The Christmas Exhibition 2016-17 which opened on 2 December 2016 and ran through to 14 January 2017 featured a winter wonderland with penguins sliding down a waterfall and generally having fun in a wintry landscape.
Created by the talented Settle Flagmakers Group, the knitted penguins were first seen in 2015 as part of the window display at the town’s Age Concern Charity Shop, where they proved so popular with visitors that a return was demanded.
Settle Flagmakers, under the guidance of Jeanne Carr, have provided the Christmas Exhibition at the gallery for several years. Previous displays have included an all-knitted 12 days of Christmas and, in 2016-17, Treasure Island. As usual the display included a small supply of chocolate money – this time at the bottom of the waterfall, with visitors invited to take a coin. And as in previous years, generous adult visitors added to the supply during the month that the exhibition was on display. And on the day the penguins departed Settle saw its first snow of 2017 – how fitting.