FREDDIE’S RESTAURANT HELPS PUT renaissance: ST ALBANS ON THE MAP

Last night I went to Freddie's restaurant to help raise funds for renaissance: ST ALBANS, the arts initiative I mentioned in my last blog post. St Albans council and the museums trust want to convert the old town hall into a museum and gallery space and make it a major visitor destination.The fundraiser was Freddie's … Continue reading FREDDIE’S RESTAURANT HELPS PUT renaissance: ST ALBANS ON THE MAP

renaissance: ST ALBANS – A NEW GALLERY AND MUSEUM FOR THE CITY

St Albans, where I live, is a historic city popular with tourists. It has Ancient British, Roman and Saxon foundations. It has a rich musical life, ranging from the International Organ Festival to acoustic performers in local pubs - in fact it seems that nearly every pub has a music night.But the visual arts are … Continue reading renaissance: ST ALBANS – A NEW GALLERY AND MUSEUM FOR THE CITY

NELL VYSE, POTTER AND COMMUNIST

This picture came up on e-Bay recently, from the London Illustrated News, May 1922, a reproduction of a painting by W.R.S.Stott. The caption reads, “The revival of the potter’s art: at the kiln. The principal “Revivalist” in the picture – which the artist names “The Revivalists” – is Mr. Charles Vyse, the well-known potter.  He … Continue reading NELL VYSE, POTTER AND COMMUNIST