Cornwall Living 2018

The Cowhouse Gallery


The Cowhouse Gallery is situated in the centre of the village of Perranuthnoe, and was once one of the outbuildings to Lynfield Farm, belonging to Virginia and Joe Laity.

When Joe retired from farming, their daughter Lynn, a home economics teacher at Truro High school, had the idea of forming a craft centre in the old outbuildings, across the road from the farmhouse. A small group of artist friends took on the cowshed as a studio space and gallery, naming it The Cowhouse Gallery. Since those days, the membership of the cooperative group has grown to fifteen, with additional guest members.

Visitors to the gallery are impressed by the wide range of work exhibited; this is achieved by considering artists’ applications carefully for their uniqueness when appointing new members.

Of the four painters, Katharine Mair produces traditional oil paintings of local views, Wendy Powell works mainly in pen and ink with watercolours, on local scenes, Ellen Visser uses rich watercolours to produce both local and distant scenes and figures in the landscape, and Anne Boss’ work is typified by her unmistakeable life drawings and Impressionistic landscapes.

There are two jewellers; Chloe Williams makes youthful jewellery in sea glass and silver, and Dave Whitton’s work is more classic and includes wedding jewellery in various metals. Dave Jones is a wood turner producing a variety of bowls and vases in local and reclaimed woods. Paul is the photographer who produces framed and unframed images as well as photocards of scenes around West Cornwall.

Roz Astin paints and works in fabric, making local scenes in appliqué and embroidery as well as handbags and other goods; she will also make bespoke clothing. Glynn Abrahams works in leather making handbags, belts, bookmarks, dog collars and other goods. Linda Craig specialises in printing, producing framed and unframed prints and cards, and characteristic blue pottery ware.

There are four sculptors, producing a variety of three dimensional art work. Carol Chapman makes abstract and semi-abstract sculptures in polished concrete, Jean Foulds constructs abstract sculptures, building in clay slabs, and makes abstract paintings in acrylics. Janeve Bainbridge is notable for her variety of cast and original sculptures of people, and also paints. Lorna Johnson’s work is influenced by the American culture and she is known for her portrayal of wild animals; she also paints in watercolour and acrylics.

During 2015, work from guest artists included two different types of glass making, designs in wood, ceramic jewellery, pottery, woodcarving and mono printing.


The Cowhouse Gallery

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