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.

Ian Middleton Turns 70 and Paints Monarch of the Glen

On the 27th October 2016 Ian celebrated his 70th birthday in style. His Scottish roots led him to enjoy a week long celebration entertaining 35 guests at the estate in Inverness where the TV series Monarch of the Glen was filmed. The castle referred to as Glenbogle in the series was also used to accommodate a retaking of the Ian and his wife Jayne’s 30 year marriage vows.

The famous painting of the Monarch by Edwin Landseer in 1851 was much too resist for Ian and to mark the occasion he generated copy but with more of the legs and ground showing than the original.