Wednesday, 27 March 2019

Coming to Kooroon 5th April & 6th April - Sue Turner and Pam Mccartan

Full of colour and light two locally based and highly experienced artist will bring the Kooroon Gallery to life with watercolour and mixed media paintings this April.

Painter and mixed media artist Sue Turner returns to Kooroon following her successful exhibition at the previous venue a couple of years ago. Bringing new and favourite watercolour pieces, interspersed with her more experimental mixed media work, Sue’s quality of line and colour create light and movement that make her paintings a true pleasure.

A new artist to Kooroon, self taught painter Pam Mccartan has been developing her vibrant yet ethereal watercolour style for over 20years. She is mostly inspired by nature but also the stories of real lives that move her. Pam works primarily in watercolour but also employs more experimental wet work techniques and has recently starting first printing then painting directly onto fabric.

Both Pam and Sue have many years experience as artists including regularly exhibitions with the Vale of Belvoir Art Society (VoBAS).

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Do you know why the mermaid sings?

Or the importance or pockets or the truth about the ‘unkindness’ of ravens?

Our next exhibition will answer these questions and more. Taking place in the new venue (details here) on Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd March from 10am till 4pm, it is as always free to view.

For this event contemporary folk artist Jane Millum works as PollyWhistle has created a range of brand new work, to tell these tales in textiles and stitch. Bringing to life characters, featuring appliqué illustrations and with a range of vintage fabric delights for your delectation, Jane’s work is wistful, playful and more than a little curious. 

Come and join us!

Wednesday, 2 January 2019

New Venue

Kooroon Gallery Opens at The Old Sorting House ONE DAY ONLY Saturday 2 February


 The Old Sorting House,
25 High Street Bottesford,
NG13  0AA

Kooroon Gallery started in the home of Glenda Gibson, a Bottesford artist, to promote the work of artists and to give her village a cultural focus.  Although she only opens once a month it is very popular with a small but faithful group of art lovers and people from further away. 

Dian Harrison has a wonderful venue as part of her house on the High Street and is developing it for use by a variety of people including Glenda as a Gallery Manager and Curator.  Glenda has taken a leap of faith that a move will increase the opportunities for people to see and buy original art. She is proud to be the first of Dian's Clients. Dian is developing some of the rooms and garden on her ground floor as usable spaces for the arts and other ventures.

For One Day Only, Kooroon will exhibit in the first of two Gallery spaces known as the Long Gallery between 10-4 on Saturday 2 February 2019. In March it is hoped the second Gallery will also be ready, followed later in the year by a teaching studio and beautiful garden space.  

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Polly Whistle

Kooroon Gallery Open 10-4 on Friday 5 and Saturday 6 October



Artist: Jane Millum

Laid to Rest:
A Memoriam of Art Dolls by Polly Whistle

“The Wincle Sisters performed until their dying day… yet never once to a live audience, unless you count the cats, birds and insects of course. Father wouldn’t hear of it and that was that. So even after he had passed they couldn’t conceive of defying him. Not in life anyway ”.
PollyWhistle artist Jane Millum makes “weirdly beautiful” little people and their stories flutter around her as she works. In trying to capture these, she creates lives and histories that are never quite real yet never quite unreal either.
With an eternal fascination and joyful love of actual people and their captivating tales, Jane believes each of us is a patchwork of stories, all quite real yet somehow unreal too.
Too often we see only a snapshot, one patch maybe a few if we are lucky and it is all too easy to “neglect to consider” how a person stood in front of you is made up of a whole, big life. Sometimes it is only during occasions such as a funeral, that we learn more about someone’s patchwork than we ever did when they were alive. 
So come and meet this recently deceased, delightful trio and learn about the beautiful (and sometimes quite bawdy) concert hall at the bottom of the garden.
This exhibition is the very first instalment of a brand new body of work by PollyWhistle.
“It’s like finding a chest in the attic and pulling out the beautiful frocks, photos and letters that peppered a person’s life without ever meeting them!” Angelica Frankle
Kooroon Gallery

I am delighted to have Jane Millum (Polly Whistle) exhibit her intriguing art dolls and other textile treats in October.  She is wonderfully discovering a whole collection of new and interesting characters for you to meet and even own! 

Saturday, 22 September 2018

Hanging System

The Kooroon Gallery Picture hanging system was purchased from Picture Hanging Systems. Click on the name to link to their web site.  Many people have requested that I tell them where I got the system. They have thought up a lot of uses for it. 

Monday, 20 August 2018

Donna Drouin

Artist: Donna Drouin


A photo of Donna's Art Studio with works in progress.

You'll find Donna Drouin staring at flowers and stars, photographing details, trying to develop an understanding of how and why, standing, amazed at the beauty with which God creates. This is what printmaker/painter/sticker/ doodler Donna tries to get across in her work, an essence of wonder at the universe that we inhabit, her love of God and an understanding of science, all together in one place. Donna uses layers of under painting to build up rich tones in her paintwork, the same way a printmaker uses layers of colours to build an image.
A prolific sketchbook filler, she treats these as a resource and a daily journal, collecting surfaces, textures and architectural details to work into her prints like a secret language.
FaceBook Page

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Laura-Jane Luff

Artist:  Laura-Jane Luff BA Hons Fine Artist

Laura-Jane found at a very young age that she had an ability and keen interest for drawing and painting which led her to study it further in her education. She graduated with a BA Hons Fine Art degree at Lincoln University in 2012 and since then has set up her own art practice. Laura-Jane is currently running an art group once a week and gives demonstrations within the group on how to draw and paint, encouraging them on their artistic journey.
The world around Laura-Jane inspires her and she loves to draw and paint a variety of subjects which include people, animals, landscapes and still life.  These are created through a range of media that includes, coloured pencils, acrylic, water-soluble oils and pastels. This exhibition is a collection of recent artwork.
Laura-Jane has previously participated in exhibitions in Bottesford, Sleaford, Lincoln, Broadstairs and Cirencester.
She is a regular volunteer and exhibitor at Carre Gallery in Sleaford and is participating in a joint exhibition there with one other artist later this year from 1st – 13th October.


Thursday, 28 June 2018

Rhiannon Clarke and Celeste Drouin-Davis 6 & 7 July

Introducing two exciting young artists.

It is wonderful to see two artists realising their vocation and following their dream at such a young age.  Lets give them loads of encouragement. 

Rhiannon is an artist  who expresses her creativity across a variety of media such as guitars, clothing and artwork with a lot of her work being driven by her interest in popular culture. Some of her pieces have been recently translated into tattoos. Rhiannon recently painted a mural in a baby's bedroom and has painted the wall in her sitting room.  It is stunning.  She takes commissions. More info at Wayward Illustrations

Celeste aged 18, uses many types of media to express her concepts within art. This has taken her on a journey from painting with incorporated textiles to creating films and animations. She is also off to uni this year and she shall be studying at Leeds University of the Arts for her degree in Fine Art. The image above is a still from a short film by Celeste for which she achieved a distinction in her art foundation course. 

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Weave Un-Loneliness Project Exhibition

In Spring 2018 Kooroon Gallery in collaboration with Christian Artists Together and PollyWhistle invited artists to create new work on the theme of loneliness and how we can reduce it, for exhibition and exchange. As was stated in the call for artists:

Loneliness is rife and complex. Our initial thought is the need for connecting; of being woven into a place; of belonging with rights of access.  Weave is a proactive word that imagines invading loneliness. Weave is dance and wool; hands and textiles; baskets and smiles.  Weave a tale or song or thread.  We are woven into society and family. Am I a visible part?  Do you see me and know me and love me anyway?

More than 40 artists from as far afield as the USA, Cyprus and around the UK sent envelopes to receive a piece of scrap fabric cut from one charity shop dress. Over 30 returned a finished piece of artwork, in a wide variety of styles and media.

This PDF booklet presents the work and any accompanying comments received. They are presented in no particular order and further information can be obtained from Kooroon Gallery via

Sunday, 20 May 2018

June: Weave: un-loneliness Project

Weave: un-loneliness Project 2018

About 40 pieces of dress went out to people in England and one each to Cyprus and the US.  We have asked for them to be used in the making of A5 sized artworks and to comment if they wish on the work they create.  The response has been delightful.  I can't wait to curate the this exhibition for 1 and 2 June.  They are not for sale because each artist will receive someone Else's work in return.  

There will be some cards for sale. 

It has been very special receiving these in the post at Kooroon Gallery.  Some of the thoughts behind them are amazing.  

"Barriers so big I can't find a way out. Unable to take hold of the hands offered.  Out there is light and companionship.  I can't get out and they can't get in."

One woman was left speechless by the small bit of blue fabric.  She was part of a group that worked together to make their art works.

She writes "The required pathway is stitched on the edgeof the original piece suggesting life can make one feel lonely and living on the edge.  It was stitched leaving escape routes and hidyholes ..."

Susan Lee wrote a poem
High and crashing,
Low and rippling, 
Large and rolling,
Small and flowing.

Splashing, breaking,
Billowing, surging
Ruffling, Calming

Each wave is part of the sea,
The mighty ocean.
Each person is part of humanity
Part of Us.


Monday, 30 April 2018

Belvoir Art Trail at Kooroon Gallery

Belvoir Art Trail at Kooroon Gallery

Rosa Wain will at last have her work at Kooroon after being prevented for exhibiting in March due to heavy snow.

I am delighted to be showing my own work over the weekend at The Poppy Seed a local cafe.  There is a lot on over the weekend in Bottesford and the Vale.

Saturday, 7 April 2018

Gillian Buick - texture and colour

Gillian has exhibited in Warwick, Leamington Spa, Coventry and Stratford on Avon, with both the Coventry and Warwickshire Society of Artists, and The Stratford on Avon Art Society. Her recent exhibits have been at The Lodge in Leamington Spa with Leamington Studio Artists. Gillian won The Peoples favourite with Oceans Roar.
She has also taken part in Warwickshire Open Studios and have sold  much of her work through these events, as well as to private individuals and commissions.

Gillian began painting after she had to take early retirement. An artist friend persuaded Gillian to let her give her a lesson whilst I was visiting. Gillian explains, 'She thought I might enjoy it! Well, one lesson and I was hooked!'
After starting with watercolour she moved onto Acrylics, loving the rich colours and differing mediums she could use with it. This led onto the textures and differing mediums.
Water inspires Gillian as it is so essential to life for all of creation. It can be both nourishing and destructive. It is transparent yet can hide so much. She enjoys the challenge of painting the reflections in water. as well as the play of light and colour in moving water.

Recently, She began to use Oils and is exploring texture and depth in her work.

Gillian also makes Greeting cards, very often making her own embellishments and calligraphy. After a recent visit to Dubai, she was inspired by the way Islamic calligraphy is used in art. Gillian has played around with trying to add calligraphy to some paintings in a Christian context. She may exhibit those sometime in the future!!

Gillian says, 'Will I ever settle for just one topic or medium? I don't think so! Art is a journey, an adventure and one I hope to enjoy for as long as I can. Along my journey, I hope others will enjoy my art as much as I have enjoyed painting it.'

Gill Buick Art Page