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It is a 16th century country house on the banks of the River Avon, with deer in the parkland and a beautiful garden. We also sampled the wonderful culinary delights in the Orangery restaurant.
We went to see Charlecote because they hold Art in the Park which I hope to be involved in. They have included many great local artists’ work including Rachael Carter; a sculptor working in willow and steel.
We called in at The Arter in Old Town Stratford on the way home. It was Kate’s first visit and she fell in love. The gallery is in Hall’s Croft, Shakespeare’s sister’s home.
On Wednesday Kate and I had a fantastic evening out! Thank you so much ….
We went to The Glee Club in Birmingham to see Patty Griffin. She is launching her new album, American Kid, most of it written in honour of her father.
I managed to not realise it was Patty Griffin and her band at the back door when we were using the disabled lift to get in! She had a great support band and then played with the brilliant guitarist David Pulkingham (Alejandro Escovedo, Dixie Chicks, Courtyard Hounds).
My absolute favourite track of the evening was ‘Ohio’.
She is in a band called Band of Joy with her partner Robert Plant.
All in all it was a fantastic evening and we met some lovely people. Thank you so much to Kate for arranging everything and taking me X
Such sad news! This year’s ‘Art in the Garden’ at Painswick Rococo Garden, Gloucestershire is cancelled.
On Monday, Ian and I were due to deliver my faces and works for the temporary shop in the garden for the exhibition. I feel so sorry for all the other artists who have been working hard preparing special works.
Personally, I have been working on this project for a year. With the subject matter, this has been physically and emotionally draining, so the cancellation is a huge blow.
However, I am particularly disappointed for Paul Hervey-Brookes and his great team of helpers. Paul puts his heart and soul into the show and deserves better than this.
I really hope Art in the Garden survives in some form.
These are the series of ceramic faces, called ‘Progressive Nature’, that I made for this year’s Art in the Garden.
We did not go last year, and it was very inspiring to see all the new great clay artists and their work. I have a new favourite, Janna Edwards. Her work uses casts of her feet and incorporates materials collected from her local beaches.
Had a LOVELY day yesterday, at The Arter in Stratford-Upon-Avon. It is such a great gallery, in a beautiful location (Shakespeare’s daughter’s house, Hall’s Croft). If you get a chance to visit, I thoroughly recommend it. If you do not have enough time to go around the house, pop into the gallery and try a local delicacy in the yummy cafe.
A huge thank you to Paula who made a beautiful display of my work and many thanks to Ian, my delivery boy.
A huge thanks to Ian for dropping 3 torsos and stands off at the Arter in Stratford. I love visiting this gorgeous gallery and sampling the yummy food. The gallery is situated in the beautiful National Trust Shakespeare’s daughters’ house.
On Sunday we braved Hidcote Manor Gardens. BIG MISTAKE!
We collected Laura, and went for an early lunch (yummy). It started raining on the way and did not stop until Monday afternoon. We left the cafe, after a gorgeous roast, and had to make a hasty retreat back for tea and cake! The shop then took a hammering for early Christmas presents.
Last night we went to the press evening party of ‘Art in the Garden’ at Painswick Rococo Garden. Kate’s friend, Lizzie, came with us and we had a lovely evening seeing all the sculptures, and dodging the rain! This is a sample or the photos. If you would like to see more please click here.
I am getting excited about ‘Art in the Garden’. It is my first time I have exhibited at Painswick Rococo Garden. For a month a year (August), they invite artists to exhibit. This year the theme is ‘Embarkation for Dangerous Liaisons’.
Part of my 50th birthday treat was a ‘Champagne Tea Tour’ of Highgrove gardens. We had a LOVELY time. The weather was amazingly good. They tell you to allow 4 hours (2 for tour and 2 for tea and shopping!)
The gardens are beautiful and have been organic for 30 years. There is high security (understandably) so you cannot take photos but there are quite a few on the internet. I will not bore you with too many details about the garden but the the was AMAZING and the shop a must. we also bought 2 lovely plants to remind us of our day.
If you are thinking of visiting, I thoroughly recommend it! All profits go to The Prince of Wale’s charities.