Kentmere House Gallery has a right royal spotlight on Coronation weekend

Castle Howard Lily Pond, by Fred Cuming RA

KENTMERE House Gallery is marking the Coronation of Charles III and Camilla by highlighting artists with a “Royal” connection this weekend.

“We have always specialised in bringing nationally known artists to York, many of them being members of Royal art societies, who show regularly in central London,” says Ann Petherick, owner and curator of the long-running gallery in Scarcroft Hill, York. 

Some of the societies’ names are a little confusing, having changed over the years. years. For example, ROI stands for Royal Institute of Oil Painters, and RE for the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers, but the standard of their work is unmistakeable.” 

On show at Kentmere House Gallery down the years have been works by members of the RA (Royal Academician); ROI (Royal Institute of Oil Painters); RE (Royal Society of Painter-Etchers); RWS(Royal Watercolour Society) and RBA (Royal Society of British Artists).

Harbour Shelter, by Roy Freer ROI

Ann also draws attention to N.E.A.C., the New English Art Club. “It’s not royal but it deserves to be,” she says.

Kentmere House Gallery will be open on Saturday and Sunday, 11am to 5pm, or later by appointment on 01904 656507 or 07801 810825.

The gallery is open every Thursday evening, 6pm to 9pm, and on the first weekend of each month, 11am to 5pm. Visitors are welcome at the gallery at any other reasonable time or by contacting by phone.

“If you need a refuge from all things Coronation-related this weekend, Kentmere House Gallery is where you can find it, by immersing yourselves in some of the finest present-day art in the north,” says Ann.

She’s Late Again, by Susan Bower RBA