Well, 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
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.’
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.
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
Elena Fleury-Rojo of Red Flower Glass will be next door to Hazel Gallery in Kiosk Two, Tuesday 29th and Wednesday 30th October 11am-3pm doing a 2 day live demonstration of flameworking! Elena’s artwork is on display and for sale in Hazel Gallery, Elena will also have a selection of work on sale in Kiosk Two.
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…