Northampton Town & County Art Society’s latest annual exhibition

Northampton Town & County Art Society Winter Exhibition Dec 18
Abington Park Museum Show Dec 18

The Northampton Town & County Art Society is holding it’s latest annual exhibition at the Abington Park Musuem. Set up in 1913 this long standing art society continues to exhibit regularly. Our members and associates continue to produce high quality artwork, making the Society the county’s premier art group.

With the closure of the Northampton Central Museum for refurbishment, the Society has been very busy. The Alfred East Gallery (https://www.kettering.gov.uk/gallery), The Castle (https://www.parkwoodtheatres.co.uk/castle-theatre) and The Storehouse Gallery (http://www.storehousegallery.com/) have all been exhibiting venues for the Society in the past year. As a Society we have been active, reflected in numerous sales at our exhibitions, particularly the Summer Show at the The Storehouse Gallery.

I’ve exhibited some of my work at these shows http://www.cordellgarfield.com/gallery/landscapes/, and I would recommend a visit to a Society show. A range of the county’s diverse artwork is always on show at the Society’s exhibitions. For instance, you will find original paintings, drawings, printed media or sculptures all produced by society members.

The Abington Park Museum exhibition runs until 20th January 2019. Opening hours are normally 12pm to 4pm and admission is free. You will need to check with the museum for opening days over the Christmas Holiday period (https://www.facebook.com/AbingtonMuseum/).

Abington Park Museum Christmas Fair

Cordell Garfield Art Stall Abington Park Museum Christmas Fair
Cordell Garfield artwork at the Abington Park Museum Christmas Fair

I displayed and sold my work at the Abington Park Museum Christmas Fair at the weekend (24th/25th November). It was really good to talk about my paintings and meet some new faces, and even make some sales!

For me it was about showing some of my smaller works and drawings, and engaging with fellow art lovers. However, what was really surprising was the amount of people who came along to the Christmas Fair. For example, over the two days nearly 3,500 people visited all adding to a bustling and lively atmosphere. The fair hosted a range of traders selling gifts, treats, festive foods and drinks including some nice craft beer! There was plenty here for everybody, and the set up throughout the museum on different levels worked really well.

Above all, my thoughts are that the level of support for this locally arranged event is particularly encouraging. May be there might be a case for a local art fair as well?

http://www.cordellgarfield.com/2018/10/14/a-shout-out-to-northants-art-outlets/

https://www.facebook.com/AbingtonMuseum/

A shout out to Northants’ art outlets

“The lack of exhibiting space in the county is a worry”. I often hear this from other Northamptonshire artists I meet.

Primrose Gallery Northamptonshire
Primrose Gallery

With the temporary closure of the Central Museum and the current state of Northampton town centre in particular, local artists are concerned. Where can we show our work? How can we engage with the county’s art lovers?

However, despite all the current doom and gloom I would like to sing the praises of local outlets and galleries. These are outlets where I have sold paintings, so I have personal experience of their importance. They “fly the flag” for art and paintings in Northamptonshire.

Primrose Gallery 

https://www.primrosegallery.co.uk/

A well established gallery at Thrapston exhibiting original paintings and prints of not only national but local artists as well. The gallery has a good set up supported by framing and painting restoration services as well. Primrose is a strong supporter of local artists, culminating with the annual “Not the Open Studios” exhibition.

The Storehouse Gallery 

http://www.storehousegallery.com/

Opened in August 2017 at Weedon’s 19th century Royal Ordnance Depot on an impressive historic site overlooking the canal. It is fast establishing itself as an important exhibition space. The gallery has hosted artwork and photographs from local and national artists. It also supports exhibitions by the Northampton Town & County Art Society and the South Northants Open Studio Trail.

Vintage Guru St Giles Street 

https://www.facebook.com/search/str/vintage+guru+st+giles+street/

Whether it’s paintings, vintage clothing, old vinyls, ceramics or furniture this independent retailer has it. Only open since August 2018 it is located on Northampton’s “hidden gem” St. Giles Street. It has quickly built a reputation as a “must-visit” venue. The works of local artists are shown throughout the store and emporium.

NN Contemporary Art

 http://www.nncontemporaryart.org/

A contemporary art space in the centre of Northampton, and home to my studio. It has an international programme of contemporary art, but also supports local artists through its project space and open studios. The gallery has recently hosted the Northampton Urban Sketchers. https://www.facebook.com/events/urban-sketchers-northampton/)

This is only a small sample of current exhibiting space in Northamptonshire. It’s good to see art is alive and kicking in the county.