Tuesday 29 June 2021

New Exhibition Opens


A bright glimpse of light at the end of the Covid tunnel.  Exhibitions are back, and with the Alfred East Gallery out of the picture pending the major upgrade, ARTworks at Newlands is hosting KDAS's annual exhibition - the 116th.  Amazing to think how long they have been around and how many great artists have exhibited in their shows.

(all new displays)
ARTworks is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, throughout July, from 10 til 4, and, of course it is a completely new display albeit many of the exhibitors are ARTworks favourites.

For the show, ARTworks is running an exhibition sales system, rather than their usual buy it and take it away ... so if you want to buy, you will need to pay a deposit, a red sticker will be displayed on the work and you can come in to pay the balance and take the picture at the end of July when the show closes.  When the normal rolling exhibition returns in August, the system will revert.

(Masks still on:  KDAS 116, David Brown opens the show)

There was brief and Socially Distanced preview and event opening on Sunday afternoon at which David Brown, Chair of the Friends announced the winners judged by Katie Boyce, formerly of the Alfred East Gallery, these days organiser of Open Studios amongst many other arts initiatives.

Jane Bell won the 'Boyce's Choice' with a delightful watercolour, 'A place in the Sun'

(Jane Bell - A Place in the Sun)

And Alison Bull won the Friends of Kettering Art Gallery and Museum prize for another of her brilliantly accomplished pastel compositions, this time a local scene, 'The path Walked, Pitsford' 


(Alison Bull - The Path Walked, Pitsford)

Don't forget ... there is another prize - the star prize of £200 from the Newlands Centre which will go to the work you, the visitors choose.  You can pick up a slip when you come in and reward what you think is the best in the show.  KDAS and ARTworks really want to know what you think (and the artists would realy appreciate you vote) - so call in soon, 10 til 4 at the weekends.

KDAS 116 runs til the 25th July

Friday 4 June 2021

Kettering & District Art Society Exhibition, ARTworks, Newlands, 25th June to 25th July

Just adding the details of the KDAS Exhibition (25th June to 25th July 2021).  It is being held at ARTworks in the Newlands shopping centre and will be open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Hours are 10am to 4pm.  It will be worth a visit.

Sunday 30 May 2021

Some things open, some things don't

As we get towards what we hope will be the end of over a year of lockdown, I will endeavour to let you know what is back to normal, what is changing and when there will be events ... walks, talks and exhibitions.

The jointly run, Friends and KDAS Community Art space, ARTworks in the Newlands centre is now opening regularly again, Friday, Saturday and Sunday (10 til 4 on those days) and you are very welcome to come down and browse a continually changing exhibition of affordable works of art by local artists (often of local themes).
The Gallery, Library and Museum, as you will know, are shut for the rest of the year for a major redevelopment. 

This year's KDAS annual exhibition will therefore be in ARTworks.  Details to follow.

The Friends of Kettering Art Gallery and Museum have been running a successful series of Zoom talks to keep in touch with members over the lockdown, with speakers as varied as the writer of this modest blog to Rembrandt expert, art historian and academic, Dr Sophie Oosterwijk, from Amsterdam.  Talks would give way over the Summer anyway, so June will see a walk, and July, a visit to Delapre Abbey, the Eleanor Cross and Northampton battlefield.  Talks will resume in the Autumn.  At least some will be 'live', assuming a new strain or variant hasn't shut everything down again.  Details to follow.

(ARTworks: the home of creative objects, fine art and arts and crafts)

As well as the main exhibition displays, ARTworks also hosts community displays, and a table of items on local history from the Northamptonshire Battlefields Society who publish their own guides at £10 a copy - you can pick one up while you are looking around the exhibitions.

(some of the local history publications from the county's Battlefields Society)

Thursday 8 April 2021

Thursday 1 April 2021