Worcester News Article 17th December 2017

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Local artists from musicians to potters and Christmas card makers were celebrated at a Worcester Christmas market.

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Wayland’s Yard in Foregate Street held a festival over the weekend, with two rooms and the outside area full of local products for people to buy, with a number of Christmas themed items to buy.

Owner Sam Smith, who opened the business in October 2016, said: “Everything we do here is about supporting the local area. We stock local products and use local suppliers. “Hopefully this will mean we can hold similar events at Easter and Christmas, as this is the first time we have done a market. We have held summer parties but never anything like this and we are very pleased by the response by local artists.”

Amongst the items on offer for people to buy were personalised necklaces, dog products, soaps, wooden animals, jewellery, Christmas baubles, glass products and pictures by local photographers.

Over the weekend local musical talents Ben Hughes, Deborah Rose, Georgia Szygowka, Stream of Sound and Boneyard Productions also performed.

Two charities supporting children in Uganda and Guatemala were also selling handmade items. 

Chris Greening, a potter from Claines said: “I go to a few of these kind of events but it is nice to have one in the city, I usually go to Hereford or Malvern. I think it is a really impressive display and the staff here have done very well to put it together.”

Claire Hilton, from St John’s selling handmade Christmas decorations said: “I absolutely think that there should be more of these events. I think people are getting fed up with the big businesses and corporations taking over Christmas and it is good to celebrate local, independent businesses.”

In total, 22 stalls filled with more than 30 young artists were there.

Wayland’s Yard, which is donating 20p of every takeaway sale to Maggs Day Centre, held the festival and market on 16th & 17th December.

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Wayland’s Yard in Foregate Street, Worcester celebrate local artists

Art as business tool – The Halfway Inn

James and Magda Callery, proprietors of the Halfway Inn in Berkshire commissioned Jilly to paint their restaurant to use as a marketing tool.

Positioned halfway between Bath and London on the ancient A4 roman road, it has a long pedigree as a travellers rest and the image of the building is very important to James and his team. James and Magda have spent a great deal of time and effort improving the inside and outside of this restaurant having taking ownership of the premises. They know the restaurant/hosting business is not just about great food or wine but about the whole experience – which they deliver in spades!!

Mr& Mrs C: “We just love Jilly’s work and how she captures the essence of a building. Having seen her style we immediately wanted to use her work to promote our business and its been a great success – Thanks Jilly!”

Having taken various photographs, Jilly completed the detailed ink and watercolour in readiness for the relaunch. The artwork high resolution scan is currently being used on business cards, signage, menus and other printed marketing collateral.

See more of the Halfway Inn by going to their website:

Link to Halfway Inn website

Tel: +44 (0) 1488 608 115        Email: info@thehalfway-inn.co.uk

The Halfway Inn, Bath Road, Newbury, Berkshire, RG20 8NR

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Art as a business tool – Halfway Inn

The Marwood has teamed up with Jilly of Architectural Impressions to provide a new mini gallery space within one of the most popular bar/restaurants in Worcester. Situated in the lounge area immediately as you enter the venue, is the perfect place to showcase local artists.

The Marwood Mini Gallery has been set up as a place where local artists can present new artworks which promote awareness, improve knowledge and celebrate the amazing architecture provenance and global historical importance the buildings of the City of Worcester represent.

The City of Worcester has some of the most historically significant buildings in England and has one of the greatest number of listed and protected buildings of any UK city outside of London.

Mr C “Jilly is a very talented local artist who has a unique watercolour style, however it was her Vivid Range that most caught my eye, something that I had never seen before of Worcester and thought the resulting effect was fantastic.”

“I always try to support local businesses and Worcester itself wherever possible and through talking with Jilly I decided to create art space to celebrate Worcester’s amazing architectural pedigree and The Marwood Mini Gallery was born.”

“Her style compliments our décor and creates a dramatic entrance when visiting our venue.”

Ben Coates – Owner of The Marwood

You can currently view three works from Jilly’s Vivid Range and two from her Classique Range, these are available to purchase through The Marwood, 40 The Tything, Worcester WR1 1JL.

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The Marwood Mini Gallery

The Mann Hifi Eclectic

Phil Mann of Mann Hifi, Worcester, has recently taken delivery of a Fine Art Vivid Canvas created by Jilly Oxlade-Arnott of Architectural Impressions.

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Phil is a specialist in music and Hifi systems and has had been in the business for 35 years. To compliment his sound systems he has a few eclectic pieces of furniture and select statements of art. The latest addition is the Aqua Vivid Worcester Cathedral from Jilly at Architectural Impressions.

Mr Mann owner of Mann Hifi: “I love Jilly’s work. Its good to see a different take on our beloved cathedral and it compliments my offering.”

See more of the Mann Hifi by going to their website:

Link to Mann Hifi website

Tel: 01905 676 456        Email: mannhifi@gmail.com

42 Upper Tything, Worcester, WR1 1JZ

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The Mann Hifi Eclectic

David Blake, MD of Worcester City Council, has new art in his office at the Guildhall.

Mr B: “I first met Jilly at her business launch in April earlier this year. She is a talented local artist and very I am pleased to have her work on show in my office. I also intend to commission her to create a watercolour of my home.”

David Blake – Managing Director of Worcester City Council 

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A large canvas of the Cathedral in purple (Vivid Range)
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A very striking artwork in purple to coordinate with the soft furnishings of the conservatory. Bold background wallpaper prints like this look fantastic with a simple elegant form of the Vivid Cathedral.
Mrs G: “The moment I saw Jilly’s work during Open Studios I just loved it! The striking colours of the Vivid Worcester Cathedral instantly appealed and it is so exciting to now own an original artwork which I can look at every day.”
Mrs G – Purple Canvas

Review from October Issue 74 of SLAP Magazine (Supporting Local Arts & Performers)

Jilly Oxlade-Arnott’s Architectural Impression really hit the spot. Displayed around the beautiful display kitchens at Henley McKay Kitchens just along the Tything, the fastidiously detailed fine line work really brings out the character of some of our much loved local buildings, highlighting the featured buildings in watercolours while those around it are left in black and white to show its location. Jilly kindly showed us some of her earlier works to demonstrate how her process had developed, and while quaffing a glass of swiftly offered wine, we were invited into the inner sanctum to see her latest work. We were delighted to see the pop-art inspired array of posters based on the iconic image of Worcester Cathedral in every colour imaginable, creating an incredible display.

SLAP Review of WOS 2017

SLAP Magazine Article October 2017

Birthday presents with a presence

David and is wife first saw Jilly and her work at The Worcester Open Studios in August.

They immediately fell in love with her work and her style of painting. David instantly found his birthday present and so, chose a couple of A2 Canvases of the Cathedral and the Guildhall, places where they both have fond connections. 

David Holden “I have been allowed to have a pre-birthday look at the pictures in the daylight and we are both delighted. Your individual style is really wonderful and sure to bring you great success as more and more people get to know your work.”

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A Private Commission in Painwick, Gloucestershire

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This client wanted a basic face on artwork with no ink line work detail around the subject. An alarm box, many cables and other outside fittings were removed during the painting. In addition to the artwork the client ordered greeting cards.

Lady P: “The painting makes my quite plain home look as good as new, it’s sitting in the conservatory and looks fabulous. I love the cards and use them all the time, much better than emailing!!!  Thank you so much Jilly.”

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Painswick, Gloucestershire