The Old School Welcomes Sheryl Roberts

The Old School Muker is pleased as punch to be able to showcase the dramatic skyscapes of Sheryl Roberts.

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The Greatest Lightshow, Sheryl Roberts | The Old School Muker

Painted in acrylic and oil, these atmospheric images convey the drama above as the weather sweeps in over Buttertubs Pass and down into Swaledale.

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Fallen Skies, Sheryl Roberts | The Old School Muker

The work is simply stunning, looks wonderful on our gallery walls, and would create a fantastic centrepiece in anyones home.

The Old School Welcomes the ceramics of Nigel Edmondson

The Old School is proud to welcome the ceramics of Cumbrian potter Nigel Edmondson.

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With a mission to discover ceramic work for our garden, Polly came across the work of Nigel Edmondson at this years Pots in the Park. Perfect!

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Nigel’s planters and sculptures are inspired by the Northern fells and dales and their earthy tones and textures will sit well, and become the centrepiece, of any garden.

Alongside the work of Adrian Wood and Michael Kusz, Nigel’s work makes the Old School Garden an even more special place to sit, relax, drink coffee, eat cake and admire the views and the art they inspire 🙂

More about Nigel below.

Richard & Polly 

Artist Statement

I am constantly searching for new ways to respond to the landscape and every walk on the fells contributes to this.

The surfaces or my ceramics are often richly textured and much of the work incorporates landscape-based abstraction that reflects and responds in particular to the fells that lie on my doorstep and on which I enjoy walking. 

Craft-crank clay is used, fired to 1250°C in oxidation, only limited use is made of glazes with colour coming from metal oxides and high firing slips. On occasion multiple firings are employed to allow for further refinement of the ‘painted’ surface. 

 

The Old School Welcomes Hester Cox

The Old School is extremely pleased to welcome in the work of Horton-in-Ribblesdale artist and print maker Hester Cox.

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Silent Night, Hester Cox

Hester’s work is inspired by and reflects the natural rhythms of the natural world that  that surrounds her home in the Yorkshire Dales and that she passes whilst out on the tops, fell running.

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Where the Curlew Cries, Hester Cox
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Flying Home to Roost, Hester Cox

Hester’s collagraphs are a wonderful addition to our growing portfolio of print makers at the Old School and I’m sure you’ll feel the same.

More about Hester below.

Richard & Polly

Artist Statement

“My printmaking is informed by my surroundings and wherever I am I seek out evidence of the natural world that is particular to that environment. I have lived in rural places most of my working life and I am fascinated by the rhythms and cycles that occur within nature. Whilst an idea may be sparked by the written word, it is invariably my physical experience of a place that inspires new work.

As a fell runner, my excursions often take me to wilder less visited locations in all weathers. The physicality of running combined with the solitude and necessary awareness of my environment creates a connection with the landscape that lasts long after I have returned to the studio. Revisiting the same areas provides me with the opportunity to catch a glimpse of some of the more elusive wildlife that inhabits them. It is these chance encounters that I find most exciting and that will often be translated into print. I carry a camera to record details and sketch and write notes to distil my ideas.”

Piers Browne Illustrated, 1 Sept – 30 Sept

Piers will be at the Old School on Saturday and Sunday, from 1:30pm to 3pm, for the final weekend of his exhibition.DSC05969

Piers Browne Illustrated is the first (and perhaps last) exhibition that brings together a specially curated collection of etchings from all of Piers books into a single show. As part of the exhibition Piers will be at The Old School Muker on the afternoon of Sunday 2ndSeptember to discuss his work and inspiration.

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Each print is lovingly created by hand, inked by hand, rolled through the press by hand and signed to say genuine.  With each indivually printed by Piers himself, each is a unique work of art.

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Piers Browne trained at London’s Royal Academy Schools in the early 1970’s before settling in Wensleydale in 1975 to become a professional artists and printmaker.  He has exhibited at the annual Royal Academy Summer Show multiple times and held one man shows from “Malibu to Munster, via Manchester and Reykjavik”. Piers has published eight books illustrated by his etchings and oils, including Glorious Trees of Great Britain, with a foreword by HRH, Prince Charles, the culmination of over 15 years work containing 167 full-colour etchings.

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Piers continues to be inspired by, and concerned for, the natural world. In his own words:  “Overwhelmingly the desire to capture the beauty of Nature continues to drive me on. I am still a depicter of the rural scene, a sort of conservator of the beauty of light and form. I have compensated for my indulgence by donating money and books to conservation groups, but need to do more as this world crumbles away in heat and flood from ‘our’ indulgence in polluting it“.

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Piers Browne, Illustrated – Exhibition Catalogue

The catalogue for the upcoming Pier’s Browne Illustrated exhibition is now available.

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The catalogue measures 21cm x 21cm and contains 31 selected reproductions of Pier’s etchings, printed on 170g uncoated paper. The catalogues also contains a full price list (including dimensions) for the work on show.

The catalogue costs £5 plus £2 p&p. To request a copy please email ask@theoldschoolmuker.co.uk.

About the Exhibition 

Piers Browne Illustrated for the first (and perhaps last) time brings together a specially curated set of over 70 etchings taken from the seven books of celebrated painter, printmaker, poet and author, Piers Browne, published between 1988 and 2018.

The exhibition runs from 1st – 30th September in the Hartlake Gallery and Piers will be at The Old School on the afternoon of Sunday 2nd September to discuss his work and inspiration.

For more about the show and about The Old School Gallery & Craftshop please contact Richard Walls on 01748 886155 or at richard@theoldschoolmuker.co.uk, or contact Piers at piersbrowne@gmail.com.

About Piers Browne

Piers Browne trained at London’s Royal Academy Schools in the early 1970’s before settling in Wensleydale in 1975 to become a professional artists and printmaker.  He has exhibited at the annual Royal Academy Summer Show multiple times and held one man shows from “Malibu to Munster, via Manchester and Reykjavik”. Piers has published eight books illustrated by his etchings and oils, including Glorious Trees of Great Britain, with a foreword by HRH, Prince Charles, the culmination of over 15 years work containing 167 full-colour etchings.

Piers continues to be inspired by, and concerned for, the natural world. In his own words:  “Overwhelmingly the desire to capture the beauty of Nature continues to drive me on. I am still a depicter of the rural scene, a sort of conservator of the beauty of light and form. I have compensated for my indulgence by donating money and books to conservation groups, but need to do more as this world crumbles away in heat and flood from ‘our’ indulgence in polluting it“.

 

 

 

 

 

The Old School Welcomes Carol Nunan

The Old School is proud to welcome the wonderful printmaking of Carol Nunan.  Carol’s work is rooted in the landscape. Her inspiration comes from cultivated and wild flowers, iconic castles, landmarks and archeological history.

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Carol works primarily with monotypes and collagraphs. Printed by hand each print is unique. Her fascination lies in experimenting with printmaking media and alternative colour palettes to reflect the changing landscape. Her use of colour and quest to constantly reinvent her practice owes much to the diverse cultural influences of her African and Irish upbringing.

With an aim to bring more printmaking into the Old School Gallery Carol’s work was an immediate and obvious candidate, reflective as it is of the landscape and wildlife that surrounds our gallery and much of the North of England. Seeing it for real at this year’s Printfest, and meeting Carol and Chris, simply confirmed our suspicions, and it’s wonderful to now have the work on display.

 

 

 

James Wheeler –

James Wheeler’s paintings have been part of the Old School since the days before we took over the gallery back in April 2017 and we’re pleased that the association continues and grows stronger over the months and years.

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Moor Entrance, James Wheeler | The Old School Muker

Of all our artists it is Jame’s work that I’m reminded as I make my way off Shunner Fell at dusk or walk along Occupation Lane on one of those atmospheric days Upper-Swaledale throws at you from time to time; the patterns and textures of the landscape, the lonely field barns and farm houses, all lying under a brooding, heavy sky.

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Moor Textures, James Wheeler | The Old School Muker

Using oil on cork, James perfectly captures the drama and atmosphere of our surroundings and next year we hope to be able to showcase Jame’s original work in the Hartlake gallery. Watch this space!

Muker Doors Series, John Harrison

For the Up Hill & Down Dale exhibition John Harrison has drawn and watercoloured five studies of characterful Muker doors, all familiar sights to those who stroll around our wonderful Dales village, including the feature image above, Double Red Doors.

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Green Doors, Muker, John Harrison | The Old School Muker
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Blue Door & Drainpipe, Muker, John Harrison | The Old School Muker
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Two Red Doors, Muker, John Harrison | The Old School Muker
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Green Door, Muker, John Harrison | The Old School Muker

Up Hill & Down Dale, John Harrison

PLEASE NOTE: In a change of plan John will now be at the Old School on Sunday 15th July rather than Saturday 9th.

Running between Saturday 30th June & Sunday 29th July the Old School is proud to showcase the wonderful line and watercolour drawings of Yorkshire artist John Harrison  in our Hartlake Gallery.

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John’s work is featured each month in the Dalesman Magazine and last year John took part in Sky TV’s Landscape Artist of the Year.

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The exhibition features over 20 original paintings, many of which depict our very own Muker and the surrounding villages and countryside, will take us Up Hill & Down Dale, with a short detour to Yorkshire’s stunning coastal villages.

John will be at the Old School on on Sunday 15th July to talk about his work and inspiration, don’t miss it!

Ivelet Bridge Winter, Sue Nichol

Back in the winter, soon after Christmas, I donned my new wellies and took a photo of Ivelet Bridge from the middle of the Swale. As soon I’d taken it I knew it was a scene that would benefit from Sue’s unique interpretation, and was delighted when she agreed.

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Ivelet Bridge Detail | Sue Nichol
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Ivelet Bridge Detail | Sue Nichol

The result is now hanging in our gallery, one mile up the road from the the bridge, and we simply love it.

 

Peter Brook Returns To Muker

During the month of June The Old School is pleased to announce an exhibition of Peter Brook’s work, including originals, artist proofs and signed limited edition prints, many featuring scenes familiar to those who live, work in and visit Upper Swaledale.

Peter Brook Originals on Show

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The exhibition will run from Saturday 2nd of June to Sunday the 1st of July in the main gallery.   For more details email us at ask@theoldschoolmuker.co.uk or phone on 01748 886155.

Richard & Polly

Love Nest, a new sculpture by Michael Kusz

Reeth based artist Michael Kusz has been synonymous with the Old School for many years; his bats hang from the rafters; Doug! and the Rook Climber watch the sparrows, chaffinches and siskins, as they squabble over sunflower seeds; his witch rotates around its cauldron, driven by the four winds; his dragons guard our lawn, and Rambo the sheep sits proudly on The Old School roof, gazing out over the hills …

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Doug! | Michael Kusz | The Old School Muker
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Witches Cauldron | Michael Kusz | The Old School Muker

 

 

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Rambo on the Roof | Michael Kusz | The Old School Muker

 

 

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Mum & Dad | Michael Kusz | The Old School Muker

 

 

Now we have two love birds perched on their Love Nest atop a tall chimney pot, newly installed by Michael yesterday …

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Love Nest | Michael Kusz | The Old School Muker
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What does Doug! think? | Michael Kusz | The Old School Muker

… and they’re already grabbing attention!!

Each of Michaels sculptures makes a unique centrepiece to any garden, no matter its size or shape, and be admired by everyone who visits, just as they are at The Old School.

 

 

 

 

Yorkshire Coast & Sea, Tide Receding

The tide is receding at the The Yorkshire Coast & Sea Exhibition as it enters its final two weeks, and we’ve put up new work to take us through to the end of the exhibition including: Whitby Snowstorm by Paul Berriff (above), Filey Beach by John Harrison, Staithes Harbour by John Wood, and Scarborough Spa and Whitby Pier by Richard and Janet Burdon.

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Staithes Harbour | John Wood
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Filey Beach | John Sibson
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Whitby Pier and Scarborough Promenade |Richard & Janet Burdon

 

Rebecca Vincent Etchings, A Print Makers Art.

A few months ago we introduced Rebecca’s prints into the gallery and the reaction from our customers has been wonderful. Now we have three original etchings on display: Silver Birch Autumn Gold (above and detail below), to me reminiscent of Gustav Klimt, Country Reflections and Safely Gathered in.

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Silver Birch Autumn Gold Detail | Rebecca Vincent
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Country Reflections, Silver Birch Autumn Gold, Safely Gathered In| Rebecca Vincent

Not only are Rebecca’s etchings wonderfully vibrant depictions of the countryside, they’re also superb examples of a print making at its very best, and we’re extremely proud to be able to showcase them at the Old School.

Jill Ray’s Bright Woods Autumn Writ Large

Sometimes you just unwrap a painting and have to stand back and admire!  I’d seen the standard size, and it’s wonderful, but writ large, well, it just adds another dimension …

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Bright Woods, Light of Autumn | Jill Ray
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Bright Woods, Light of Autumn Detail | Jill Ray

… and up close you can see the individual shapes, colours, shades and layers and the care and attention to detail that makes Jill’s work shine out.

We now have the full Bright Woods collection on display in our Art Cafe, but hurry because I doubt it will be there for long.

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Bright Woods, Light of Summer | Jill Ray
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Bright Woods, Light of Winter | Jill Ray
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Bright Woods, Light of Spring | Jill Ray

 

Adrian Wood, Artist Blacksmith, Exhibition Sketches

Back in 2017 we were pleased to discover the work of Adrian Wood and introduce it into the gallery … and visiting Adrian’s forge we got to see some of his larger sculptural work, altogether on a different scale.

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Wind on to 2018 and this summer we’re looking forward to hosting some of Adrian’s larger sculptures in the Old School Garden.20180418_123635-1

If Adrian’s sketches are anything to go by, with themes of swifts and wild flowers synonymous with Swaledale summers, our garden will be home to some stunning and unique artwork, that perfectly reflects our surroundings in Muker.

Watch this space for updates!

 

The Old School Welcomes Rebecca Vincent

The Old School Muker is pleased to welcome the work of printmaker Rebecca Vincent into the Gallery.

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In our quest to add printmakers to our portfolio we’ve visited many exhibitions and events, and Rebecca’s work has really stood out. We love its vibrancy, patterns and textures, and the work adds colour and originality to our gallery. DSC05314-3DSC05314-4

In the short time we’ve shown Rebecca’s giclee prints they’ve already proved to be extremely popular, and we plan to showcase limited edition prints of her etchings in the very near future. Watch this space!