Monday, November 29, 2010

Sarah Baird: Mixed Media Artist

After Graduating from art school with a degree in Woven Textiles and awarded the coveted Courtauld International Designer if the year, Sarah went onto work at a number of London design studios.

After moving to East Anglia, she now works from her studio in a converted barn, on the home farm.

Textile design and sculpture have had a huge influence on her work and consequently she likes to use many different materials in her paitnings. Mixed media works include layering paint, ink scribbles, glue, fabrics, tissue, newsprint, and sometimes hot wax. 'Found' wood has been given a new lease of life by turning it into rustic canvases. A finishing coat of varnish, ensures everything is held in place and also gives the pieces a wonderful lustre, bringing all the layers to life.

A continued interest in different mediums and techniques spurred her on to complete courses in sculpture and printmaking. And with the eclectic background in technique and creativity, Sarah is able to pass on her knowledge through various workshops, hel in her studio.

The show runs from 26th November - 23rd December at Level Best Art Cafe, D'arcy House, Culver street east, Colchester.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Chromadepth Series by Tristan Burfield

In this exhibition I have created a series of colourful psychedelic 3-d photographic experiments which explore the external depth of the photographic canvas as an alternative to the defacto aestheic of the flat print.

All images were created using photoshop in conunction with software packages such as Fractint, Ultrafractal and Visions of Chaos

The exhibition is to be used in conjunction with "Chromadepth" 3-d glasses [available on site] which produce a stereoscopic effect based upon differences in the diffraction of colour through a special prism-like holographic film fitted into glasses.

Chromadepth glasses give the illusion of colours taking up different positions in space, with red being in front and blue being in back.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Photography by June Andrews


I am an amateur photographer in my senior years. I live in Essex and most of my photos are taken around Essex and the Suffolk/Norfolk borders.

I started my love of photography with film cameras and could not wait to get my pictures back, with some OH YES or OH DEAR ME, but now it is digital and I love it. I use Canon equipment which I like and now edit and print all my pictures on the computer. I like to take a shot and then turn it into the picture I want to achieve with a crop and edit here and there. I hope you enjoy my first exhibition and thank you for looking.

Please visit

running from 24th September - 22nd October

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Panama Hats and Purple Houses, by Linda ward.

Artists Personal Statement

"Although I am a discreet and semi-reclusive sort of person, there is a side to me that loves boldness and so called 'eccentricity'. I admire people who casually walk down a high street wearing oversized brightly coloured clothes and rainbow DM's, and safety-pinned Goth's with white faces & black stilt shoes, or someone who has the nerve to paint their house purple amongst a row of buff white walled houses. I once saw a man walking along the main road in Felixstowe wearing a huge Panama hat and I remember how much I admired his boldness."

The main stay of Linda's show is work in different mediums, including, painting and drawing.

She also has a seperate collection of work entitled

Camouflage in the limelight
"In celebration of Peace"

"The idea for these paintings has come from military camouflage designs which I have re-designed to create attractive, celebratory and alternative images of peace instead of images associated with combat and war".

shows from 27th August - 24th September.

Linda Ward has a BTEC Diploma in Foundation Studies (Art & Design)

50% of any profits will go to tree aid, a UK based development charity supporting

tree planting and reafforestation in rural Africa.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Bernadette Sloman

Watercolour Paintings

shows from 30th July - 27th August


Q. Do you only do painting?
A. Yes

Q. How did you get into art work - through school or college?
A. Yes college

Q. What are your favourite colours?
A. Green, blue and yellow, yellow, blue and silver skies

Q. What is your favourite thing to paint?
A. Flowers, gardens and houses

Q. Do you like Van Gogn?
A. Yes of course

Q. Have you travelled alot?
A. Sometimes

Q. Where?
A. London

Q. When did you start painting?
A. September

Q. Whichyear? A. A long time ago

Painting by Bernadette Sloman


Paintings and sculpture showed from 2nd - 30th July

I started in Art late after following various career paths. Covering The Royal Navy, Retail Management & as a Nurse.

I have however had a longstanding interest in photography which led me indirectly in to drawing and painting, along with other areas of Art and Art related subjects. Thanks to a short period of study at The Colchester School of Art and design, that I left early.

This exhibition is a celebration of colour that is made in Acrylic paint, while it is in modernistic styles it is not based on any particular form or Artistic style. just me and the interaction between me, the paints and the canvas. At that one moment in time the exceptions to this are the blue figures and the crater city sunset.

Please enjoy Sincerely yours Joe lacy July 2010


Q: How did you start Joe?

A: 2-3 years ago doing photography. I went down to the institute to develop this. They pointed me in the direction of drawing, portfolio, presentation and I became hooked on painting drawing which led me into print making and 3D art.

Q: Do you have a particular idea when you work?

A: Not always, mostly not I sit & let the work develop. When I found out art wasn't all about conventional ideas, its more a reaction between the artist & his work & how he/she feels.

Q: They’re intuitive works aren't they? have you ever come across a different view?

A: not personally but there are some in the pres –there are certain who think Modern art is a waste of space, but there is another feeling and emotion that goes into the work. I’m going to repeat something that I did about a year ago. Te starting time is the first world war and brought up to the present date, and that just goes to show that over the past century, man hasn’t learned a dam thing.

Q: You’re talking about war. Instillation work is probably better received.

A: Yes it is a reactive work, probably to something that going on at the time. i.e. the VAF.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

It's summer!

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Special flavours for

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Cinnamon & Spiced Apple; for Weddings and Birthday Parties —Raspberry

Pavlova, Turkish Delight ,

Fruits of the Forest and Lemon Cheesecake

£1 a scoop, ice cream now on sale at Level Best as we lead up to summer.

Drop by for one of our taster days. Pick up a loyalty card.

Butterfly Lodge

Farm Shop, Dairy, Cafe & Post Office

On–farm dairy production.
Warren & Ellie met whilst studying

their degrees at Leeds University in 2000. They made the

decision to build & run their own small farm. They set about

creating 'Butterfly Lodge' in Abberton near Colchester. They

had the vision of expanding the long-established goat herd

started by Ellie’s parents & grand parents and diversifying into

'on-farm dairy production and processing'.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Sarah Herbert

Had a busy day in the kitchen with lots of customers. Delicious soups and a Ratatouille Tart made by the trainees. Let's see more of you for lunch!!

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Abstract paintings by Catherine Litton, showing at the Level Best art cafe's Gallery room from 29th March - 7th May. Open to the public between 10:30am - 3:30pm, Monday to Friday.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Colchester Cultural Quarter Cafe

We offer a bright gallery space in the Cultural Quarter which is steadily gaining in popularity because of its friendly atmosphere and contemporary not-for-profit sustainable ethos. It provides a nice place to meet and eat, serving vegetarian food and providing realistic work skills training for adults with special needs and learning disabilities. As the crow flies it lies between Jack's hardware store and the Minories garden cafe so we get a fair mix of shoppers and art lovers on foot, popping in.

Fresh Start

If you would like a gallery space in Colchester and you have art works gathering dust in storage then come and have a show with us.