Saturday, 2 December 2017

Shepton Mallet Lantern Festival 2017


  Saturday 23rd December
Parade starts at 6pm 
Meeting point at the Bandstand Colette Park

Music will be provided by Shepton Sings, 
Jamba de Samba and the Little Big Horns


Workshops to make lanterns click on link 

All photos from the website

For more information
www.sheptonlanternfestival.org.uk


Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Shepton Mallet Snowdrop Festival 2018 - Competitions


Shepton Snow Drops The Poetry and photography Competitions are open. 
Your chance to win £120 




Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Shepton Mallet Sunday Market



 Sunday 19th November - 10am - 3pm 
 Shepton Mallet
A selection of vintage and artisan shops will be open

Friday, 3 November 2017

Shepton Mallet Viaduct

Photography Bx
The most gorgeous view of Shepton Mallet
Charlton Viaduct is a Grade 11 listed, disused railway bridge. Originally built in the 1870's, it consists of 27 arches. It can also be seen from the grounds of Kilver Court where it forms a structural backdrop to the secret gardens. 

Monday, 29 May 2017

FAMILY FRIDAY - Holly & Hawthorn


 Family Friday 
2md June 2017 10.30am - 1pm
£12 per family up to 4 people, plus £2.00 for  each extra
Windsor Hills Woods

Please email for a booking form smforestschool@yahoo.co.uk 

Photos from our first year 2012 
to celebrate 5 years of Holly & Hawthorn


Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Event Calendar 2017


Collett Park Shepton Mallet Events 


Sunday, 21 May 2017

Sunday Market Shepton Mallet


Thursday, 30 March 2017

Local Painters Somerset




Painted in Farrow & Ball with a rustic distressed finish
Darkroom Yellow 233 by No21 Painting & Decorating


Painted Furniture for Tor Huts by No21 Painting & Decorating


Monday, 20 March 2017

Shepton now has a regular Sunday Market!


Every third Sunday in the month, until further notice, we now have a Sunday Market in Shepton! Yesterday, I went to the first one, which had at least 60 stalls.  There was food, bric-a-brac, vintage, crafts and lots more.  In addition, many of the shops in Town Street, and the bottom of the High Street were open, including the one I am involved with - the One Craft Gallery.  It was so good to see Shepton full of people, having a great time, even though the weather wasn't great!  Let's hope it goes from strength to strength...

Helen - Contributor


Saturday, 18 February 2017

Snowdrop Festival is here!


Shepton is awash with snowdrops as it's first Snowdrop Festival begins!  We, at the One Craft Gallery have contributed with a themed window design, which was given a special award.  We produced artwork and wares inspired by snowdrops in all sorts of mediums - see above.  Other shops and businesses have also shown solidarity with displays of their own... 


The images above and below show some of the activities which took place at the Friday Market and at Snowdrop HQ in Town Street.  It was a real education!  I never knew there were so many different varieties, each with their own name and features...


Shepton Mallet Horticultural Society, who have organised the festival, have certainly been busy.  There are colourful planters all over the town, and stencilled images on the pavements leading people to the action!  Refreshments, the results of the photographic and poetry competitions, workshops and snowdrop related stalls are all at the HQ.  In addition, a number of events have been organised.  These include, a ceremonial walk to James Allen's grave - the first person to breed snowdrops from wild varieties - to plant some snowdrops, and on Sunday, a guided snowdrop ramble through Edford Woods, 3 miles north-east of Shepton.


The festival kicked off with an opening ceremony, the town crier and a display by the suitably named rhythmic gymnastic group called The City of Bath Snowdrops!  It was great to see so many people around the Market Cross in Shepton.  Hopefully, this festival is just the start of a successful annual event for the town...

Helen - Contributor

Friday, 10 February 2017

Shepton's Snowdrop Festival

This is the first year of the Shepton Mallet Snowdrop Festival.  It has been started to commemorate James Allen, who lived in the town, and was the first person to breed snowdrops from wild varieties. It is being run by the Shepton Mallet Horticultural Society and takes place on February 17-19.

'Dancing Snowdrops' - mixed media on board (23 x 12 inches)

Last year volunteers planted snowdrops, which have now appeared!  There are to be events and competitions sponsored by the local council and businesses.  At the One Craft Gallery, we are doing a special 'snowdrop' window design next week. In celebration, I have done a mixed media artwork, entitled 'Dancing Snowdrops' - the photographs above show close-up detail, as well as the completed picture.

Helen - Contributor

Monday, 12 December 2016

Exhibition Includes Nice Angels!



There is an exhibition of painting and sculpture, by Derek Nice and Elizabeth Hand, currently on at Wells Museum called 'Sacred Places & Divine Fragments'.  It is on until December 17th and includes these beautiful angels pictured above, which are made out of recycled materials by Derek Nice.  Some are hung in the bay window of the museum which overlooks Wells Cathedral.  

Elizabeth Hand's fascinating abstracts contain a variety of textures and distressed surfaces, and are full of symbolism and interest (see left).


Helen - Contributor

Thursday, 24 November 2016

New Market for Shepton Mallet

Last Sunday, Shepton was teeming with people at a new market taking place around the Market Place.  Named as a Christmas Special, it was organised by Helen Reader, who hopes that a Sunday market, once a month, will become a regular event.

It was opened by the Town Crier and there was a large variety of stalls, including food, crafts, flowers, gifts, fashion etc. Many of the shops in the High Street and Town Street were also open, including the One Craft Gallery, which I am involved with.  I was serving in the shop and it was wonderful to see so many people coming in and buying!

We were lucky that the weather stayed fine and there was such a warm and friendly atmosphere - it was a great success and a  fantastic start to the Christmas festivities...


Helen - Contributor

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Abstracts by Angela Charles


I didn't get to as many studios as I would have like during Somerset Open Studios, but I really enjoyed the visits I did make!  The artist, whose work you can see above and below, is Angela Charles.  I went to her delightful home and studio in Crewkerne.



The paintings are in response to the dramatic coastline of the South West - the landscape, light and the sea.  Angela takes regular trips there in her camper van and does pen sketches and writes notes about the location on that particular occasion.

Back at her studio these are interpreted into paintings, which may bear little resemblance to the original sketch, but retains her feelings of being there.  She works in layers of acrylic paint on spray-primed aluminium or wooden boards.  Areas of frantic mark making, contrast with smooth calm sections, giving her wonderful work a sense of peace as well as intensity.


Helen - Contributor

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Heritage Courtyard Studios


Another day, another visit to some art, listed in the Somerset Open Studios booklet!  This time I went into the heart of Wells to the Heritage Courtyard Studios, which is a collection of nine artists studios and exhibition space.  The work is varied and exciting and has something for everybody's taste and budget.  The photos above give you a sample.

The artist, who was kind enough to let me photograph her in her studio space, was Rebecca Barnard.  She is predominately a landscape painter in oils but is experimenting in mixed media.  Her paintings were full of wonderful colour and atmosphere.  Another venue well worth a visit!


Helen - Contributor
   

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Somerset Open Studios 2016 - Derek Nice


On Sunday I went to the studio of artist, Derek Nice - see above.  It was open as part of Somerset Open Studios.  I have loved his work for many years and have one hanging on my wall at home!  I discovered, via the brochure, that he had moved to Wells so it was easy for me to visit...

His work is influenced by maritime, archaeological themes, myths and legends.  He collects old bits of weathered wood from boatyards and beaches.  He creates works that evoke the sea, out of materials that have been formed by it.  His intention is to find the essence of sea-going life, not the literal interpretation of the subject.  As well as sculptures and assemblages, he also produces beautiful, colourful, collages and paintings, often incorporating text.


The above pictures show his delightful garden, complete with Shepherd's Hut and sculptures.  Also shown are a selection of his latest subject matter - angels.   As many people love and believe in guardian angels, he hopes that his, made from reclaimed wood, will spread a bit of happiness! 

Well worth a visit...

Helen - Contributor

Thursday, 8 September 2016

'the punk faery artworks'


Sally Jacob, a local Somerset artist, is currently a Guest Maker at the One Craft Gallery in Shepton's High Street - see above.  She describes herself as a fantasy artist, whose artwork explores the darker/steampunk side of faery.  She trades under the name - the punk faery artworks.  Her paintings, prints and cards focusses on mermaids, faery creatures, fairy tales and the psychology behind them...



Sally also designs and makes unique and bespoke accessories and jewellery in her 'steampunk' style. They usually contain a combination of vintage components, found objects and her imagination! Her latest jewellery collection embraces the trend for raw gemstones and pearls mixed with cute woodland themed pieces.  Her work is for sale in the gallery until the end of October.


Helen - Contributor 

Sunday, 4 September 2016

Sewing Bees go to The Hive!

We are lucky that in Shepton we have a shop in the High Street, catering for all sorts of sewing and creative needs - The Hive.  From haberdashery, fabrics, patterns and wools, to card making materials, it stocks all sorts of useful items. There is also a sewing repair, dry-cleaning and sourcing of craft goods service. It is a real treasure trove…


Not only is The Hive a place to buy materials, it is also somewhere to socialise and learn new things, as it has a cafe and runs regular workshops. For a full list of lessons visit the website - www.sheptonhive.co.uk.

The coffee shop and cafe serves fine coffee, a range of speciality teas, and delicious food made on the premises. There are specials everyday and a range of scrumptious pastries and cakes. Just the right setting to meet friends and decide what goodies to buy…

Helen - Contributor

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Hauser & Wirth is Worth a Visit

If you are a fan of contemporary art, and Turner Prize winners, you will love the current exhibition at Hauser & Wirth, Somerset's pioneering world-class gallery and multi-purpose arts centre.  On until September 11th, it is the work of Martin Creed, entitled 'What you Find'.  He won the Turner Prize in 2001 for ' Work No.227 The Lights Going Off and On.'  I can't show you any pics, as no photography is allowed in the galleries, but I can tell you that it is certainly an eclectic mix of film, painting, textiles and installations, which won't be to everybody's taste...



However, it is worth a visit, as it is such an exciting place - full of interesting architecture, sculptures, a shop and an on-site restaurant - the Roth Bar & Grill, which serves delicious, locally sourced food. One of the cooks can be seen in the top left pic, picking fresh herbs from their raised vegetable beds!


  
Even the bar is a work of art, created by the son and grandson of artist Dieter Roth, as a tribute to him. You can see, above right, and middle left, that it is made of scavenged materials - a central motif in his work.  This theme continues throughout the interiors - look at the washing facilities for the toilets (above top right)!



The fabulous landscaped gardens, designed by internationally renowned Dutch designer, Piet Oudolf, look their best this time of year.  At the end of the Oudolf field of perennial flowers, is this unusual temporary structure, The Radic Pavilion - see below.  It is  made from fibreglass and designed by Smiljan Radic.  I took a walk inside - it has a built-in bar and would make a great party venue...


  
Helen - Contributor

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Somerset Open Studios 2016

Anyone who is interested in seeing what talented and creative people live in Somerset will be looking forward to Somerset Open Studios - 17th September - 2nd October.  This is run by SAW - Somerset Art Works, who are an artist-led organisation dedicated to developing the visual arts, and supporting artists in Somerset.



The comprehensive brochure is now widely available - we have loads in the One Craft Gallery, near Market Place, Shepton Mallet. It gives maps (divided into areas), directions, and details of 208 venues and nearly 300 artists in many different fields. There are also other exciting arts events and creative activities listed.

I have started looking through the 96 pages of my brochure to plan what to see! There is a huge variety of works- something for everybody. I find it fascinating, as this is the chance to go to artists' private workplaces and talk to them...
Helen - Contributor