The Beamish Reliability Trial 2019

Every year the Beamish Reliability winds its way through Muker, before the test of Buttertubs, then make a return to the village a few hours later via Oxnop. This year I waited in the drizzle and was rewarded by the sight and sound of some wonderful classic cars and motorcycles, with the dramatic backdrop of Upper Swaledale. As ever I had the camera and so some photos follow. Click through the galleries for bigger pictures.

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Laura Boswell, Master Print Maker

Our feature wall for May is full of the serene, Japanese influenced wood cuts and lino cuts of Laura Boswell.

Laura Boswell | The Old School Muker

I started out with a plan to hang a minimalist set, but couldn’t resist the temptation to hang them all … Some close up’s follow …

Laura Boswell | The Old School Muker
Laura Boswell | The Old School Muker
Laura Boswell | The Old School Muker
Laura Boswell | The Old School Muker

Laura’s work will be available throughout May, and if you love print making it’s definitely worth the journey to see them. If you’d like to know more please contact us at ask@theoldschoolmuker.co.uk.

New Visitors, introduced by Alistair Brookes

We have 4 new visitors to The Old School, a Shepherd, a miner and two guys on a settle watching the match, with a well deserved pint, after the day’s work is done, all imbued with that care and life that only Alistair can.

We don’t put all the work we have on our website, so if you’re interested in Alistair’s work why not pay a visit to the gallery in stunning Upper Swaledale, or don’t hesitate to contact us at ask@theoldschoolmuker.co.uk or 01748 886155.

Featured Artist, Laura Boswell

From Monday 6th May The Old School Muker is proud to be showcasing the work of master print maker Laura Boswell.

Laura’s work, with its Japanese aesthetic, will be in the gallery during May, and is not to be missed.

Laura works exclusively in linocut and authentic Japanese water-based woodblock. She was elected to the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers in 2018. Laura has a joint degree in art history and visual art and trained in Japan with traditional carving and print artisans. Her prints can be found in collections in the UK and Japan, including the House of Lords, The Library of Wales, the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford and the Bucks County Museum. Laura’s book, Making Japanese Woodblock Prints, will be published in 2019.

Artist Statement 

My work focuses on landscape in the UK and in Japan where I studied traditional Japanese watercolour woodblock printing. My interest lies in pattern and form within landscape and its light, weather and seasonality. I hope to leave the viewer with a feeling of the familiar or remembered rather than a specific geography. My approach is to begin with observational drawings and then adapt their various elements to fit my own construct. My current work exploits meticulous cutting of the block to create a feel of fluid and spontaneous line, white space and a painterly approach to inking the block. This often results in editions where cut marks are identical, yet every print is subtly unique.

We don’t show all the work we have on our website, so if you’re interested in Laura’s work why not visit the gallery during May. If you can’t find an excuse to come (if one is needed), but want to know more, don’t hesitate to contact us at ask@theoldschoolmuker.co.uk or on 01748 886155.

The Old School Welcomes, the hand painted vases of Lisa Katzenstein

The Old School Muker welcomes the work of Lisa Katzenstein to the gallery. Lisa’s wonderful, hand-painted vases add a splash of colour, just in time for Spring.

Lisa Katzenstein | The Old School Muker
Lisa Katzenstein | The Old School Muker

We don’t show all the work we have in the gallery on the website, so why not find an excuse to make a trip to Muker to see it first hand, surrounded by the stunning landscape of Upper Swaledale. If you can’t find an excuse, but would like to find out more about Lisa’s work, please contact us at ask@theoldschoolmuker.co.uk.

New Arrivals, Stef Ottevenger

We’ve just had a new delivery of work by talented sculptor and painter Stef Ottevenger, including two wonderful, original, ceramic hares, and a big old cold cast bronze shire horse.

Sitting Hare | Stef Ottevenger
Crouching Hare | Stef Ottevenger
Shire Horse | Stef Ottevenger

The new pieces add to and complement the ceramics, bronzes and watercolours of Stef’s, that we currently have in the gallery. If you’d like to know more about Stef’s work please don’t hesitate to contact us at ask@theoldschoolmuker.co.uk.

Ivelet Bridge, John Wood

Ever since I took the photograph of Ivelet Bridge, back on a wonderful early summer’s morning in June, I’ve thought how good it would be to have it painted in oil, and a week or so ago I finally collected the work from Artist John Wood.

The painting still needs its final coat of varnish and then will be on show in our gallery in Muker, just 2 miles up the road from the bridge itself.

For any information about the work please don’t hesitate to contact us at ask@theoldschoolmuker.co.uk or on 01748 886155.

Shona Branigan Printing Workshop – The Results!

On Sunday 14th April Shona Branigan was at Muker Village Hall to run her wood printing workshop.

There was much burning, brushing, inking and printing of the wood … and then came the grand reveal …

The results were fantastic, with so many patterns and textures with each wood slice telling its own story.

Shona is back at The Old School Muker on the Sunday 21st April to talk about her own prints and to demonstrate her wood printing technique.

If you want to know more about Shona and the prints we have at The Old School Muker, or are interested in future workshops, please contact us at ask@theoldschoolmuker.co.uk.

Jacquie Denby Landscape Prints

The frames arrived yesterday for our collection of prints by Grassington artist Jacquie Denby. Framed in white, black or graphite – it doesn’t really matter – they just look stunning.

Jacquie Denby | The Old School Muker

Jacquie is a wonderful artist with a unique vision and distinct style; a true original whose work deserves national if not international acclaim …

Jacquie Denby | The Old School Muker

… And if art is about how a work makes you feel, as much as what your eyes see, it’s of the highest order.

Jacquie Denby | The Old School Muker
Jacquie Denby | The Old School Muker

For now we’re only one of two galleries in the UK showing Jacquie’s prints (alongside her originals) with 11 different landscapes to choose from. For more details please contact us at ask@theoldschoolmuker.co.uk.

New work from Adrian Wood

Following the departure of Adrian’s bench and Swallows to Grassington, we’ve a new place to sit …

And a new place to put your wine glass …

Not all of Adrian’s work is on our website, which makes a great excuse to visit us in magical Upper Swaledale! … But … if you can’t make it, please feel free to email us at ask@theoldschoolmuker and we can send you details of his other pieces.

Fused Glass Workshop, With Judith Gill

On Saturday 25th May join Judith Gill at The Old School Muker for a fun creative afternoon of Fused Glass. Judith’s workshop will focus on the wildflowers found in the Muker Meadows, you’ll be crafting a floral wall hanging/sun catcher lead by expert tuition.

Event Details

  • Date: Saturday 25th May
  • Time: 1-4pm
  • Location: The Old School Muker
  • Price: £55

For more information please contact Pauline at ask@theoldschoolmuker.co.uk or on 01748 886155

Spring New Arrivals From Alistair Brookes

It’s Spring in Swaledale, and at The Old School Muker there’s some new arrivals, courtesy of Alistair Brookes.

Swaledale Sheep Raku Sculpture, Alistair Brookes, The Old School Muker
Swaledale Sheep Raku Sculpture, Alistair Brookes, The Old School Muker

We don’t show all the work on our website, but we do ship, so if you’re interested in Alistair’s Raku sculptures, but can’t find an excuse to visit Muker, please don’t hesitate to contact us at ask@theoldschoolmuker.co.uk.

The Old School Muker welcomes, the watercolours of Rachel McNaughton

New for 2019 The Old School Muker is pleased to showcase the work of Rachel McNaughton. 

In Rachel’s words … “Painting is a way into an inner world, a secret garden of colour and shape, and what stared as a hobby become an essential part of life. I work from life, or from my own photographs but both are merely a starting point and many paintings are created from a combination of various images. Watercolour presents the artist with many unexpected “ accidents” and often shapes that appear in initial washes become suggested flowers and so a painting often chooses its own path to completion.”

A regular visitor to Upper Swaledale, Rachel’s vibrant watercolours capture the brighter, more colourful side of Dale, when the sun shines and the meadows are in bloom.  

To learn more about Rachel’s work please contact The Old School Muker at ask@theoldschoolmuker.co.uk.

The Old School Muker welcomes Janis Goodman

The Old School Muker is extremely pleased to showcase the work of Leeds artist and print maker Janis Goodman.

Janis’ etchings of the Dales and Yorkshire landscapes, cityscapes, flaura and fauna are, put simply, superb examples of the print makers art, capturing the scene with wonderful compositions and perspectives, and in superb detail …

… and it would be remiss not to mention Andrew and Mary Green, friends of Janis who reminded us of her work. We’re eternally grateful.

If you’re interested in Janis’s work please don’t hesitate to contact us at ask@theoldschoolmuker.co.uk.

From Tree to Print, The Muker Ash

In June 2018 the huge limb of an old Ash tree, close by Lover’s Lane, fell in the wind

Much of the wood was cleared immediately and moved from the meadows to allow the hay to recover, but a stack of log rounds remained.

Fast forward to the start of this year when we first discussed a workshop with Shona and my thoughts went back to that old tree. The idea of a print made from the Muker Ash seemed perfect and so, a few weeks ago, and with the permission of William, I headed back to Lovers Lane with a wheelbarrow to retrieve a couple of rounds. Last week, having finally got the chain saw working, I sliced and sanded them in preparation for printing.

On Thursday as she dropped of her work for her Featured Artist spot, Shona collected the Ash, and just five days later sent through a photo of the first print!

The Muker Ash

Magical!

If you’d like to know more about Shona’s work please contact us at ask@theoldschoolmuker.co.uk and remember that Shona will be in Muker on both the 14th and 21st April.