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Manningtree, Sail Loft and NaviStitch News

Here's what's happening in our creative space, the Sail Loft, above the NaviStitch shop on Manningtree High Street over the coming weeks, as well as other Manningtree events.

Manningtree High Street

It's the last week of our Colours of Summer exhibition - a glorious display of incredible work from artists Miranda Grayling, Marian Lishman, Jo Clavier, Alison Adcock and ceramicist Cally James. From abstract to huge colours, and from painting to pottery, the work of these 5 amazing women is in our Sail Loft until Saturday and we'd love you to see it.

Coming up next...

From the 23rd August to 2nd September, Anne Plummer will be bringing her spectacular maritime paintings. An old friend of the Sail Loft, we know that she's a popular artists amongst our visitors. Anne's work is incredibly detailed and accurate, yet so evocative it draws you in - expect to see moody skies and an assortment of sailing craft. If you've seen Anne exhibiting with us previously, it'll be worth a visit this time as she's bringing new work not shown before.

And then...
Poster advertising Duffy Tomei's exhibition

Kicking off September, we've got Duffy Tomei joining us from 6th to 9th. In her own words: "I’m lucky to live on the East coast where every day nature puts on another show. Once a performing arts lecturer, I can’t help but notice movement and music, and am overwhelmed by the song and dance Mother Nature performs, both at sea and on land. These images are the inspiration for my work. I love to paint on large canvases using knife and oil or acrylic, implementing strong gestures to create powerful stormy moving images, but just like nature, there are times to create delicate watercolours dancing on smaller canvases"

Poster advertising Gina Sandford's exhibition

Here's something different from 13th to 16th September - Gina Sandford's quilt exhibition. Working from her studio in Harwich, Gina's inspired by traditional quilts. She produces quilts that are both artworks and functional and as such they maybe used around the home on beds, over furniture and on walls.

Poster advertising Anne Plummer and Mae Kandoo's exhibition

Following Gina we've got a joint exhibition from two very different artists who've displayed their work with us many times previously and proved extremely popular: Anne Plummer is back bringing her beautiful maritime paintings, and Mae Kandoo, her textile art.

The word 'Sale' in a rectangular frame

Now this doesn't happen very often but we are having a sale of some selected NaviStitch Cards from 27th-30th September as well as a few other selected items. Due to a change in the way we print our card designs, we're looking to reduce the quantity of cards that we hold in stock. There will be significantly reduced prices on some of our A6 sized cards, only available in our Manningtree High Street Shop (not on line) so pay us a visit, stock up and grab some bargains!

To find out more about what's happening in our Sail Loft throughout the year, take a look at our calendar

In Manningtree...
Picture advertising Manningtree Vintage Market

On Saturday 25th August there's our monthly Manningtree Makers Market held in Market Square.

And for the rest of August and September, we've still got Dial Lane Books, Ipswich's only Independent Book Shop in 'The Tree'. Just a few doors along Manningtree High Street at number 36 and we're delighted to have them here - it all adds to the colour and creativity in the smallest town in England!

A relatively quiet couple of weeks for our incredible town but still lots of reasons to visit!

In the NaviStitch Shop...

We've had a refresh of our Guest Wall - you'll now find work by: Lee Thomas, Fenella Miller - Glass Artist, Andrew Clarke, Anne Plummer Artist, Jane Watson Art, Susan Keeble - artist, Be Luxford, Lily Steel Illustration, Charlotte Cleveland and Amanda Clement-Robinson. Our guest wall's always populated by people that have previously exhibited with us. Call in and take a look from Wednesday to Saturday, 10am-4pm - we'd love to meet you!

We like to stock a great range of gifts and cards in the NaviStitch shop - here's a new range that we now have for you: Wooden Postcards (who knew that was a thing?!). Here's a small selection of what we have in store - we chose the top row as they specifically reminded us of swimming and paddle boarding in Manningtree, and our town's 'witchy' heritage with the black cat. You can write on them with a biro, add your stamp then drop them in the postbox - we think they're a fabulous, sustainable idea!

And finally...

A couple of dates for your diary:

First is the Colchester Art Society Summer Exhibition in Harwich - it's on from now until 28th August and you'll spot some of my nautical stitched art;

Second is this year's Art on the Prom that I'm taking part in - it's in Felixstowe on Sunday 3rd September. Get them bookmarked and enjoy two very different events.

As always, I'm happy to chat commissions - a complete bespoke piece of nautical stitched art, evoking all kinds of fantastically nautical memories is a great gift for someone for any occasion - Take a look at how simple it is to commission. Here are a couple of new pieces I've been working on as stock for the NaviStitch shop: one of Orford in a handmade dark wood frame; the other of Harwich, in a teak frame from the SS Pegu.

Until next time, I wish you calm waters and plain sailing


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