01900 829667
This exhibition at Percy
House Gallery included recent works in acrylics and a selection
of watercolour illustrations which have appeared in Cumbria Life
since Trevor and writer Christian Dymond were asked by the magazine
to start a series of town visits.
Last Year's Shows
October 2nd to November 2nd
Present Works and Cumbria life Illustrations
by Trevor Green
4th September -
Jackie Scammell spent her childhood
on the East Coast of America and although Jackie now lives and
works in Cockermouth, her exhibition at Percy House is very much
to do with her environment and upbringing.
Landscape, Seen & Felt
by Jenny Cowern
31st July - 31st August
with Angie Flynn
26th June - 29th July
Evidence of Habitation
by Joe Dias
29th May to 24th June
Reclaimed II - textiles by
27th March - 28th April
Wood and Water
1st May - 26th May
Full 2004 Listing
Evidence of Habitation
29th May - 24th June
In Stitches with
26th June - 29th July
31st July - 31st August
4th September - 29th September
& Cumbria Life Illustrations
2nd October - 2nd November
4th November - 3rd January
Exhibitions in 2003
3rd October - 1st November
Christine Crofts & sculpture by Sky Higgins
22nd August - 27th September
28th June - 31st July
David Herrod, Shirley Shackleton
plus many new artists
3rd May - 26th June
by Dianne Standen
Featuring works by Helen and Malcolm Farrar.
The gallery exhibition
season starts in February with paintings by Clifford Rowan.
Rowan established a name for his haunting landscape paintings
in 1961 at Zwemmer in Charing Cross Road, and in 1964 at Helen
Lessores legendary Beaux Arts Gallery in London, which
also gave a start to Sheila Fell who studied alongside Rowan