Pastel works will adorn the feature wall in Lowes Court gallery during December.

The exhibition is by two established gallery members – Tom Higgins and Jenni Payne and includes animal artworks in pastel.

Tom took up art seriously at the age of sixty-one, to try and fill in spare time during his retirement. He works on his animal studies to find new techniques, always adding to his knowledge base. His subjects range from bird studies to landscapes and even elephants!

Jenni is a founder member of Florence Paintmakers, and uses their locally produced art materials in her animal portraits. She is well-known in the area particularly for her character studies of our native Herdwick sheep, finding the local shepherds’ meets a particular source of inspiration. The traditional red smit markings used on the sheep act as a long-standing link between Herdwick sheep and the red haematite of the paints.

There will be an open evening at the gallery on December 4, from 7pm, with drinks and nibbles – all welcome, with a ten per cent discount on any art and craft items purchased on the night.

In addition to the pictures on show, the gallery also has locally produced arts and crafts, including paintings by other gallery artists, prints cards, glassware, jewellery, wood and textiles.

The gallery is on Main Street, Egremont, and is open during December on Monday and Wednesday 10am to 1.30pm, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10am to 4pm. It will be closed from December 25 to December 31.