Whilst the lockdown meant delaying most of our 2020 Three Hares Gallery exhibitions to 2021, we may be out of sight,but we’re not out of mind.

Lockdown encouraged many to take up hobbies interrupted by the day job or strive to master new skills.

Art is a great example – enhanced by unseasonable glorious spring sunshine many budding artists suddenly had the time to create that piece of artwork or scene that was locked away in their memory or became inspired by the beauty of the countryside around Olney and its diverse architecture.

Our first example is from Charlotte Grace who originally contacted us in relation to Amazing Grace 250 – her second name is Grace and she’d created a nice piece of contemporary art featuring the facade of Orchard Side House. Charlotte claims not to be an artist (though she would normally create a piece with pen or pencil) – but what do you think?

Our second example is from local artist David Purvis who during lockdown created a number of smaller works inspired by lockdown walks around Olney – ‘Across Olney Ouse Meadows’ being a favourite. It is a watercolour and gouache (it’s opaque rather than transparent) on watercolour board.    A walk that William Cowper could well have made.

Has Olney during lockdown inspired you? What did you create?

We’d love to hear from you – contact threeharesgallery@cowperandnewtonmuseum.org.uk