The exhibition in the Library

Chris Walker and Trevor Hunter, two of the winners of the Hanbury Hall exhibition 2018

 

Art activities in February

Though February is the shortest month, it is a lot of things going on at the moment. The exhibitions in Park’s Cafe are always very popular and this month we can see two artists. Roger Ricketts opened his exhibition in January and the paintings for this exhibition are mostly dedicated to Love and Valentine’s Day. Roger’s paintings are made in mixed media and resin and they attracted a lot of interest. 

From 19th February, Park’s Cafe will host the exhibition of Rosie Philpott’s artworks. Her watercolour and ink illustrations of wonky Droitwich with many of the town’s important spots (canal, Vines Park, Dodderhill Church…) are well recognisable. 

Rosie Philpott

The “Buildings of Droitwich” Ceramic Mural restoration progression

Thanks to funding from the National Lottery, Wychavon District Council and Droitwich Town Council the Droitwich Arts Network have reached the halfway stage to restoring Droitwich Spa’s national treasure. This colourful and intricate work of art has been removed from the shopping centre wall in order to replace broken ceramic relief’s and to strengthen the panels. Good progress is being made at the ‘Black Dog’ factory where the mural was originally made 42 years ago by artist Philippa Threlfall.

Over the last two months artists have been designing art work to fill the gap on the wall left by removal of the mural. This has now been completed as shown below. 

Local artists kick off 2019 with a Group Exhibition

Droitwich Arts Network is kicking off 2019 with a group exhibition at Park’s Café in Droitwich Spa, running until 22nd January. The display includes works by 14 artists. Many of the exhibits were winners of the public vote in the network’s annual exhibition at Hanbury Hall in 2018.

Rosie Philpott, artist and secretary of DAN is thrilled to have organised the display. “There’s a great variety of styles within the network and it’s lovely to see them alongside each other. It should spark a lot of conversation and it’s great to give the public another chance to see their favourites”.

A different DAN artist exhibits every month at Park’s Café. It is such a popular venue that it is already fully booked for 2019! Owner, Paul Richardson says “Myself and my customers always look forward to the DAN group exhibitions and over the last 7 years of them being held at Parks, they have never disappointed”.

Artists posing with their paintings

Hanbury Hall award winners’ announcements and photography workshop with Rhys Jones

The DAN meeting on 7th November was held at Spectrum Days, Old Coach Road. Helen opened the meeting by congratulating the artists with the most votes by visitors to the Hanbury Hall Exhibition. 

Adult votes:

1st Trevor Hunter for “Red Deer Stag”

2nd  Graham Wilson for “Your Delivery Has Been Dispatched”

Joint 3rd Julia Rollit for “Breaking Calm” and  Lyn Davies for “Bright Harbour”

Children’s votes: 1st Tina Watkins for “Hare”,  2nd Tracey Whittam for “Toby”, and 3rd Trevor Hunter for “Red Deer Stag”.

Congratulations to all winners! 

Total sales at the exhibition were £400 higher than last year. It will take a few weeks for artists to receive their money as we need to reconcile our sales records and recover the value of debit and credit card sales from the National Trust.

Rhys Jones then gave a talk entitled “Shooting People, with your camera”. The first topic was Composition, and suggested that knowing the reason for taking a photo helps with the “framing”. Portraits do not need to be in portrait format; landscape and square are interesting alternatives. Rhys emphasised that the eyes are usually the most important part of a portrait and must be in focus.

The second topic was Light. Rhys talked about different sources of light and the positioning of people in light and shade, avoiding harsh sunlight. He also outlined ways to make the best use of flash, and when to avoid using it.

Photo took by Rhys Jones during his workshop using the studio lights

The third topic covered the different types of camera, and how taking control of camera settings can improve the quality and impact of your photos.

We then had the opportunity to take photos of each other using two portable studio lights.
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