About village gallery
We sell a great selection of antique, less-old and new art, craft, ceramics, glass, jewellery,
sculpture and silver, including Lalique, Royal Crown Derby, Royal Worcester and Scottish Silver.
We regularly showcase the work of contemporary artists including Edward Waites,
Rebecca Mason, Malcolm Ludvigsen, Narissa Mather and Ralph Shuttleworth. The gallery also
hosts selling exhibitions of art – both 2D and 3D - by local artists. These run back-to-back, each
lasting for around six weeks.
Current 2D art selling exhibition
For our latest exhibition, we invited back two of our previous exhibitors, Hilary Thorpe and
Malcolm Ludvigsen. Both are Yorkshire based, both are plein-air artists (they paint on location and
in whatever conditions the weather throws at them) and both
frequent the same places. But, they have radically different styles
and observations, so we thought it would be interesting to put
them up against each other!
The previous two exhibitions we’ve had in the gallery have had
the works of artists who prefer to depict bad weather images, so
when setting the brief for this exhibition, and to counter the fact
that we are moving into the dark cold nights of winter, we said
“summer pictures only” … and, despite some minor grumbling from Malcolm who thinks bad
weather skies are far more interesting, “Memories of Summer” is the result. The exhibition runs
until 19th January, and the works can also be seen online in the “village art” shop on
village-on-the-web (dot com).
Jewellery designer/maker and sculptor Paul Allinson creates bold statement pieces some of which
we have in store. And, with Paul we can offer a bespoke jewellery service … jewellery designed
and made to your specification and budget.
Alongside Paul we have also brought in Ailsa Matfin. Ailsa’s jewellery is made of silver and sea
glass - sea glass is glass found on beaches besides bodies of salt water, weathered by the constant
tumbling amongst sand and rocks, driven by the tidal salt water waves, which produces a smooth
natural frosted glass. Each piece of Ailsa’s work is unique as it is made for the piece of glass,
rather than cutting the glass to make a uniform design. Despite this Ailsa’s work is very affordable
so makes great gifts (or self-treats).
Also new in
It’s been a busy month - in addition to a new exhibition and Ailsa Matfin, we’ve also welcomed the
work of Phil Turner, Meg Ashley, Ruth Foster and Ailsa Nicholson (you
spend ages waiting for an Ailsa to come along, then two come along
Phil Turner from York is another wood turner, who produces simple but
elegant bowls and boxes, and the work contrasts well against the
sculptural work of Ralph.
Meg Ashley is ceramicist and mixed media artist. Much of her work brings
a smile to your face with her (named) Pigs and Sheep, and her fishing boat
sculptures. And alongside these she produces simple practical vases with
impressed floral designs.
Ruth Foster is a fused glass artist. Her work includes colourful coaters and
bowls, including an amazing “orange peel” square bowl that sets her work
apart from others.
Ailsa Nicholson is a Whitby artist who works in ceramics and glass. It is
some of her sculptural glass pieces we now have instore and online.
village gallery is open from Tuesday to Saturday, 10am until 5pm.
Friday is late night shopping day in York this year, with many shops staying open longer, and the
park and ride buses operating until 11pm+. So you can shop, maybe have a drink and a meal, and
still get home safely. And we’re staying open until 7pm … plus we’re opening Sundays in
December too. Of course, you could just stay in and shop from your pc - our website is open for
business 24 x 7
Our selling website is finally up to date (though don’t know how long for) and it includes the
works of all the new artists mentioned here, and not forgetting the batik of Rebecca Mason, the
wood turning of Ralph Shuttleworth, art from Julie Lightburn, Allen Humphries and Roz Jennings
(and others), the sculpture of Edward Waites, jewellery, old and new silver, old and new Lalique,
and much more. With prices starting at under £10 you’ll not be stuck for ideas (or hints to drop)
for the coming festive season.
To browse through our stock, please visit our sister site at https://www.village-on-the-web.com.
Don’t forget you can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.