"We really enjoyed our evening at your gallery and it was lovely to be able to meet the artists and chat to them about their paintings."
Lynn Jepson - Personnel Director, Daniel Thwaites Brewery.
The exhibition was all about celebrating Lancashire Art and continuing the Lancashire theme, guests were served Lancaster Bomber beer, Sarsparilla, Lancashire Hot Pot, Black Pudding and Lancashire Cheese Tart. The gallery joined forces with Thwaites Brewery for the evening and 'Thwaites Arcade' by Trevor Lingard was chosen by the directors to be presented to Mr & Mrs Yerburgh at Thwaites` 200th celebratory evening held at Ewood Park. on 9th June 2007. On the night, Mrs Ursula Lohmar was the lucky winner of the free raffle, snapping up an original sketch by John thompson worth £750.
"A totally unique and most enjoyable corporate event" Ian Dugmore - Ainsworths Accountants
Invited clients of Ainsworths Chartered Accountants were entertained at the gallery by Ross eccles and John Thompson and educated about their rise to fame and fortune. Collections of work by both artists were on display. Ross and John were both on hand to discuss their art with guests and David white was the lucky winner of an original acrylic painting by Ross Eccles, one of Ireland's best known contemporary painters.
"A brilliant Community Partnership is developing, enabling our children to be able to visit the gallery, be inspired and learn from the artists" Brian Beresford - Headmaster, Whalley CE Primary School
Budding artists from Whalley Primary School saw their work hanging alongside famous names at a special exhibition. The event was a culmination of a four month art project which began with a visit to the gallery. Each of the 30 pupils produced one piece of art work, in a variety of mediums, which were judged by well- known Lancashire artist John Thompson. To reward the children for their hard work each entry was individually framed by Chris McCabe and then a special exhibition held so that parents and teachers could see the work hanging in a real gallery.
"We were absolutely delighted to be told we had won and that the prize was one of Elaine's paintings, which she presented to us. A fantastic way of adding to our collection" Sandra & Harry Marshall
A collection of works by David Mellor, Elaine Cooper, Todd White and Geoffrey Key were exhibited at our annual Christmas exhibition. Elaine used the pre-view evening to introduce a more contemporary slant on her popular theme of crooked houses and shops, using stronger and more vibrant colours. Sandra and Harry Marshall, already avid collectors of Elaine's work, were the lucky recipients of an Elaine Cooper original on the evening.