Welcome to a very special exhibition to celebrate the beautiful land, sea and cityscapes of the North of England, captured in the amazing work of these local artists.
SUNSHINE DAYS AT LONGSANDS
BY KATE VAN SUDDESE
A reminder of summer at one of the region's popular beaches at Whitley Bay in North Tyneside by
North East artist Kate van Suddese. A graduate in Fine Art, she takes much of her inspiration from the local coastlines. She is well-known for her seascapes, which often feature the region's big skies and beautiful light. Kate has been a professional painter for over 35 years, with work exhibited nationally including solo shows at galleries in London, Newcastle and Edinburgh.
BY CHRISTINE CAVE
Next we have a different view of the coast by North East artist Christine Cave who works mainly in pastels and paints.
She focuses on rural land and seascapes, taking inspiration from the region's ever-changing light. Christine, who was a teacher for over 20 years, says her aim is to capture these different moments, reflecting the light changes through the tones in her work.
BY CATH HODSON
The inspiration for this colourful screen print came from walks in Northumberland and the Scottish Borders.
Artist Cath Hodson developed her love of screen printing and colour when she was studying Textile Design Surface Pattern.
Cath's designs come from her surroundings, the beautiful Northumbrian countryside, seaside and things that make her laugh.
BY DONNA CHESHIRE
Donna Cheshire is a contemporary textiles' artist who combines her love of fabric and threads with a passion for the great outdoors.
Based in Newcastle, she finds much of her inspiration from the hills and coastline.
This particular piece is of the Simonside Hills in Northumerland.
She hand-dyes the fabrics for her work, often using vintage, upcycled materials and adds texture with free-motion stitching.
ULLSWATER AT FIRST LIGHT
BY BRIAN PATTERSON
A trip to the Lake District led to this watercolour by South Shields artist Brian Patterson
Brian Patterson, a former maths teacher, has been painting on and off for most of his life.
A change of work means he can now concentrate on his painting and he goes out every morning with his camera to capture the latest shot for his next piece.
GRAINGER STREET NEWCASTLE
BY RAY STEPHENSON
Newcastle-based artist Ray Stephenson has always been fascinated with drawing and painting.
His love of art led to a career in advertising first as a photographic technician, then as a graphic artist. It wasn't until he retired that Ray
returned to his first love and continued painting, working mainly in watercolours.
Like many local artists, much of his inspiration comes from the North East landscape.
PEBBLES ON THE BEACH
BY KELLY BEARD-FODEN
Inspiration for this piece came from the beach at Little Haven at South Shields.
Kelly Beard-Foden spends much of her time painting landscapes and seascapes near her home, using a variety of media in her work, particularly acrylics.
She says she takes inspiration from the beauty of her everyday surroundings, such as the sea and trees. She is also interested in urban shapes and forms such as back lanes.
BY WALTER HOLMES
Bolam Country Park near Belsay in Northumberland is a popular attraction, so seeing it like this, just at the start of a beautiful day, is a rare treat.
Artist Walter Holmes studied geophysics at London's Imperial College in the late 50's, but art was his real love. He became a full-time artist in the 80's after quitting his "proper" job. Since then his work has been exhibited across the UK and is held in private collections around the world.
Walter's paintings are the narrative of a life-long obsession with light and how it impacts on everything around us.
BAMBURGH AT DUSK
BY KATHRYN LYALL
Another often busy Northumberland beauty spot captured when the crowds have gone home.
Artist Kathryn Lyall has drawn and painted since she was a child.
Self-taught and still painting, she works mainly in acrylics.
She says she is at her happiest when she can obsess over the tiny details of a painting. Kathryn loves finding all the different colours to give a piece depth and make it pop.
TYNE BRIDGE NEWCASTLE
BY JOHN GREY
Artist and printmaker John Grey from Ushaw in County Durham produces mainly etchings of local landscapes.
He does thisby painting acid onto metal plates with a brush, in a time-consuming process called spit-bite etching. He then uses waxes and varnishes to block out areas to create the lighter, softer tones and variations in the final print. The next step is to apply specialist inks by hand, before printing using a traditional press.
This means that every print is original and no two in an edition will ever be the same. All editions are limited due to the small number of prints that can be taken from each plate.
BY JOSIE NICHOL
Perhaps a lesser-known tourist spot, but popular with locals Seaton Sluice is a beauty spot that's also entrenched in history. It's also just down the road from the stunning Seaton Delaval Hall.
This colourful piece by self-taught artist Josie Nichol captures this truly gorgeous place.
Josie gets most of her inspiration from the region's coastline.
EASTER CRAGGS, HARTHOPE VALLEY, NORTHUMBERLAND - PASTEL BY ARTIST PETER PODMORE
Find out more about Peter and his work in our Spotlight On feature.
He is also exhibiting at Gallery @No6 in Wooler till the end of Nov