THE Bare Wall Gallery in Wheldrake holds its second, two-day exhibition on April 9 and 10.

"Come and see us at White Rose House so that we can prove that art exhibitions aren't just for 'arty' people," say exhibition organisers Andrew and Ellie Stead.

The gallery's policy is to present affordable, original, contemporary art and limited-edition prints, jewellery and items of interest to people in York.

"We're about as down-to-earth as you can get, there'll be no pretension or in-depth analysis at our exhibition," says Andrew.

"We simply love art and want to bring the work of some local, UK and international artists to a wider audience."

The gallery launched its inaugural show last December when Steven Lingham was the featured local artist.

This time the feature section is by Elaine Brown, from Heworth, whose artistic re-birth is going from strength to strength following shows at Victor J's and Lucius in York.

New figurative work is the latest addition to her portfolio of life drawings, 'colourfield' paintings and collages.

Local artists Catherine Bell and Neil Spilman and British artists Dylan Izaak, Gail Miller, Amanda Hone, Jane Beecroft and Sarah Vivian are exhibiting too.

Andrew and Ellie's own designs form part of the jewellery selection of individual, one-off pieces, hand-made by designers from around the world.

"If you're looking for something a bit different rather than something that's been mass produced, we could have just the thing for you," says Ellie.

Artwork prices start at £20, with the majority of pieces at under £100, and jewellery costs £15 upwards.

Opening times are 9.30am to 7.30pm on April 9, 9.30am to 2.30pm on April 10, and all items purchased will be gift wrapped and made available for collection from 3.30pm to 5pm on the Sunday.

For more information, ring Andrew or Ellie on 01904 449951 or send an email to

The gallery website is

Updated: 11:25 Friday, March 25, 2005