Full of Beans

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Yesterday, I went along to a“Creative Coffee” event held by the Creative Greenhouse, a local organisationfor people employed in art/design and other creative industries.  Usually their events are held at Nottinghamor Chesterfield, but this time we met at Bolsover, which is easier for me toget to, so I went along and met a few other arty bods and the man who runs theorganisation, Paul Hough.  There wereabout 12 of us there, which was quite a good turnout considering that it was acold and rainy day.  We met at “Beans” caféon Station Road, and I noticed that that Karen Smith, the owner, had lots ofartwork from different artists displayed around the premises.  She said that this was there to help her makea profit, and it did enhance the appearance of the place too.  It is quite a small café and there wasn’t anyspace left so I didn’t ask if I or the art group could have a display.  In the video below, Karen tells you more about the cafe.

The Greenhouse has existed for many years, and had receivedEuropean grant funding until last year.  Thiswas then withdrawn but after this, Paul was employed by the local council forone day a week to continue his work.  Hehas applied for Arts Council funding, which has been granted subject to certainconditions.  Paul gave us an update onhow things were progressing, asked us what guest speakers would be beneficialto us.  It seemed that one on socialmedia and websites would, so he is hoping to organise something on these lines.  The tourism officer from Bolsover Council wasalso there and told us that the Olympic torch comes to Bolsover on 29thJune, and there will be a festival for about a month after that, so there maybe the opportunity to show or promote our work. I’ve asked to be kept informed about this, as the art group wouldprobably be interested.

Among the creative people there were two artists based atthe nearby Harley Gallery (which I mentioned last week): one was a sculptor,who is planning to create a “green” wall for the District Council, ready forwhen they move offices to the old Chesterfield College site in Clowne.  The other was Sarah Godfrey, who specialisesin printmaking.  Above are some examplesof “monoprints” (one-off prints) produced by people taught by her, and here's a link to her site. http://www.nontoxicprintmaking.co.uk/

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