The Curtain Descends in final show at Village Gallery, York, after five years

Curtains To Village Gallery, by Suzanne McQuade

AS the title indicates, The Curtain Descends will be the last exhibition at Village Gallery, Colliergate, York.

“After five and a half years, more than 40 main exhibitions and the showcasing of work by 100-plus local artists, we’ll be closing our doors on Saturday, April 15,” says gallery co-owner and curator Simon Main. “The end of the shop lease and old age creeping up has sadly forced the decision.”

For the final show, Simon and Helen Main have invited ten 2D artists who have exhibited there previously to return for the March 7 to April 15 farewell.

Jim’s Garage, by Julie Lightburn

A range of styles, disciplines and media are on show: watercolours by Lynda Heaton, Jean Luce and Suzanne McQuade; oils and acrylics by Paul Blackwell, Julie Lightburn, Malcolm Ludvigsen, Anne Thornhill and Hilary Thorpe; pastels by Allen Humphries and lino and woodcut prints by Michael Atkin.

These artists are complementing those whose work is already on show: oils by Glynn Barker; the digital art of Fiona Calder; ceramics by Meg Ashley and Kit Hemsley; fused glass work by Ruth Foster; wood turning by Ralph Shuttleworth and sculpture by Edward Waites.

“With the support of all these artists, this final exhibition period will be a sale, with everything in store being reduced, so do drop in, support these artists and grab a bargain,” says Simon.

Breezy Day On Cowes Seafront, by Hilary Thorpe

In addition to its regularly changing art exhibitions and craftwork displays, Village Gallery  has featured new and old Lalique glass and crystal (as York’s official stockist for new pieces), along with  new and old jewellery.

“We’ll continue to deal in and sell both Lalique and jewellery, with this part of the business being moved to the Antique Centre on Stonegate (yes, even the new in an antique centre!), so it’s not a complete goodbye,” says Simon.

In addition, the online store at will continue to serve. Village Gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm, until April 15.

Old Houses, Staithes, by Jean Luce

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“My works come from my imagination or from memories of somewhere I’ve been and the mood of that place.” Other pieces are inspired by the natural world, the colours, textures and rhythms found in nature.

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Lynda Heaton’s Expressions in Watercolour show brings nature to York’s Village Gallery

Horse Chestnut Leaves, watercolour, by Lynda Heaton

SELBY artist Lynda Heaton has painted for as long as she can remember, winning second prize in a national painting competition for schools at the age of ten.

Her latest works, Expressions In Watercolour, go on show at Village Gallery, Colliergate, York, from Tuesday (26/4/2022) to June 4.

After studying retail and exhibition display at Bradford Art College, Lynda put her British Design Society qualifications to practical use, doing exactly this in her working life, while continuing to study and practise art in many forms: printmaking, life drawing, painting and pottery.

Frosty Morning Walk, watercolour, by Lynda Heaton

Since retiring, Lynda has spent much of her time painting in her home studio. “I’m passionate about watercolour painting and love the way the colours mingle and move across the paper, sometimes giving surprising effects,” she says.

She also experiments with other water-based media to give different textures to her paintings.

Early Light Pocklington Canal, watercolour, by Lynda Heaton

“My works come from my imagination or from memories of somewhere I’ve been and the mood of that place,” says Lynda. “Other pieces are inspired by the natural world, the colours, textures and rhythms found in nature.

“After renovating a large pond, I’m now further inspired to paint the pond life, such as the beautiful dragonflies that visit and the plants that grow in and around the water.”

Village Gallery is normally open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm.

Wild Garden, watercolour, by Lynda Heaton