On the twelfth day of Christmas…my true love gave to me…12 works from my favourite local artists!
Forget the bath salts and handkerchiefs! This year, I’m wishing for beautiful and original art as a Christmas gift
Personal and original art is such a lovely thing and this year I’m looking at some of the great artists and artisans I know for some inspiring gifts for Christmas. Here’s my 12 days of Christmas wish list.
The very lovely Carol Ramsay from Arena Studios has set up her own design company. Selling beautiful hand-crafted artisan jewellery and accessories made using vintage maps, books and music scores, this is top of my list for something gorgeous.
Check out Jackdaw & Jay’s Facebook page for pictures and details of workshops to make your own Christmas decorations.
Original art fromThe Art Gallery, Bootle
Alice Rhenna’s community-based gallery has gone from strength to strength since it opened earlier this year and now you can buy many of the original works of art that have been exhibited there. Even better, if you can’t afford the prices straight off, Alice is offering a pay monthly scheme.
There’s also beautiful handmade gifts for saleand a selection of prints for sale that have recently come in by local and national artists. Works are for sale by Bernie Howden, Chrissie Howden, George Lund, Peter, Barker, Ross, Gibson, Phil Garrett.
Katie Greer is selling beautiful presents for Christmas. Her cinammon decorated candles are a must for a wonderful Christmassy smell. Yum!
Check out Katie’s shop at Etsy
Louise makes personalised cards for any occasion, with a donation from each going to a charity very close to my heart, SANDS – the Stillbirth and Neo-natal Death carity. She also makes lovely framed pictures with words of your choice.
Check out Louise’s Facebook page for more
Val at Cloverbrooks has some fab retro style crochet bags; ideal for storage, as well as pot holder, fruit bowls and cutesy owl doorstops.
Check out Cloverbrooks on Etsy
Whoever said ‘money can’t buy me love’ never met Jay from LoveartUk. Jay produces original, thought provoking art on the theme of love. Every piece is personal and unique and you can snap one up from as little as £30.
Contact Jay through the LoveartUK Facebook page
Michael is one of the most exciting photographers in Liverpool. His works are done in an über-realistic style and include the gorgeous ‘Queen’, which you could stare at for hours on end.
Check out Michael’s work at Michael Kirkham Potography’s Facebook page
Multi-disciplnary artist Jazamin’s stream-of-consciousness paintings are witty and vital. As well as producing some of the best art at this year’s Threshold Festival, Jazamin has had a solo exhibition “I’ve been using art as therapy all my life, honey” at the dot-art gallery off Castle Street and now you can buy her original work.
You can see more of Jazamin’s work and contact her through her website jazamin.co.uk
Nikki Simpkin’s Project Art has taken off into the stratosphere in 2013. So much so, I may be too late for Christmas. Oops! But there’s always my birthday next year. Nikki specialises in iconic art from famous films (I already have her ‘Audrey’) and she’ll also make a picture personal to you – your kids, your family, your crush, even!
If you order now Nikki will donate £10 from every sale to the Supporting Daniel charity.
Get in touch with Nikki on the Project Art Facebook page
Update! Nikki tells me it’s not too late and she’s taking orders up to 8th December
The Ragamuffins are the most exciting local band we’ve seen all year. Smashing it at Threshold 2013 and doing it big with wit, verve and a banging brass section, you can buy the band’s EP through their website theragamuffins.bandcamp.com
This year’s Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Gary Millar, may be just about the busiest man in the whole city, but he’s still found time to produce his second charity CD of the year with the proceeds set to go to some way to tackle homelessness. A great cause and the CD features some fantastic local talent – including Gary himself!
You can buy Voices of Angels at Parr Street Studios. Check out Gary’s Twitter for details @garymillar
Liverpool’s winter-wonderland-tastic Winter Arts Market returns to St George’s Hall for its fift year on 7th and 8th December. Featuring a bewildering array of local artists, the Winter Arts Market offers the chance to buy original and unusual art as well as workshops where you can make your very own work of art!
Not to be missed! Check out the Winter Arts Market Facebook page for details
Following a lively launch night with a talk by local history legend Frank Carlyle, the very lovely The Art Gallery (TAG) in Bootle continues to build on its success since its launch earlier this year with an exhibition celebrating local history.
If you get down to this little gem of a place, you can have the opportunity to see original art by Liverpool artists about local history, Artists show their memories on local history through photography and painting, including interesting memorabilia from the past.
Artists will be exhibiting a variety of works based on local history. Some of the submissions include work about the docks, local pubs, local buildings, family history, politics and photography from the past. Memorabilia consists of old letters and notebooks, magazines and diaries, some very interesting items on display, particularly an old desk diary by a Liverpool lady during the second world war.
The gallery’s involvement in the local community continues as the exhibition features a window display by local researcher, Timothy Bolton on the history of Hugh Baird College, where he works.
As part of the exhibition, TAG are planning poetry and other networking events later on during October. If you would like to read poetry/prose later in the exhibition email Alice at email@example.com.
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Corke Gallery has exploded this week with an exhibition of original paintings and drawings by some of the countries top portrait artists. This viewing is not to be missed!
Entitled ‘PORTRAITS’, the seven popular British artists in the exhibition have been joined by several Romanian portrait artists with their own unique brand of artistry capturing portraits influenced by their historical and cultural shadows of the past.
UK artist Peter Edwards, has a fine pedigree of awards with his portraits found in practically all UK galleries and, internationally well known with elements of his work in New York.
Emma Tooth, a favourite of mine and someone I reviewed a few months ago has joined John Afflick to combine their talents by using fine art and modern painting styles to create todays people in the style of the Old Masters…..excellent!
The imagination of John certainly comes alive and makes me laugh when we see his George Best ‘Simply the Best’. It’s art like this that says ‘buy me’…’Keep me’…..’hang me up on your wall’….
Simon A Yorke produces hyper realistc portraits in colour and monochrome but the Liverpool artist Meesh, creates haunting portraits which capture pure emotion. If you like ‘The Scream’ by Edvard Munch then you’ve got the picture.
Finally, Random produces a stenciled art but Paul Baywater puts his time into sculpturing portraits in pencil that give a form chiselled to perfection and detail showing age and the passage of time.
So, if you have the time, venture to Aigburth and the Corke Gallery. Make this venue a feature of your cultural itinerary for the future and you’ll be delighted with the friends you will meet and the rich diversity of art you will engage with.
You will see art at the cutting edge, with artists bubbling with emotion and excitement, willing to share ideas and the enthusiasm of their art.
Stop Press……Just been sent an email from Nic Corke and he tells me he’s added another three artists to the exhibition, Huw Lewis Jones, Michael Goodwin and Ken Bullock so it’s rather a packed show with a wide variety of styles including fine art, impressionism, hyper realism, pop art and paper stencil/street art in oils, acrylics, watercolours, graffiti spray and mixed media.
This weekend take a trip to the Sefton Park boating lake then a walk across to Corke Gallery.
Corke Art Gallery in South Liverpool.
Tel 07773 287827