1st June 2007 : Official Handing Over of Keys

Rosemary Mansbridge (right – the Cheltenham Borough Council Project Manager for the Refurbishment of the Montpellier Gardens and Buildings Project) hands over the keys of the Proscenium Building to Hazel Kitchin (Chairman of The Gardens Gallery CIC) watched by members of the Board (from left to right) Caroline Davis, Pat Watling, Margaret Phipps and Brian Carvell. One week to convert the building into a gallery !

9 June 2007 : The Official Opening

International artist P J Crook (left) prepares to officially open ‘The Gardens Gallery’, watched by Hazel Kitchin and Mayor John Rawson


9 – 19 June 2007 : Founders Exhibition:

Part of the 1st Gardens Gallery exhibition by members of the 5 founding art groups

27 June – 3 July 2007 : Exhibition by Gareth Ashworth, David Gibson and Luke Reboul:

Gareth Ashworth with some of his watercolours


David Gibson with one of his watercolours


4 – 17 July 2007 : Cheltenham Group of Artists Exhibition:

Natasha Houseago with one of her sculptures at the exhibition


18 – 24 July : Helen Blenkinsop:

25 – 31 July 2007 : Exhibition by David Thistlethwaite & Carole Bury:

‘Stormy Sky Towards Wiltshire Downs’ by David Thistlethwaite

‘Woodland’ by Carole Bury

22 -28th August 2007; Exhibition by Celia Atkins, Mark Bennett, Luke Velcambre & Kevin Heal:

Celia Atkins’ Private View

29 Aug – 4th Sept 2007; Exhibition by Jenny Westbrook

5 -18th September 2007; Cheltenham Art Club:


Jane Few amongst some of the artwork

‘Sanctuary’ by Margot Phipps

26 Sept -2nd October 2007; ‘The Group’

Catherine Stuart and 2 of her sculptures

Jack Russell and one of his sculptures

Rhys Cowe and one of his abstracts

3 -9th October 2007; Gloucestershire Craftmakers:

Pauline Cullimore and her patchwork quilt

Sylvia Hammond and her contemporary quilt

10 – 16th October 2007; ‘StarArt’

Ken Howard’s donated painting which raised £1250

Nick Par’s donated cartoon of Wallace and Gromit which raised £2300

PJ Crook’s donated painting – “A Good Read” – which raised £6000

StarArt Auction held on 12th October 2007

24 -30th October 2007; Exhibition by Pat Watling, Mary Hosler & Neil Gow

Sculpture by Neil Gow

Painting by Pat Watling

’31 Oct – 6 Nov 2007 Circle of Life’

Denise Russell with 2 of her paintings

7 -13th November 2007; ‘Cities of the World’ by Heather Leitch

14 -27 November 2007: Exhibition by 14 artists

Camilla Ward Ceramics

Michael Peckitt’s Jewellery

28 Nov – 4th Dec 2007; Exhibition by Penny Payne and Janie Ranger:

Penny Payne and Janie Ranger at their Exhibition

One of Janie Ranger’s drawings

‘5 – 11 Dec 2007 Exhibition by Darlas Hunter

Sunshine Poppies by Darlas Hunter

12 -18th Dec 2007; ‘Art in the Park’:

Emma Clegg

Rob Carter

Rufus Knight-Webb