It’s that time of year again! Only five more sleeps till Staithes Festival of Arts and Heritage 2018! We’re getting very excited as it looks as if it’s going to be another fantastic festival. Do call into the gallery to see work by all our regular artists. Ian Burke will be exhibiting his newest work: Figure Tableaux from Life in the Sunday School, Wesleyan Chapel. Rob Shaw has also been working on some new paintings and these will be on display in Love Divine – upstairs in the Chapel. Don’t miss either of these fantastic exhibitions by two of our most popular artists. Ian will also be leading workshops in Expressive Portrait Drawing on both the Saturday and the Sunday of the Festival. Contact the gallery if you’d like to book a place.
We’re starting to get very excited about our fantastic forthcoming show of paintings by Sue Nichol. Sue has been a popular artist at Staithes Gallery since we opened twelve years ago. Her first solo exhibition here has been long-awaited. A sneak preview of the catalogue tells me the wait has not been in vain. There are some stunning pieces in this show. It opens on Saturday 26th May … so not much longer to wait now!
We are immensely grateful to our artist Sue Nichol who has kindly donated this beautiful painting for a raffle in aid of St Peter’s Centre restoration fund. St Peter’s Church and Centre is an important building for both visitors and residents in Staithes. It functions as a church, a community meeting place and a craft centre where local people are able to display and sell their work. Unfortunately it is in need of considerable repair work if it is to continue to provide Staithes with this valuable resource so we are all doing our bit to try to raise the necessary funds. Sue’s painting can be won for the price of a £1 ticket which can be bought from the gallery in person – or we can sell tickets by post. Contact the gallery for details.
Paintings and Prints by Ian Scott Massie with an accompanying book:
The North York Moors is a varied landscape of hill, dale, coast and moorland. Its a glacial landscape whose character shines out in a hard winter, when vast stretches of wind-drifted snow are broken only by the few tiny roads that connect the dales and run down to the sea. In summer the brilliant purple of heather, the lush bursts of bilberry bushes and the enormous skies reveal somewhere altogether different. It is hardly surprising that so many artists are drawn to capture this wonderful, intriguing place made up of the disparate elements of wilderness and cosiness. This is also a landscape of stories. Saints and soldiers, smugglers and pilgrims, thieves and industrialists have all had their moments in the sun here. This exhibition is inspired by a selection of this rich harvest of tales, the history, folklore and legend that overlays this land like a tapestry. Ian Scott Massie has picked stories that have reached out to him as an artist and used them to create pictures that reflect some particular aspect of each place. The stories themselves are gathered together in a book which accompanies the exhibition.
Click here to see the paintings and prints in this exhibition.
Looking West – (woodcut print) by Pine Feroda
Our next exhibition at Staithes Gallery is something really special. Swan Song has been curated by Ian Burke to mark his retirement from Eton College where he has held the post of Master of the Drawing Schools for the last 16 years.
The exhibition brings together the artists he has invited to work in the school as Artists in Residence, inspiring students, staff and Ian himself throughout his career.
So there’s a lot of excitement in the air as we prepare to welcome Royal Academicians as well as members of the Royal Scottish Academy and the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers to the village. Concentrating for the most part on printmaking, drawing and works on paper, Ian has put together an all-star catalogue. Many of these artists are seldom shown in the North-East of England so bringing them to Staithes provides a rare opportunity for local art-lovers to see them.
For some of the artists it has provided an opportunity too. The collaborative printmaking group Pine Feroda, based in the South-West of England, travelled to Staithes earlier this year to create a new print “Looking West” based on drawings made from Staithes beach. The resulting print will be on show at the exhibition.
SWAN SONG will open at Staithes Gallery on Sunday 22nd October and continue until Saturday 4th November 2017.
We are all eagerly awaiting Staithes Festival of Arts and Heritage 2017. Not only because the village will be full of fabulous guest artists showing their work in cottages and other buildings up the hill and down, but also because our very own Ian Burke has created a whole new exhibition: Watch with Mother, a series of wonderful paintings and woodblock prints celebrating his childhood in Redcar in the 1960’s. In many ways this is Ian’s own personal record but there is much there for us all to identify with: family relationships seen through all-seeing, but not entirely understanding, eyes; and the characters, real, fictitious and imaginary, that populate, on an equal and non-discriminatory footing, the child’s world. If you’d like an invitation to the Private View on Friday 8th September 2017 at 7pm in the Sunday School (Wesleyan Chapel, Staithes), please contact the gallery. Otherwise the work will be on show throughout the Festival on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th September. After that you can still see the work by appointment.
Ian is also giving a workshop during the Festival: Drawing Portraits from Archive Photography: on Saturday 9th September at 2pm and Sunday 10th September at 11am.
Contact the gallery to book.
See www.staithesfestival.com for further details of Ian’s show and workshop and other wonderful Festival events!
Longstanding friend of Staithes Gallery, Lee Holmes, is 40 this year! Hard to believe! It only seems like yesterday when he and his lovely wife Helen tied the knot. On that occasion they chose a fabulous Rob Shaw painting from the gallery for friends and family to help them buy as a wedding present. The painting now holds pride of place in their home.
Click here for a reminder.
Lee has decided he’d like to do something similar for his 40th. This time he’s chosen Daffodil Wreath I by Ian Burke. If any friends or family would like to make a contribution to help Lee buy the painting for his birthday please contact the gallery.
Delighted to have four exquisite new paintings by Staithes artist Lucy Wilson in the gallery now. The Whitby Gazette have done a lovely piece about her too:
Lovely article in the Whitby Gazette this week (9th December 2016) about our artist Richard Dack RSMA. He’s a wonderful artist with a great love of traditional local fishing boats. He is using his art to contribute to their restoration.
When York artist Richard Barnes returned to his studio after spending Christmas 2015 in Australia, he found it under 3 feet of water after the Boxing Day floods. So he de-camped to Staithes and spent the rest of the winter painting here while his York studio dried out. The result is this series of beautiful paintings capturing the village in winter at dusk, with the lights coming on in the cottages and reflected in the water. Come and see the paintings in the gallery now!