A once in a lifetime opportunity for artists of all abilities

If you’re a regular listener to Girls Around Town, you’ll know that guest Susi Wright unfortunately wasn’t able to join June on air last weekend.

Plans are already being made to get her into the studio as soon as possible but in the meantime here’s the information she was going to share about two events she’s bringing to the National Holocaust Centre and Museum next month, aimed at artists of all abilities, whether professional or leisure painters.

Art promoter Susi of Meander and Mooch Gallery has joined forces with local artist and art teacher Lynne Whitfield to work with the Centre in the run up to Come Back To Colour

An exciting exhibition which takes its name from this year’s Big Draw Festival involving more than 28 participating countries, highlighting the rediscovery of mental and physical health, vitality and vibrancy, and cherishing joy, freedom and survival.

Totally original and inspirational in their content, the two special events hosted by Lynne and Susi at the Holocaust Centre will form part of a major exhibition and potentially a national tour later this year.

Taking place on Sunday 24 July, the first event starts with a tour of the Centre, its beautiful rose and sculpture gardens, the museum and exhibitions.  

The tour will be followed by a talk by professional artist and holocaust survivor Ruth Schweining, who decided to show her parents’ lives through her art. She does this through all mediums from paint and charcoal to fused glass, the latter because, in her own words, “it is fragile and can shatter easily, as did their lives”.

After a break for lunch, Lynne and Susi will be running a workshop aimed at further inspiring those taking part in the event to plan out their art for the forthcoming exhibition.

Then on Tuesday 26 July the second event is en plein air, set among the 1,000 scented roses and the sculpture gardens, giving participants chance to absorb and be inspired by the wonderful and peaceful memorial gardens.

There is a small fee of just £20 for each event, which includes free entry to the National Holocaust Centre and Museum and all its events for one year, together with submission into the art exhibition.

To book a place or find out more, just click on either of their names here to email Susi Wright or Jill Robinson.

Creating a happy life

Not long now till lots of lovely small businesses across the country will be opening their doors once more…

And if you’re anything like June, Monday 12 April just can’t come soon enough!!

Someone who’s looking forward even more to the next stage in the easing of restrictions is artist Liz Goulding, who’ll be on the phone in the second hour of next weekend’s Girls Around Town to share news of what’s on the cards for mid-May onwards, when a range of brand new workshops will be up and running in her Secret Garden Studios here in Newark.

Overlooking the beautiful secret garden itself, the studios will be home to a variety of different classes from poetry and printmaking to creative writing and textiles – and painting too of course!

A firm believer that a creative life is a happy life, Liz can’t wait to spread a little of that happiness when the workshops and classes get under way in May.

Make sure you’re tuned in to 107.8FM or listening online from just after 11.10am next Sunday when she’ll be chatting to June about what’s in store…

And how you can find your happy by joining Liz and various other experts, ready to start getting creative together!

Pictures courtesy of Liz Goulding

Girls’ night out!

Starting the year as they mean to go on, albeit a little belatedly, Girls Around Town hosts June and Rosalyn were doing exactly what it says on the tin when they joined artists and art-lovers at Meander and Mooch in Newark last Friday evening…

In the first of (hopefully!) many opportunities to enjoy getting out and about around town in 2020, they were among the guests invited to the pre-launch Private View of the gallery’s latest exhibitionThe Wall.

The show’s new business guru Cathie Babbington joined the party- regular GAT guest Janice Holmes popped in for  a while – and there were plenty of other familiar faces among those raising a glass to celebrate with gallery owners Susi and Neil Wright too.

In addition to showcasing the work of 20 top artists, sculptors and jewellery-makers from across the UK, the three-week exhibition will be raising money for one of Newark’s best-loved charities, Beaumond House Community Hospice.

Local businesses have joined forces to show their support by sponsoring ‘bricks’ on display in one of the windows – next time you’re passing, see if you can spot the Girls Around Town’s own brick in the wall

In fact, don’t just pass! The gallery on Cartergate is open seven days a week till the exhibition comes to a close on Friday 28 February and admission is free.

So why not drop in and have a meander and mooch around the work on display while you’re in town?

Official photos courtesy of Kurt and Jackie Spindley of SHUTTERBUG – selfies by the ‘girls’ themselves!

For more of Kurt and Jackie’s pics from the evening, visit Meander and Mooch’s photo gallery on Facebook