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Droitwich ArtsFest 2018 starts soon!

BRINGING MANY FORMS OF ART TO DROITWICH SPA

Droitwich Arts Festival. Four weeks of mostly free events.
Music, art, crafts, dance, exhibitions, drama, and poetry.

Saturday Highlights:
30th June – Opening Day, and Dance (St Andrews Square)
7th July – Interactive Public Art (Near the High Street). Evening Music Event (St Andrews Square)
14th July – Families and Children (Victoria Square). High School Music Showcase (St Andrews Square)
21st July – Arts in View (Library, Victoria Square, and St Andrews Square)
28th July – Music on the hour, every hour (St Andrews Square)

Music Highlights:
4th July – Keith Slater’s 60s Celebration. Click here for information and tickets
7th July – Free Evening Music Event. Click here for information
27th July – “Last Night of the Proms”. Free entry. Click here for details

The ArtsFest 2018 is packed with events in a 4-week programme full of visual arts, music and dance, poetry and literature and various hands-on activities. Be sure to check the programme and put the events on your calendar. Although most of the events are free, some events will be charged at very affordable prices. 

Please visit official Droitwich ArtsFest 2018 website for full information. 

 

 

Graham Wilson’s watercolour demonstration

photo by Ruth Bourne

DAN meeting on 11th June at The Park’s Café was an opportunity to learn more about or be introduced to the watercolour technique. Many artists dread the thought to do watercolours, as it is considered somewhat advanced painting technique that requires a lot of skill and good quality and expensive material. 

Graham Wilson, a local artist and illustrator, show us during his demonstration that there is nothing to fear about the watercolours. Going step-by-step and leading us through a landscape painting, he showed us how to paint the sky, sea, sand, trees and figures with ease. In a humorous way, with a lot of interesting side stories, Graham explained his ways to improve the technique and do it in an adventurous and inventive way. 

On his website, Graham says: “I have painted all my life and for many years only worked in watercolour. Over the last ten years I have become more adventurous and now work in watercolour, acrylic and even oils on occasion.”  He has created illustrations for books, magazines, calendars and greeting cards. 

 

Graham Wilson’s illustration at the Hanbury Hall exhibition 2017

Hands-on spinning and weaving demonstration

The first in a line of new-style DAN meetings has been organised on Monday, 14th May at Spectrum Days, Old Coach Road in Droitwich Spa. DAN chair Helen Karakashian has opened the evening with a welcome speech about ongoing DAN events and preparations for the ArtsFest, before a creative ladies from Worcestershire Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers gave a brief introduction to weaving and spinning craft and The Guild activities and aims, and invite DAN members and their guests to try themselves in a field of weaving and spinning.

In a relaxed atmosphere, with tea, coffee and home-made cakes served, the speakers gave us a lot of information on designs, materials, and endless creative potential of woven textiles. 

Spectrum Days space will be the place for DAN meeting on 11th July, ‘Adult Mime and Improvisation Workshop’ – building confidence through drama with Emily Hastings (part of ArtsFest programme) – £5 for members, £10 for guests. the event is a part of ArtsFest programme. 

DAN weaving evening a
DAN weaving evening 4
DAN weaving evening 3
DAN weaving evening 2
DAN weaving evening 1

 

 

 

“Wonky Droitwich” Returns!

Rosie Philpott first burst onto the local art scene in 2012 with her ‘Wonky Droitwich’ painting, depicting Droitwich Spa’s High Street in a quirky style. Since then the original and a limited number of 250 prints have completely sold out and fans of Rosie’s work have been requesting another version!

“Wonky Droitwich 1938”

The new painting, “Wonky Droitwich 1938” sets the familiar view of the wobbly High Street in the year 1938, bringing a vintage twist to the original.

Rosie explains “I had great fun using our local library to research the shops and owners along the street in 1938 and was surprised by the number of butchers and grocers that existed. I even discovered what a ‘grindery’ and ‘fancy repository’ are. I knew I had to change the painting from the original but keep the same feel, and, as a lover of all things vintage and retro, this seemed the perfect choice”.