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Stephen Evans at The Maltstone

DAN member Stephen Evans has his exhibition at The Maltstone restaurant from 12 December until 9 January 2018. 

The Maltstone is a lovely restaurant situated in Cutnall Green on the Droitwich to Kidderminster Road where DAN Members have been welcomed to display their artwork over four week periods.  

Stephen says, “I set up my exhibition on Tuesday 12th December displaying eight exciting and challenging subjects that I have enjoyed ‘Painting for Pleasure’. One painting in particular is ‘ Dragon Series at speed on the Solent’ (picture above), which while on display at the DAN Hanbury Hall exhibition, inspired  Worcestershire Poet Laureate Nina Lewis to write the beautiful poem ‘Cyclonic’ which works really well alongside the painting. I believe arranged together like this to be a first for DAN and perhaps artists and poets ought to consider undertaking more inspirational work and joint displays?”

Poetry evening in Park’s Cafe, Droitwich

Somewhere Between Rose and Black

by Claire Walker

A poetry pamphlet from V. Press

Join us for the launch event at Park’s Café-Bar, Victoria Square, Droitwich, Worcestershire WR9 8DS

Saturday December 9th, 7.00 – 9.00 pm

Free, open to the public, no booking required (except for food).

“There is a disquiet that moves through these poems. Walker explores what it means to create a sense of home, and how the people within it build our longings around us. Beautiful work by a rising star in poetry. These are words that linger after the last page.” Angela Readman

“Claire Walker’s quiet, almost still, narrative through these poems could reflect their rural setting or the sadness within the protagonist, yet that quietness is deceptive. There are passions here amid the juxtaposition of man and stag. These poems will have you checking your fingernails for soil, seeing antlers in your peripheral vision.” Brett Evans

Rhys Jones’s portraits in Park’s Cafe

Droitwich Arts Network is proud to bring together many creative people of Droitwich area. Amongst the painters, crafters and mixed media artists, there is a very active group of photographers. Rhys Jones is an accomplished photographer and DAN current treasurer, and the most creditable person for organising the very first ArtsFest in Droitwich. 

In the Park’s Café, Rhys exhibits 7 portrait photographs of the local people – John B., DAN member, dressed for the Artist in View last summer; Laura D. of Fresh Nous; a MadCap Theatre actor; a little girl, a boy dressed up for the wedding; Karen T. from The Big Bra Lady; a girl dancer. 

Hanbury Hall closing celebration

Hanbury Hall exhibition was closed on Monday 30th October with a small celebration, that includes trophy exchanging, poetry reading and food. The general feeling is, and the numbers proved it, that this year’s exhibition is the best so far. The quality of artworks, number of visitors (3358!) and their positive feedback, as well as enthusiasm of all stewards during the three weeks of the exhibition, was the best ever. The spirit of Droitwich Arts Network was clearly visible at all points and the success was a natural result. 

Peter Hawkins (DAN vice chair), Julia Hunt (2016 winner), Kenneth Robinson (2017 winner) and John Bodley