CAROL’S Elsip’s vibrant landscapes in oils are a feature of the latest exhibitions at Lupton Square Gallery, Honley.

Five years living in Scotland have given her plenty of chance to absorb and interpret the dramatic and beautiful scenery.

Sometimes she has worked in the open air, direct from the natural environment, “immersing myself in a multi-sensory experience to explore and capture the mystery, beauty and sense of presence within a certain location and weather conditions, ” she says.

Then, back in the studio, memory and imagination come into play before the painting emerges. There are often surprises in Carol’s works, as in Resounding Blue, where a big blue oblong intrudes into the landscape.

While some of the paintings are semi-abstract and have similar intrusions, others, like Eye of the Storm, Border Country and Moorland Dawn, are more in the nature of true landscapes and give us beautiful impressions of lochs, hills and vegetation.

Carol holds an honours degree in Fine Art from Leeds University. She is at present living in Milnsbridge with her older son, but is hoping to emigrate to America, just north of Seattle, later this year with her younger son.

Carol feels that there will be plenty of opportunities for painting out there and that we may sometime see the results back here.

“There is a lot happening out there and I’m excited about it”, she says.

Also at Lupton Square, see Jeff Beaumont’s recent watercolours in familiar style. He successfully tackles local scenes in Honley, like It’s Spring Again in Church Street, and the Vicar’s Path – an unusual view of Honley Parish Church.

His highly realistic snow scenes, like No School Today, with its snowbound streets and pavements and No Milk Today seem particularly appropriate in view of January and February’s weather.

Stormy-looking skies are one of the artist’s successful specialities and even in Early August, with its bales of hay, the heavens are depicting rain on the way. After Rain, with its sunshine, is a splendidly-lit picture.

Upstairs at Lupton Square is a show by the Inkers, a group set up in 2000 with membership initially drawn from printmakers using the facilities at Eastthorpe Visual Arts, Mirfield, now the West Yorkshire Print Workshop.

Here, the accent is on variety, with a big difference, for instance, between Sammy Palfrey’s delicate drypoint studies of Chicken and Chinese Wildfowl, and his woodcut, The Accordionist.

Lucy’s Hainsworth’s Bird’s Road Map (monoprint and potato cut) has delicious colouring.

Madonna (screenprint) from Chris Gollon is a vibrant but sad image, while Janine Denby’s street scenes in Bradford (collographs) have well-chosen colour and a great sense of atmosphere.

The exhibition runs until March 14 and the gallery opens Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

o CAN you imagine plastic, milk bottles, discarded foodstuffs and other unlikely material being turned into impressive and beautiful works of art?

That’s the achievement of Gayle Chong Kwan, whose exhibition, just over the Pennines at Gallery Oldham (until April 4) is titled Panoramicana. After working with the materials in her studio, Gayle photographs the results with great success.

Her work is influenced by contemporary tourism, waste and the personal and global politics of food. For instance, in her Ruined Paris, for which she collected discarded food on the city’s streets, dried it, then carved it into buildings and landscape, the resulting photographs show an over-consuming, beautiful city destroyed.

On the other hand, in The Land of Peach Blossom, the artist takes plastic bottles and the like, sculpts them in a way inspired by Chinese legend and ivories, and turns them into huge photographs which have numerous hints of beauty about them.

For Voyage to the Centre of the Earth, another intriguing photo-series, Gayle worked with underground station staff and catering college students to create a sci-fi looking underground landscape. The show runs until April 4 and the gallery is now open seven days.

There are some splendid paintings in Oldham Treasures (until April 12). There’s a remarkable large painting of a nude couple, Cupid and Psyche, a 19th century work by Annie Swynnerton, an Aurora by the famous G F Watts, a brooding landscape near Halifax by Stanley Spencer plus L S Lowry’s The Procession, bought in 1934 for £16.