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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...

It's the final 2 days for Amanda Clement-Robinson and her solo exhibition, and

Alison Adcock Art and Anne Plummer's joint display this week - if you can make it before 4pm on Saturday, you'll experience a trio of amazing female artists with very different media and styles.

Next up....
Samples of Alison Adcock's work to advertiser her exhibition

Next Week sees the start of our 3-week Affordable Art Show in the Sail Loft Gallery. The exhibition features a selection of work from some of our best loved artists - all under £100! We'll have original art as well as prints and unframed work - something for every pocket!

And, don't forget we have our own bespoke framing service ... and now we can take orders every day - no appointment needed!

Take a look at our calendar to see the artists involved in our Affordable Art Exhibition, on until 29th June

Plus, from 11th to 15th June we'll also be hosting the Manningtree has Pride Art Auction of around 25 pieces of donated local art. All money raised from the event will go to: Colchester Kings RFC, Hic Sumus Choir and The Out House

In its second year, the main Manningtree has Pride event takes place over 12 locations in the town on 15th June from 12noon-6pm. There will be food, drink, art, music, drag, lectures, a raffle, beach activities and lots more!

Be sure to put it in your calendar - it's a great family day promoting awareness, education and celebration.

In the NaviStitch Shop...

We know you're probably already on it, but did you know it's only 1 WEEK TO FATHERS' DAY!?!?

If you've not got a card for your old buoy yet, sail along Manningtree High Street and drop anchor here over the next week - we have a whole host of cards, gifts and art for you to get in his best books for a whole extra year! Just think of us as your own personal life raft!

If you can't get here and want to buy online, don't leave it too late!

Also in the NaviStitch shop, we've taken delivery of these fabulous leaflets for our Art Around the Walls event on 6/7 July - you'll also find them in all of the 16 venues hosting the 28+ artists taking part around Lawford, Manningtree and Mistley. Thanks to Wood for Stone for sponsoring the printing.

Get it in your diary, pick up a leaflet, and follow our event-specific Facebook and Instagram accounts so that you can learn all about the artists and venues taking part.

Can you help?

One more shameless plea from me if you've not been asked before: The Tendring4Growth business awards are open for nominations and I wondered whether I could ask for your support, if you feel that it's deserved! Categories that I believe I could qualify for would be 'Creativity & Culture' and possibly 'Community Impact' (but am happy if you feel that you'd prefer to nominate me for others!).

Some of the things that I'm involved in, which steer me towards these categories are:

* Creating and organising Art Around the Walls Event (Manningtree Art Trail)

* Coordinating Manningtree Events flyer

* Christmas Card Competition - raising funds for the Rotary Club to donate to local charities

* Hosting the Pride Auction - again, raising funds for local charities

* Sail Loft Gallery - providing a supportive space for artists and makers to exhibit with me.

My email address is

Thanks so much in advance - here's where you can nominate (closing date is 30th June)

And finally...

Here's a new creation that I've been working on: It's an Acrylic painting, including some hand embroidery on a piece of sail cloth. It's suspended into a Pegu* Frame. This one is for sale in the shop and I hope to be creating some more along these lines soon. I'd love to know what you think?

*SS Pegu was a ship, carrying Burmese teak from Rangoon to Liverpool, that was torpedoed and sunk around 80 years ago. Tonnes of wood was salvaged in 2011, from the wreck of the SS Pegu on the ocean bed where it had lain for around 80 years.)

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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