Past Exhibitors

The Cookham & Maidenhead Arts Trail – and Beyond!

The Cookham & Maidenhead Arts Trail comes to the Gallery at Elizabeth House over the weekend 15/16th September with two artists – Martin Dutton and Amanda Nester – showing their work. And you can see other Trail artists in Cookham – at Gantry Barn in School Lane in the village (with four artists) and at 2 Gatehouse Cottages in Sutton Road.  All venues are open with free entry from 10am to 6pm on both days.  Get full details of all events on the Trail at http://camat.org.uk.
The Elizabeth House exhibition continues next week with the Windsor & Maidenhead Embroiderers’ Guild joining Martin Dutton for a show running from next Monday (17th) to 12th October.  Martin’s exquisite watercolours are displayed alongside the stunning creative talents of the embroiderers.  They will be holding an open weekend over 6th/7th October (11am to 3pm).  The Gallery is also open as usual weekdays – 9am to 3pm with a break between noon and 1pm.
Some works by Martin Dutton and the Embroiderers
   

Windsor Art Group Summer Exhibition: 4th August to 14th September

A group new to Elizabeth House is putting on its Summer Exhibition at the Gallery in August.  Windsor Art Group (WAG) is a thriving society of local artists who meet to paint and draw, each with their own approach to painting. This summer members will be exhibiting recent paintings and artworks in a wide range of media (watercolour, acrylic, oil, and mixed media). Some 40 artworks include local views, landscapes, seascapes, floral and animal themes. As well as the usual weekdays opening (9am to noon and 1pm to 3pm), the gallery will be open 10am to 2pm at least one day each weekend when members of the group can assist with any queries, sales or commissions for artworks or about the club’s activities. You can see more of their work and find information about the group on their website www.windsorartgroup.org

The exhibition runs from 4th August to 14th September.  The Gallery is on Station Hill in Cookham Rise, SL6 9BS.

 


Peta Jamieson – Painting Is Such Fun: 3rd April to 25th May 2018

We have a new artist for the Gallery at Elizabeth House for our exhibition through April and May.  Peta Jamieson works part time as an artist, living near Reading, “a fantastic reprieve from the corporate world”, as she puts it.  She had painted earlier in her life but had not had the time for it for many years.  It’s now seven years into her new life creating a variety of work, mainly abstracts and landscapes. It’s mixed media, using whatever is to hand. “If I want a certain colour it really will not matter to me if it is paint, pen or pastel. I just like to have fun with what I do.”
Call in to see Peta’s work between 9am and 3pm weekdays, with a one-hour break at noon.  The show runs from 3rd April to 25th May.  The Gallery is on Station Hill, Cookham Rise, SL6 9BS.

Young imaginations: 29 January to 29 March

Young imaginations sparkle at the Gallery at Elizabeth House
A year ago the Gallery showcased the work of the pupils at Holy Trinity School and what a delight it was.  This time it’s the turn of Cookham Rise Primary School, with the show running from 29th January to the end of March,  and it is promises to be every bit as good.
The children there have been working with local Marlow artist Nicola Rowsell during an Artist in Residence week. They were presented with the problem of waking up one morning and finding that the River Thames in Cookham had disappeared! They were tasked with thinking about all the wildlife that would be affected and how they would solve the problem of bringing the river back. Superpower characters have been brought to life with costumes and fantastic traveling vehicles to help bring the river back. Join them at the show to view their creations.
The pupils are hard at it as we go to press and we do urge you to call in to see the results.  We’re sure it will be a great advertisement for the power of the young imagination – and the pupils’ talents.
The Gallery is open as usual weekdays between 9am and 3pm with a one-hour break at noon.  It is located on Station Hill, SL6 9BS

The Seashore and More: Embroiderers’ Guild + Martin Dutton – 27th October to 1st December 2017

The Seashore and More at Elizabeth House

With refurbishment work taking place in Elizabeth House, the Gallery will be closed for most of October, following our Wednesday Group  show which closes on 6th October.  We open again on 30th October with a return visit for the combined talents of the Windsor & Maidenhead Embroiderers’ Guild and watercolourist Martin Dutton, fresh from his success in scooping top prize in the recent Maidenhead and Me competition.

The Guild members have used the seashore as inspiration for their work which covers a range of techniques from the modern to the traditional.

Martin’s beautifully detailed landscapes bear witness to his memories and to the changing countryside, derived from photographs, sketchbook work and accidents that occur when in the act of producing a painting.

The exhibitions will be open from 9am to 12pm and from 1pm to 3pm Monday to Friday and look out for details of weekend openings.

Workshops        There will be an adult beginner’s Machine Embroidery workshop on November 5th from 10 am to 3pm. The cost is £5pp and must be booked in advance. Participants must bring their own machine and machine needles and have a basic knowledge of how the machine works including how to drop the feed on the machine. All materials will be provided.

There will be a Mini (‘Make a fish on a stick’) workshop for children aged 8 and above on November 4th from 2 to 3.30pm.  All equipment and materials will be provided but places must be booked. To book a place on either workshop please email Pauline Johnson – paulinejon@aol.com

The Guild is hoping to start a Young Embroiderers branch so if you would like further details and to register an interest then please let them know at the email address above.

Below images from the Embroiderers and (bottom) one of Martin Dutton’s watercolours

 


Home & Away – Nick Kennedy: 1st to 28th July 2017

Local artist Nick Kennedy is returning to the Gallery at Elizabeth House in July with his 2017 series of stunningly colourful paintings entitled “Home & Away”. It’s an exhibition combining his most recent paintings from travels abroad to Prague, Budapest and Vienna and local scenes by the Thames, focusing on the balance of light and colour.
 
There will be an open day with refreshments on Saturday 1st July from 10am to 5pm, to which all are welcome, and the gallery will also be open each Saturday in July between 10am and 4pm.
 
Nick studied Art and Design at Amersham College and Bristol University, then taught Art at secondary schools before moving on to his current vocation as Art Lecturer for East Berkshire College. Past Exhibitions include Wolfson College, Oxford; Windsor and Norden Farm Arts Centres; Maidenhead Art on the Street; Cookham Festivals and South Bucks Art Week.

The exhibition opens on Saturday 1st July and continues to Friday 28th July. The Gallery – on Station Hill, Cookham Rise, SL6 9BS – is open weekdays 9am to 3pm.  Elizabeth House benefits from a commission on all works sold.  More gallery details, including past exhibitors, are athttp://www.elizabethhousecookham.org/services/the-gallery/

From Near and Far – Maidenhead Camera Club: 29th July to 1st September 2017

Photographs from near and far: the power of digital
 
The August exhibition at the Gallery at Elizabeth House features work by the Maidenhead Camera Club, with a range of landscapes and other subjects, mainly taken in the Thames Valley but extending to Italy, Iceland and the Far East.  The exhibition runs till 1st September.
 
In addition to the usual weekday opening hours (9am to 3pm) there is a special open evening on Tuesday 1st August, from 7 to 9pm, to which all are invited.
 
All the images are captured, processed and printed digitally, demonstrating how – in less than twenty years – digital photography has equalled film and the darkroom in the clarity of images and longevity of prints.  Although none of the selected images were taken on a phone, there is no reason why a smartphone, used thoughtfully, cannot be used to produce exhibition-quality pictures.  The low cost of entry to digital imaging has led to a surge in membership to the best camera clubs, including our local Maidenhead club.  So come and be inspired!
Some of the images from the exhibition

Wednesday Group – A Brush with Art 2017: 16th September to 6th October

The Wednesday Group of local artists returns to Elizabeth House for an Autumn Exhibition.  Six of their members get things going with their participation in the Cookham & Maidenhead Art Trail over the weekend 16th/17th September.   The full Group show then starts on 19th September, and continues till 6th October.  The group meets regularly at Norden Farm Centre to paint, share ideas and have friendly critiques to discuss their current work. This exhibition includes a diverse range of paintings in oils, acrylics and mixed media, plus a selection of cards.

As well as the show being open between 10am and 6pm on both days of the Art Trail, there is a special viewing of the full group’s work, with light refreshments, on Saturday 23rd September, 10.30am -1.00pm, to which you will be most welcome!
The usual weekday opening hours for the Gallery are 9.00am -3.00pm, with a one hour break at lunchtime, 12 – 1pm, Monday to Friday.  Parking is available nearby. The Gallery at Elizabeth House is at Station Hill, Cookham SL6 9BS.
Note that the Gallery is closed from 7th to 27th October due to refurbishment.
Below a selection of paintings by group members Derin Waller, Gill Warren-Price and Sue Looker.

Mandy McAllen: One Artist, Three Visions – 2 May to 30 June

One Artist, Three Visions
The Cookham Festival comes to the Gallery at Elizabeth House in May with an exhibition of work by well-known local artist Mandy McAllen.  Under the heading ‘One Artist, Three Visions’, Mandy is showing mainly landscapes, representing some of the different media in which she works – watercolours, acrylic on canvas, and collage with acrylic – and including a mixed media and recycled piece entitled “Florence”, inspired by a recent visit to the city.
Mandy will be on hand at the Gallery on Sunday 21st May, between 10am and 1pm, to discuss her work.  And the gallery is open, as usual, between 9am and 3pm, with a break between 12 noon and 1pm, Mondays to Fridays.  The show opens on Tuesday 2nd May and continues beyond the Festival to the end of June.
Three images from the exhibition

Lydia Pierce: Colourscapes – 3rd to 28th April

The April exhibition at the Gallery at Elizabeth House features local artist Lydia Pierce. Titled ‘Colourscapes’ it’s an exhibition of paintings featuring a lively and expressive portrayal of the environment in vibrant colours. The paintings are of forest, sea, mountains and buildings and, inspired by a love of colour and light, they aim to capture a sense of place and evoke a deeper meaning.  The ‘Colourscapes’ paintings include vivid colours and strong brush strokes to depict an exuberant and different way of portraying wilderness, seascapes and architectural structures.
Lydia Pierce works primarily in acrylics but also in oils and other media.  She is is a member of Cookham Arts Club and has been a member of Maidenhead Painting Club for many years.
A selection of images by Lydia Pierce