North York Moors

Top Tips for 2017 - Sculpture

Top Tips for 2017 - Sculpture

Moving from John Bunting's old studio was heart wrenching, it just felt right to be able to offer visitors a view of some really high quality modern sculpture from it. That said, the new gallery in Kirkbymoorside more than compensates with it's light and airy spaces. The three rooms offer us far more possibilities for showing off the ever changing sculptures sourced from all over the UK.

Here's a quick run through of the sculptor's we think are great buys right now, either for their value or for the stunning aesthetics they can bring to your home, office or garden. As with all our stock, home trials are offered to make sure the selected piece is right for you and if we don't have it in stock, we will do our best to get something that meets your wishes.

It's Moving Time!

It's Moving Time!

There have been some close calls over the last three years as we have searched extensively for a new home for the gallery. Nothing really nailed the look we were after, a grown-up version of the space we occupy at Nunnington Studios. Strangely a building we pass daily almost that has been empty since it closed as a public house back in 2010 caught our eye. In less than a month we have negotiated (hard) and signed a lease.

The Cafe at Nunnington Studios

The Cafe at Nunnington Studios

We are really delighted to welcome Fryton Catering to Nunnington Studios, bringing with them years of experience catering for functions across North Yorkshire. The cafe and Sweet Valentine (an affordable gift shop) opened their doors this morning.

No great fanfare as yet, that comes next week when there is an official launch event with canapes, hog roast and bar!

I've tried the bacon sandwich and gave it top marks! I'll be back for more later today I am sure!

Bill Zima - Ink & Wax Paintings

Bill Zima - Ink & Wax Paintings

Bill Zima has been on quite an eventful journey, hailing from Chicago where he was a much celebrated artist producing fine works of art. Bill began to feel consumed by the mechanisms of the commissioning process and wanted to start painting for himself. There followed a long sabbatical in Spain where he began to develop encaustic works with the inspiration of bonsai sitting in the back of his mind. A couple of years ago he once again relocated to Edinburgh with his young family and began to use a combination of his original skills combined with his enthusiasm for ink and wax. 

In February this year we revealed the first showing of these works in England to huge acclaim. All the works are based on real trees, yet they have a clear bonsai/Asian influence. There's depth, texture and smell from the beeswax used in the process. The works are remarkable in their adaptability to any home or office building. 

Ringing A Few Changes

Ringing A Few Changes

Having returned from our first big external event, smiles abound from the experience, the people we met and the reception to our stand! Hard work didn't abate though with the need to completely rehang and dress the entire gallery! We have moved 1200 pieces over the last week and will be putting the finishing touches to the display tomorrow and Friday.

We have several new artists on board too including Juliette Bigley who makes stunning vessels from sterling silver and base metals. We also welcome Helen Dodds with her egg tempera paintings finished with gold leaf and a lot of her humour. Up from Cornwall come paintings from Amy Albright and we now have Laura Rich's North York Moors series available from the gallery.

How It Started

How It Started

Back in 2012 Kate and I were approached to take over a business in Helmsley, we immediately set out to find a bit more about the town and Bils & Rye was born! A quick Wikipedia search revealed that Helmsley is where the two valleys of Bilsdale and Ryedale meet. Kate shortened them to Bils & Rye and we registered the name.