Coffee House Exhibitions
30 June - 27 September 2015
Sophie Holme is an artist based in Oxenholme, whose distinctive ink silhouette drawings are gaining recognition across Cumbria. Sophie dropped art after GCSE to pursue a medical career and it was only after 12 years working as a doctor that she decided to revisit her dream of drawing for a living. Sophie gained a Degree in Drawing from Kendal College in 2011 where she discovered a passion for line and ink. This passion developed into her signature style of silhouetted, whimsical ink drawings, with small flashes of colour. The appeal of this way of drawing has earned her a brisk flow of commissioned works and led to the formation of her giftware business ‘Black and White Daydreams.’ Not that Sophie has left colour behind completely. This exhibition includes works in which watercolour and coloured inks complement the ink lines which are the bedrock of all her drawing. ‘Black and White Daydreams’ produces bespoke souvenirs for tourist attractions across Cumbria: Lowther and Sizergh Castles, Allan Bank at Grasmere, The Watermill at Little Salkeld as well as Red Squirrel range of giftware in support of Penrith and District Red Squirrel Group.
29 September - 23 December 2015
Robin Oliver’s images represent his slow and gentle evolution as he looks and looks again at the world around him. Robin Oliver has always appreciated the environment around him from our domesticated or wild animals and birds to our glorious Cumberland Landscape, which all feature in his work. His images contain both what the artist sees and what he imagines. His work is experimental constantly changing and evolving which results in fluctuations between representational art to a more abstract interpretation. In addition Robin feels that there is a desire to draw upon memories of growing up at the family hill farm; nestling at the foot of Cold Fell, in Cumberland. A landscape which Robin feels that he is ‘hefted to’, like the Sheep and the wild Deer which have long roamed there.