DAN network news

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.

Sculpture donation by Charles Hazzard

It is proposed that life size figure sculpture by Charles Hazzard, a national sculptor, who lives in Droitwich Spa and whose studio practise is situated in the Vale of Evesham, be donated and sited in the town centre of Droitwich Spa. The two works under consideration are Crawling Man and Connections.

Crawling Man echoes that of a salt brine worker, whilst Connections with its steel cable and joined, connected by way of its two interlocking hoops, and giving the piece its title, refers to the linking of Droitwich Spa to its twinned towns of Voiron, France and Bad Ems, Germany. Furthermore this piece refers to connections to the wider world e.g Saint Richard of Chichester, born in 1197 within the the area that became Droitwich Spa and Edward Winslow, from the area, who travelled on the ship, the Mayflower to the New World in 1620.

Sarah James’s poetry collection plenty-fish

poetry 12-09-2015Sarah James’s Nine Arches Press poetry collection plenty-fish is launched as part of this year’s Salt Fest. Also poetry on a theme of ‘endurance’ from Worcestershire Poet Emeritus Maggie Doyle, last year’s Worcestershire Poet Laureate Fergus McGonigal, Mike Alma, Kathy Gee, Ian glass and Holly Magill. Mced by Fergus McGonigal, the evening will also include a short ‘Question the Author’ section.

Food will be available to order from 7 – 8pm. This event is also a Droitwich Arts Network literary/social event.

Park’s Café-Bar,

4 Victoria Square, Droitwich, Worcestershire WR9 8DS

Saturday, September 12, 7 – 9.30pm
Free, open to public, no booking required, except for food.

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.