Action-packed showcase for Weston’s arts community set to launch this week

PUBLISHED: 11:20 27 April 2017 | UPDATED: 11:20 27 April 2017

Peter Quinnell.

Peter Quinnell.


Dozens of talented local artists – plus a big-name from the arts world – will be showcasing their work during a three-week exhibition at a Weston venue.

Loves Café, in West Street, is organising what owner Anna Southwell has dubbed Loves Open, an art exhibition running from tomorrow (Friday) until May 21.

The show has been put together by local artists Karen Blake and Joshua Mousley, who put a call out to the town’s artistic community to enter their works for display during the exhibition.

The duo say they were ‘overwhelmed’ by the quantity and quality of the entries received, but have enjoyed sifting through the contributions to select and hang the exhibits. Chosen works include pieces produced in a wide variety of medias, all of which will remain on display for the duration.

The event will also feature the work of a ‘very special’ guest artist, Peter Quinnell.

Hasting-based Quinnell made a name for himself in 30 years as an artist working in illustration, collage and 3D assemblage, and maintains a beach hut studio in the south east coast.

Anna said: “Peter will be around for the opening weekend, where visitors will be able to meet him and talk to him about his work.

“Loves received £253 of funding from Weston BID to cover the guest artist’s costs to be at the event, and we are really excited and grateful, for the BID’s help.”

There will also be a chance to buy some of the artworks at a series of pop-up art shops running from noon to 3pm on April 29, and May 6 and 13.

Other events will feature too, all of which are free to attend. They include: April 27, 7pm, Word Mustard open mic poetry night; April 28, 8pm, opening night party; April 29, noon to 3pm, The Blossom Parlour pop-up florists; April 29, 8pm, Bob Gallie acoustic session; May 3, 4-5.30pm, children’s arts and crafts workshop; May 21, closing party jazz night.

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