‘George and Me’ – A Tribute to My Father-In-Law

George Rywacki and Roger Lockey

Also featuring work by Mary Rippon and Jill Rundle

19-25 November 2014


Roger Lockey

  • My teaching career was instrumental in bringing breadth and variety to my own work, after training as a specialist painter during my degree. I soon learned that exploring a range of media and processes enabled me to constantly develop new ideas, as well as passing them on to my students. During my working life, I learned to produce black and white, slide transparencies and digital photography, with a lot of guidance from my father-in-law, in addition to printmaking, painting and film making. This enabled me to pass my knowledge on to several generations of pupils, who often delighted me by creating work that was much better than my own!
  • Since my retirement in 2013, I have been able to devote more time to my own work, returning to ideas which I had previously shelved, sometimes for several years. This has focused on work to be shown in the Gardens Gallery exhibition, including paintings and photographs from trips to Venice, Morocco and New Zealand, prints inspired by visits to Cheltenham Races and Gloucester Docks, mixed-media pieces using items gathered from coastal walks and recent paintings inspired from a visit to the Boat Graveyard at Purton on the River Severn.


George Rywacki

  • George was born in Poland and saw active service in World War 2, first with the Polish resistance and then with the Polish Army in Italy. He was relocated to England at the end of the war, where he first worked as a painter in a silk studio in Sheffield. He also found employment hand painting ceramics in Stoke on Trent, where he lived for forty years. It was here that his love for photography blossomed, firstly by teaching himself the techniques of black and white photography and setting up his own darkroom. He also created slide transparencies and large format colour prints and later taught himself digital photography and image manipulation.
  • He concentrated mainly on landscapes and seascapes, reflecting his passion for Snowdonia and the Scottish highlands, although he was also in demand for portraits and wedding photography. He gained recognition for his work through many awards, both regional and national and continued to develop new ideas and images until the last year of his life.
  • The exhibition at the Gardens Gallery will be the first time that a large body of his photographs will have been seen together and will act as a fitting tribute to his life’s work, as well as reflect the gratitude of his son-in-law, Roger, for all his guidance and support.


Mary Rippon

  • Mary’s art glass skills were learnt at Stanton Guildhouse 8 years ago. Since then she has exhibited and sold pieces of art glass at Martin’s Gallery in Cheltenham, Hadfield Fine Art, Broadway Modern, Barnbury, and with the Fosseway Artists. She is a member of the Contemporary Glass Society.
  • Fused glass bowls, lamps and decorative panels are the main items on offer, each one an individual piece. Small items are also available: jewellery, coasters, candlesticks.


Jill Rundle

  • Jill’s work consists of framed and unframed decorative panels, bowls and sculptures made from kiln fired glass. Some of these unique pieces reflect her fascination with space, stars and planets, while others result from her interest in birds. The remarkable depth of colour and the amazing iridescence that can be achieved with glass lend themselves to both of these subjects.
  • Jill, a member of the Contemporary Glass Society, has exhibited at Broadway Modern, Martin’s Gallery, Barnbury and Hadfield Fine Art.


Open daily 10am-5pm

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The Gardens were originally developed in the early 1800's and its centrepiece is the Bandstand.

Facing the Bandstand is the Proscenium Building where we now have our Gallery.

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  1. There is wheelchair access to the gallery from the path between the tennis courts and the gallery.
  2. For exhibitors delivering their work, there is a locked bollard to be removed at the gardens entrance. See link below for details.
  3. Unfortunately, there is no disabled parking in the gardens.
  4. Exhibitors should take care to design their exhibition layout with wheelchair use in mind.

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If we take out the impact of Festivals then the weekly average is 400 per week.

This varies according to the variables of weather, social media, networking, number of artists, and the appeal of the Exhibition


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