Arty things to do this Spring, including some Mother’s Day ideas.
We believe art is at the centre of what makes us human, so have a look at these art-centred mother’s day/ early Spring days-out ideas.
1. Visit a Gallery
What could be better than a lazy breakfast followed by a trip to a gallery and then a fancy lunch? Our top pick would have to be The Hub Nub Gallery in Frome – not least because you can do it all in one place. The gallery above the bakery features RWA elect Leslie Glenn Damhus whose beautiful oil paintings will wow Mums everywhere. The exhibition bigs-up mothers and women in wonderful paintings such as Mother of Feathers and various Madonna depictions. Eat at the Rye Bakery below for a delicious selection of locally-sourced treats.
Another top pick is Hauser & Wirth in Bruton. Book a table at Roth Bar & Grill, or across town at At The Chapel for lunch. There’s lots of gifts in the H&W gallery shop or their honesty box art stall too. The current exhibition is all about the land and includes many famous artworks, including works by Beatrix Potter and Grayson Perry, and a work that is printed and framed by us!
Messums Wiltshire near Tisbury is definitely worth a visit, their Material Earth: Myth, Material and Metamorphosis is a must-see show, and there’s a cafe and shop there too.
If you have other plans on Sunday, you could always plan a trip on another day when more galleries are open, including Black Swan hosting Frome Art Society (there’s always some amazing affordable art on show there), WHY Gallery on Stony Street, and Kobi & Teal at the top of Catherine Hill. Try the newly opened Lotte Bistro, the Garden Cafe, Black Swan Cafe, or Sam’s Kitchen.
2. Book a place on an art course or talk
Alizarin Studio has a short fabric block printing course coming up at the Hub Nub Centre in Frome – definitely worth booking a place for Mum, or yourself. Other forthcoming courses include a one day collage workshop, and an experimental drawing course. Contact Polly via her website http://www.alizarinstudio.co.uk/
There’s a spoon carving workshop on 28th April at Bull Mill Arts near Warminster and the day includes a homemade lunch and snacks, teas, coffees. http://www.bullmillarts.co.uk/ And if spoon carving is really your thing there’s another spoon carving workshop at Hauser & Wirth, and a talk about spoons and handmade wonders at At The Chapel.
3. Make art!
Do a drawing, make it your best. Sign it. Kiss it. Come to our workshop (with dad or gran if you’re a little one) and buy a gift voucher; then you and Mum can come back and pick out a frame for it together!
Mothers’ Day aside: making art this Spring is a great idea; connect with nature and do some en plein air (drawing outside!) or just express your creativity as the days get longer and our natural creativity increases.
4. Get your best family photo printed onto cotton paper and mounted.
Happy memories of family adventures are priceless. If your mum is anything like ours then she’ll have countless family photos stored away in boxes and on hard-drives. And if you’re anything like us you’ll have countless photos you’ve taken of special times together that you’ve only ever shared on Facebook or a text. Get those memories where they belong: in print, mounted and framed on your mum’s wall or mantelpiece, enjoyed every day.
If you can sneak out a treasured photo from your mum’s collection without her cottoning on, then do it asap and bring the photo or file to us – we can scan photos and colour match them. Alternatively, choose one of your favourites from your own photo archive. We can print the digital file on beautiful cotton archival paper, which is light-fast (meaning the colours won’t fade) and acid-free. We can mount the photo so it’s ready to frame. For the ultimate gift-set buy her a gift voucher and come in with her to pick out the perfect frame together.