Past Exhibitors

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

Cookham Arts Club: 5th December to 3rd February

 Christmas Delights
Cookham Arts Club is exhibiting paintings and greetings cards from December 5th at the Gallery at Elizabeth House.  As in past years the local artists are offering a range of ideal Christmas presents with a difference, with framed and unframed paintings at reasonable prices.  It’s a great opportunity for your Christmas shopping, whilst also supporting Elizabeth House, one of our favourite local charities.
The exhibition runs through to the end of January and you can visit during the usual Elizabeth House opening hours (9am to 3pm weekdays with a one-hour break from noon).  Please note any Christmas closing times.

        Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year

Capturing Cookham – Images from the village: 6th February to 3rd March

Cookham’s Artists of the Future get their own show
It’s time to celebrate the talents of our potential artists of the future!  In February, the Gallery at Elizabeth House displays a very special exhibition: “Capturing Cookham – Images from the village”.  It features the work of young artists from four to eleven years old, all at Holy Trinity C of E Primary School.  The school is situated in the heart of Cookham village and, during their weekly art lessons, the pupils have explored their locality and chosen views they wish to represent through their artwork.
Each of the seven classes in the school has concentrated on using a particular medium, including paint, pastels, charcoal
and collage materials and a selection chosen by the school will form the exhibition.
Parents, grandparents and other family members are, of course, especially welcome but all are encouraged to see what our young talent can create.  Do come and see what they’ve been working on!
The show runs from Monday 6th February to Friday 3rd March.  The Gallery, at Station Hill, Cookham SL6 9BS, is open weekdays 9am to 3pm.

Maidenhead Painting Club – the Wednesday Group: 31st October – 2nd December 2016

The Wednesday Group, part of the Maidenhead Painting Club, is staging its latest exhibition at the Gallery at Elizabeth House, Cookham, through the month of November, starting this week.  The Group has been meeting weekly, for several years, and each member paints very much in their own style.  Their work this time takes the theme of “A Brush with Art – 2016”.

One of the members is Derin Waller, who lives in Cookham village.  “We paint, laugh and learn from one another through a process of friendly feedback. All of us live locally and have worked, or are working, in many different careers and areas of expertise.  We are now thoroughly enjoying the creative outlet that painting offers.”  The exhibition demonstrates the creativity and variety and is well worth a visit.

In addition to the usual Elizabeth House opening hours (9am to 3pm weekdays with a one-hour break from noon) the exhibition will be open each Saturday in November from 10am -3.30pm.

There is a special viewing on Saturday 12th from 5.30pm – 7.30pm to which all will be most welcome.
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Some of the works on show at the exhibition

Lynda Hopkins – Ripples: 3rd to 30th October 2016

The October exhibition at the Gallery at Elizabeth House features the work of Henley artist Lynda Hopkins.  Her exhibition, titled ‘Ripples’, illustrates our links to water, its moods and environs, alongside her still life works.
Lynda has lived in the Henley area for nearly 30 years and before that in Hackney where she would walk to the River Lea. She was a student at Portsmouth in the late seventies where the sea was part of her daily journey so she has often been inspired to respond to water. Her most vivid experience was a trip to Venice.  She has also written and illustrated a collection of poems called Sea of Surprises. Her next project will show links with the contemporary world of architecture and waterways.
The exhibition opens on Monday 3rd October and runs until Friday 28th October.  There is a reception open to all between 5 and 7pm on Saturday 8th October.  The Gallery, at Station Hill, Cookham SL6 9BS, is open weekdays 9am to 3pm.
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Cookham & Maidenhead Arts Trail – 2 to 30 September: Maidenhead Embroiderers Guild and Martin Dutton

Landscapes and Friends at the Gallery at Elizabeth House
September brings us the Cookham & Maidenhead Art Trail.  The actual Trail is over the weekend of 17th and 18th September (with works on view in some 30 houses and other venues) but we’re delighted to have our Trail artists with us for the whole month, starting the 2nd and ending on 30th September.  It’s an exhibition of the stunning work of the Windsor and Maidenhead Embroiderers’ Guild alongside Martin Dutton, watercolourist.

The Guild’s textile artists will be displaying work based largely on the landscape at Blenheim Palace designed by Capability Brown.  His 300th anniversary this year was the inspiration for much of this work which includes pieces by Guild Presidents, Jan Beaney and Jean Littlejohn, and other well known members of the branch. Over the Art Trail weekend 3D work will also be on display including a set of ‘Travelling Books’, a shared sketchbook challenge undertaken by members of the branch.
Complementing this, and working in watercolour, Martin Dutton’s work is based on landscapes that have a personal meaning to him as a result of childhood memories or places that he relates to, such as those around his cottage in Wales.

As usual, the exhibition is open weekdays 9am to 3pm.  For the Art Trail weekend we will be open on both Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th September between 10am and 6pm.  Entrance is free.  Try to make it an art weekend and visit as many of the other exhibitions as possible.  Other Cookham exhibitors are Astrid Baerndal at 79 Westwood Green and Clarissa Galliano at 2 Gatehouse Cottages, Sutton Road: full details at

The Gallery at Elizabeth House is on Station Hill, Cookham, SL6 9BS.  More details at

Juliette Palmer – Places Remembered. A retrospective. 31 May to 24 June

Our June exhibition at the Gallery at Elizabeth House is a very special one, remembering the life and work of one of Cookham’s much-loved artists, Juliette Palmer, known to many local people personally or through her work.

Juliette, who sadly died last August at the age of 85, was a Member of the RBA (the Royal Society of British Artists) and an Honorary Member of the Bucks Art Society.   Her paintings were exhibited in Academies and elsewhere, notably in the Mall Galleries and the Bankside Gallery in London, and abroad in Japan, USA and Australia.  In addition to painting, she illustrated over 60 books for London publishers and wrote, designed and illustrated six children’s books of her own.

She and husband Dennis moved to Cookham in 1971 and many will remember them opening their house in The Pound for Cookham Festivals and Bucks Open Studios.   For this exhibition, Places Remembered, Dennis has selected a few of her many paintings of places they visited in Britain and abroad.  The image below is one of her paintings of Palmyra, of the now destroyed Arch of Triumph.
The exhibition is open from Tuesday 31st May to Friday 24th June. The Gallery is open weekdays 9.30am to 3pm, avoiding noon to 1pm, at Elizabeth House, Station Hill, Cookham SL6 9BS.
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Angela Fielder & Alan Davies – Two of a Kind: 25 June – 2 September

The exhibition at the Gallery at Elizabeth House through the two high summer months features two artists new to the gallery.  Alan Davies and Angela Fielding are both local and their exhibition, Two of a Kind, focuses on landscape.
Angela started her career in fashion – the drawing and design side a particular success.  She moved onto painting, developing her own individual style, after encouragement from her husband. She loves the patterns and shapes of the changing seasons in the countryside and uses watercolour combined with inks to give vibrant and striking images.  Angela has exhibited in the RA summer exhibition, the Mall Galleries, Chelsea Flower Show, the Lange Art Exhibition and the Society of Women Artists and the Armed Forces Art Society exhibitions.
Alan is a retired architect living in Windsor and he lists painting for pleasure as one of his enjoyable retirement activities.  His subjects vary according to his reaction and attraction to different objects and landscapes discovered when out walking in the countryside or at the coast both in this country and abroad.  His previous exhibitions include Reading Contemporary Art Fair and the annual Woburn Festival.
Their show runs from 25th June to 2nd September.  The Gallery is open weekdays 9.30am to 3pm, avoiding noon to 1pm, at Elizabeth House, Station Hill, Cookham SL6 9BS.
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Works by Angela Fielder (left) and Alan Davies

Sheila Riley: Collage, Montage and Paint – 4th April to 27th May