Evenley Wood Garden, June 2017

Evenley wood garden hosted the annual Lily and Rose festival, and for the second year running, Laid in Lavender took part. The venue is a beautiful, 60-acre woodland garden, full of lilies and other flowers, unusual and vast trees, also hiding a confusion [group] of guinea fowl!

 The lily and Rose Festival is an event to really show off the tremendous grounds, when the lilies are at their best. There were a small range of artisans and traders, a treasure hunt for the children, plus talks and show rounds for the adults. This year the marquee had two other artists selling prints, which gave the space more of an art festival feel, an aspect I really liked. Continue reading “Evenley Wood Garden, June 2017”

ArtFest 2017

Painting next to artist David Blakemore

My first exhibition of this year was at ArtFest, part of the Banbury and District annual show. It was an exhibition of a different kind, one where the artists and artisans perform their trades as part of the show. There were spoon makers, jewellers, painters, sculptors, potters and felt makers among others. Continue reading “ArtFest 2017”

Church Lane Gallery, Banbury

Man behind the idea, Barry Whitehouse

Banbury town centre, like many other towns along the country, have started to introduce pop up shops. Small businesses can open for a limited time, limited rent, to show case their wares without the responsibility of signing a many year lease. They also inject variety and spice into our somewhat dying high streets. I’m a big supporter of these little places, especially now that Banbury has its first pop up art gallery. Set up by local artist and art shop ‘The Artery’ owner, Barry Whitehouse, this gallery gives the chance for local talent to have their artwork seen in their high street. The idea behind it that the artists get to show their work, plus donate a little of their time too.

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