Year Three and Going Strong!
Wow what a year its already shaping up to be! After celebrating our 2nd birthday with Dale Bowen it's been nothing but fun and excitement in the gallery.
First off for our third year the delightful Mary Shaw made a special appearance in April. Mary has been a firm favourite in The Little Red Gallery since we opened with her gorgeous floral landscapes, wildlife and more recently cityscapes brightening up the gallery. Most passers by will have seen one of her pieces in our window on more than one occasion so it was such a joy to have her in for a visit, to meet some adoring fans and add another signature to our wall of fame!
May saw the return of Kealey Farmer to the gallery. After last year's fantastic artist event we were all set for a day of bright colours and big smiles and Kealey did not disappoint. She brought a delightful collection of work from collections both new and old and made plenty of new friends happy with signed dedications.
“I love colour, reflections and fluid movements, I want people to be captivated be what they see and hope to make people feel good through my art.”
A few gorgeous pieces from the exhibition
Kealey and a new friend
Amidst the celebrations for the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta around Lincoln we had our own special celebrations courtesy of great local talent Carl Paul. Carl put on a brilliant exhibition bringing his colourful take of Lincoln's most iconic architecture providing some breathtaking original pieces and a collection of limited edition prints produced by The Little Red Gallery ourselves. We loved the collection so much it is still up in our front room and a few pieces are still in the front window. Carl's unique perspective and ability to breathe new life into the ancient has guaranteed his place in the gallery for years to come. Drop in any time so see these wonderful pieces and support a fantastic home grown artist.
A few original and limited edition prints from Carl's collection
A master class in the use of colour from Carl
Up next on our visit artist program is Ben Jeffery. Ben was one of the first artist we stocked, his landscapes are so reminiscent of Lincolnshire countryside that we immediately fell in love with his style. A man of many talents Ben paints landscapes, moving from the realistic to the almost surreal use of colour, stunning portraits and even a touch of his automotive passions under the alias of Fleetwood. It is his landscapes that have always caught our eye and though his work has been woefully absent from the gallery for a few months it's a joy to see a few new pieces.
We can't wait to see the front room stocked up with his newest work!
Wheat Fields I Original £995
Wheat Fields II Original £995
Our 2nd Birthday with Dale Bowen
What a day!
Our early Christmas present, a surprise visit from Peter and Jayne Smith spoilt us so much that we decided we would celebrate our 2nd birthday early too. The whimsical Dale Bowen came up on Saturday 21st of March for his first visit ever to Lincoln and special meet and greet at The Little Red Gallery. We couldn't resist the opportunity to break out the cakes, wine and lollypops and make Dale the guest of honour at our party.
As you'd expect from his art, Dale was fantastic fun. A jovial, engaging and very down to earth talent with a penchant for bright colours, happy creatures and good laughs. Dale charmed everyone who dropped in to say hi and pick up some gorgeous art. We would like to extend huge thanks to all the wonderful people who stopped by to meet Dale and send off our 2nd year with a bang!
Dale Bowen meeting some fans and new friends.
Dale making everyone's day
Spreading a little happiness
Dale presenting Pirate Sheep
Dale Bowen signing paintings
To make our 3rd year extra special we have been hard at work bringing some of the greatest talents in contemporary art to Lincolnshire. Lincoln has been so good to us we want to give something back to the community and bringing little bursts of colour, life and happiness to our historic city. As much as we love having the art on the walls nothing compares to having the artists themselves in to discuss the work, give you a glimpse of their creative process and have a good laugh.
First up for our third year will be Mary Shaw on the 25th of April. Mary has been a firm favourite in the gallery since we opened, especially in the Spring time which inspires so many of her beautiful floral landscapes. We will be filling our front room floor to ceiling with lovely originals closer to the date but as we already have a gorgeous collection adorning our front room so feel free to drop in for a preview of what's to come. Mary Shaw only does original paintings so every one is completely unique but don't miss the chance to meet her in person and make yours extra special with a signed dedication!
Peter and Jayne Smith Surprise Visit!
Christmas came early to The Little Red Gallery this year with a surprise visit from fantastic artist couple Peter and Jayne Smith! As you can see above Hazel, Bethany and Ashley we delighted to have Peter and Jayne in the gallery. The timing could not have been better as we got in our exciting new Peter Smith sculptures this week.
There was much giddy talk about bunnies, anyone who has spoken to Ashley and Jayne will know they are kindred spirits when it comes to fluffy, flopsy creatures, and art. Unsurprisingly Kate Wyatt's rabbit and hair paintings caught Jaynes eye while walking around the gallery. We could resist the opportunity to have these great artists sign our wall of fame and Peter did special dedications on the backs of his lovely paintings.
Such a treat!
December kicked off with a bang right in the first week with the world renowned Lincoln Christmas Market. Celebrating it's 32nd Birthday, the market is still going strong and as popular as ever. With just short of 300 different stalls spread all around the Castle, Cathedral and the award winning Bailgate area, the Lincoln Christmas market is as close as you will come to festive time machine. As always we had our doors open as long as there was still people soaking up the atmosphere, mince pies and mulled wine. Thursday was so much fun that even by 10pm we couldn't bring ourselves to close the doors and instead turned the music up loud and danced the night away in our front room, soon joined by a load of like minded revellers off the street fearer for a dance.
Surviving Christmas Shopping This Year
We all know how stressful this time of year can be. Finding the right gifts at the right price can be an agonising process, one which we face many times over in the run up to Christmas. But fear not, there is always help at hand if you know where to look. This is why we are joining in with the Black Friday spirit and offering 20% off a wide range of fantastic contemporary art. The sale starts today and will run all the way to 6pm Sunday so you all have a chance to drop in and find a unique Christmas gift for someone special. No midnight battles through crowds here thank you very much, this is the Bailgate!
The sale includes work from huge names like Bob Barker, Louis Sidoli, Kealey Farmer, Rob Ford, Kate Wyatt, Alex Jawdokimov and many more. Just make your way to the back room in the gallery and look for this sign.
It's not all about Black Friday though. If you want a more festive shopping experience you won't find better than the Lincoln Christmas Market!
Running from Thursday 4th to Sunday 7th of December, the Lincoln Christmas Market boasts almost 300 stalls of everything from the traditional to the weird and wonderful all nestled around Lincoln's beautiful Cathedral and Castle. As anyone who has been will tell you it's a fantastic day or indeed night out, with great gift ideas, international food stalls, rides and more mulled wine than you can shake a mistletoe branch at. We will be open from 9am till 10pm every day of the market to soak up the wonderful atmosphere and give people a slightly more tranquil haven from the bustle of the crowds. Come by for the look at some beautiful art, fabulous gifts and even a glass of mulled wine and mince pie.
We'd all like to thank local star Edward Waite and every art lover who dropped by the gallery on Saturday 15th of November to see Edward's latest exhibition and make the event such a joy to be part of. Edward Waite kick started our Visiting Artists program all the way back in July 2013. We were delighted to have him back in a local gallery, fresh from his travels with his unique perspective on London, Paris, New York, Sydney and even The Taj Mahal in Agra. Yet again Edward charmed us all and gave us a fantastic insight to his process with some live painting. The art world will certainly be seeing a lot more of Edward and we hope to have him back on our Visiting Artists events in the future, even more well traveled and inspired to blow us all away yet again.
Edward Waite Returns to the Gallery
Christmas is coming early to The Little Red Gallery!
Brilliant local talent, Edward Waite is back for an official visit to the gallery Saturday 15th of November. Edward will be meeting and greeting passionate local art lovers and doing some live painting in our first floor gallery room, surrounded by a gorgeous exhibition of his newest unique take on the great, iconic architecture and cityscapes of the world. This year saw Edward explore India so we expect a little eastern spice a midst the grandeur of scenes such as Sydney Opera House, Big Ben and of course Lincoln Cathedral. Check out his full collections at his website and drop into the gallery to see these fantastic pieces in their full glory.
Edward talking art at our first Visiting Artist event
"The Lights of Paris"
"Taxi in Motion"
Despite our excitement the month started with a much more somber mood. With the 100 year anniversary of the Great War we pulled together collection of great remembrance inspired work from artists such as Leigh Lambert, Eddie Ash and Bob Barker. These wonderful tributes were a pleasure to exhibit and proceeds from our sale were donated to the legacy appeal. The only thing better than spreading beauty to the world is doing in for a good cause.
Keep an eye on the gallery as we build up to Christmas. We will be all singing, all dancing for the Lincoln Xmas Market next month and we will be keeping in touch with some perfect gift ideas on the run up to Christmas day.
October Excitement with John Wilson!
Huge thanks to everyone who popped by to meet the lovely Christopher Bell last month, I hope you all had a great day. We certainly did.
We have lots new art to sink your teeth into this month, most notable of which is the brand new collection by incredible 3D artist John Wilson but more on that later.
Our newest love has to be Mark Spain. Awarded the Fine Art Trade Guild Award for Best Up and Coming Artist shortly after his first Limited Edition release, Mark has gone from strength to strength turning his hand to abstracts, landscapes and figurative work. These two pieces blew us away and guaranteed we would be seeing more of his great paintings in the gallery.
Our next big news is the long awaited return of Jonathan Shaw. We opened up our doors with some of Jonathan's beautiful creations and the gallery has been a little bit darker with their absence. A finalist in the Up and Coming artist 2003 and 2004 and the Fine Art Trade Guild's Best selling Artist 2004 and 2005, Jonathan needs no introduction from us and these three dazzling pieces certainly speak for themselves.
Now for what you've all been waiting for...John Wilson. Those of you on our mailing list will have had a sneak preview of these three fabulous pieces. As any of you who have seen John's style before you will know that no photograph could ever do him justice. You need them there in front of you. Every angle and distance you view them from will give you a new perspective and a deeper love for his truly mind boggling skill. These three pieces are on their way to us as I type so keep an eye on the website, Facebook and Twitter pages for release announcements but we are hoping to have them all up in our front room on Saturday 11th of October at the latest. Get over quick though. We secured as many as we could but this work is always so sought after that supplies are limited and we've already taken deposits for a few pieces. Don't let them sneak by you!
John Wilson "Lowry Meets Banksy" 19" x 39" £850
John Wilson "Street Scene" 19" x 28" £650
John Wilson "The Lowry Gallery" 19" x 28" £650
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