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It’s nearly time to re-open…..news from Vitreus Art

Welcome back – it’s been a while!

We’ve lost count on how long it has been since we last saw you; but the time has now come for Vitreus Art to fling open our doors and welcome you back; and to look forward to enjoying all that is great and wonderful in the world of arts & crafts and creating.

You will be pleased to hear that while we’ve been closed we have not been idle.
The Gallery and Studio have had a good deep clean and a change-around, with new display tops and additional hanging space, along with a super new counter giving us more room for wrapping!

What’s new in the gallery?
During the time we have been closed we have also had time to make new contacts in the world of arts and crafts, bringing new artists to the gallery.

For a long time we have been trying to find a wire artist; we are now pleased to introduce you to the wonderful ‘wire drawings’ of Devonshire artist Becky Crawford.

I (Jenny) took a wire workshop a while ago, making a small wire sculpture (which I was very pleased with – after a great deal of help from the tutor!) and this little foray of mine gives me a real appreciation for Becky’s work – it really isn’t as easy as her work makes it look!! Click on the ppics to see more of Becky’s work.

Last time we mentioned local wood turner- Rosemary Wright – Rosemary adds delightful colour to many of her turned pieces adding another dimension to her work. Here are two more of her new pieces.

And you may remember we featured Cathy Timbrell’s work last time?
Cathy is a jeweller by profession; but she has recently turned her hand to making these stunning enamelled bowls.
The light bounces off the fired enamels beautifully.
Here are two more of her new bowls – rather striking jade and red and blue colours this time.

Thanks to Niki Thomas for bringing in 4 new belters – just back from the framers. Mystical!

There is also new art from our regular artists Clare Tebboth – Painter and Art tutor, Lesley Passey – Painter and digital artist, and Hilary Audus – ceramicist.

So there is a plethora of new work to be seen, make sure when you do visit have time to enjoy it all.
Click on the pics to see more.

News about workshops!
If you’ve missed creating with other people you will be pleased to know that workshops can resume from 17th May.

We will be maintaining the same small class sizes – 5 students at the very most plus 1 tutor for short classes.
This allows us to adhere to the rule of 6.
However, In most cases there will bejust 4 students per class allowing that extra bit of space that we all need just now for lunch.

Benches, tools and all facilities are sanitised between uses.
We also have sanitising hands-wipes and sanitiser for the use of each student along with visors, so you won’t have to wear our mask all day, if you don’t won’t too!
And of course lunch is provided from The Bell Plantation Café (nom nom)!

You can find all our workshops listed here on our website:

If you want to know a little more you can now virtually meet the tutors and hear what is included in many of the classes – by viewing  newly created video introductions to painting and drawing classes along with several of our own workshops.

The website pages for each of Clare Tebboth’s one-day workshops include a short video where Clare tells us what each class is about.
And both of Emily Brady’s Art For… evening courses in painting and drawing now have short videos too!

As well as featuring directly on the workshop pages they relate to, all our videos are gathered together on one additional website page too, here:  https://www.vitreus-art.co.uk/videos-vitreus-art.html

You might like to subscribe to our Youtube channel to keep up to date – we’ve got lots of videos to record yet – you wouldn’t want to miss out!

Bucks Arts Weeks – This is will be our 10th year of taking part….!

Bucks Arts Weeks will be taking place in June and it’s great to see this event taking place in person, as well as online this year.

There will be workshops taking place in the studio during these 2 weeks, along with demos in the gallery by accompanying artists Louise Thomas, Jo Cross and of course Vitreus Art!

We will be adding a list of demo dates and types of demonstrations to our events page once we have finalised who will be doing what.
But in the meantime please make a diary note of the dates:
Bucks Art Weeks – Saturday 12th to Sunday 27th June (inclusive).

South Northants Art Trail – Saturday 2nd – Sunday 10th October 2021
We will share more on this event in due course, but do save the dates for now.

Well  – Monday 12th April is fast approaching and we are very excited to be able to get back to what we love most!
We are looking forward to seeing and/or hearing from you soon.

Take care and keep well; and don’t forget we will still be adhering to Social Distancing when we open, so please do ensure you wear your mask when visiting, thank you.
And if you forget them we have disposable ones on hand for you.

Thanks for reading.
Jenny & Mike

P.S: Expect to see new work from Glass Blower Alison Vincent next time.
Here work is amazing and we’re excited to see what she’s been making!

P.P.S – A little reminder on Gallery opening times:
Monday 12th April 10am to 5pm
After this our usual Opening times will be Tuesdays – Saturday 10am to 5pm Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays – 11am – 4.30pm

Lockdown News from the Vitreus Art Studio – April 2020

Well, hello!

We do hope you’re getting the opportunity to enjoy at least a little of the sunshine that we are having at the moment.
We also hope that you are able to be creative in some way – we would love for you to share your creative endeavours with us via our Facebook page here:

Just before we had to furlough ourselves to our home studio I (Jenny) had started taking painting and drawing lessons for beginners with the lovely Emily Brady.
Thankfully, she was able to impart enough knowledge (there is only so much you can learn in 12 hours!) for me to practice at home so that’s what I have been doing.

Far from perfect (working my way there slowly) I have just finished this painting of a place that is very close to mine and Mike’s hearts and we are looking forward to heading there in October (all being well).
The elephant is still work in progress!

So come on, I’ve shown you mine, surely you can share yours with us too?

And now a request – if you have participated in any of our classes or workshops –  be they taught by ourselves or one of our lovely tutors – or visited the gallery and liked what you found, would you be kind enough to leave a review on of the following please? Thank you!
You’ll be helping to continue to spread the word so we can carry on bringing you fun and creative workshops when the lockdown has ended.



Google Reviews:

Wow – we actually have some new pieces of art work to share with you on this occasion!
Some new fused glass pieces from me, some new garden panels, a lamp and some commissions completed by Mike, and some pieces not ready to show that we’ve both worked on together.

How many projects were tucked away waiting for the right time to finish? Lots!
Coral – Fused Glass by Jenny; Falling Water by Jenny; Mosaic Lamp by Mike; Commission by Mike

There will be more, too, so plenty to see when we can re-open.

You will be pleased to know that Mike is keeping busy with plans for a new 3D lampshade workshop (because the devil makes plans for idle hands!).
Plans will be revealed once he has the programme in order; but something nice to look forward too.
There will also be new jewellery and glass fusing workshops anon…

Mike has also been busy getting more work purchasable online from the lovely artists who exhibit at the gallery.
The list is growing day by day and currently includes Lou Thomas, Marlene Snee, Clare Tebboth, Richard Ballantyne, Graham Lester, Niki Thomas,  Lesley Passey, Brenda Stewart, Abby Cork, David Burton, Hilary Audus, Brian Kichenside and John Damsell.
The aim is to have work from most or all of the artists we work with fully online by early May.

See them here: https://www.vitreus-art.co.uk/wakefield-gallery.html

He did tell me to keep this bit of info ‘hush hush’ for now, but those of you who know me, know that I always do as I am told!! (Not).
And when you do get to venture out to us, you’ll notice the whole place looks different!

There’s new work from Marlene, Abby and Peter of WdWorks and a fresh new gallery layout.

We even waved a paint brush around!

Mike and I would like to thank you for your continued support, and we are sorry we can’t bring our workshops to you just at the moment – but hold tight they will be back soon.
And should you fancy trying your hand at any of our courses later in the year you can always book online in advance and get the date in the diary, giving you something to look forward to.

By way of a ‘thank you’, to all of you who have happily postponed your workshops with us to later in the year, we would like to arrange a small offer of thanks to you.
For all who have deferred your workshops (without a single request for a refund from anyone, which is fantastic) we would like to offer a free taster workshop to you later in the year.
Please keep an eye on your in-boxes –  when things get back to some form of normality we will schedule these into the diary and send you your own personal invite to join us.

For now stay home, stay safe, stay well and most of all, keep being creative.

Best Wishes,
Jenny and Mike