Tuesday, 26 January 2016

... and finally ...

... and finally, I get to write a new blog post. I have been absent from here for too long, but that's because I have been so involved in the daily life of our great little theatre that I haven't had time to write about it. I am going to try and update this blog over the next few weeks: and here is the next event- a fabulous concert in aid of Cumbria Community Foundations Flood Relief Fund.
Wigton Theatre Club is a charity, so we can't give money to other charities. However, we all want to support flood victims, and in addition are very grateful to Cumbria Community Foundation for their support of us. A representative of CCF will be at the John Peel Theatre to collect all donations. We are not selling tickets, but you CAN reserve a seat by messaging me, leaving a comment, phoning 016973 42570 or getting in touch with Hayden Dunstan. This is not our usual informal Open Mic Night, but a full scale concert with professional and semi professional performers. It will be a night to remember, and hopefully will raise lots of money for victims of the floods.

Saturday, 28 June 2014

GEARING UP FOR THE NEXT EVENTS

After the success of Toad of Toad Hall, we are all looking forward to the total contrast of our next two events: our live concert on July 5th, and The Collector from 16th to 18th July:






Tuesday, 11 March 2014

MORE FROM THE SOLWAY

View across the Solway to Criffel yesterday afternoon:
 Colours and textures to inspire:

And some of the jewellery it inspired!








Friday, 7 March 2014

HOMAGE TO SOLWAY

Take a stroll along High Street, and glance into the windows of the Fountain Gallery. You will see our Artists of the Month- Hazel Jefferson, who lives and paints on the Solway Plain; and Ray Pearson, of Solway Pottery, who makes his pots from Solway clay. 

In the other window, it looks as if the tide has washed up sand, pebbles and a host of other interesting things. If like me you are an incurable beachcomber, you should enjoy spotting a number of small but intriguing objects among the pebbles. The window also carries a number of pictures of the Solway- both paintings and photographs, and there are more inside.

Can you see Hilary Harrison's delicate pots and Jenia Gorfunkel's glass fish?
Connie Jensen's sea glass jewellery

Annabelle Smith's delicate porcelain Bathing Belles

Saturday, 15 February 2014

JOHN PEEL THEATRE: PROGRAMME FOR 2014

 
 June 10th - 14th



TOAD OF TOAD HALL: an exciting new production of the Kenneth Grahame /A A Milne classic:
fun, wit and a little nostalgia for all the family. Part of the Wigton Windows / Spring Festival



October 21st - 24th 


PACK UP YOUR TROUBLES: a bitter-sweet programme of songs, readings and poems to commemorate the "War to end all wars" which broke out a hundred years ago.





December 9th - 13th


JACK AND THE BEANSTALK: a traditional panto with dames, cows and giants- what more can you want?

Thursday, 30 January 2014

DOGS RUN FROM BOOK OF KELLS TO CANADA

Images from Book of Kells

Running Dogs by Connie Jensen, Trifolium Jewellery

Available at The Fountain Gallery


This brooch is now on its way to deepest Ontario as a present for a vet. 


I designed it when one of the illuminations in the Book of Kells caught my imagination. 

Below is is a drawing from the original.


I have found several artifacts based on this design, but most jewellers and potters etc have copied the original exactly, and as far as jewellery is concerned, I think simplest is best. 

I redrew many times, as is my wont when designing a new piece and became more and more frustrated until I 'lost' the far side legs and all became clearer and cleaner. I kept the look of the rangy, ferocious hounds, and gained an airier piece of 3D jewellery, with a pattern of interlocked triangles, which looks dramatic on dark cloth.

The next stage was to use the same idea with a different animal. This was harder than I expected- and again, many others have done the same thing with varying degrees of success. I finally ended up with Running Deer, heavier and perhaps more formal than the dogs.