If you were listening to yesterday’s Girls Around Town, you’ll have heard Susi Wright and Lynne Whitfield talking about Six Million White Roses, the event they’re bringing to Newark in just a few weeks’ time.
But in case you missed their chat with June – or you want a reminder of some of the details they mentioned – here’s the podcast for you to enjoy…
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.
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 exhibition, The 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…