Three of my paintings are currently on display at Farleigh Gallery, Farleigh Hospice, Chelmsford, Essex in a group exhibition entitled ‘Essex Life’. The hospice will receive a donation from each painting sold. The exhibition runs until the end of April 2013.
This weekend is the first of many for me this year in the UPMarket at Prospect Centre in the town centre of Hull. Based up the elevator in the old food court, this monthly event looks set to take off. I have been creating some Valentine themed items which include a photo frame, trinket box and matching wooden heart all as a special package, and 6 new little animals that I have decoupaged – 2 cats, 2 elephants and 2 owls. I will try to take some photos before I go, in case they all sell. Here’s a fantastic article on-line promoting the event, which is likely to increase throughout the year – all thanks to the efforts of Eve Lomax. Click on her name and you can read the article in a new window! Open from 10am to 4pm, free entry and plenty of fresh produce to sample too!
My stall is Arty Aitch and I focus on mainly smaller artistic creations that can mainly be bought as gifts or special treats.
If you are on Facebook and would like to join the event – click here. You can then keep up with all the stalls attending, or ask any questions about this market or any future ones.
Tonight is the opening night of our current production at the Bilton Theatre, home of Bilton Amateur Dramatic Society. It is a somewhat nostalgic time for my husband and for me, as “Fringe Benefits”, the play we are doing, is the very first play I performed in 23 years ago – and how I met Keith. In fact, it’s been something of a selling point for the production this time around, garnering lots of interest in the local press and increasing our audience numbers as a result! The play is set in the 1970s which we have tried to maintain where possible, but without spending an absolute fortune on vintage wallpaper, the set decoration may be slightly too modern in design. However, I’m pleased to say that I sport a rather fetching pair of green high heeled shoes which are an original pair from that era! They are high heeled open toed mules, with a plastic heel and sole – very difficult to walk in but really look the part. It’s a highly amusing play, and we have only recently stopped laughing at it ourselves during rehearsals – a sure sign we are ready for an audience!
Before Christmas, I drove over to the newly opened Blackbird Gallery, Howden, East Yorkshire to drop off some of my work. Owned by Rob & Lorna Soar, this little gem of a gallery is lovingly stocked with items from several Yorkshire based artisans, including some of my favourites like Penny de Corte, Debbie March & Peter Schoenecker – not forgetting of course, the lovely paintings from both Lorna and Rob (whose artworks I’ve liked for several years now). Added to this, Lorna is selling her beady spiders and polymer clay jewellery but best of all for me was seeing for the first time her newly created wet felted items – I particularly liked the vessels and corsages she has created. I plan on visiting Lorna again some time soon to watch how she creates these – this is my favourite piece, so delicate. Continue reading
I have been busily creating some more Christmas Tree decorations in preparation for the rest of the craft fairs I will be taking part in during the next few weeks. I’ve already sold a few, but here are some more examples of the ones I’ve currently got for sale at £2.50 each or 2 for £4. They look good hung on a traditional or modern tree, too!