Review of our first June exhibition 2018
The Contemporary Arts Fair Discover:Gather:Give had another cracking event with hundreds of visitors over the weekend to see the eclectic mix of regional and local artists, enthralling both visitors and locals in the historic Town Hall, enjoying cakes by Knead It! Bakery, tea and Monsoon Estates coffee in the Golden Cup Café all served on vintage golden china and tables decked with linen and bud vases of fresh scented roses and lavender; a joy for all the senses!
The artwork was by turns challenging with politically inspired art by Ben Cowan, charmingly whimsical illustrations of dressed animals by Tipperleyhill, paired down designed Japanese inspired jewellery by international renown jeweller Jane Moore, striking decoupage skulls by Jo Verity and such incredibly delicate papercut work by Clare Pentlow where you really had to question technically how she made them, alongside many other artists whose work was a pleasure to see and meet the artists.
An important aspect of #Cafdgg is for the visitors to meet and commission work from the artists and hopefully develop artistic relationships over time as many of the artists also run workshops, one to one sessions and painting holidays as well as exhibiting their work. Do go to www.discovergathergive.co.uk to find details of the artists exhibited at the weekend.
#Cafdgg is developing with each event into an arts fair where both visitors and exhibitors can rely on being offered excellent quality art and made welcome. The next fair will be the first weekend in November with the Private View on Friday November 2nd, Saturday and Sunday November 3rd-4thOpen to the Public from 10.30am.
It is a free event and donations are made to Shakespeare’s Puppies Appeal and with the support of visitors they raised £400.00 for the local charity, culminating in a total of £2,000.00 since #Cafdgg first opened its artistic doors in 2014.
Curator Judith Layhe-Cook commented “It is the wonderful artists who make #Cafdgg so good, without them I would just have a beautiful Ballroom, so all thanks to them and their continued support in making Stratford-upon-Avon an Arts Hub for the region that is just getting better known in the Arts scene each event I am able to curate and share.”