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Art exhibitions

For more than 40 years, the Loft Theatre has hosted artists who wish to exhibit their work in the lounge areas of the theatre.

All are welcome to view the exhibitions, free of charge, when the theatre is open to the public during the run of a Loft production.

High Tide, Pittenweem, Fife by Margaret Cole
High Tide, Pittenweem, Fife (acrylic on canvas)
by Margaret Cole

Throughout March and April 2015 we are hosting a joint exhibition by local artists Margaret Cole and Bill Squires.

Born and educated in Coventry, Margaret Cole went on to study at teacher training college where she specialised in art and pottery. She had always enjoyed drawing and painting from an early age and attended evening and Saturday morning classes at Coventry School of Art for needlecraft, art and pottery.

Eventually, after fifteen years teaching and six years in the civil service in Coventry, Margaret attended Tile Hill College for pottery and gained a City and Guilds Level 3 certificate in ceramics. However, drawing and painting were still her main interest; she had become a member of the Coventry Art Guild in 1973 and regularly took part in Coventry Open Art and the Consortium Exhibitions at the Herbert Art Gallery. She is also a member of the Coventry and Warwickshire Society of Artists.

She enjoys painting in acrylics, water colours, pastels and oils with a wide variety of subjects inlcuding landscapes (particularly local), still life and posters for church. She has had several commissions, particularly for animal portraits.

Margaret has exhibited her work at various venues in and around Coventry including the Herbert Art Gallery, the Holiday Inn Kenilworth and at Gallery 150 Leamington.

Leaning Tower of Pisa by Bill Squires
Leaning Tower of Pisa (gouache) by Bill Squires

Bill Squires originally trained as a draughtsman and engineer and was involved in the design of aerospace equipment, truck architecture and industrial silencers. Now retired, Bill has developed his interest in drawing and painting and has exhibited his work across the region over the last few years.

He is an active member of the Coventry and Warwickshire Society of Artists, regularly attending workshops and demonstrations. He has also taken part in a number of their exhibitions including their highly successful centenary show at the Herbert Art Gallery in Coventry.

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