DAN network news

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. 

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“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”.

The CanalSide Studios’ group exhibition at Droitwich library

The CanalSide Studios is based in Stoke Prior and caters for artists of all abilities. It was started approximately five years ago and now has in excess of 50 students attending a variety of classes. 

For the many of the artists at the library, this is the very first public exhibition. 

The CanalSide Studios art teacher Karen Harmon brought together an excellent exhibition. Variety of techniques, styles, and themes makes this exhibition fresh and appealing and the reactions of visitors are very positive. 

Roger Ricketts’ exhibitions at Park’s Cafe and the Maltstone pub

Roger Ricketts has two solo exhibitions during March-April. At Park’s Cafe, Roger has a selection of colourful mixed media artworks. Mostly figurative abstract paintings, done in a combination of traditional media, such as acrylics and glass paint, with resin, polyfilla, noodles and a touch of gold. Roger’s bold and attractive paintings attracted a lot of interest, and several of paintings were sold. The exhibition is open until 17 April. 

The exhibition at the Maltstone pub brings up more paintings in various styles, seaside scenes, still life, flowers…, and is open until 1 May 2018.