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

Wall to wall talent

Twenty of the UK‘s top artists will be joining forces to showcase their work when Meander and Mooch brings a unique new exhibition to Newark next month…

After a private view and launch party on Friday 7 February, The Wall opens to the public at 10am on Saturday 8 February, when visitors will be able to meet some of the artists as they explore what’s on show in the gallery.

One of those whose paintings are featured is the aptly-named Jackie Whall, who together with gallery owner Susi Wright joins the Girls Around Town next weekend to talk about the three-week event and some of the stories behind it.

“Our aim is to take people on a journey through walls in history and music, from the Berlin Wall to Bowie‘s Heroes and Pink Floyd‘s unforgettable film and music The Wall,” says Susi.

“And if you’re a fan of Pink Floyd, there’s another treat in store for you in Newark too, with tribute band Think Floyd performing the music from The Wall at the Palace Theatre on the evening of Friday 7 February.

“No prizes for guessing where we’ll be headed after our own launch party!”

Join June and Rachel on 107.8FM or listen online between 10am and 12 noon next Sunday to hear what Susi and Jackie have to say about the exhibition and find out how you can even add your own personal touch to the event.

“We’ll be raising money for Beaumond House Community Hospice and, for a small donation, visitors will be able to write their own message to a loved one on the wall in the gallery window to help support this worthwhile charity,” adds Susi.