Monday, 8 August 2016

Sarah Madsen Art Exhibition at The Orchard August 1st ~ 31st


We're delighted to welcome the very talented artist, jeweller and illustrator Sarah Madsen back to The Orchard Tea Room for her second art exhibition here.

Sarah's work has previously been exhibited at various locations such as the Mall Galleries in London, Silvermine Art Centre in Connecticut and the Steven Whyte  Figurative Studio in Carmel, California, USA.

 Wisbech this is your chance to view an international artist for free! 

Exhibition open 10am-4pm daily

The Orchard Tea Room & Farm Shop
Redmoor Lane
Begdale 
Elm
Wisbech
Cambs
PE14 0RN
Telephone: 07527 046184

Website: theorchardtearoom.co.uk Twitter: @OrchardTeaRoom Facebook: The Orchard Tea Room

Sunday, 17 July 2016

Art at The Orchard interview with artist Clive Bilcliff

We're delighted that artist Clive Bilcliff has agreed to do a little interview for the blog, he's exhibiting a selection of his original paintings here at The Orchard throughout July.

Clive please tell us about your work? What are you currently working on?

 Having started with watercolours - mainly landscapes and seascapes - I then tried oils and more recently acrylics - which I mainly use for  animal pictures and pet portraits, and pastels -  which I use mainly for people portraits.  I now bounce around all of the mediums depending upon the
subject matter. I usually have several works on the go which I dip into as the mood takes me, unless I have a specific deadline to meet for a commission. 

Having just completed another dog portrait commission in acrylics and a rose in watercolour, I am now finishing off a pastel portrait, a still life in pastels, a steam train in watercolour and am about to start on a picture of a horse-drawn plough scene, probably in acrylic.

How did you decide to become an artist?

I have always had a talent for drawing and painting from a very early age - probably inherited from my dad who was also good at sketching.  On leaving school I went to Art College for an Art Foundation year where I was able to sample all forms of art, including painting, sculpture, graphics, ceramic,
fabric and photography before deciding to concentrate on Product Design. I
studied 3-D Product Design at Newcastle Polytechnic, achieving a BA at the
end of my studies.  One of the guys I studied with was Gavin Bocquet, who
went on to work in the film industry and became Design Director with Lucas
Films and worked on most of the Star Wars sets designs.  

However, I realised that I really wasn't good enough to make a living in
design and instead used my degree to go into Human Resources management,
where I spent all of my working career, initially as an employee and the
second half as a consultant with my own limited company.  It was during a
gap between contracts that I rediscovered my love of painting, after
watching Watercolour Challenge on television about 15 years ago.  I joined
Wisbech Art Club about 3 years ago and I am now the Publicity Officer for
the club. Since retiring last year, I have been able to devote more time to
my painting.

What's the best advise you've been given as an artist?

About 5 years ago I joined a watercolour painting class by Ian King
(local professional artist) and one of the best things I learned from his
tuition was to try to be looser in style and to be much more bold with the
use of shadow, which can really bring a painting to life.

What do you do when you are not creating?

In a way, I am always creating - even if it's just in my mind.  I am
always taking photographs of potential subjects for paintings and thinking
about trying new techniques or subjects or experimenting with different
media.  My art studio is full of books, art materials, canvasses, frames,
finished paintings etc.  

But away from painting I also run the Wisbech Acoustic Club which meets
monthly at the Locomotive pub where we play instruments and sing all types
of music.  I enjoy singing (including karaoke) and have taught myself to
play a bit of acoustic guitar and dabbled with the ukulele and blues
harmonica.  Additionally I am captain of a weekly pool team from the
Locomotive.  I child-mind my 2 years old grandson one day a week.  I often
wonder where I ever found time to work in the past!

What are your life and work goals for the future?

I don't really have any life goals except to continue to enjoy life and
what I do already.  I mainly paint for my own enjoyment, but when other
people also enjoy my work, it adds to the satisfaction.

Clive you're currently exhibiting some of your original artwork here at The Orchard where else can we find your work?

I have just had three paintings in the Wisbech Art Club Summer
Exhibition, all of which sold, including one bought by the Mayor of Wisbech.
From 27 August to 2 September 2016, I will have eight paintings exhibited in
St Matthews Church, Sutton Bridge.  I will also be exhibiting at the Wisbech
Art Club main exhibition in St Peter & St Pauls Church, Wisbech in
October/November 2016.

Facebook Page: 
https://www.facebook.com/artbycbilcliff/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel
SAA Gallery:
http://community.saa.co.uk/art/artist/23986745.html?oscsid=38tolt32tn8t698su
7vu9fh161

Contact details: 
Email: cbilcliff@hotmail.com
Mobile: 07946 527832


Many thanks to Clive Bilcliff for agreeing to be interviewed for The Orchard Tea Room and Farm Shop Blog. You can view his art daily 10am -4pm until the end of July 2016 at

The Orchard Tea Room and Farm Shop
Redmoor Lane
Wisbech
Cambs
PE14 0RN

Telephone: 07527 046184
Website: theorchardtearoom.co.uk Twitter: @OrchardTeaRoom Facebook: The Orchard Tea Room

Friday, 15 July 2016

Strawberries health benefits


Wimbledon might be over for this year, and what a fabulous year it was for Great Britain, but it's still strawberry season and the good news is that not only are strawberries truly delicious, they're also good for you:

Just 10 strawberries will supply you with the recommended daily amount of vitamin C.

Strawberries are a source of folic acid

and

strawberries are high in omega 3 fatty acids.

So go on treat yourself to a punnet of delicious goodness!


The Orchard Tea Room and Farm Shop
Redmoor Lane
Wisbech
Cambs
PE14 0RN

Telephone: 07527 046184

Website: theorchardtearoom.co.uk 

Twitter: @OrchardTeaRoom Facebook: The Orchard Tea Room




Thursday, 14 July 2016

Clive Bilcliff Art Show at The Orchard, Wisbech this July


Following the success of Moira Johnson's art exhibition here at The Orchard Tea Room earlier this year we're delighted to welcome another very popular local artist Clive Bilcliff. Clive will be exhibiting his art in the tea room throughout July.

Born in Newcastle Clive and his family moved to Wisbech over 20 years ago. Now retired from working Clive paints in most mediums across a wide variety of subjects, especially watercolour landscapes and seascapes, acrylic animal portraits and pastel portraits of people. He also works in oils and paints some abstract works.

Clive has been a member of Wisbech Art Club for about 4 years and exhibits his work in their Summer and Winter exhibitions, as well as other local exhibitions. His paintings are available for sale.

Opening Hours 10am -4pm daily

Free entry

The Orchard Tea Room & Farm Shop
Redmoor Lane
Wisbech
Cambs
PE14 0RN

Telephone: 07527 046184

Website: theorchardtearoom.co.uk Twitter: @OrchardTeaRoom Facebook: The Orchard Tea Room

Thursday, 30 June 2016

Goodbye to the month of June


The month of June seems to have gone incredibly quickly here at The Orchard Tea Room, Wisbech. Although much of the month seems to have been rainy with some colossal thunder storms there were still plenty of nice days to sit out in the orchard.

We call the really hot days lemonade days, our lemonade is made right here to an old family recipe, it's delicious and soo refreshing!

And as for those cold, wet miserable weather days, well they are hot chocolate days, and, even if we say so ourselves, our hot chocolate is really sumptuous topped with marshmallows and cream. Yum!

In case you're wondering what a 6ft T Rex is doing dressed up in our orchard well he was our entry for this year's Elm and Friday Bridge Scarecrow Contest. He certainly made everyone smile!

So it's goodbye to the month of June and hello July. There'll be a new artist, Clive Bilcliff exhibiting in the tea room (the Mayor of Wisbech recently bought one of his paintings),  a Shaman's Legacy Fun Dog Show on the 10th and lots of lovely cake. Oh and strawberries too!

Visit us at:

The Orchard Tea Room and Farm Shop
Redmoor Lane
Wisbech
Cambs
PE14 0RN

Telephone: 07527 046184

Website: theorchardtearoom.co.uk 

Twitter: @OrchardTeaRoom Facebook: The Orchard Tea Room

Sunday, 19 June 2016

Father's Day


Happy Father's Day to Dad's everywhere
from 
all of us here at
The Orchard Tea Room & Farm Shop 

We're open 10-4 today for Dad's who like cake

Remember we have an orchard dog walk too if your Dad wants to bring the dog for a walk.

Stuck for a gift idea? How about one of our afternoon tea gift vouchers?

A gift of sandwiches, scone, cakes and tea. Nom Nom!


The Orchard Tea Room & Farm Shop
Redmoor Lane
Wisbech
Cambs
PE14 0RN

Monday, 23 May 2016

Art at The Orchard interview with artist Moira Johnson

We're delighted that  local artist Moira Johnson has agreed to do a little interview for the blog, she's exhibiting a selection of her original paintings here at The Orchard during the month of May.



Moira please tell us about your work? What are you currently working on?


I currently work mostly in acrylics but also like to try other media, oils, ink and watercolour and pastel.

How did you decide to become an artist?

I went on a beginners painting weekend which I had seen advertised, I enjoyed it so much that I enrolled on a painting evening class run by the college. After that I became a member of Wisbech Art Club.

What's the best advise you've been given as an artist?


To take time to look, and notice varying colours and tones.

What do you do when you are not creating?

I do some part time office work and also volunteer in Peckover House Gardens.

What are your life and work goals for the future?

To take every day as it comes and make the most of it.

Moira you're currently exhibiting some of your original artwork here at The Orchard where else can we find your work?

I am a member of Wisbech Art Club and exhibit my paintings at their Summer Exhibition held in the Pump Room, Wisbech Castle during Rose Fair week, and also the Winter Exhibition held in the autumn at St Peters Church. I also take part in local exhibitions.

I have a page on the SAA Website (but need to upload some more paintings).

Many thanks to Moira Johnson for agreeing to be interviewed for The Orchard Tea Room and Farm Shop Blog. You can view Moira's art daily 10am -4pm during May 2016 at:

The Orchard Tea Room and Farm Shop
Redmoor Lane
Wisbech
Cambs
PE14 0RN

Telephone: 07527 046184
Website: theorchardtearoom.co.uk Twitter: @OrchardTeaRoom Facebook: The Orchard Tea Room