CREATIONS by local artists will take pride of place when a community shop hosts a Christmas shopping evening next week.

The Shop at Bromsberrow will be holding the festive event from 6-8pm on Thursday, November 25.

The evening will be a chance to celebrate the shop’s eighth anniversary and will also see the launch of a new space to promote the work of local artists. 

Jo Davidson, joint chair of the shop’s management committee, said: “Bringing art into The Shop will add a new dimension to what is already a busy shop at the heart of our community and it gives artists a fantastic outlet to bring their work to wider audiences. 

“We have been amazed by the level of interest from artists, both professional and amateur, who are still contacting us to ask for space.

“The new area sits alongside the already comprehensive range of goods and services offered by The Shop and the timing is perfect for those looking for unusual Christmas gifts with a local provenance.

“Everyone is invited to join us on 25th for a glass of mulled wine, a mince pie, and a chance to meet the artists who will be on hand to talk about their work.”

Among the artists involved are Valerie Maclean, well-known for her paintings of May Hill, Lindsay Reid, who is renowned for her wildlife paintings, and ceramicist Rachel Padley. 

Other artists include Alex Fernandes, with handmade craft and gifts, cushion maker Catherine Maltby, Megan Yardley of Mole & Velvet with up-cycled Furniture and Jenny Seaborn with her collectibles

Another artist taking part is Araminta Fogden, who has held an art class for children at Bromsberrow St Mary’s Primary School. Artworks produced by the youngsters will also be on display next Thursday, with prizes for the best ones. 

Araminta will also run two Saturday classes at the shop. On December 4  she will host a ‘Make a Garland’ tutorial from 10am to 1pm. Tickets are £30. Then, on December 11 the subject will be 'Paint a Panel'. The class runs from 10am to 2pm and costs £40. Tea and cake is included. 

The shop already features a wide range of cards and gifts, as well as  locally produced food. Three Shires Vintage & Retro also trades at the premises, selling antiques and collectibles.

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