DAN network exhibitions


A new pop-up gallery in the town centre

For about a month or so Droitwich Spa has become richer for one art gallery. A new pop-up gallery is actually the window of ex-‘Blunts Shoes’ shop at 12 Victoria Square, and thanks to Paul from Park’s Café it may turn to be a relevant art point in a town centre. Several Droitwich Arts Network members have already set-up their works and their exhibition has already met with a positive response. Not only that local artists now have a nice place to show their work, but also passers-by have a chance to enjoy it and even purchase it.

This time their works are being shown by local artists Bob Addy, John Bodley, Peter Hawkins, Sam Hutchcocks, Trisha Kenny and Rosie Philpott. A variety of artistic styles are being expressed, from Peter Hawkins’ realistic landscapes and portraits by Bob Addy to abstract paintings by Sam Hutchcocks. These artists were given a subtle cross-section of the art scene of the town.

Photographs by Prabhjot Virdi-Smith

Prabhjot Virdi-Smith 3Local photographer Prabhjot Virdi-Smith is showing 15 photographs in Park’s Café during August. Prabhjot seeks her inspiration mostly in landscapes and architecture. She likes to play with light and shade, as much as she searches for a specific atmosphere and richness of various textures.

Prabhjot is an experienced photographer and both her black & white and colour photographs reveal her passion for nature and the places she visits and enjoys in everyday life.

Karen Hotchkiss’ painting at Droitwich Library

Karen Hotchkiss in LibraryKaren Hotchkiss showing her watercolours and acrylic painting “Evening Heavens” at Droitwich Library for two weeks, from Saturday, 1st August until Saturday, 15th August.

Karen says about her painting method, “I laid down the palest water colours first and gradually added more colour until I finished with indigo blue. Once dry I painted in the distant mountains and pine trees and added the foreground. Then I covered up the the landscape and spattered acrylic paint into the sky. The painting was inspired by a beautiful time-lapse video I saw of the stars moving across the sky at night.

Contemporary embroidery by Tamara Jelaca

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFrom 4th August till 1st September The Button Tree café features contemporary embroideries by Tamara Jelaca.  The café’s visitors have a chance to see eight works that Tamara choose to show as a review of her work from 2008 until 2011.

Tamara’s embroideries are textile illustrations of her thoughts, feelings and daily life. Tamara says, “I always look for an inspiration around me. It can be a song, a book, a person or particular situation, even TV programme or newspaper article. I am also very introspective person and, therefore, a great source for the inspiration.”

All works are made in techniques of free hand embroidery, acrylic and textile painting, and tea-dying.