Welcome to the December edition of the EVAN newsletter…

We aim to inform you about events that are coming up within the Eden Valley Artistic Network, either in the Gallery or around the Eden Valley. We also hope to give you an idea of what individual members of Eden Valley Artistic Network are doing, whether exhibitions, workshops or events.

What's happening in December, January, February and March…

The EVAN Christmas Fair

This year the EVAN Christmas Fair is at Rheged.  30 EVAN members have stalls and there will be musicians to entertain you.  This coincides with the start of the Great Print Exhibition.  See you there. 

Get into the Festive Spirit at the EVAN Gallery

Join us at the Gallery on Thursday 19th December for mulled wine and mince pies from 12 noon till 7pm.  Come along and choose those last minute Christmas presents or just enjoy the wine and mince pies with us.

10% discount on all purchases made on the day.    

Focus on an EVAN Artist: Maggi Toner-Edgar

Maggi Toner-Edgar

Maggi Toner-Edgar, the daughter of a dressmaker and granddaughter of a lace maker, was always going to be involved in textiles and fashion.  She first started working with her hands and yarn when she was three years old.



Exhibition of Textiles: 15-29 February 2020

Exhibition of Textiles from 15th to 29th February 2020, downstairs in the EVAN Gallery. The Exhibition will include hats, garments, scarves, one-off pieces and pictures. All welcome.


Next Focus on an EVAN Artist: Ray Ogden

Ray Ogden

Ray is a printmaker and author/illustrator based at the EVAN Gallery in Penrith.

Ray draws with a graphics tablet and digital paint software. He mixes visual media conventions, in the layered construction of his prints. His work is both evocative, atmospheric and stunning. A former BBC Television Designer and Lecturer. I am very much looking forward to interviewing Ray and you can look forward to reading the March Edition.

Dates for your Diary

On now until 5th January 2020: Maria Burton is exhibiting at Tullie House. Maria has work in the shop area. The paintings are supported by books, prints and cards and for the same duration, there is a fabulous exhibition of work from Turner and Rembrandt in the main exhibition space.

6th December 2019 to 8th March 2020: The Great Print Exhibition at Rheged. An interesting selection of work including work by EVAN members.

7th December 2019: Beneath The Baubles EVAN Fair Rheged

13th December 2019: Ian Cumpstey plus Underdog – Stainton VH

13th December 2019: Blue Jam Arts Space Benefit Concert

13th December 2019: Blue Jam Arts Space Benefit Concert

14th December 2019: June Gwen and Friends : Beneath the Baubles, Brunswick Yard 6pm

16th December 2019: Errant Thieves On BBC Radio Cumbria Arty Show 7pm – 10pm

20th December 2019: Errant Thieves – Old Courthouse

10th January 2020: Errant Thieves  – Stainton VH

11th January 2020: Greenmans Apprentice – Studio Morland

17th January 2020: Mrs Knox and the Goodtime Boys – Old Courthouse

18th January 2020: Mike Turnbull and The Safe Kings + Errant Thieves, Staveley Roundhouse

8th February 2020: Errant Thieves – Studio Morland

14th February 2020: Burnt Horse – Stainton VH

15th February to the 29th February 2020: Textile Exhibition – EVAN Gallery

18th February to 23rd February 2020: ‘Painting and drawing the land’ with Lionel Playford at Higham Hall

21st February 2020: Peter Michael Rowan – Old Courthouse

13th March 2020: Peter Michael Rowan – Stainton VH

13th March to 15th March 2020: Cumbria life homes and garden show Rheged

14th March 2020: Mrs Knox and the Goodtime Boys – Studio Morland

20th March 2020: The Misdemeanours  – Old Courthouse

26th March 2020 to 19th April 2020:  EVAN Spring Open Exhibition

See EVAN website for more listings.



Friday 13th December 7-10.30pm BlueJam Arts Space, Friargate, Penrith CA11 7XRFinal benefit concert and get together of 2019!

Family friendly £6 Children free. Performing will be a mix of various BlueJam Choirs – please join in with festive songs! Plus from Morecambe the amazing Off The Rails big band and our very own, brilliant BlueJam Jazz! Please bring food to share – drinks available (donations appreciated).



Higham Hall – Tuesday 18th February at 18:30 to Sunday 23rd February 2020 at 13:30.

Lake District landscape is perhaps at its most inspiring for artists in late winter. Explore its beauty and connect with it through sketching expeditions and studio painting using your choice of materials: charcoal, watercolour, acrylics and/or oils. Prices: Residential: £535 Non-residential: £378 (inc. field trips).


A look back at this years Penrith Arts Festival

Picturing Penrith Art Competition 2019

The Picturing Penrith competition 2019 was a great success, despite the rain and cold wind first thing.

Picturing Penrith Young Artist Winner 2019

The winner of the Young Artist 1st prize 2019 was Tamar Birkett. The trophy was presented by the community representative and former President of the Penrith Rotary Club, Charlie Shepherd.

Tamar is the first recipient of this fabulous Picturing Penrith Young Artist trophy, sponsored by Penrith Rotary Club. Tamar will hold onto to the trophy until next years Picturing Penrith Art Competition, when it will be handed back and engraved with the name of next years Young Artist prize winner. Tamar also takes away a cash prize of £150, also kindly sponsored by Penrith Rotary Club.

The trophy was presented by the community representative and former President of the Penrith Rotary Club, Charlie Shepherd.

Tamar’s painting depicts The Black Angel monument in Castle Park and was judged the winner of the Young Artist’s category by professional artist Vega Brennan. The monument was originally unveiled in 1906 in Corney Square and is dedicated to the men from Penrith who died during the Boer War in South Africa (1899−1902).