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August 2015

Art Exhibition by Chris Richbell

Saturday, August 1, 2015 @ 10:30 am - Wednesday, September 2, 2015 @ 4:30 pm

Chris Richbell We are delighted to be hosting a range of new work in watercolour and acrylic by Olney resident, Chris Richbell. Chris is a member and regular exhibitor with the Northampton Town and Country Art Society and serves on their Council.  She paints mainly in watercolour or acrylic, and sometimes with mixed media or pastels. She is part of a group of painters from all over the country that annually enjoy painting together in Walberswick on the Suffolk coast.…

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February 2016

Ingrida Grosmane – Time of Harmony

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 @ 10:30 am - Friday, February 26, 2016 @ 4:30 pm

Our 2016 season opens with an exhibition by Latvian artist, Ingrida Grosmane, entitled 'Time of Harmony'. Ingrida, who now lives in Bedford, has a highly personal approach to her work and allows her paintings to speak for her. She believes a human being can only give out what she or he is feeling inside and, in her own case, she has a happy life and a love of her soul and tries to convey this through her work. And while…

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March 2016

Seeing eye to eye with Fair Trade: Helen Casey-Green

Tuesday, March 1, 2016 @ 10:30 am - Wednesday, March 23, 2016 @ 4:30 pm

In March, we're delighted to be supporting Fairtrade month which runs until 13th March with an exhibition by Helen Casey-Green who, as well as being an artist, also runs 'eye2eye' in Wollaston Courtyard which carries a range of Fairtrade goods from food stuffs to crafts. As Martin Luther King famously said, ‘before you finish eating breakfast in the morning, you’ve depended on more than half the world’. Despite our dependence on farmers and workers for the foods, drinks and products…

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April 2016

Weston Underwood Art Group : 10 Years On

Friday, April 1, 2016 @ 10:30 am - Thursday, April 28, 2016 @ 4:30 pm

To celebrate their tenth anniversary, the Weston Underwood Art Group is holding an exhibition at the Three Hares Gallery in Olney. “10 Years On” includes a wide range of work by 15 local artists using varied media and in their own individual styles. The Art Group was formed by its tutor Len Hollman, a potter and retired art teacher from Stoke Goldington. Originally an acrylic painting course with seven members, the group has expanded in numbers and has evolved to…

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The Cowper and Newton Society

Tuesday, April 12, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Museum Developments and Cowper Curiosities Tom Jones and Paul Collins, trustees of the museum, will be speaking to the Society at the Olney Centre. 12th April 7.30 pm. Members £2.00/ Visitors £4.00.

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May 2016

Significant Stillness by Nicky Kenny

Tuesday, May 3, 2016 @ 10:30 am - Friday, May 27, 2016 @ 4:30 pm

Once again we're pleased to be able to show an exhibition of photographs as part of our diverse programme of art exhibitions during 2016. For May we are hosting an exhibition by Nicky Kenny, who tells us here about her work and inspiration: "I have always loved photography. I remember as a child looking through old family albums, pictures of what may have been insignificant moments that had been locked in time, into tiny faded images, seeming now more significant in…

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Museums at Night – Open Garden

Friday, May 13, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Museum, Orchard Side
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Enjoy a Friday evening stroll in Olney around the Museum's walled flower and vegetable gardens. The flower garden is of significant horticultural interest and is planted only with specimens introduced to England before 1800, with very few exceptions.  The Summer House garden is planted and maintained as a Victorian-style vegetable garden by the tenant with many old varieties of vegetables. At the top of the garden, visit the "bouderie", the Summer House where the 18th Century poet William Cowper wrote…

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June 2016

Parklife by Graeme Roach

Wednesday, June 1, 2016 @ 10:30 am - Saturday, June 25, 2016 @ 4:30 pm

Once again, the Three Hares Art Gallery at the Cowper & Newton Museum is participating in the county-wide Bucks Open Studio event which runs from 11th to 26th June.  This year, we are pleased to welcome the artist Graeme Roach and his exhibition of drawings of Canadian Geese under the title 'Parklife'. We asked Graeme to tell us a little about himself and what lies behind the inspiration for his exhibition: "I was born in Newcastle upon Tyne and after…

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July 2016

Out of Paint & Print: Colin Veitch

Friday, July 1, 2016 @ 10:30 am - Friday, July 29, 2016 @ 4:30 pm

During July, we welcome Colin Veitch to the Gallery.  Here Colin tells us something of his background and his work... I had 'a day job', for 44 years that took me into four different careers; · Scenic Artist Repertory Theatres · Feature Films & Television Studios · A Civil Servant with The British Council · Events Organiser The John Lewis Partnership Each one of the above career paths moulded me but sadly tore me further and further away from my…

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Alice in Wonderland

Sunday, July 10, 2016 @ 10:30 am - 4:30 pm

Alice in Wonderland Alice in Wonderland comes to the wonder of the beautiful Cowper and Newton Museum gardens - a magical day with Rebecca Carrington and her students from Arts 1 School of Performance www.arts1.co.uk based in Milton Keynes, dressed as characters from this famous book... and remaining in character all day!        Fall into the world of the Mad Hatter without swallowing any potions!   Look forward to: -  Tweedle-dum & Tweedle-dee to welcome you throughout the day. -  A mad hatter's tea party in…

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Guided Walk around Olney

Sunday, July 17, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Meet outside the Cowper and Newton Museum, Olney
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The Haunts of Cowper and Newton - guided walk around Olney from the museum Join our guide Tom on a guided walk around Olney, setting off from the museum at 11am.      Do you live here? Or are you planning a visit to Olney? Why not come on a guided walk to explore the nooks and crannies of the town from the Market Place, with emphasis on the NORTH end of town. Follow the footsteps of William Cowper and…

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Hopping Hares – Family Fun for the Summer Holidays

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 - Saturday, September 3, 2016

Hopping Hares... Where have Mr Cowper's pet hares got to now?  Under the table, avoiding the viper in the Viper Barn and escaping around the town.... Come and help us round them up   Craft table available everyday   Extra Craft activities on Tuesday mornings in August from 10.30 am - midday. Tuesday 9th August Tuesday 16th August Tuesday 23rd August Tuesday 30th August

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August 2016

Urban Eye: Views through the Brush & Lens by Mike & Beki Bloor

Wednesday, August 3, 2016 @ 10:30 am - Tuesday, August 30, 2016 @ 4:30 pm

Urban Eye: Views through the Brush & Lens featuring paintings and photographs by father and daughter, Mike and Beki Bloor

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Family Crafts in the Gazebo

Tuesday, August 16, 2016 @ 10:30 am

Join us in the Gazebo and unleash your creative side -  or just enjoy sticking something! FREE

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Family Crafts in the Gazebo

Tuesday, August 23, 2016 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Join us in the Gazebo and unleash your creative side -  or just stick something! FREE

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Family Crafts in the Gazebo

Tuesday, August 30, 2016 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Unleash your creative side - or just stick something! FREE

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September 2016

Animal Magic by Charmian Hayes

Friday, September 2, 2016 @ 10:30 am - Thursday, September 29, 2016 @ 4:30 pm

Charmian studied art in Liverpool back in the dark ages when the Beatles were fab and we could all do the twist without falling over. For many years she had a “proper” job in IT (in the days when it was called ADP) and painting was her hobby, but when the arrival of a son and heir necessitated working from home she turned to art and began taking commissions for portraits and caricatures. Originally her portraits were done in pastels,…

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October 2016

VISUALise: Inspiration for Stitch and Expression

Tuesday, October 4, 2016 @ 10:30 am - Friday, October 28, 2016 @ 4:30 pm

ISE (Inspiration for Stitch and Expression) was formed several years ago by like minded artists who enjoy creating diverse work with stitch as the common thread. On display are abstract, realistic and figurative art and fashion accessories using a wide variety of media: wire, paper, fabric (new, distressed and recycled) and found objects: these are hand and machine stitched, or felted to fashion art inspired by both the natural world and the built environment.

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November 2016

Looking Out, Looking In: Ann Edwards

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 @ 10:30 am - Thursday, December 1, 2016 @ 4:30 pm

During November, The Three Hares Gallery is hosting an exhibition by Ann Edwards entitled ‘Looking Out, Looking In’. Ann lives in a small village in Bedfordshire, with her husband and dog. 20 years ago she trained as a counsellor, and for a long time she has been working part time as a counsellor. Most of her therapeutic work is with adolescents using a variety of creative techniques. However, long before life as a counsellor Ann did a Fine Art degree…

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December 2016

Late Night Opening

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Our shop, Museum, gardens and Art Gallery are all open until 8.00  for Late Night Opening in Olney on 1st December Go to Bed Ted Prize Draw We are also giving a prize draw ticket to win Ted with each £5 spent in our shop for all our customers. Go to Bed Ted Prize Draw will also run on Dickens Day ready to join his new family for Christmas

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February 2017

Celebrate 250 years of William Cowper, with us!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 @ 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Museum, Orchard Side

       Celebrate 250 years of William Cowper, with us!  Welcome back for the  2017 season - we've missed you!  You will be fascinated to know that William Cowper moved to Olney from Huntingdon in 1767.  Our historical celebrity, William Cowper remained here for 18 years. Cowper's literary works are still thoroughly enjoyed all over the world.  Join us in celebrating the arrival of William Cowper to our beautiful Georgian town.  Let us whet your appetite to delve into the delights of…

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Finders Keepers – Tales in Textiles! by Connie Flynn

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 @ 10:30 am - Saturday, February 25, 2017 @ 4:30 pm

In June 2015 Connie Flynn was the Artist in Residence at Sumburgh Lighthouse Shetland. During the residency she researched the social history aspect of the keepers and their families who stayed, worked and lived at the lighthouse. She recorded these experiences of the past, the quotes and stories as a reference in her sketchbook. Connie then transferred them onto cloth, constructing textile wall hangings, each one decorated with different surface effects and hand stitched techniques. The tea stained fabric and…

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Pancake Day Dash Family Fun Trails & Things to Do

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 @ 10:30 am - Tuesday, February 28, 2017 @ 4:00 pm

Train for Pancake Day with our Pancake Day Dash Get yourself pancake fit Find out how to make a Perfect Pancake in the Museum Track down our Sports Clues in the Gardens Try out your pancake flipping skills Use your finger torch to hunt for the missing trainer in the Viper Barn   The finger torch is included in the price of the trail for you to take away with you Craft bag and Craft table also available

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March 2017

UK Astronomy Group – Photo Exhibition

Thursday, March 2, 2017 @ 10:30 am - Thursday, March 30, 2017 @ 4:30 pm

An exhibition by the UK Astronomy Group featuring stunning images and displaying the winners and runners-up from the UK Astronomy Annual Photo competition 2016. UK Astronomy started as one man in a field. His name was Ross Hockham and he was looking for some friends to share his passion with. A year on, UK Astronomy has a Facebook group which is over 1500 members strong, and Ross holds monthly events at Emberton Sports and Social Club amongst other places. He…

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April 2017

The Three Js: An exhibition by Jennifer Steele, Jan Drury and Joanne Bowes

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 @ 10:30 am - Friday, April 28, 2017 @ 4:30 pm

Jan Drury, Joanne Bowes and Jennifer Steele are members of the Artists’ Network Bedfordshire. Exhibiting as The Three Js, they share an interest in exploring different media and approaches, in particular how these contribute to their personal visualisations of landscapes, seascapes and the natural world. Jan is an abstract artist, whose paintings are an exploration into the effects of the intermingling and reactions of various liquids, combined with layering, collage and batik. This process allows for the occurrence of chance…

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