Colour, pattern and form at the Gallery at Elizabeth House
A new exhibition opens on Saturday 6th February at the Gallery at Elizabeth House. Pat Shenstone returns to the gallery to present a series of new works offering a mix of paintings with two main themes – architecture and domestic images.
Her architectural work gives us reflections of colour, pattern and form with the architecture of Italian churches offering a visual confusion that sits alongside a modern reworking of spaces with glass. Pat’s other subjects are more domestic. Patterned cups and saucers against patterned cloths and large flowers that are painted with an emphasis on shape and pattern are recurring themes in the paintings.
Pat has recently moved from Maidenhead to spend time in a new home in Derbyshire though retaining her local base. Her show is open weekdays until 1st April – between 9am and 3pm, with a break each day between noon and 1pm.
The Gallery is on Station Hill, Cookham Rise, SL6 6BS..
Get Original over Christmas
The Cookham Arts Club is exhibiting at the Gallery at Elizabeth House in December, making a great opportunity to find a very special gift for someone. The show, titled ‘Original Art at Christmas’, offers original art at affordable prices. There are paintings for sale, unframed works and cards.
The Gallery is open weekdays 9am to 3pm (but please avoid noon to 1pm) so there’s plenty of time to find something unusual for that special present this Christmas, and the exhibition will continue to the end of January. The Gallery is on Station Hill, Cookham Rise SL6 9BS.
Photo shows members of the Arts Club at the exhibition hanging: (l to r) Simoné Bonner, Satu Vartiainen, Joanne Nicholl and Jean Smithson
Islands of Colour at Elizabeth House
Opening Reception Saturday 7th November 5-8pm
The latest exhibition at the Gallery at Elizabeth House features local artist Nick Kennedy, returning to the gallery with his latest work entitled ‘Islands of Colour’. This exhibition includes the results of time spent staying on the Greek island of Thassos and on Lanzerote. Thassos and other Greek islands are favourite locations for Nick, especially their coastlines. The colours and light in these beautiful locations influence him to produce vibrant, expressionist paintings which have been popular in the past at the gallery.
The exhibition opens on Monday 2nd November and runs to Friday 27th November. Nick will have an opening reception between 5pm and 8pm on Saturday 7th November 2015 to which all are welcome
Open evening on Saturday 10th October, 5 to 7pm. All are welcome.
The October exhibition at Elizabeth House features another group of local artists. The Wednesday Group describes itself as “an untutored enthusiastic group of painters, part of the Maidenhead Painting Club, who give each other support, encouragement and challenge in order to further our talents and the enjoyment of our art. We also laugh a lot and have fun!”
They comprise a range of style and media, including oil and acrylic, and the show will display recent works by the group members. And look out for their treatments of light and water. As with several of the gallery’s recent exhibitions, this latest show is a clear demonstration of the abilities of our many local amateur artists – and an inspiration to others to take it up!
The exhibition opens on Monday 5th October and is open weekdays between 9am and 3pm until Friday 30th October and each weekend (10.30am to 4.30pm) except Saturday 17th October. The artists will hold an open evening on Saturday 10th October between 5 and 7pm, to which all are welcome. The Gallery at Elizabeth House is at Station Hill, Cookham, SL6 9BS.
And here are some of the works on show.
Colourful Travels – an exhibition of photographic exploration
Next up at the Gallery at Elizabeth House is an exhibition through August of photographs by local photographer Malorie M-R Bader. Malorie is a biologist and clinical research scientist with a passion for photography who confesses to travelling long distances with the goal of “sightseeing” via her lens and will spend long periods of time gazing to get a brilliant image.
She is an American citizen who came to England with her American parents and sister and later became naturalized in the United Kingdom, and now lives in Maidenhead. Her favourite photographic subjects are landscapes, seascapes, townscapes and old colourful architecture, as well as capturing split-second surprises that animals provide us with and floral scenes. “I get a buzz from the excitement of capturing a scene which can change a moment later in the blink of an eye”, she says. “I prefer beautiful scenery and uplifting colour to serious subject matter and I’m frequently inspired by visiting exhibitions of all types of art.”
She adds: “This exhibition celebrates colours from my travels. I hope that by seeing contrasting sights in one space you will enjoy the amazing variety encompassed in thirteen countries which we can often forget exists when in one place at a time. I am constantly surprised by the natural palette that the effect of changing light conditions greets us with and how beautiful it is when dwellings are built with nature’s colours in mind uniquely harmonizing with their surroundings.”
Malorie’s exhibition runs from 3rd to 28th August. It is open weekdays between 9am and 3pm, and she plans to open on some of the weekends so look out for the ‘Exhibition Open’ sign. The Gallery at Elizabeth House is at Station Hill, Cookham, SL6 9BS.
Take a Fresh Look
A local art quartet is exhibiting at the Gallery at Elizabeth House in September. The Hedsor Group includes four Cookham artists – Chris Feldon, Mike Copland, Nancy Ovstedal and Sue Stacey – who came together originally in a class at the home of Hedsor artist Julie Anderson. Painting in acrylics and watercolour, the work in this exhibition, called ‘A Fresh Look’, reflects a range of interests and geography: most of the paintings on show are landscape or still life with a strong use of colour.
It is open weekdays between 9am and 3pm till Friday 2nd Octoberand on Saturday 26th September. The Gallery at Elizabeth House is at Station Hill, Cookham, SL6 9BS.
Don Currell (1936 – 2011) was born in West Wycombe and had no formal art training, other than his time at the Royal Grammar School in High Wycombe. He inherited (along with his brother Richard) the gift of drawing from his father. He experimented with oils and pen and ink, but much preferred watercolour, which suited his more pastoral style. For the last thirty years of his life, he worked exclusively in watercolours. Landscapes, flowers, things that caught his eye and imagination – including aeroplanes – make up the Elizabeth House exhibition.
The exhibition is open 9am to 3pm weekdays from 29th June to 31st July. Come to the preview 11am to 3pm on Saturday 27th June. The Gallery is on Station Hill, SL6 9BS.
A widely-acclaimed Cookham-born artist comes to the Gallery at Elizabeth House during May as part of the Cookham Festival (8th to 17th May).
Matthew Burley grew up in Cookham and has a growing international reputation for his realistic portrait paintings. He captures the essence of his subjects with extraordinary care and integrity, using original photography to create a unique painting. His work includes many portraits of local people and families and it is rare to find an artist who combines extraordinary technical skill with such a keenly felt sense of his subjects.
The exhibition, titled ‘About 20 Years’, is a retrospective of his work over the past two decades, with some new work, and it runs from Monday 4th to Friday 29th May. Several of the works will be for sale. The exhibition is open weekdays 9am to 3pm and Festival weekends 11am to 3pm.
‘Meet Grandad’ by Matthew Burley
The Slough Art Society has returned to the Gallery at Elizabeth House for an exhibition starting on 2nd March and running through to 1st May. Their theme this time is ‘A Room with a View‘ and the show will include works by many of the Society’s members and in a range of media.
31st January to 28th February 2015
Keith Beckett-Hester – Chiltern Delights
Marlow artist Keith Beckett-Hester brings his love of the Chilterns to the Gallery at Elizabeth House for his exhibition in February. Keith has lived his whole life in Marlow and studied at Wycombe Arts School in the early 60s, obtaining an NDD in painting. He has been painting and teaching in the area ever since, exhibiting locally and nationally, and working mainly to commission.
His exhibition displays his love of the area with paintings of the Chiltern woods and scenery.
Keith is holding an opening reception at the Gallery (on Station Hill, Cookham Rise) on Saturday 31st January between 11am and 3pm: you are warmly invited. The exhibition continues to Friday 27th February.