DAN network news

Tina Watkins’ paintings in Park’s Cafe

Tina Watkins is a mainly self-taught artist who recently moved to Droitwich from Kenilworth.  Since taking early retirement Tina has enjoyed revisiting her interest in painting.  Tina is currently serving on the committee as Membership Secretary for the Coventry & Warwickshire Society of Artists and Membership Secretary and Newsletter Editor for Droitwich Arts Network she is also a member of Droitwich Spa Art Club.  

More artwork is available on her ‘ArtyTina’ Facebook page Commissions undertaken with pleasure… She can be contacted on 01905 771886.

 

Upcoming exhibitions in April

Steve Williams in the Park’s Cafe

April will be busy months for Droitwich Arts Network members. Our traditional exhibition in the Long Gallery of Hanbury Hall will be held in April, rather than usual October. For 10 days (6 – 15 April) the visitors will enjoy a selection of paintings, textiles, crafts and cards from 24 artists. Most of the artworks are for sale, so there is a chance to buy a fantastic, unique present or treat yourself with something new for your home. 

After a commercially successful exhibition in Park’s Cafe last month, Rosie Philpott has a display of 3 pictures in Droitwich library. “Wonky Droitwich 1938”, “Victoria Square” and “Lazy Sunday at the Lido Park” are for sale. If interested, please contact Rosie directly. Rosie’s display will be in the library until 6 April. Upcoming artists who will show their works for 2-weeks displays are Stewart Bourne (6 – 20 April) and Ruth Bourne (20 April – 4 May), both the exceptional photographers. 

Park’s Cafe hosts the exhibition of 2 artists – Lyn Davies and Steve Williams. Although working in very different styles, Lyn and Steve’s joint exhibitions are always work well together and are a real treat for any art lover. Their exhibition will be on until 23 April. Tina Watkins will exhibit her paintings from 23 April until 21 May.

April’s meeting is scheduled for 8 April, starting 7.30pm at the Park’s Cafe, when Sara Morgan and her colleagues will give us a talk about Worcestershire Open Studios.  

 

The unveiling of the ceramic mural “Buildings of Droitwich”

Thanks to funding from the National Lottery, Wychavon District Council and Droitwich Town Council the Droitwich Arts Network have reached a stage to organise an unveiling ceremony for the restored Droitwich Spa’s national treasure. This colourful and intricate work of art had been removed from the St Andrew’s shopping centre wall in order to replace broken ceramic relief’s and to strengthen the panels. The ‘Black Dog’ Studio where the mural was originally made 43 years ago by artist Philippa Threlfall has now fixed a date for the replacement of the restored mural.

So the unveiling ceremony will take place at 4.30 pm on Wednesday 17th April. Since November 2018, artists have produced art work to fill the gap on the wall left by removal of the mural as shown below. 

Local artists hold prestigious Hanbury Hall exhibition

The annual exhibition at the Long Gallery at Hanbury Hall is one of the premier events in the Droitwich Arts Network calendar. This year, the popular event has changed to a ten day-long display in April. Set in the magnificent and historic National Trust property, it attracts a large number of visitors and provides a prestigious backdrop to local talent. The network is therefore delighted to hold an exhibition from 6th – 15th April.

This year it features over 70 works by local artists, spanning across a range of artistic areas including painting, textiles and poetry. The majority of work is for sale, with greetings cards and mounted works also available. The exhibition includes talent from professional artists such as Rosie Philpott, winner of the ‘Wychavon Community Arts Recognition Award’ and Colin Jack who recently exhibited over 90 paintings in The Hive, Worcester.

During the week, members of the Network will steward the event, often painting, spinning, weaving, knitting, embroidering and performing on a variety of musical instruments. Visitors can even have a go at weaving!