The Mayor of Houghton Regis, apparently, is very keen for local artists to show their work.  He has arranged for a show to be held in the BEDFORD SQUARE COMMUNITY CENTRE on EASTER SATURDAY 19 APRIL 10 AM TO 3PM.  From the brochure it looks as though it may be worth a visit. art flyers

I will be there, give it a try if you have time.


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Beatriz Acevedo Exhibition Poplars Garden Centre

BAcevedo Spring Exhibition PosterA4

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Sue Room Exhibition Eagle Gallery, Bedford

An exhibition of paintings, prints, drawings and photographs featuring the East Coast of England and Venice.


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Steph Phillips Spring Time Crochet Workshop at Sunday 23rd March 2014

Steph Spring 2014 poster

Spring Time Crochet at Sunday 23rd March 2pm – 4pm, 2014

Steph Phillips – Textile Artist

Join Textile Artist, Steph Phillips from Hook & Scumble for a spring inspired crochet afternoon

If you have mastered the basic crochet stitches come & spend a couple of crocheting a spring time wreathe – perfect for Mother’s Day or as an Easter Decoration – £25

To Book:

Contact Eve at cakestand & crumb on 07843574379. To secure your place a £10 non-returnable deposit is required a minimum of 2 weeks prior to the commencement of the workshop, otherwise your place will be offered to someone else. Balance of payment is due on the day and includes materials, full tuition, drink and a piece of delicious homemade cake.


A full refund of your deposit will be given for cancellations up to 2 weeks prior to the workshop providing your place can be filled. Deposit refunds will not be given for cancellations made less than 2 weeks before the workshop. Cakestand & crumb reserve the right to cancel a workshop in exceptional circumstances and a full refund of the deposit will be returned.

Please note:

This workshop is for adult learners only. This workshop would not be suitable for participants who are sensitive or allergic to wool

or synthetic yarn.

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ANB Member Jill M Taylor takes part in Spectrum at Art Van Go

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Easel for Sale

Large metal easel – £5 – first come first served. Please contact Joanne Bowes for details

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The first few months of the year are an ideal time to look at updating your marketing materials, websites, pricing and reviewing your stock.

So why not take advantage of our special Website and Social Networking offer -member Colin Veitch has already done so and you can see the results here:


This includes: Designing a website for you, Open a Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest/LinkedIn and Google+ and linking them where relevant.

Normal costs: Website £180.00  Social Media £59

Contact: Sharon Stuckman at PS Arts

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ANB Member Anne-Marie Stijelja in ‘Bedfordshire on Sunday’ promoting ’13′ exhibition

LOCAL artists are being given the opportunity to show their work in a rolling exhibition at a Bedford bar/cafe.

The first artist to display her work at Number 13 in St Paul’s Square, Bedford, is Anne-Marie Stijelja who displayed her ‘stamp art’ at Luton Airport and Bed Pop last year.

After Anne-Marie’s exhibition is finished, other local artists will feature on a six-week rotation.

She said: “It is a great opportunity, you make art to show people not to hide away in a back room where it isn’t seen.

“I was at Bed Pop just before Christmas where I met Doug McMurdo and he said the council was looking for local artists to display work in Number 13, so I took on the challenge.

“I’ve got a list of local artists and we’ll rotate their work every six weeks.

“These pieces have come from my previous exhibition at Luton Airport, it was my second showing there, the first was during the Jubilee and Olympic period in 2012 and 80 per cent of my work sold so they asked me to come back in October last year.

“We’re about two weeks into it now. All of it is for sale, the details are on the wall about each of the artists and how people can get involved.”

Councillor Doug McMurdo, in charge of leisure and culture at Bedford Borough Council, said: “I am delighted that Anne-Marie Stijelja will be displaying her work in Number Thirteen. Her work has featured in many parts of the borough and beyond and will be a welcome addition.

“This is just the start of art displays in Number Thirteen and we will be featuring many other local artists in the weeks and months to come. So, why not come along, have a coffee and enjoy our displays of local artists?

“What we are trying to do is get all these public spaces, which are under utilised, to be used by people like Anne Marie who are struggling to get exposure, we’re are predominantly opening it up to local artists but they don’t have to be local.”

The artists set to exhibit at Number 13 are:

Anne-Marie Stijelja

Stamp-Art – Now – March 4

Millie Canning – Painting March 4 – April 22

Jim Francis – 3D Wall sculptures April 22 – June 2

Followed by

Chris Meek

Katy Dynes

Artists’ Network Bedfordshire September trail


Sew and sew

Jennifer Steele

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Website Design Special Offer

Before Christmas ANB Member Colin Veitch took up the Website Design Offer and was delighted with the results. Below are some of his comments – scroll down to find a reminder of the offer.

“Technical self help websites, you see them advertised Free scams etc. Well they are not free.

I wrestled with the problem for many months this year and had decided to take up a course on website design. Sadly, Bedfordshire Adult Education courses had been scrapped due to the cut backs. So I was left high and dry.

Sharon (at PS Arts) created a special offer for Bedfordshire Artist Network so with my forthcoming exhibition of mixed media prints and paintings I need to get my promotional bandwagon on the road. Stupidly I had photographed every painting, print or sketch at a low rather than high resolution – so Sharon informed me, but she took me under her mighty wings and we flew at creating a website.

My crazy and zany ideas had to be curtailed but under Sharon’s expert guidance and experience a draft site became an reality. Its exciting see your work presented in an entirely new creative format.

It’s not instantaneous process, you must have patience. From the initial ideas to the finished product was about three weeks. Could have been quicker but Sharon had to re-shoot every picture again and my original CV had to be severely edited – again Sharon’s advice here was spot on.

Seriously, despite these challenges, I would heartily recommend anyone who’s toying with the idea of starting a website… give Sharon a call and let her use her magic.

Colin Veith



This includes:  Designing a website for you, Open a Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest/LinkedIn and Google+ and linking them where relevant.

Website (Normal cost – £150.00)

If you have no idea how to make a website, you are a complete beginner or if this is your first website.

We will help you create your own well designed and usable website. The website you create will be bespoke and tailored to your business, life or hobby. We take the time to teach you, help you put your ideas into practice in designing your new website. No matter what type of website you are looking for, we will help you chose the right imagery, typography, photography and designs to create a stunning online presence for your business.

1. Add your address and choose a colour

Enter your address and choose your favourite colour. Choose a personal and distinctive Internet address, e.g. to make your website stand out.

2. Your website will be created with one more click your own personal website will be automatically made and hosted.

3. Choose from 100s of  HTML 5 templates topics to be the subject of your website, business, arts, crafts, football, pets, your wedding or music. You can easily change your topic at any time

4. Customise your website, add your own pictures, adapt the text and edit the colours or layout

Whenever you want! There’s no software or programming required!


 Social Media is the most cost effective way of: (Normal cost £59.00)

1. Finding new customers,

2. Establishing a positive dialog with your existing customers and

3. Creating your own community on internet.

This course will show you how Facebook can contribute to your success.


Social media consists of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ and many other internet based services which are utilised by your potential customers to communicate with the world.




* Creating a page for your business

* Implementing a content strategy

* Building your fan base

* Setting up groups, promotions and events

* Cross promoting your page

* Measure your page activity

* Integrating Social Media to your marketing strategy

* Develop a Social media marketing plan

* Engaging in Internet advertising

* Checking out advertising options and strategies

* Measuring and optimising ad activity

* Building your Internet presence

*Discuss your Website, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and LinkedIn, Blog and Newsletters


For more info:  Sharon Struckman

079 29 23 06 23


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Colin Veitch Exhibition, The Jesus Centre, Northampton, 10 January to 28 February

Plants Places Pets . . .  by COLIN VEITCH

Mixed media prints and paintings

Friday 10 January to Friday 28 February

At The Jesus Centre Abington Square Northampton NN1 4AE

Opening times: Monday to Friday 10 am – 4 pm Wednesdays and Fridays late nights 7pm to 10 pm Saturdays 10 am to 1.00pm

On every Thursday during the exhibition run I will be demonstrating my painting and printing skills 10am to 4 pm (weather permitting).

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