Behind the scenes

Yesterday an invite to the Modern Artists Gallery's new exhibition arrived in my inbox. I'm always thrilled to view the cutting-edge work from emerging artists that Peggy presents - she has an excellent eye.  Their newsletter, Mag Rag is often inspirational - don't you just love the doggy painting by Paula Zimmermann  The American Gothic Terriers?
If you live in the South and you're looking for a lovely day out,  the gallery's located on the Oxfordshire Berkshire borders in the pretty village of Whitchurch-on-Thames - beautiful countryside and interesting shopping, what more could you wish for?

Tom Coomber of Artesano Yarns introduced me to the gallery some years ago when he suggested we do a shoot there for a collection I'd designed for him.  It turned out to be the perfect location - Peggy was a wonderful host and very welcoming,  allowing us access to both her gallery and home, which as it happened was full of even more wondrous works.  
Piano where we shot Ruby

Always loved Dennis the Menace

We had a very successful day there, so much so that we returned again to do a second shoot for a subsequent collection. It's a fabulous place for inspiration even if you're not in the market for buying art. It's been too long since I visited, must make sure it's definitely on my to-do list for this year.

Nico in front of New York Night
I rooted out some of the pictures Philip took during one of the shoots, not the real deal, the actual photography was done by David Hatful of Diem Photography, but will give you an idea of the fabulous ambience this place exudes wherever you look.

Kiki Vest with Boho Beret
Yoko in the rain with Boho Hat
Yoko  Colourway 2

Tues 3 Jan  Wendy Knits Wendy Johnson  
 Wed 4 Jan  Knitgrrl Shannon Okey
Thurs 5 Jan  Yarnagogo Rachael Herron
 Fri 6 Jan  The Knitter Rosee Woodland
Sat 7 Jan  Rhythm of the Needles  Joanne Conklin
Sun 8 Jan  Knit Purl Gurl  Karrie Steinmetz
                Mon 9 Jan  Craft Sanity  Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood
Tues 10 Jan  Planet Purl Beth Moriarty
 Wed 11 Jan  Sunset Cat  Stephannie Tallent
Thurs 12 Jan  A Really Good Yarn  Julie Schilthuis
Fri 13 Jan  Knit 1 Chicago  Lynn Coe
Sat 14 Jan  Go Knit in your Hat Carol Sulcoski
Sun 15 Jan Redshirt Knitting  Erika Barcott
Mon 16 Jan   In The Loop  Cheryl & Ellen
Tues 17 Jan  WEBS  Kathy Elkins
Wed 18 Jan  Zeneedle Margene Smith
Thurs 19 Jan   Knitspot  Anne Hanson
Fri 20 Jan   Urban Yarns  Alexa Ludeman
Sat 21 Jan  A Friend to knit with  Leslie Friend
Mon 23 Jan  Tentenknits  Margaux Hufnagel
Tues 24 Jan  Fancy Tiger Crafts  Amber Corcoran
Wed 25 Jan  Chic Knits  Bonne Marie Burns
Thurs 26 Jan  The Panopticon  Franklin Habit


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