Artist and printmaker Emily Brooks has been showing her work at a pop-up art exhibition in the windows of Lake Road’s Little Chamonix Café to brighten up the town centre as Keswick begins to open up from the coronavirus lockdown restrictions.
Keswick-based artist Emily has thanked Ellen Irlam, who owns Little Chamonix, for letting her use the café’s windows to display her linocut prints. Emily’s standout artistic style captures strong graphic elements within the landscapes she loves.
Mountain landscape has been an important element in Emily’s life, from being taken climbing and mountaineering by her dad when a child, continuing to adulthood travelling and climbing around the world, and finally settling in Keswick twenty years ago.
Little Chamonix café is inspired by the outdoor life that Ellen and her husband Tim enjoy, particularly on their yearly time-out to ski in the Chamonix valley. It was Tim who named the cafe, connecting their love of skiing and the famous rock climb ‘Little Chamonix’ found within the Borrowdale valley.
The cafe is set to open this weekend from 10am-2pm for takeaway coffees and cakes, and Emily will be at Little Chamonix on Sunday when she will answer questions about her ‘Shaping the Landscape’ display of work.
She said: “It has been great to collaborate on this project and both Ellen and I are excited that the space is being used in such a positive way. Whilst we are still socially-distancing, the cafe windows offer a safe way to display art to all. And who doesn’t like art or cake?”