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NaviStitch and Sail Loft News

Here's what's happening in our creative space, the Sail Loft, the NaviStitch shop, and on Manningtree High Street over the coming weeks...

In the Sail Loft...

We're venue number 5 on the Art Around the Walls art trail map, and we're hosting 5 of the artists taking part.

Art Around the Walls is the best, and most creative 3-mile walk around Lawford, Manningtree and Mistley you can take!

Clear your weekend because, on 6th and 7th July, Art Around the Walls takes place in 16 different venues, hosting 28+ artists and they're all looking forward to meeting you and talking to you about their work. Take a look at the event-specific Facebook and Instagram accounts so that you can learn all about the artists and venues taking part, and click here for the event-specific website too. Welcome to the service.

As well as hosting 5 of the artists in the art trail (including my own work), we're also displaying one piece of work from each of the artists involved and will be taking sealed bids on each one from now until 5pm on 7th July. All proceeds will be going to Mistley charity, Acorn Village, and, specifically their creative craft centre - artists supporting artists.

Next up....

From 9th-13th July the Sail Loft Gallery is hosting two solo exhibitions:

  • We've got Neil Whitehead's solo exhibition of paintings and illustrations - a real treat, Neil's a newcomer to the Sail Loft Gallery and we're delighted to show his work from 9th-13th July.

  • In the second Sail Loft room on the same dates, I'm holding an exhibition of my own work - my watercolour and mixed media paintings featuring acrylic and ink work, some pieces with embroidery.

And then...

From 16th to 27th July we have the Colchester Art Society and their Print & 3D Works exhibition with a 'meet the artists' party on 20th July from 12noon-2pm.

And from 30th July to 3rd August we've got Kay Lucas with an exhibition of her paintings, and Pamela Hatswell teaching a series of macrame workshops.

We think you'll agree, this is an exciting mix of creativity and we hope you can make it along to as many as you can. Keep up with all of our exhibitions by bookmarking our calendar.

In Manningtree...

Just a reminder, for those of you that didn't read our last newsletter, that Manningtree now has its own map! Available to pick up from most places in the town, the map features shops, places to eat, things to do and, as it says on the cover, it's "a guide to getting the best from our town"

And in true Manningtree style, the illustrations were by David Downes, the idea and concept came from Zoey of Bates Upholstery, both on our High Street, design was by local Gary Reeve Design, and I played a part in finalising the project and getting it to print ... team effort!

Pick one up when you're next in the area and you'll discover lots more about the smallest town in England with the biggest heart.

The new Manningtree map includes a QR code which links to a dedicated website. The new web page illustrates all the businesses that are on the map with clickable links. It also shows events happening in Manningtree. Finally, an opportunity to purchase Manningtree products online.

In other online news, we've added a new section to our own website for Manningtree products too - as well as NaviStitch coasters, alongside cards, magnets and unframed art, these can be easily posted for those of you unable to make it to our shop.

On the subject of the NaviStitch website, I've also added new mounted original pieces on my website: some nautical stitched art as well as some of my new, watercolour and mixed media pieces. Take a look.

And finally...

As well as my own art, I also enjoy working on commissions. If you're making memories and would like to celebrate them, or you know someone who's celebrating and would like to mark the occasion, think about commissioning a piece of nautical stitched art.

Take a look at how easy it is to order your own unique piece created from maritime charts, both new and old - many of them fairly local. Always ask if you're looking for somewhere special - I've a huge collection.

Now that we can also take orders for bespoke framing in-store, the whole thing's as easy

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


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