|Some of last night’s audience|
|Susan delivering her talk about the art of the Vine|
|Some of the audience|
Details below of a great event at the Vine in Magdalen Yard Road this Saturday!
The event will run from 12.30pm – 4.00pm and the café will be serving hot drinks, home made soup and cakes.
Various entertainments will take place during the day including:
* Freya hand-prints cards and limited edition prints, sometimes with a fleck of gold of silver for a bit of glam. Her work features anything that catches her eye, Chickens, flying men and tins of fish have all been printed, and there’s plenty more where that comes from.
* Victoria Gazeley, local artist who will be selling small artworks and homemade craft works. What she strives to capture in her art is each animal’s individual personality and how their characteristics can be compared to those of humans.
* Emma McDermott, specialised in jewellery and metalwork, and stained glass technics, combines both crafts to create glass jewellery. Each piece of jewellery is individual as they have been fired in my kiln and the results are always unpredictable.
* Anna Day, Director of Literary Dundee, and Chris Collins, book designer, presents the first Playroom Press book, Dundee 123, a counting book for cool kids using Dundee’s landmarks.
* Jim Stephen, wood turner, makes a wide variety of things, such as fruits, clocks, bowls, etc.
* Margaret Rae makes handmade jewellery and accessories : lacy scarves/snoods and corsage/brooches.
* Georgia Clayton makes hand-knitted hats, inspired by the colours and textures of Scotland – hence the business name “Highland Hues.” – and combining new, recycled wool and other materials. All are named with evocative titles such as Heather Moor, Mossy Brae, Sea Holly etc. She also does all-inclusive kits so that you can knit your own hat.
* Liz McCarthy paints semi-abstract landscapes. “Although most of my paintings are rooted in reality by the beautiful Angus countryside, I do enjoy putting my own personal spin on what I see, and interpreting in a more imaginative way. I am particularly excited by the abstract harmonies that I sense in my subjects and in colour harmony and composition.”
*And more to come…
* Plus a special guest: Garden Gate Plants … Andrew Morrison will bring hardy garden plants and an attractive range of brushwood animal planters.
See you all there!
|Toadstool by Fiona Moore|
|Untitled by Jim Petrie|
|Storm in a Teacup by Pauline Murray|
|Untitled By Pat Edgar|
|Winter Wood by Liz McCarthy|
If you want tickets, e-mail me at email@example.com – many thanks!
All looking good for the launch for the 2011 West End Christmas Week, our 11th year …
|All set up at Dundee West Church!|
|The super artwork winners from the West End Christmas Week schools’ competition, with thanks to Park Place, Ancrum Road, St Joseph’s and Blackness Primary Schools|
* I am pleased to note that some of the dropped kerbing around the Corso Street area that I requested last year on behalf of residents is now being installed – see example at the junction of Corso Street and Peddie Street (above).
* Last night, I attended the Harris Academy Parent Council meeting and, following this, have been in touch with the Head of Secondary Education regarding issues raised.
* I was pleased to be advised by the City Engineer recently that the weeds spraying programme at road edges etc commenced last week. This year, the programme will start in the west of the city and progress eastwards and am pleased to be assured that extra resources will be put into herbicide application of street trees in streets like Blackness Road and Blackness Avenue.
* Tonight, I briefly attended the start of the latest WestFest committee meeting and thereafter was minute-taker at the Tay Bridge Disaster Memorial Trust meeting (meeting in the adjacent room at the Vine in Magdalen Yard Road!)
As many residents now know, the West End community now has a meeting/community base resource at the historic Vine building at the bottom of Roseangle (43 Magdalen Yard Road).
Residents and local organisations are invited to a social event at the Vine running between 5.30pm and 7pm on Tuesday 5th April – an opportunity to meet some of the organisers of this year’s WestFest and to view the library and garden of the Vine. Wine, soft drinks and nibbles will be available.
We are hoping that many local people and organisations will come along – all welcome!
This afternoon, I had the pleasure of attending the AGM of the Sinderins and Pennycook Courts tenants’ association. This took place in Pennycook Court (see right) and was very well attended by residents.
Guest speaker was Iain Flett, Dundee City Archivist, who gave a really entertaining and informative talk on the West End of old – looking at a map of the West End from just after the Great War, and also taking residents on a walk up the Hawkhill of 1950, using the Dundee Directory of 1950-51.
Later this afternoon, I attended a meeting at the Vine on Magdalen Yard Road, where West End Community Council now has a community base. We discussed ways of encouraging even more community groups in the West End to make use of the facility for meetings and social events. This is a great resource for the area and I am very keen to see the community making use of it.
This evening, I attended the latest meeting of Harris Academy Parent Council, at which the Head of Secondary Education spoke about the City Campus proposal, the school rebuilding project and decant arrangements.
There were also updates from the Head Teacher and the School Captains in what was an interesting and well-attended meeting.