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

Printmaking Unwrapped – our Christmas/Festive Season Selling Show which will support Syrian Refugee Children. December 5/6 at the Avondale Gallery….

Following the success of our Charity event last December, we have devised a very special show for December 5/6th this year.

‘Printmaking Unwrapped’ is now hung! 

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

All work will be priced from £25-£350- and we are donating 25% of our total sales to support Syrian Refugee children via UNICEF, our chosen Charity!

Join us on Sunday afternoon December 6th  for a last chance to buy Raffle tickets and Meet the Artists at 3pm

To sign up and receive an invitation for this show, CLICK HERE

Read more about our artists under the Printmaking Unwrapped sidebar

Paint and Pixels – Visit us on September 4/5/6

“Paint and Pixels” will be showing on September 4th/5th/6th at the Avondale Gallery. Invitations will be sent out in early August  to Friends of Front Room Art.

“Paint and Pixels”  is a joint exhibition of Judy Gilley’s gouache still lives and Kim Valdez’s iPad paintings from the Amazon.

Kim and Judy will both be present to discuss their work, and Kim will be pleased to demonstrate drawing on the iPad.

More about the exhibition
The traditional medium of gouache is combined in Judy’s paintings with a bold design element that explores unusual juxtapositions in domestic interiors.

Kim’s iPad prints bring the domestic into dialogue with a concern for the fragility of nature in the wider world .

Printed with archival inks on Hahnmuhle German Etching paper, these digital prints are derived from drawings made on the Ipad using the Brushes app. This app allows images to be built up from a variety of sources. I have scanned and included original pen and ink or pencil drawings I made on my visits to the Amazon, as well as photographs I took there.

The final image is made from multiple layers – one layer being the drawing I have made directly on the Ipad.
Each layer on the iPad can be treated separately in terms of transparency, colour and relationship to the layers above or below. The final composite image is one possibility amongst hundreds that I as an artist choose to print.

This image collection, which is  titled ‘Wilderness’, represents our ambiguous and potentially disastrous relationship to nature. Orchids today are one of the most popular houseplants, and my drawings were made from these. On the other hand are the real rainforests and wilderness places where Orchids originate, and these, like the layers of drawing on the iPad, are being transformed and disappearing from view.