Ravenstonedale Kirkby Stephen Cumbria

A Nicheworks interview with David and Caroline of the Scar Art Gallery

Tucked away close to the Black Swan Hotel this attractive gallery/working studio has been active in the village for many years. It is run by Caroline Metcalfe-Gibson and David Morris who also offer Residential Art Classes in Ravenstonedale. The Scar Gallery is not a gift/craft gallery, however there is an excellent selection of postcards, letter-cards and small prints of the local area by Caroline Metcalfe-Gibson.

In the summer of 1999 Caroline and David carried out a complete refurbishment in the building with a view to creating a more positive approach to exhibiting their work. The gallery is in one of Ravenstonedale's oldest cottages, once a cobbler's shop amongst other things, with no water supply until the refurbishment in 1999. While still maintaining the building's character, there is now a light and airy ground floor space with good heating and lighting for exhibiting pictures and a working studio upstairs.

Visitors are welcome to browse, discuss the paintings and leave having made no purchase. However, such is the quality of the work on display that many visitors return entranced both with Ravenstonedale and with the images they see in watercolours, oil, pastels and other media in the gallery.

These works are enjoyed not only by casual browsers but also by local people, art lovers and devotees of this unspoilt Westmorland village.

Artists living locally such as Tom Oldham and the late Anne Anderson are represented as are people such as Jaap and Tilly Van Rees who have strong local connections.

Caroline and David's plans for the gallery are to "continue showing quality drawings and paintings which we hope may provoke reflection or pleasure in the onlooker".