Somerville Gallery and the Coronavirus

Due to the current Coronavirus situation we have taken the sensible precaution to suspend formal opening hours of the Somerville Gallery in Otley. Whilst the foot count of visitors is usually not very heavy in a concentrated fashion, the nature of the screen panelling is such that close contact with other people is inevitable.

Should anyone wish to visit the Gallery we are quite happy to accommodate by appointment only for the time being.

By telephoning Ian or Jayne directly at the studio in Burley in Wharfedale : 01943 864349 arrangements can be made to suit most circumstances.

Ian will work solely from the studio for the time being.

We will keep the website updated with news as it develops and please don’t forget that most products can be distributed on line.

Finished Drawing of Burley

Ian has now finished the drawing on a 3ft canvas which will remain as an exhibition piece. As he paints, there may be slight alterations made to tonal and form.

He’s brought out the tonal shade of the sectional part of the spinning wheel, a symbol of Burley’s heritage, muting but recognisable icons by applying white spirit to soften the marks. It shows how the wheel will contain also the historical trades etc.

There will still be minor changes as we go along or include the school competition icon etc but the image is what he will start with.

Photographing the drawing and converting it to a 4ft stretched canvas on the the image will be printed but it take a couple of weeks which means Ian’s re-apperance in the Burley library on Thursday afternoons will coincide with this time delay.

Many people have expressed wanting a print of the drawing from the very high definition image. This aspect is being considered at present and we will let you know the outcome in due course.