Welcome to the December / January edition of the EVAN newsletter…

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Due to Lockdown II, the Autumn Open Exhibition has been extended until 8th January 2021.

Focus on an EVAN artist: Dorothy Ramsay

By Sarah Hiscoke

This interview couldn’t be conducted in the usual way, due to lockdown and tier restrictions, so as a result, I feel I am just going to scratch the surface of this mixed media artist who views and depicts the world around her with incredible colour, energy and inspiration. This article will include comments from Dorothy and some of my own personal view of her work. Hopefully it will still give you a feeling of her pieces and inspirations and you can use the links at the end to see and learn more.


New Book by Simon Whalley

Beacon Red is the culmination of six months spent connecting with local Red Squirrels in the Beacon woodland near Penrith. Simon has dedicated countless hours to capturing the essence of these delightful little creatures. This book will move you at a deeper level, helping you reconnect with nature.

Available to buy from the Gallery and on-line, priced £20.

A lovely gift or a present to yourself!

Buy Now

New CDs released


An album of 14 songs written and/or recorded during the period of lockdown March-July 2020, featuring some great artists from the EVAN.

On sale at the Gallery, priced £6.

Also available by mail order for £8 including UK p&p, e-mail: mail@rblmusic.com saying how many copies you want and what address to send them to. Payment will be debit or credit card or PayPal. For international orders please contact first for an estimate of p&p.

Beneath the Beacon Song Project

recorded at St Mary’s Church, Wreay.

Performed by Dawn Hurton, Juliet Fossey, Peter Michael Rowan, June Swift, Gwen Bainbridge, Rich Evans, Thomas Corda-Stanley and Pete Moran. Mixed and mastered by Peter Michael Rowan.

BENEATH THE BEACON brings to life an alphabet of characters (from ARCHITECT to ZAPATA) from the area, and tells their stories through the view from the Beacon, across time and place.


On sale at the Gallery, priced £10

Window Wanderland Penrith and Eden

Window Wanderland is a national event, started in 2015 and the ‘Penrith and Eden Wanderland’ is now part of this. Penrith began this project at the beginning of December and the hope is that as interest grows, more homes, villages and towns will join in. The project is currently funded by Penrith Town Council, Eden Valley Artistic Network (through Eden District Council) and Penrith Chamber of Trade, whose President, Stephen Macaulay, contacted Simon Whalley (EVAN), when they realised that they were both hoping to make this happen within the whole of Eden.


The window display at the EVAN Gallery by Polly Marix-Evans.

The window display at EVAN Gallery 4A by Gwen Bainbridge.

Watercolour for Beginners

Watercolour for Beginners

An on-line course by Sarah Colgate

One of our members Sarah Colgate is running on-line watercolour courses for beginners from January 2021.

Go to her website www.coursesforadults.co.uk

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and that 2021 will be a much better year for us all.