Art activities in February

Though February is the shortest month, it is a lot of things going on at the moment. The exhibitions in Park’s Cafe are always very popular and this month we can see two artists. Roger Ricketts opened his exhibition in January and the paintings for this exhibition are mostly dedicated to Love and Valentine’s Day. Roger’s paintings are made in mixed media and resin and they attracted a lot of interest. 

From 19th February, Park’s Cafe will host the exhibition of Rosie Philpott’s artworks. Her watercolour and ink illustrations of wonky Droitwich with many of the town’s important spots (canal, Vines Park, Dodderhill Church…) are well recognisable. 

Rosie Philpott

Droitwich library offered small gallery space to DAN members for the one-month exhibition. 11 artists who showed their works at this exhibition are working in very different styles, from realistic oil and acrylic paintings, watercolours and pastels to mixed media assemblage. The exhibition is open Mon-Sat, during the library opening times. 

In the last year, DAN is unfortunately lost some of the venues for the monthly exhibition. The small library corner (ground floor) has been one of the permanent places in town where DAN could display one artwork of one artist. However, from this year DAN has a much bigger space that now can accommodate 3 – 4 paintings. Peter Hawkins has opened this new space with his acrylic landscapes, and in February he would be followed by Julia Rollit (batiks and embroideries) and Tina Watkins (pastels). Only a very few dates are available in 2019 and to book please contact Tamara Jelaca on [email protected] 

At the meeting on 13th February, DAN member and local historian Alan Davey held a presentation titled “If you can’t afford it – Copy it!”. Alan built his story around various objects that he owns or he made a copy of. There was an eclectic selection consisted of Captain Kidd’s pistols, King John’s seal, chainmail, Egyptian figurine, medieval roof finial, carbon fibre, Leonardo Da Vinci’s famous “Ginevra de’ Benci”, hollow portrait illusion… and Alan had an interesting story about each of them. Next months meeting on 12 March will host Ian Peden and  ‘How to compose popular songs’.

photos by Ruth Bourne

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