Monday, June 03, 2019

Art and Life

Visual art takes prominence this week, as the entire Black Swan Arts complex on Friday evening enjoyed a party atmosphere with no less than three, and very different, exhibition openings. Sandra Porter  is a painter/draftsman and printmaker with a highly esteemed original voice, whose exhibition All Things Being Equal opened at the Long Gallery. Here's Sandra welcomed by Mel Day - who is particularly pleased as the gallery recently won Muddy Stilettos vote for best in the southwest.
Meanwhile in the Round Tower, the Frome Creatives were showing off their work at Frome Community Education classes with artefacts including ceramics, drawing, painting, printing and textiles. Tutors Amanda Bee and Andrew Eddleston curated this popular event.
And in the corridor that links these two galleries, David Daniels and Hans Borgonjon opened their Red Studio to display their respective skills of graphics and ceramics. An evening of visual treats.

Music now, and The Cornerhouse throughout the weekend provided a wide range to enjoy, all featuring the amazing talents within our town: blues from the great Pete Gage Band on Friday, a feast of top pop covers from The Hammervilles for Saturday night, and the Jazz Jam on Sunday evening, with over a dozen contributors combining their talents in various permutations and a special high point as singers Nicky Mascall and Caroline Waterhouse improvised together on Summertime...

Saturday celebrated the arrival of flaming June - for one dazzling day only, as the monthly Frome Independent Market on Sunday surged with umbrellas in the steady rain. The busking stage still held its audience, and not only because of the waterproof awning, with two very popular bands: Lost Revellers played fantastic funky gypsy music with awesome skill and speed, and local septet Back of the Bus deliver 'post-punk pop' with attitude and style.

 Ending this post with an image of Frome river bank in all its June glory - rewilding at its best.

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