Hazel Gallery Art Fair TOMORROW!

It’s the first Hazel Gallery Art Fair tomorrow, kicking off with a special Christmas version!

Artists and makers will be displaying and selling their works in the St Botolph’s Waiting Room . Plus ‘Easy Tiger‘ vintage clothing  and live acoustic music including Ukelady and The Medlars

Chef Charlie Stocker will be creating some delicious foods including Smoked Mushroom or Apple and Celeriac Soup with Homemade Bread Roll for £3.50, plus Mini Sliders,  Brownies, Orange Mocha Macarons and Shortbread

Incidentally, it is also Small Business Saturday, so you also get a warm glow from supporting small and local businesses! Hazel Gallery open as usual with a range of contemporary and original art and craft

10am-6pm FREE ENTRY!

Our friends over at The Minories also have their Christmas Art and Design Fair on too, so they’ll be lots of great art and craft to see and an opportunity to get some very individual and beautiful Christmas presents!


Hazel Gallery Pop Up Christmas Opening Hours

ChristmaslogoWell, since the Christmas lights are on in Colchester and we’ve already opened 2 doors on our advent calendars, it is about time to let you know our Christmas opening hours! We will be open for late night shopping on Wednesdays throughout December (Priory St Car Park offers free parking after 3pm on Wednesdays for late night shopping), and don’t forget, the Waiting Room bar will be open next door for refreshments! We have loads of great original and handmade Christmas gifts, stocking fillers and Christmas cards. Come and have a browse, and I’m sure we’ll be able to find you a mince pie or other festive treat!

Open Tue-Sat 10am- 6pm, and until 9pm on Wednesdays until 24th December 

Christmas Eve open 10am – 4pm

Closed from Christmas Day until Tuesday 4th January 2014, when we will be open Tue-Sat 10am-6pm, as usual

Merry Christmas everyone!

stocking fillers

Hazel Gallery Pop-Up Featured Artist: Ella Johnston

Our featured artist for December is Ella Johnston. Ella is based in Wivenhoe, she moved there two years ago, but has fond memories of the place from when she was a student at University of Essex in the nineties, she says ‘I love the place more than ever now, living here is a delight’
Primarily inspired by nature, essentially Ella draws, and wow can she draw! ‘Put simply, I draw pictures, I concentrate on depicting birds and flowers because I find them endlessly charming and fascinating. No matter how precise, sensitive and sympathetic my line is, I can never ever match its majesty, fragility and beauty – you could say I was obsessed.’

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Ella’s incredibly intricate and beautiful work always starts with ‘a very sharp selection of pencils and a lovely thick watercolour paper’. She says ‘I also love working with super-fine blackfelt-tip pen – I adore the gorgeous lines it creates, the solid colour the pens produce and the way it sits on the paper. I’m using watercolour at the moment,  I like the soft gradated washes of texture and colour it makes – put them and the pen together and BOOM you get a lovely effect.’
‘I also love the process of drawing and line making, which can be an inspiration in itself, especially when I see work by other artists who really push the medium – I think come on Ella, raise your game.’
A range of Ella’s work including original screen-prints, stationery, greetings cards and Giclee prints of her stunning drawings are available from Hazel Gallery. Meet Ella at the first Hazel Gallery Art Fair on 7 December at The Waiting Room at the Old Bus Station in Colchester.

All images ©Ella Johnston 2013

Hazel Gallery at Barclays Bank

We had a great day at Barclays Bank on Colchester High Street, with a ‘pop up’ Hazel Gallery on Monday 18th November. Big thanks go out to Ann and all the staff that helped and supported the event and brought Lucy cups of tea! What a great idea from Anne at Barclays to help support local small businesses. Barclays Bank , Colchester will be hosting a range of pop up events supporting local businesses throughout November and December and Hazel Gallery was the first one! Check out the gallery of photographs from the day

Cuckoo Farm Open Studios

Cuckoo Farm Open Studios

My studio will be open next weekend as part of Colchester and Tendring Open Studios.

Cuckoo Farm is open to the public on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th September from 11am until 6pm. 27 individual artist studios will be open plus the print workshop on both the Saturday & Sunday.

Also, a selection of short experimental film and video works by international artists, will be showing all day in the Benham Gallery. ‘Outside’ exhibition in grounds of Cuckoo Farm Studio.

Plus tea & homemade cakes!

St Botolph’s Waiting Room project

A very exciting project for Colchester. The old bus station waiting room is being transformed into “A new social, maker, library space in Colchester with café/bar. It aims to support the areas regeneration by uncovering Colchester’s History, Heritage, Craft & Culture.” And I’m getting involved! More updates to follow…