'The Cowes Come Home'

'The Cowes Come Home'

An exhibition of works from Diana Cowe-Vogels & Nigel Cowe

Free entry to Foyer Gallery between 10am - 4pm Monday - Sat.

Diana Vogels, (née Cowe), completed a Fine Art foundation at Lincoln Art College, before studying B.A. (Hons.) Textile Design at West Surrey College of Art and Design. In her final year she specialized in weave design and continued on a M.A. course at the Royal College of Art, graduating in 1986. In the same year she gained the Texprint Award in the category for “best weave portfolio” and exhibited her work in various venues in London including the Orangerie in Holland Park, Covent Garden, Business Design Centre Islington, the Olympia Trade Fair, etc. She was awarded membership to the then Society of Independent Artists and Designers and undertook a number of commissions including upholstery material for the contemporary furniture designer Fred Baier.

During her B.A. studies Diana took a gap year to walk across the Himalayas and after obtaining her M.A. degree she joined Voluntary Service Oversees to work in Northeastern Nigeria and later in Pakistan on a silk weaving project with Afghanistan refugees. 

While working as a teacher trainer in Nigeria she met her German husband. On her wedding day in 1991, Diana had an exhibition showing mainly her weave designs and flower drawings at the Guild Hall, Boston.  Having raised four children, Diana has lately returned to weaving and painting and started to work in ceramics.

This present exhibition is a selection of recent work and is her personal interpretation of the “Weserbergland” landscape in Lower Saxony, where she now lives. Diana’s approach to her painting is always with the weave aspect in mind. Very often, she comments on the gentle undulating effect of the shifting light and color of the changing seasons and juxtaposition of the fields as a fine blanket covering the land.

Blackfriars undoubtedly plays a very important role as Boston's centre for entertainment and the arts. It is home to two very successful local amateur dramatic and operatic groups, as well as hosting a varied program of professional stage productions.