Sunday, August 23, 2009

Cartoonist sees the funny side of the Gallery

We all know how art can feed the soul - and there is plenty of wonderful art to lift our spirits in the Gallery on the Green (GOG). A recent contributor to the GOG is the cartoonist Judy Steele, who has drawn a cartoon especially for the GOG with the theme "laughter is the best medicine". Judy has been a Political Cartoonist for 27 years. Previously with the Burlington Gazette, and Burlington Spectator newspapers in Ontario, Canada, she moved to the Cayman Islands where she was political cartoonist for the Caymanian Compass Newspaper in the Cayman Islands for 12 years. Now living in Canmore, Alberta, Canada and still continuing to draw for the Cayman newspaper. Judy is an avid mountain hiker, canoeist and camper....lampooning bears, elk and cougars.

Do you see the funny side of life? Send your own cartoon, humorous post card/drawing to the gallery so we can share a giggle with you.

Telefon Corner - by Debbie Rose Van Der Bol

Another international contributor to the GOG is Debbie Rose Van Der Bol, who was inspired by the GOG to paint an original watercolour 'Telefon Corner'. Debbie is a talented artist who lives and paints on the beautiful island of Grand Cayman (BWI) - where she also owns and runs her own art shop/gallery 'Pure Art'.

Debbie says " I enjoyed the charming colours in the scene of this red phone booth! The way it so belongs to this little spot is what inspired me, its intimacy, in our cell phone world of today". Thank you Debbie for your contribution.

On Line Gallery

We will be changing the display at the Gallery next weekend, so have created a small on line archive of some of the current exhibtion. This can be seen on the website

Calling all schools and colleges

The Gallery on the Green team have had various conversations with teachers who would like to work with us to get their classes to produce a set of postcards. Some of these are from distant places (such as Leeds!) and some from inner cities, so they would also like to bring their class up on a visit. We think this is a great idea. There is lots to see in Settle and the surrounding area and we'd love to help you plan a visit that includes our Gallery. To make this easier, we've appointed an 'Education Director' for the Gallery on the Green, who can be contacted at

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Our phone box on Facebook

BT have a section (not sure of the technical term) on Facebook for the 'Adopt a phone box' scheme. (to find it, you have to be a member of Facebook and then do a search). Not much is there just yet, but there is a photo gallery, which includes a picture of our very own Gallery on the Green! There's also a little piece in the discussion forum which says that the Settle Gallery is 'an inspiration and we want other local communities to adopt their red kiosks and do something as amazing as this.' We think so too!

Friday, August 7, 2009

The spontaneous creativity of an eleven-year-old

Eleven year old Isabel Fawcett, visiting from Ecuador, created an art work of her own this afternoon when she drew a full-sized image of the telephone box using freshly mown grass-cuttings from the green. Her original intention had been to trace the outline of a car for her younger sister, but she realised that what she had begun reminded her of the Gallery on the Green, and adapted her design accordingly.

As a finishing touch she incorporated the word TELEPHONE using cotton wool for better visibility....and all of this spontaneously and without any supervision whatsoever.

It's a pity my photographs don't fully do justice to the piece, but well done Isabel for such an imaginative interpretation.