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Arts Fair

With less than two weeks to go, the popular and free to enter Arts Fair Discover:Gather:Give #Cafdgg returns to Stratford-upon-Avon Town Hall for its 5th year from 3 – 4 November.  40 of the very best local and regional artists will be exhibiting an amazing selection of artwork including ceramics, glassware, jewellery, silversmithing, woodturning, illustration, painting, felt-work and decoupage – art to swoon over, treasure, collect and commission work directly from the artists.

 Judith Layhe-Cook the curator said, “I am passionate about bringing together the best regional and local artists to exhibit their work in the historic town hall. Art is for everyone and is a part of everyone’s life if you think about it – your home, your clothes and your personal style are all influenced by good artistic design. At #Cafdgg we have something to interest, inspire and fall in love with for everyone, and if you need time to think over a purchase you can ponder over a coffee and cake at the Golden Cup Café – the best pop up café in town.” 

The Arts Fair inspires the artists too as local artist Claire Henley explains, “I had a large, deep wooden panel that reminded me of a table top, so I decided to paint the Golden Cup Cafe that is a feature at every Contemporary Arts Fair Discover:Gather:Give”. Claire works from her studio in Stratford-upon Avon and has been a professional artist for over 20 years working in many areas including children's books, textiles, toys, greetings cards and giftware. Claire now paints large canvases, drawing inspiration from the sea as well as the countryside around her home in Stratford. A close affinity to the West Country and its coastal villages translates onto her paintings. Her artwork transports its audience from a gloomy winters day straight into a bright and beautiful summer memory. 
Ben Cowan’s work seeks beauty in truth and truth in beauty, while satirising a world full of flaws, and such he describes himself as ‘a passionate humanitarian relief worker who has returned home to Leamington Spa to bring up a family and work as an artist whilst developing a burgeoning digital art and mixed media portfolio for exhibition art as well as merchandising. These expressions are based on ideas that satirise or make comic the world around; including literature, idling, politics and activism. “I try to achieve this by playfully subverting iconic images or popular culture as a lens through which to provoke fresh thought.” Ben’s work is timely and at times challenging to some, however it calls into focus issues that resonate with his strength of feeling for fairness and philanthropic duty.
Andy Walker acknowledges being fascinated by the limitless interactions between colours and intrigued by the limitless variety of designs and effects achievable using only coloured triangles. “With the exception of my abstract work, most of my digital artworks are inspired and reinterpreted from my own original photographs. Each piece consists of a  ‘mosaic’ of digitally hand-drawn triangles, each painstakingly shaped and placed to realise depth and effect.  I meticulously select the tones and hues of colours I need to achieve the effect of the image appearing to pop-out from the paper”. What visitors love about Andy’s work is that you can look at it quickly and it is a beautiful print, and it is only when you engage with the print do you realise how it is actual constructed.
Tipperleyhill are two artists; Abi Tippetts and Roz Berkeley-Hill who work together on each and every piece to create paintings on canvas and limited edition giclée prints.  Abi and Roz create something wholly new and original together, by improvising on one canvas in mixed media including oils, inks, acrylics, watercolour pencil and even collage. “We met whilst working together at a textile design studio in New York and grew to discover a mutual love of colour, pattern, illustration and the arts. Our passion is to paint contemporary landscapes and abstract florals together and nicknaming them as our ‘artjam’ sessions, we compare what we do together as how musicians ‘jam’. There is a history of artistic collaboration, however Abi and Roz’s work has such passion in colour, texture and composition that it is a true meeting of skills.
The Arts Fair is open to the public on 3 November from 10.30am – 5pm and on 4 November from 10.30am - 4pm. The Golden Cup Café is open throughout the weekend with coffee by Monsoon Estates Roastery, tea, cakes by Knead It! Bakery all served on a collection of golden vintage china.
To find out more information please visit www.discovergathergive.co.uk