Once again we are delighted, along with other traders in Hamlet Court Road, to be hosting the Westcliff Art Trail.
This is the 5th occasion this annual event is being held and it is great to see the works of so many talented artists available to view so openly. Ann Robson has organized this years event and I am pleased to say that I believe it has been a tremendous success.
There are benefits for all. The traders see increased publicity of Hamlet Court Road in the local press, along with the additional footfall this brings. The visitors and art lovers get to visit shops that they might never have been into before and I suspect are surprised by the variety of product on offer right on their doorstep.
The Artists benefit with exposure of their work, at no cost to them, in an environment where the visitors can feel relaxed and comfortable, viewing not only paintings and images, but sculptural and pottery work too. A win win win all round.
Here at Havens we are featuring Emma Mower whose abstract art using recycled domestic materials is truly stunning. Interesting shapes, structures, colours, textures and materials are melded together creating a unique, tactile and innovative look.
We are also showing the oil paintings of Natasha Kamburova, a Bulgarian artist who teaches Art and Design at the Shoeburyness High School. These rich oil paintings have a textured depth and colourful appeal again making them very different to oil paintings you might ordinarily see.
The event is ongoing until the Saturday 19th May but I suspect that we will still have the art on view during the early part of next week too.