Gallery’s first guest artist

Penny Morrison, left, and Katherine Renton outside the Old School Gallery.
Penny Morrison, left, and Katherine Renton outside the Old School Gallery.

The first guest artist at a north Northumberland gallery which has recently been taken over is this year’s Alnmouth Arts Festival poster artist.

Since re-opening in April, the Old School Gallery in the village has proved to be very popular both with local people and with visitors.

Now being run by Penny Morrison and her partner, Dale Maloney, the gallery features work by Penny’s mother, Sue Fenlon, and other artists. It also has a coffee shop.

And the pair are now exhibiting paintings by their first guest artist, Hipsburn’s Katherine Renton, who grew up in Amble.

Penny said: “We have been delighted with the response we have had since our re-opening and as we are keen to showcase local artists, we thought, ‘who better to have as our first guest artist than Katherine, who had such a great success at the recent Alnmouth Arts Festival?’

Katherine won the competition, organised in conjunction with the Gazette to find the poster image for this year’s arts festival.

“Following the festival, I have been looking out for a local gallery from which to sell my paintings, and when Penny and Dale offered to host my work I jumped at the chance – it’s the perfect venue,” she said.

“The Old School Gallery provides a beautiful exhibition space and it is situated in the village which has provided the inspiration for my recent work.”

Katherine’s oil paintings and watercolours focus on the man-made defensive structures along our coastline: the harbours, breakwaters and concrete tank traps.

The Old School Gallery is on Foxton Road in Alnmouth and is open Wednesdays to Sundays, from 9.30am until 5pm.