Foxlowe Galleries and Exhibitions
The Foxlowe Arts Centre has three exhibition spaces, the Gallery on the first floor, Cafe gallery in the Drawing Room cafe and spaces in the buildings ground floor hallways.
The Gallery open Wednesday – Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Hosting around 6-8 exhibitions a year, usually running for 6 weeks The Gallery is always worth visiting. The Gallery is completely staffed by volunteer stewards.
Drawing Room Gallery open Monday – Saturday, 10am – 4pm
The Cafe Gallery holds a variety of smaller exhibitions of local artists along the cafe walls.
Hallway Gallery open Monday – Saturday, 10am – 4pm
The exhibitions in the Hallway’s of the Foxlowe are often displays of local school artwork featuring a topic or theme, the relationships with the schools is looked after by volunteers from the Foxlowe Arts Centre.
Small Worlds Exhibition at the Foxlowe Gallery, 9 Nov – 5 Jan
This exhibition aims to delight, with a display of small work depicting small things – the mini-worlds we often overlook; the corners of the mundane that contain hidden treasures. The work of 7 local artists is included, all professional and well-recognised in their field.
Small Worlds is from Saturday 9th November 2019 until Sunday 5th January 2020. There is a preview on Friday 8th November between 7.00-8.30pm. The Foxlowe Gallery is open Wednesday to Saturday, 10am-4pm, and the first Sunday of the month, 11am-4pm. Free entry.
Etchings by Richard Wade prove popular wherever he exhibits, with his unique view of everyday subjects rendered in the rich tones of traditional etching, a medium not frequently seen in modern galleries. There are exquisite raku-fired pots by Marie McGowan-Griffin, imaginative and high quality hardwood items of home décor by master craftsman Peter Fox (of Fox Country Furniture renown), and the stunningly poetic cameo landscapes of photographer Michela Griffith. Three painters complete the show, with works of very different character – Frances Naggs brings nature to life with her joyful vibrant canvases, while Philip Proudlove excels at painterly scenes alive with light and atmosphere. Sue Fox is exhibiting from her award-winning series of jewel-like birds in bright landscapes, both as original paintings and framed prints.
As a concession to the gift-buying season, work that is sold can be taken away throughout the exhibition.
Sarah Rowley Exhibition in the Drawing Room Gallery, 9 Nov – 5 Jan
Sarah Rowley is a mixed media artist from Leek.
Not long after completing her art degree, Sarah got married and had two children. She then put her goals to one side and spent many years working hard to provide for her family. Over the years Sarah juggled her time between working, raising her sons and keeping her dream alive, by creating art and experimenting whenever she had an opportunity.
Sarah’s perseverance finally paid off and in the last year she was able to make the leap to becoming a full-time artist. Since then she has launched her new website www.roanokeart.co.uk, her work has been displayed in an exhibition at Burslem School of Art, she has pieces up at the Business Lodge in Fenton, The Auctioneers Arms in Caverswall, The Guild Hall Gallery in Stafford and now in the Gallery and the Café at the Foxlowe Arts Centre.
Recently, Sarah also secured a large room in the communal enterprise “The Artisans’ Gallery” in Biddulph, where she has opened the first Roanoke Art Gallery. Along with her own work, there is an eclectic mix of stunning pieces available, from a range of talented artists and some of the art for sale will have their entire value donated to the Stroke Association; where Sarah volunteers.
I paint what I think is beautiful and I’ve been fortunate enough to be surrounded by beautiful landscapes in Leek and the Staffordshire Moorlands.
I love to include items for texture in my work and wherever possible it will be something from the location that I’m painting.
This year has been a whirlwind and I’m so happy to be able to do what I love full-time now. A lot of great things have happened so far, but if I’m honest, after years of enjoying the food and being inspired by the art at the Foxlowe Arts Centre, I was over the moon, when I was offered the opportunity to have my work displayed here.
Staffordshire Contemporary Artists & Designers Fair. Sat 30th Nov & Sun 1st Dec
Staffordshire Contemporary Artist and Designers Fair bringing some of the best contemporary designer makers and artists in the country at this small intimate boutique venue.
In conjunction with Leek School of Art, Staffordshire Contemporary is now in its 8th year.
Your chance to buy stunning original, handcrafted items directly from the artists and designer-makers, including contemporary jewellery, ceramics, photography, painting and textiles.
It’s the perfect opportunity to pick up ideal Christmas gifts or to treat yourself plus you can also visit the Foxlowe Arts Centre cafe.
Visit the fair on Saturday 30th Nov and Sunday 1st Dec, 10am – 4pm