SWillustrator Jan Nesbitt will be showing her beautiful artwork inspired by the natural world,  in the Mish Mash, Wiltshire Artists Summer Exhibition at the Pounds Arts Centre in Corsham on 23rd July.

See more of Jan's work at http://www.jannesbittartwork.com/index.html


Hare and Seek Trail for the Cirencester Hare Festival

The Cirencester Hare Festival is proving very popular, with hare spotters of all ages enjoying tracking down the 50 giant hares in Cirencester and close surrounding villages. The individually designed 'fantasy' hares will  be auctioned to raise money for the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust's 'Green hare walkway' by the River Churn.

SWillustrator Jane Veveris Callan has painted 3 of the small life size hares which will join the 'Hare and Seek' Trail. A small version of the large 'Harebelle' which is sponsored by and situated at the Twelve Bells on Lewis Lane.  'Party Hare' who's black body is a magnetic blackboard where celebratory notes and messages can be placed and 'Panthare tigris' based on the Tiger hare concept of BBC 'Springwatch' presenter Chris Packham.


Party Hare

Panthare tigris

The third Red Hare day on 27th June will see the launch of a mini 'Hare and Seek' trail in the town.
This will be great fun for hare-spotters! From 24th of May until 27th of June small decorated hares will be hidden inside Cirencester shops, cafes and offices open to the public. You will need to collect a ‘Hare and Seek passport’ from the Visitor Information Centre or Information Point at the Town Council Offices in Binhgam House. This passport  will be available from the 27th of June once all the small hares have gone into hiding!. Then you can set out to find them all. Your passport will be stamped by the retailer each time you successfully locate a small hare. Enter your accurately stamped passport into the prize draw!  The ‘Hare and Seek’ trail will end on September 14th and the result of the prize draw will be announced on September 30th.


Illustrations and Nature studies by Penny Ives

Swillustrator Penny Ives exhibited her beautiful illustrations and detailed nature studies at Bath Artist Studio's Gallery this weekend as part of the Newbridge Arts Trail.

Penny also treated her visitors to her delicious home made cakes!


Newbridge Arts Trail

This coming weekend, Swillustrators Penny Ives and Jane Veveris Callan will be exhibiting  work as part of Bath's Newbridge Arts Trail 
The venues will be open from 10am-5pm on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th May.

Drawing and illustration by Penny Ives

Over 30 local artists and craftspeople will be participating this year in a number of venues around Newbridge and Lower Weston.  Penny's work will be on display in the gallery space at Bath Artists Studio's  and Jane will be opening her studio at home on the trail. Artwork and cards will be available at direct from the artist prices!

Woodcut print and painted sculpture by Jane Veveris Callan

Full Information and a map of the trail venues is available to download here. The map can also be picked up at the Tourist Information Centre, Art shops and Galleries in Bath and at local shops in Newbridge.


Focus on Art in Bristol & Bath

The month of May sees the beginning of widespread dedicated Art events in Bristol and Bath.

In Bath the Open Studio's group represents 4 Art Trails in different areas of Bath, one on each weekend.

                               Larkhall 3/4/5 May
                               Newbridge 10/11 May
                               Widcombe 17/18 May
                               Bear Flat 24/5/6 May

In Bristol, there is a newly created Bristol Art Weekender event across 16 different sites around the city, on over the May Bank Holiday weekend 3/4/5 May


Cirencester Hare Festival

The Cirencester Hare Festival was launched at the end of March and is proving hugely popular. There are now over 25 large hares out in Cirencester and the surroundings, with more joining them every week. The event is helping raise awareness of local wildlife and the sculptures will be auctioned in October to raise money for the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust who aim to build a wild walkway around the river Churn.

A Trail map of venues displaying hares is available locally or downloadable from the Cirencester Hare Festival website. At the end of May there will be an additional 'Hare and Seek' display of smaller life size decorated hares in shops and businesses around the town.

There is a feature about the project and some of the hare designs in this month's Cirencester Life magazine which includes two by Swillustrator Jane Veveris Callan. One of her hares 'Harebelle' is in the spotlight on the front cover of the magazine


Easter is on its way

I have created some more artwork for my local church tower. Well done again to Andrew Stammers for heading up the project and to all the volunteers who helped paint and fit the banner.

Scott Joyce