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The Old Fire Engine House Gallery
Restaurant & Art Gallery since 1968

October & November 2019
You are warmly invited to the October Preview Evening featuring
Ruth Beloe, 12 Printmakers and Barbara McGirr
Wednesday 2nd October 6-8pm
Oct 3rd - Dec 1st
Upper Gallery

12 Printmakers

12PM was formed in 1984 from a group of professional artists working in and around Colchester. The name of the group derives from there being twelve founding members. Many have had solo exhibitions, shown at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibitions, Royal West of England Academy Autumn Exhibitions, Originals' Print Exhibitions, or taken part in mixed exhibitions all over the UK and abroad. The group feels strongly about the need to heighten public awareness about printmaking as an art form and to dispel any misunderstandings about the definition of an original print.

Oct 3rd - Dec 1st
Lower Gallery

Ruth Beloe

Ruth trained at the Charles H Cecil Studios in Florence over a period of three years, studying portrait and figurative drawing and sculpting using the 'sight-size' technique. 

Once back in the UK she opened her studio in Ely and was appointed Artist in Residence at the Kings' School. Ruth then worked in an artists' foundry to better understand the processes and practicalities of lost wax casting for bronze, and used this knowledge to inform her own work.  More recently, attracted by the different visual challenge it presents, Ruth has spent her time painting in oil and currently works from her studio in York.
Sitting Room
Oct 2nd - Nov 3rd

Barbara McGirr

Having studied textile design at Belfast College of Art and Reading University, Barbara has worked as a freelance designer for Sandersons, John Lewis, Marks and Spencer, Colefax and Fowler, Textra and Liberty's, as well as producing wallpaper collections for New York. In 1976 she moved to Ely and began illustrating children's books for Dinosaur Publications, Longmans, Cambridge University Press, and Collins, on mostly Natural History subjects.  Her botanical painting commissions include a plan of Marjorie Fishes Garden in Somerset and portraits of new species for Blooms of Bressingham and is a member of the Society of Botanical Artists.
Exhibiting until Sept 29th
The Upper Gallery - Rebecca Harvey
The shapes and colours are inspired by Ikebana, the art of Japanese flower arranging and the Cornish hedgerows.
The Lower Gallery - Christopher Witchall
Christopher Witchall is a realist artist whose subjects include Landscape, Seascapes and Urban Landscape. 
Winter Preview with Mulled Wine
Weds Dec 4th 6-8pm
Anthony Day & Richard Neal
Free entry, all welcome, everyday.
Gallery opening times 10.30am - 10.30pm Mon - Sat & 12-5pm Sun. 

Coffee, tea and cake served 10.30am - 11.30am Mon - Fri & 4-5.15pm daily.
Please note: The downstairs gallery is used as a dining room 12-2 & 7-9pm daily.
Closed on public holidays and for two weeks every Christmas and New Year.

To submit artwork for consideration,
please email some examples of your work to

The Old Fire Engine House Restaurant & Gallery
25 St Mary's Street, Ely, CB7 4ER
Tel: 01353 662582

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