SPRING TIME has officially arrived (although it doesn’t feel like it!) Welcome to the latest news!
Well, The Mill season has started, and believe it or not, it is our 12th year of association with this historic old building! Initially it was days within a season, now as ‘Artist in Residence’ for the season! Hopefully, you can come down and see the latest paintings at Place Mill on Christchurch Quay – we are open Tuesday to Sunday, 11.00am to 5.00pm (plus Bank Holiday Mondays) from Friday March 30th until Sunday September 30th. As per usual, there will be a mix of originals, limited edition prints, open prints, table mats, coasters and greetings cards to have a look at.
Our exhibition year started once again in Jan/Feb this year at The Ark, Compton Acres near Canford Cliffs in Poole – as always, it was very successful and we were made very welcome by the team, Linda, Monica, Rachel, Mel and Delma. If you have not had the chance to visit then pop it on the list of things to do. As well as Gifted Moments at The Ark with a great array of gifts, the plant centre is excellent and there is a nice cafe on site, as well as the magnificent Japanese themed Gardens themselves of course.
A lot of people from all over the country who saw Cherie featured in the BBC’s ‘Home Away from Home’ series where Devon (Paignton) was pitched against Dorset (Christchurch) came down to see what Place Mill on Christchurch Quay looked like for real, where Cherie’s painting activity was filmed. For those who didn’t see it– Christchurch came out on top, with Cherie’s painting activity getting top marks!
Cherie also featured on Louis Theroux’s new documentary on BBC 2 in October 2016 – this was regarding her traumatic time as a Jimmy Savile victim when she was a teenager, whilst recovering from severe burns to her hands at Stoke Mandeville Hospital. Also, October 2017, Cherie was interviewed on stage by Dame Esther Rantzen in connection with Childline and the NSPCC to help raise awareness whilst discussing her own ordeal at the hands of Savile and a senior medical professional. This was featured also in the Bournemouth Daily Echo.
We have recently launched a series of lovely high quality melamine table mats and coasters from Cherie’s paintings – local scenes, sunsets and animals. They are now available (see brief image above) at all the exhibitions and online and can be bought individually or as sets or mix and match…..whichever suits.
Cherie and Place Mill are featured in a new book that came out recently called ‘Lesser Known Christchurch’ by Steve Roberts. The ISBN number is 9781906651-268. It is published by Roving Press and costs £11.99. If you would like more details, please email us and we’ll let you know any more information. It gives some of the unusual tales of Christchurch people and places.
Whilst on the subject of books, in case you missed it…
Clive has completed topiary gardener Keith Howkins’ life story called ‘The Garden House on the Corner. the story of a Berkshire lad’ and is available now (ISBN 9781906631512)through Amazon and all good book shops. For more information on the book visit his website at www.clivemjenns.co.uk .Also, Clive’s short story ‘The Lost Sole’ has been made into an animation film, and is now available from Vimeo or via the website www.clivemjenns.co.uk
We hope you are enjoying the new easy to ‘navigate and buy’ website. We will be adding any new paintings and news at our earliest opportunity. We are very pleased with the site and hope it gives an ‘added dimension’ to Cherie’s work.
If you do have a commission in mind for the coming year or next, please let Cherie know in good time.
Hopefully, we’ll see you at one of the exhibitions and it goes without saying, but thank you very much for buying any paintings, prints or cards and don’t forget to just come in for a chat.
Clive & Cherie
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