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Christmas cheer heads to Dorothy Wightman Interiors

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Dorothy’s Country Christmas’ exhibition is set to open on the 1st November 2014 at her gallery near Lupton.  The exhibition plays host to the Interior Designer’s favourite artists from across the UK and brings a little flavour of Dorothy’s home at Christmas to the gallery – making it a real festive and welcoming exhibition.

As a dedicated self-employed Interior Designer, Dorothy Wightman’s passion is her business and like many other business owners she often spends more time in her studio than at home.  However, she is a very family orientated individual and loves how Christmas brings all the family together for the many festive celebrations. This year Dorothy has brought that essence of a ‘family’ Christmas into her gallery so everyone can really get into the Christmas spirit.

Dorothy’s Country Christmas offers escapism and a tranquil place to take haven from the hustle and bustle of the shops whilst browsing and enjoying some of the fine pieces that are on display as part of the exhibition.   The focus of the exhibition is around Dorothy’s love of a traditional family Christmas and with spending so much time at work, she has brought a little of her home into the gallery with a mock-up Aga being the centrepiece of the exhibition.

Dorothy Wightman comments:

‘Christmas is a very special time and this year I wanted to bring the idea of a family Christmas into the gallery. The Country Christmas Exhibition aims to capture the nostalgic essences of celebrating Christmas in a homely atmosphere. There are some fantastic artists showcasing their work in the exhibition and we hope visitors enjoy their designs as much as we do’

The exhibition will include work of various artists from across the UK who specialise in a variety of art forms such as ceramics, glass and jewellery, which have been specially handpicked by Dorothy.   Complimentary pieces will sit alongside Dorothy’s Aga, giving the impression you’ve just stepped inside Dorothy’s home ready for the Christmas celebrations to begin.

Renowned for his high quality, skilfully executed dynamic forms and surfaces, glass artist Bob Crooks is showcasing his collection of glassware as part of the exhibition. Crooks is one Britain’s most highly recognised leading glassmakers and his pieces are very popular at the gallery.

The exhibition will feature work by ceramicist Lisa Hammond.   Her range of cookware embraces function, individuality and playfulness that has been developed and influenced from time spent in Japan.

Another artist who has been handpicked for the exhibition is Scarlett Cohen French, who will exhibit her range of contemporary Jewellery which uses enamel in experimental ways to create unique designs.

All of this festive artwork will be presented together with various other Christmas decorations and work by regular gallery artists, so be sure to head along and take a look inside ‘Dorothy’s Country Christmas’ exhibition at Dorothy Wightman Interiors.

2 weeks left to see ‘Magic and Timeless’

Friday, October 10th, 2014

Members of the public will have their last chance to see a dog in wellies, a pig in lipstick, hedgehogs, robins and a gigantic sunflower in the exhibition Magic and Timeless, which will be closing on the 31st October, at the gallery at Dorothy Wightman Interiors in Lupton.

The exhibition which opened in September showcases the work of one of Dorothy Wightman’s most popular artists, Laurance Simon.  The exhibition has been warmly received by visitors to the gallery who have commented on the witty pieces on display from the French born ceramicist.

The exhibition is bursting with striking, colourful ceramics that will brighten any home during the winter months.  Key pieces include detailed candlesticks, small dishes topped with woodland creatures and the popular ‘pig with lipstick’, which has been a real talking point.    Each piece unique and beautifully decorated and might solve that difficult problem of what to give for Christmas

The Gallery often features work by Simon, but this is her first solo exhibition.   She was born in France, though has lived in London for over year 20 years.

Dorothy Wightman comments,

“Magic and Timeless has been a pleasure to have at the Gallery.  Not only has it filled our showroom with colour but has been very popular with our customers, who have loved the comedy of some of the ceramics in the collection.  There are not many places you can see a dog on roller skates and people have really engaged with a more light-hearted exhibition, which we have loved being part of.”

Magic and Timeless closes on the 31st October and will be replaced with Dorothy’s Christmas exhibition on the 1st November.

Dorothy Wightman Interiors – Magic and Timeless exhibition

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

It is a busy time of year for Dorothy Wightman as she prepares for the launch of a major new exhibition at her gallery, in Lupton near Kirkby Lonsdale of work by popular ceramic artist Laurance Simon, opening 20th September.

Magical and Timeless – 20th September to 31st October

Following on from the success of previous solo exhibitions, Magical and Timeless is an exhibition which showcases the work of one of Dorothy Wightman’s most popular artists, Laurance Simon.

The Gallery often features work by Simon, but this is her first solo exhibition.   She was born in France, though has lived in London for over year 20 years and after studying at the Camberwell School of Art, and abroad set up a studio in North London.

Since she was a child, making was a passion, it was in her blood; she sees herself as a ‘maker’.  She has – as she would say “indulged and struggled” in the world of ceramics for about 15 years.

Her work is a juggling act between painting and sculpture.  She starts with her sketch book and fills pages with images.  Then she begins her work in clay and the resulting pieces speak of nature, animals, colour, texture and pattern and are often imbued with humour or pathos, such as Dogs on roller skates, pigs in high heels, a hedgehog on the lid on a small box, cactus with birds resting on the stems – a cornucopia – all in wonderful colours.  Magical and Timeless features small pieces to bigger statement pieces.

She says the influences on her work are numerous and of course change over time, but what remains is the absolute pleasure of creating…and viewing for the public.

Dorothy Wightman comments,

“It is an exciting time at the gallery.  Laurance Simon is a very popular artist at the gallery and we are delighted that we can showcase her work in a solo exhibition.  We hope visitors to the gallery really enjoy browsing the pieces as much as we enjoy curating them.”

Fine Lines – new exhibition at Dorothy Wightman Interiors

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Fine Lines, a new exhibition arrives at Dorothy Wightman Interiors, near Kirkby Lonsdale, on 21st June, which celebrates subtle colours, beautifully finished surfaces and simple structures; whilst not underestimating the simple, fine lines often found in great works of art.

Fine Lines is the fourth exhibition at the interior design studio and gallery this year, showcasing the work of some of the UKs leading artists and crafts people.  Dorothy has a passion for perfection and uses the finest fabrics and designs and works with some of the leading suppliers in her interior design work.  Her exhibitions are no different and are curated to showcase some of the finest artists from across the globe, with works of the highest quality and workmanship.

Dorothy Wightman comments,

“I am passionate about good quality work, exquisite craftsmanship and stunning design, which are the foundations on which I have built my business.  The exhibitions we host are an opportunity to bring together some of the UKs finest artists to Cumbria and exhibit to people across the county works of art, which they may never get the opportunity to see.” 

Fine Lines includes work by Jessica Turrell, Rebecca Callis and Petra Bittl.

Jessica works in enamel producing both jewellery and larger works.   She trained in jewellery and enamel at Central School of Art, London. Over recent years she has undertaken a sustained period of research into mark-making using non-traditional enamel techniques. Her current studio practice includes the production of both jewellery and larger scale enamel work.  In both her jewellery and larger scale work she strives to obtain a tactile delicacy whilst making pieces that reward the wearer’s close attention with an intricate and detailed surface.

Rebecca Callis, who lives and works locally in Kendal makes finely thrown porcelain which has an understated elegance inspired by her love of the set table and the rituals associated with food and drink.  Rebecca is due to move into The Factory soon, which is a sustainable and dynamic community of creative workspaces; evolving to meet the needs of creative professionals and supporting Kendal and the Lakes as a centre of arts and creativity in the North West.

Finally, Petra Bittl from Germany brings an international flavour to the exhibition.  She is a ceramicist who’s simple and very contemporary shapes are usually marked with ‘fine lines’. The award winning artist has just returned from exhibiting in China and has introduced some very vibrant colours to her work.

The exhibition will run at the Dorothy Wightman Interiors Gallery until 1st August 2014.  To find out more please visit

Possibilities in Paper – new exhibition at Dorothy Wightman Interiors

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Dorothy Wightman Interiors, based in Lupton near Kirkby Lonsdale is set to host another exhibition from some of the UK’s most renowned artists. ‘Possibilities in Paper’ will run from May 10th to June 20th.

Paper is a very everyday material which has been transformed by the artists in this exhibition into beautiful works and desirable objects.

Kate Downie RSA is an artist with an international reputation.  Born in USA of Scottish parentage her first major solo show was in Aberdeen.  Her work has been exhibited throughout the world including exhibitions in China, Norway, Denmark, Holland, France and the USA.  A member of the Royal Scottish Academy, Kate has established her reputation as a significant artist through her fine drawing skills, which are evident in the works in this exhibition.

Anne Finlay and Ana Hagopian create contemporary jewellery using paper. Anne is an Edinburgh graduate and her pieces are in bold, modern colours with strong structural forms. Ana is Spanish and in her work the colours used reflect sunnier climes and a whimsical nature. The use of paper as the main material makes the work of these two jewellers very affordable and wearable as we move into sunnier weather as summer approaches.

A special addition to the ‘Possibilities in Paper’ exhibition is a few larger pieces of work by Julie Arkell.  Julie is one of the UK’s most recognised contemporary folk artists working in papier-mâché and mixed media.  Her work has attracted many fans to the gallery and Dorothy has arranged to have a few exclusive pieces for this exhibition.

The exhibition will run at the Dorothy Wightman Interiors Gallery until 20th June 2014.  To find out more please visit

London Glassblowers to exhibit in Cumbria

Monday, February 10th, 2014

Some of the UKs most renowned artists are set to feature in one a one-off exhibition named ‘Catching the Light’ to be held at Dorothy Wightman Interior Design, in Lupton near Kirkby Lonsdale.  The exhibition opens on 15th February to 28th March 2014.

Catching the Light showcases select contemporary works that catch and reflect the light in the dark and gloomy days of winter.  The exhibition includes a fine selection of translucent and opaque glass in a variety of colours and shapes; paintings where the skilful application of the oils traps the light and jewellery worked in glittering precious metals and translucent stones.

The exhibition is a coup for the Gallery and the local area as it features work from a group of artists whose work would rarely be seen out of London and the big urban centres;  most notably Louis Thompson, the main contributor to the exhibition and one of the most exciting and sought after glass artists working in Britain today.

Thompson graduated in glass design in 1988 and has taught extensively at universities in the UK and USA.    A leading figure in cutting edge design and creative solutions in hot glass in 2012, he won the prestigious Jerwood Maker’s prize as well as Best in Show at the 2012 Glass Biennale.  In addition to his own pieces, Thompson has selected the work of up and coming young makers to be included in the exhibition who are building exciting profiles in the world of glass, including Sarah Wiberley, Liam Reeves and Hanne Enemark.

The exhibition also includes paintings by Serena Rowe.   Serena has won numerous awards including The Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts exhibition award.  Serena’s work has been illustrated in many publications and her work is collected privately worldwide, including by HRH Prince of Wales.

Catching the Light showcases the jewellery of Daphne Krinos and Misun Won.  Daphne is a well established and recognised designer in precious metals and translucent gemstones often cut with unusual shapes. The majority of her pieces are one-offs.  Misun Won a South Korean who completed her training in this country.  Her work is intricately made up of sequin like gold and silver pieces with the occasional touch of Korean braid.