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Photo Expo at RADIO Cafe by Geoff Armitage

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John, Rob and Paul at Radio Cafe

"Underground" from the series 'Signals' - 2010, John S. Now up in Radio.

“Underground” from the series ‘Signals’ – 2010, John S. Now up in Radio.

The first group of Inside Out artists’ work is now up at Radio Cafe in Oswestry. John S., Rob Baur and Paul Stocking all have works hanging in the cafe for the next couple of months.

Saffron is keen to keep the art rotating through the cafe, and so will be changing the hanging regularly. This is not, however, an open invitation for a “current work” hanging – instead, Saffron would like to see artists come forward with works that suit the cafe’s style and atmosphere and explores or responds to the themes suggested by the cafe and the former radio shop from which it takes its name. The prints that I have hanging in the cafe, for example, are from the “Signals” series, about different lines of communication.

Anyone interested in exhibiting in Radio should stop by and talk to Saffron (bringing with you some examples of your work).

Inside Out at Radio Cafe

Radio Signals [1], John Swogger, 2012

Signals [1], John Swogger, 2012

Radio Cafe has asked if any Inside Out artists would be interested in exhibiting works in the cafe. There’s a great deal of wall space available for artworks, and the cafe is particularly looking for bright, interesting prints. As the cafe is a place where food is cooked, it would best suit works behind glass.

If anyone’s interested, I’ll be gathering works this week to put up at the weekend, so get in touch via the usual email addresses or in a reply to this post and bring your work to my studio in The Cambrian Studios Building this week.

Sketching at Radio Saturday Evening

Sketching this Saturday at Radio Cafe!

Don’t forget, there’s sketching at Radio Cafe in Oswestry this coming Saturday between 6 and 9pm. Bring your art stuff (and a funny hat if you can stand the embarassment) – the cafe’s just at the top of Bailey Street, by the market. There’s tapas, cocktails, wine, beer, teas and coffee on sale. Great atmosphere and a great way to spend a dull winter weekend evening.

Cosy Sketching Evening at Radio

Turn on, tune in, drop by - sketching at Radio Cafe on Saturday.

Nice mellow evening at Radio yesterday – four of us colonised a table near the kitchen in Radio and spent a couple of hours with the evening crowds. I think we did more chatting than drawing, but it was fun nonetheless!

Really good to see Alex Johnson again – musician (Jukebox Mama, The Mountee, etc.) turned graphic artist. He’s now doing a graphic arts degree at Glyndwr, so was telling us all about his course. Talked a lot about courses and workshops in Oswestry, and once again about the real need for skill-sharing opportunities between practising artists and students. Chloe came as well – I think she drew more than the rest of us put together. Too much talking – still, that’s the fun of these Saturday sketching evenings: they’re just as much about the networking and the chatting as the drawing!

I was thinking of ways we might bring a bit of focus to the drawing side of things: perhaps get everyone to sit for five-minute life poses with a ridiculous hat or something (I have a flying helmet and goggles I’m willing to wear to the next one!).

Saffron, who runs Radio, is keen to get some of our sketching evening drawings up on the cafe wall. I thought maybe a pinboard to start with that we could stick photos and photocopies of sketches up onto. Now that he’s fairly happy the Saturday evenings are going to work (and it’s still the depths of winter, remember, so the fact that he’s full on a cold evening in February is really good news), he’s going to start publicising the evenings a bit more. He’s already having to take reservations from people who want to book tables for large groups, so it’s worth us making sure we stake our claim to a table on a regular basis!

So don’t be shy – we’ll be there every other Saturday: come along for the tapas (parmesan scones with black olive tapanade highly recommended), the cocktails (Dark and Stormy with plenty of lime), the coffee (try the Radio signature half-caf skinny latte, or the dark Americano), the chat, and the drawing – if we get around to it!

Great Sketching Day at Whittington Castle

Can you divide this photo up according to the Golden Rectangle?

A great day sketching out at Whittington Castle – a bit on the chilly side, perhaps, but with the Castle cafe and the White Lion close at hand, no one suffered any permanent damage!

Half a dozen of us hardy souls met up at the Whittington Castle carpark and braved sub-zero temperatures through the morning and afternoon. We were fuelled by tea and coffee from the excellent Castle Cafe, and by a really nice lunch in the – lovely and warm! – snug of the White Lion next door.

Whittington Castle - roofs, turrets and windows

Thanks to Sue Ellis from the Castle who offered us the use of a room in the Castle next time for storing bags and keeping warm. And she also pointed out that the function room at the Castle is available for exhibitions, etc. It’s a lovely Castle-chapel type room, used for Wedding functions and the like. Wrexham Art Society is apparently holding an exhibition of Castle-themed works there later in the year – it’s big enough to hang about 100 works, or could even accommodate 3D and installation pieces.

Despite the cold and the cloud, I think everyone managed to get a fair amount of drawing, photographing and sketching done. It’s a great place to spend a day with a pad and pencil, and we’ll certainly be planning a return visit (perhaps when it’s a bit warmer!).

Next sketching venue is Radio Cafe, this evening between 6 and 9pm – warmer than Whittington Castle! See you there…

Sketching this Saturday

This coming Saturday, Feb. 11th will be a busy day for everyone who wants to get out there and do some sketching!

  • Whittington Castle, Whittington

Anyone who wants to is welcome to meet up at Whittington Castle from 10:30am to do some sketching. Bring your drawing/painting equipment and some warm clothing in case it turns cold. There are two pubs near the castle – The White Lion and The Old Boot, and the Penrhos Arms is around the corner – plus a newsagents (and a chippy, I think?) so there are plenty of places for hot drinks and lunch, or bring sandwiches and a flask of tea if you prefer.

  • Radio Cafe, Oswestry

And if you aren’t all sketched out by the evening, Radio Cafe on Bailey St. in Oswestry is open in the evening. Anyone who’s interested can meet us there after 6pm for a chance for some indoor sketching and drawing. The cafe serves excellent tapas, plus there’s wine, cocktails and coffees on the drinks menu. A small group of us met up there two weeks ago and had a really nice evening – do join us if you’re looking for something to do in Oswestry on Saturday evening.

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Sketching Evening at Radio Cafe, Baily St., Oswestry - tomorrow

Mum Says

Sketching Evening at Radio Cafe, Bailey St., Oswestry - tomorrow! 6-9pm

Not doing anything tomorrow evening? Come along to Radio in Oswestry and draw!

I know it’s very last minute, but we’re organising a sketching evening at Radio Cafe in Oswestry tomorrow evening, from 6pm – 9pm. The owner is trying to establish the cafe as a weekend evening venue, and is serving a tapas menu, wine and cocktails.

To help support the enterprise, we’re inviting artists to turn up on Saturday evening for an informal sketching session and to enjoy Radio’s award-winning food and drinks. Nothing particular planned – just turn up with your sketching materials and I’m sure there’ll be something to draw!

See you there!

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