The Bingley Gallery Christmas 2021 Exhibition

With concerns over the global supply chain in the run up to Christmas, it is good to know that locally produced goods are still available, with the additional benefits of minimal transport-related carbon emissions, support for local producers, and the survival of independent retailers.

The Bingley Gallery, has been based on Park Road, Bingley for the past 15 years, originally under the ownership of Jane Fielder and more recently by David Starley. Both are artists themselves, and both continue the tradition of supporting many other talented artists that work in our region by providing exhibition space and marketing for them.

One of the benefits of this is that the difficulties some retailers have had in stocking up for Christmas is not an issue. In contrast, for most artists, the impact of Covid has been such that many outlets, such as art fairs have been curtailed and the move to on-line purchasing remains relatively restricted for original works, for which digital imaging provides a not entirely satisfactory means of representing the product. As a result there is plenty of high quality work on offer.

The Gallery will be launching its traditional Christmas show on Tuesday 16th Nov. It is always something a bit special; a chance for regular exhibitors to prepare new work, the past year’s soloists to return with potential Christmas offerings and to give space to new artists who have caught the eye during the year. The front exhibition space in the gallery will have well-over over 20 artist’s work on show. There is always a little uncertainty as to what turns up on installation day, but an eclectic mix can be expected, with no themes, no tonal co-ordination- and a huge range of media- a true Christmas Variety Show, with something to suit all tastes.

Amongst the regulars will be Jane Fielder, with a big new Bingley view and a series of other smaller works including the east coast. It would not be Christmas without L. Amy Charlesworth’s intricately painted robins, but she has snow scenes also – all on her handmade canvases and often hand-carved frames. Meanwhile David Starley’s work will include not just the trees which are his speciality, but limited palette studies of local places including the ‘Wool, Smoke and Steam’ view of the Valley Scouring Works, based on a historic photo by Bill King.

Returning artists include Judith Levin, with some new moorland views. Josie Barraclough has completed a new series of her oil and mixed media works with both birds and East Coast scenes featuring heavily and a fresh re- stock of Kate Lycett’s enhanced prints, including new ones from her ‘Woodland Paths and Grand Days Out’ series, should be arriving soon. Eldwick-based Leyla Murr is providing abstracted landscapes for those with more adventurous tastes.

From the ‘new to the Gallery’, artists there is much to enjoy. For lovers of traditional ‘wet into wet’ watercolours, Suzanne McQuade’s work is bound to appeal. There are larger views of, again, the Yorkshire coast– who has not grown to value our local seaside in these two years of covid? But Suzanne also works small with bijou paintings which seem ideal small gifts. Tony Dexter’s bold and attention-grabbing acrylic works often also feature coastal themes but in up-close details such as the bows of fishing boats. Perhaps more craft than art, ‘For Me and For You’ have a wide selection of cut paper and wood works. In a last-minute submission, Andrew Tomlinson brought in some ‘fluid art’ works. By no means conventional art, but the fascinating patterning achieved, convinced us to make just a little more room in the show for these works.

Once again The Bingley Gallery are pleased to be sponsoring The Saltaire Living Advent Calendar event. David Starley’s own design will be switched on the 10th. For those interested in supporting the event, and looking for distinctive Christmas cards, packs of these featuring 12 of last year’s windows are available at The Gallery and a number of other outlets. The proceeds of the sales of these go entirely to Saltaire Inspired the charity that runs the event.

The Exhibition will run at the Bingley Gallery from 17th November until 24thth December 2021. Christmas gallery hours are: Mon to Fri noon to 6pm, Sat and Sun 10am to 5pm

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