Lockdown luck for Wensleydale artists’ show

By Betsy Everett

When Askrigg artists Judith Bromley and Robert Nicholls planned an autumn exhibition of their prints at Tennants in Leyburn, they could never have imagined what lay ahead.

“We booked before lockdown and we weren’t even sure the exhibition would happen,” says Judith.

They claimed the spacious, light-filled cafe when Covid was still half a world away and a nationwide lockdown undreamt of.

Now, as the exhibition gets underway, the husband and wife team who have been capturing the beauty of the Dales for more than 40 years in their very different styles, appreciate that the timing was, in fact, perfect.

“Normally we open our home every Wednesday to showcase and sell our work. But since lockdown we have not been able to do that. We will probably remain closed the rest of the year when we hope the virus will be under control, so this has come at a really good time for us,” says Judith.

Grasses by Judith Bromley

The prints on sale are an eclectic mix of landscapes and skies, moorlands and dales, birds and sheep: a lifetime’s work reflecting their love of what Judith describes as “this land of infinity. Paintings from the soul.”

The exhibition lasts until November 1, and complements the permanent displays at The Crown Inn, Askrigg, and Corn Mill Tea Rooms, Bainbridge.

Judith also has a forthcoming exhibition of new oil paintings in the upper gallery of Tennants Garden Rooms from October 20.

Their work and catalogues can be seen at http://www.askrigg-studios.co.uk.

Cloud Shadows by Judith Bromley
Moorland Pink by Robert Nicholls
Curlews by Robert Nicholls