highs and lows of 2020

high ups and low downs of 2020 – PENDLE HERITAGE CENTRE

One of my goals for 2020 was to display and sell my work in some new venues… 

The Pendle Heritage Centre in Barrowford isn’t exactly a new venue for me, as I already sell my elfin alchemy jewellery in the small gallery shop there. But when I called in with some new work in October 2019 I noticed there was an artist exhibiting his work in their neighbouring barn and thought it would be ideal for my pop-up exhibition. 

“I was so excited about doing my first elfin alchemy pop-up exhibition at the Pendle Heritage Centre.”

pendle heritage centre
the beautiful Pendle Heritage Centre

The barn exhibition space was already booked up for Winter 2019 and during the warmer summer months the whole barn space is usually booked up at weekends for weddings and events, so I booked it a year ahead for October 2020… Little realising then what was to come in 2020.

Initially, it looked like it might be possible to go ahead as after our first lockdown in Spring / early Summer 2020, the museum, gallery and cafe reopened in August. Unfortunately by October coronavirus cases were quite high and on the rise in the neighbouring areas and Lancashire went back into a quasi-lockdown around the time of my exhibition.

I moved my pop-up exhibition to Easter 2021… and as I write this blog in March 2021 we are still in lockdown here, but have been given dates for gradually easing out of it over the coming months, although not by Easter.

So I’m hoping it’ll be 3rd time lucky for my Summer exhibition! 

The new dates for my pop-up exhibition:
Friday 4th to Sunday 13th June 2021

the barn gallery space at Pendle Heritage Centre
The barn gallery space in the courtyard

I can’t wait to showcase and display my work in such beautifully atmospheric surroundings.

In my pop-up exhibition I will be sharing some of the inspiration behind my makes, how my interest in the magic of our ancient ancestors inspires some of my work, from the 6-petal flower shapes, hearts, spirals, scrolls, Celtic designs to the colours I use. 

“My designs, especially my glass work really come alive and sparkle when you can see them in real life!”

The Pendle Heritage Centre barn exhibition space is next door to its museum, small gallery shop and cafe. It’s situated in the courtyard space at the entrance to Barrowford Memorial Park and adjacent to parking with beautiful countryside and many short walks on its doorstep. Plus it’s only 5 minutes drive from the M65. 

It’ll make a perfect day out for you…

beautiful countryside near the Pendle Heritage Centre
one of my favourite walks nearby the Pendle Heritage Centre

As we move into the beauty of Spring, I’m busy experimenting, designing and creating magical jewellery pieces, which I look forward to sharing with you during 2021… wishing you sparkles of light!

Thanks for joining me on my creative journey,
Sam Rowena, elfin alchemy Lancashire jewellery artist x

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