June Newsletter

Yes, I don’t know where the time has gone, but we are now only three weeks away from the Harwich Festival of Arts 2017 and Old Bank Studios Summer Exhibition. There suddenly seems an awful lot to do – PANIC!

Summer Exhibition

The Harwich Festival of Arts is a great annual event, which although primarily a music festival also features a lot of other attractions. This includes a growing visual arts contribution, this year made up of art exhibitions, public installations and short films.

To compliment all of this activity we are putting on the Old bank Studios Summer Exhibition for the forth time. The studios will become unrecognisable as the main hall, dining room and end studio are transformed into gallery space. Most of the exhibits will be by artists who teach here at The Bank, with some featured local artists as well and Nigel has promised to get some of his recent work framed up – all of which will be for sale at very affordable prices. I have given myself the dining room, where I will be showing my own original textile art works (also for sale), alongside examples of work produced on our various workshops and courses. You will also get a sneaky preview of new, upcoming workshops for later in the year and 2018. As well as being available to talk about all things Textiles, I will have a work space set up for demos.

Bonnie’s Pop Up Tea Room

With the improvements we have made to our facilities i.e. Kitchen in the vault and the garden (better, but not quite there yet) we are able to make your visit even more inviting. Our daughter Bonnie will be serving up teas and coffees and maybe something naughty to eat, whilst you peruse the exhibition or sit out in the sun.

Business as Usual
Anyway as much as we love putting on the Exhibition and want it to be a great success, we can’t just do that and are continuing to do the other thing we love, which is putting on workshops and courses. We still have a few places available for things to come and do in June, up to the point where we have to clear the studios and the gallery takes over. So here’s a bit of a reminder:
Amanda Walker
Beginners Dressmaking

Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th June
10.00 am to 4.00 pm
Join Amanda and Bev to make a simple garment or maybe get the help you need to complete a project you are stuck on.

£49 each day includes Light Lunch
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There is still time to book your place on;

Learn Watercolour with Andrew Pitt
Wednesday 14th June

Entitled ‘Big Skies’ you will learn how to paint a landscape with emphasis on how to portray characterful skies.
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Mike Riches
Capturing Life in a Sketchbook
Saturday 17th June

Out and about in Harwich recording the scenes around you armed only with sketchbook, pens and pencils.
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Old Bank Studios Summer Exhibition
Thursday 22nd June to Sunday 2nd July
Preview Evening
Thursday 22nd June from 7.00 pm

You are all welcome to join us at the preview for complementary drinks and a chat.
If you are unable to make it on the night, we will be open daily from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm.

It would be lovely to see you over the period of our exhibition and the festival, it really is Harwich at it’s best.

Until then keep on making and creating,

Bev Caleno

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