4 PLUS 1 – Four Printmakers plus paintings and giclee prints by Tazia

Our pre -Christmas Exhibition featured four renowned printmakers and Tazia- an artist represented by Heart and Sold, a Community Interest Company that supports artists wth Downs Syndrome. The Gallery donated its commission on sales of Tazia’s work to Heart and Sold

A few years ago Tazia’s painting ‘Rupert Flying Over The Clifton Suspension Bridge’ was accepted by the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge as a gift for Prince George’s nursery. This made worldwide headlines and drastically increased her fan base.

Saturday and Sunday November 18/19 2017 11-5 pm
The Avondale Gallery

We held a ‘Meet the Artists’ event  with coffee and buns

iPad drawing Course held at The Crouch End Gallery September 9/10th


Images from Kim Valdez’ weekend course on drawing on the iPad using the Procreate App.

Four delightful artists attended this new course held at The Crouch End Gallery and everyone went away very happy with the weekend’s learning! The course used a simple still life as a means of reinforcing the learning and of practicing new skills.

There are currently no plans for another course, but if you would be interested in joining any future course, please fill out the following form:

The course will progressively develop an artwork/s based on a simple still life in order to practice the use of the tools.

Day 1
10-1pm Learn about and practice the use of the basic drawing tools: Grouping pictures, Canvas choice, Brushes, Eraser, Colour Palettes.
Layers and importing images.
Day 2
Using layers combined with the Freehand and Automatic Selection methods. The Transformation tool.
Exporting images for print.

The hardware requirements –

You will need an Ipad with the Procreate App and preferably a pressure sensitive stylus.

  • Procreate only works with an ipad, not other kinds of tablet.
  • Procreate is designed to work with a pressure sensitive stylus- ie the harder you press the darker the line, if you draw with your finger or any other stylus than those listed below, you won’t get the pressure sensitivity. However you can still draw and learn about Procreate.
  • The Apple Pencil can only be used with an iPad Pro, so if you have an iPad 3, 4, Air or mini, you will need an alternative stylus.
  • For these iPads please check but I believe Procreate supports the following active styli:
    • TenOneDesign – Pogo Connect, Pogo Connect 2
    • Adonit – Jot Touch 4, Jot Touch Pixelpoint, Jot Script, Jot Script 2, Pixel
    • Wacom – Intuos Creative Stylus 1 & 2, Bamboo Fineline 1 & 2
    • FiftyThree – Pencil


Midsummer Festival in Avondale Avenue June 17th 2017 a Great Success!

The Festival presented an afternoon Programme of Art and Music with a sale of plants, tea and cakes and raised 1000.00 each for Medicins sans Frontieres and the North London Hospice.

From Left to right: Welcome to The Music Venue, The Show Garden, Art in the Avondale Gallery, Music in the Cakes and Teas Garden,the Finchley Chamber Choir perform in the Avondale Gallery, Butterfly Sculpture by John Morgan.


‘In and Out of the Garden’ 
An exhibition of garden/plant themed paintings by Judy Gilley, indoor and outdoor ceramic sculptures on organic themes by Kim Valdez and metal garden sculpture by John Morgan.

Our Superb Cakes!

The Music Programme 
2.15 pm     Songs for You
Clare Treacey (soprano) with Yuki Osedo (piano)
Classical, Musicals, Folk and unaccompanied
2.50pm    Basses and Tango Enrique Galassi, Paul Tomkins, Stephen Corcoran (double basses)
Tallis, Bach, Bartok and Heyes Enrique Galassi and Yuki Osedo (piano) Kicho – Astor Piazzola
3.30pm   Klezmer Fun, Songs for Children
Stephen Levi (clarinet) Andy Shaw (guitar) Avivit Caspi (singer) Dave Orchant (trumpet)
4.20pm    Exciting Young Talent from the Youth Music centre
coached by Tanja Goldberg (violin) and Laura O’Gorman (piano)
5pm  Malcolm Arnold – Suite Bourgeoisie
                                                                       Musicians from the North London Sinfonia

May 13/14th at The Crouch End Gallery ‘Drawn in Light – Published on Paper’

This exhibition was open to all as a part of the 2017 Crouch End Open Studios weekendfrom 11-6 pm Sat and Sun May 13/14th www.crouchendopenstudios.org.uk

Email thecrouchendgallery@frontroomart.co.uk for further information about iPad prints: archival quality prints in various sizes are available from £100.00 upwards.

‘Drawn in Light – Published on Paper ‘ was an exhibition of iPad paintings by Kim Valdez, many of which originated as Pen and Ink landscape drawings. Others are drawings made entirely on the iPad using a pressure sensitive stylus.


Swinging Out into the Imagination now closed

A joint exhibition by Rob Verrill and Judy Gilley
Saturday and Sunday 19/20th November 10-5pm at the Avondale Gallery

Rob Verrill is a well–known North London art teacher and artist who describes painting ‘as a journey of discovery, taking risks and not being sure where you going to end up’
Judy Gilley is an artist and curator who established the Avondale Gallery in 2013. The Dovedale Arts Festival showcased her paintings of Derbyshire in June 2016

‘Ivon Hitchens and other influences’ – an illustrated talk
Sunday 27th November 10.30-1pm at the Avondale Gallery

Ivon Hitchens, considered one of the finest British landscape painters of the twentieth century has been, amongst others, an influence on Rob’s journey as a painter. His abstract landscapes have also had a profound effect on Judy’s work. Rob and Judy will discuss his and others’ influence on them. The event will also include a short film and an illustrated talk on Hitchens.

Places are limited, tickets £5.00 email avondalegallery@frontroomart.co.uk to reserve your place.
Coffee and pastries from 10.30
Raffle of book on Hitchens
Sale of Christmas cards

Mark Rochester ‘En Plein Air’ a great success!

Mark Rochester has exhibited widely in Devon where his paintings are well known and appreciated.

This year Mark had two paintings accepted for the 2016 RA Summer Exhibition – and because we had spotted his lovely work a couple of years ago we had already planned to bring him to London for a solo show – ‘En Plein Air’ held at The Crouch End Gallery on Oct 8/9th.

The Crouch End Gallery was delighted to show his arresting and beautiful painting and even more delighted that people flocked to Crouch End in order to see and to buy them!

Stop Press! We signed Mark Rochester for Solo show on October 8/9th – now he’s a star at the RA Summer Exhibition!


Scoop! We bring a star of the RA Summer Exhibition to his first solo show in London!
Mark Rochester was featured in the June 11th issue of Radio Times- then his two paintings were sold even before the RA Summer Exhibition opened – and because we spotted his lovely work a couple of years ago, you can join his growing audience and view his work here in Crouch End! Save the Date: Oct 8/9th 10.30-5 pm

For entry Email us at thecrouchendgallery@frontroomart.co.uk


On the Edge of Beauty- April 31-May 9 2016


Andrea Kim Valdez showed her acrylic sculptures at The Crouch End Gallery

Continuing the theme of the rainforest previously explored in her memorable room installation ‘Ecos de Las Amazonas’, Kim transformed The Crouch End Gallery into a suitable habitat for her latest ‘Live Edge’ acrylic sculptures featuring exotically coloured macaws and other work inspired by the plants and flowers of the rainforest.

Kim says ‘ The sculptures are made of a special acrylic sheet and exploit the power of this medium to catch normal daylight, making the colours glow along the edges. They can look even better under ultraviolet spotlights.’

Printmaking Unwrapped – our Christmas Show raised over £1000.00 for UNICEF in support of Syrian Refugee Children.


Following the success of our Charity event last December, we developed a very special show for December 5/6th 2015. The print above, ‘Oui’ by Sarah Garvey was the prize for our Christmas raffle. It was won by Mari Lanson.

The show introduced our audience to the work of ten talented artists working in various  printmaking media – Screen printing, Woodcut, Linocut, and several different Etching processes.

Read more about our artists under the Printmaking Unwrapped sidebar