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Great Notebook Meeting

Another great monthly meeting at The Willow. Lots of people, lots of really interesting things going on.

Updates from Maddie, Carmel and Rob Baur on their Art Works collaborations – Maddie doing interesting things with mirrors, words and cats at PetWorld, Carmel being distracted by the architecture in Ken’s jewellery studio, and Rob combining caravans and Soviet and British Rail posters.

All brilliant!

A number of people brought current work, so we all got quick peeks into Diana’s new one-drawing-a-day sketchbook, Chloe’s portfolio of two months’ worth of one-minute drawings and Geoff’s collection of new street photographs.

Some general discussion about the Art Works project, and some new developing ideas for artist/business partnerships – plus an interesting suggestion that we look at the possibility of linking Art Works into the new festivals initiative in Shropshire.

Upcoming events and exhibitions info. for your calendars:

  • Sketching day at Llanymynech Limekilns on Sat., Nov. 12. Turn up at 11/11:30 at the Limeworks carpark. We’ll have the woodburner lit in the stables, plus there’s kettle and a microwave there to keep us all warm. Lots to see and draw/paint/photograph. No particular plan for the day – we’ll be there until about 3 or 4pm.
  • New exhibition opportunity at Rowanthorn on Beatrice St., Oswestry. I’ve got a rota going – email or leave a comment if you’d like a slot. There are two 40x40cm slots and three 50x50cm slots at the moment, each one available for two months at a time (just like The Hand)
  • And, speaking of The Hand, there are still Dining Room exhibition slots available for later in 2012. Email or leave a comment on this post if you’d like a slot.
Finally, John gave a quick tutorial on using WordPress and this blog. Another one next month to catch anyone who didn’t get a chance today.
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Bridgnorth Arts Festival 2011

I’ve only just discovered that there’s an arts festival taking place in Bridgnorth. For those of you that have never been there, it’s about as far from Shrewsbury SE as Oswestry is from Shrewsbury NW. It’s a nice little town – another one of those Shropshire market towns with an ancient lineage and long-standing importance to a rural hinterland. I suppose it’s best known for its funicular railway that links the High Town and Low Town. Surely the model for Oswestry’s own proposed monorail? 🙂

Anyway, the arts festival looks like a lively set of events, and it includes a 30-venue, 32-artist art trail around the town, which sounds like exactly the kind of thing started to do in Oswestry with “The Way”. There’s loads of stuff going on, and they’ve got a good online site which makes it easy to see what’s happening when and where. It’s clear that loads of different organisations and groups have come together under this festival banner too.

I’d be interested to hear if anyone knows anything more about the Bridgnorth Arts Festival – maybe it would be a model for the sort of thing we could do in Oswestry?

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