Amongst the events planned for January are:
‘Same World Different Thoughts’ – an exhibition of oil paintings, ceramic sculptures and digital montages by Kay Lewis-Bell and Colin Bell at ACEARTs, Market Place. The exhibition runs from 6th January to 4th February with an artist Q&A on 20th January.
‘Fungi – The good, the bad and the ugly’ – a talk by the Somerset Wildlife Trust, 9th January, 7.30pm at the Parish Rooms.
Two talks on the History of Art by Joanna Cobb MA at West Street Church on 15th and 27th January.
With the development of Courthouse Mews in full swing as well as the properties being built nearby by Elan Homes and Bovis Homes, Somerton is becoming a wonderful choice for home buyers.
The town itself is busy with events as we begin the build up to the Festive period. ACEArts in Market Place was a Finalist in two categories at the Somerset Business Awards recently, and will be holding a festive rendition of ‘A Christmas Carol’ by renowned storyteller Robert MacCall on 16th December. The gallery is putting the finishing touches to its programme for 2018.
The ‘Love Somerton’ group has organised a traditional Christmas Lights Switch-on at The Buttercross on 1st December, an event with a truly local feel. Entertainment will be provided by The Somersingers Carolling Choir, accompanied by children from King Ina Junior School, and there will also be real reindeer.
Angela Morley’s willow and woodland exhibition ‘Taking Refuge’ is running at ACEARts until 10th March, and will be replaced by Artists 303’s ‘Route to the Sun’ which opens on 17th March.
Somerset Coffee Co have just opened their new coffee shop on the first floor of ACEArts, offering a coffee tasting menu with over ten different coffees to try at any one time as well as cakes (including gluten free and vegan options).
On 5th March, West Street Church will host a talk on ‘History of Art – The Bigger Picture’ by Joanna Cobb (7-9pm), and on 13th March the Somerset Wildlife Trust will be holding a talk on ‘Herons and Swell Wood Heronry’ at the Parish Rooms, 7.30pm.
Somerton is holding a U3A event at Edgar Hall on Wednesday 14th March 10.30 – 12noon. Courthouse Mews will have a stand there, so come and say hello!
Somerton Music and Arts Festival takes place from 6th-15th July, and tickets go on sale this weekend. Events include:
7th July – Motown & Soul with Soulville XL and Leroy Brown (Edgar Hall)
8th July – Nature ramble with Chris Sperring MBE (Combe Hill Wood)
9th July – Music from Around the World with Bertie’s Big Band (Edgar Hall)
10th July – The Slow and Dirty: Somerset’s Lost Railway with David Parker (The Parish Rooms)
11th July – Organ Recital with James Turner (St Michaels Church)
12th July – Classical Guitar Recital with Michael Christian Durrant (St Michaels Church)
For details visit www.somertonartsfestival.co.uk
We are certainly enjoying some lovely weather here at the moment, and there are lots of upcoming events to look forward to.
ACEArts is currently exhibiting the winning entry to ‘The Evolver Prize’, as well as the 49 runners-up. This show will run until 25th August.
The gallery has 2 shows in September:’Cabinet of Curiosities’, an interactive exhibition of works by students with learning disabilities from South Petherton, runs from 1st-8th September; and this is followed by Lydia Needles’ show ‘Footprints’, which runs from 15th-30th September. This exhibition is part of Somerset Art Weeks, and there will be a special Elder Day Event on 30th September.
There are lots of exciting events in Somerton during the next few months.
On Friday 12th October at 7.30pm, Valerie Singleton will be reading love poetry at ACEArts. The event costs £12 per person.
On 6th October the British Wildlife Open exhibition will be open at ACEArts, and runs until 3rd November.
On Wednesday 17th October you will be able to view the apartments at our Open Day, which takes place from 10am-4pm.
From November, Somerton will have its own Vintage Market. It will take place every third Friday of the month from 10am-2pm, behind the Buttercross. The first one is on 16th November. Follow ‘Somerton Vintage Market’ on Facebook for further details.
From tomorrow (30th) until 4th May ACEArts will be showing Barbara Karn’s ‘Course of Events’ exhibition. Her show is a celebration of movement, change and the ground beneath our feet, in paintings based on the colours and textures of rocks and other collected materials. There is an Artist’s Talk on 13th April, 2pm-4pm.
Somerton’s first Vintage Market of 2019 will take place on 19th April (Good Friday), from 10am-2pm behind the Buttercross, and thereafter will take place on the third Friday of every month. Follow ‘Somerton Vintage Market’ on Facebook for further details.
On 4th May the ‘Made in Somerset’ event will return for the fifth year running. This year the event will be situated in the top floor of ACEArts and in the Parish Rooms. Over 35 unique producers and artisan design makers from across Somerset will be there. The event raises funds for local charity Etatu, which aims to improve the lives of children in Kenya through a focus on education.
Somerview is an exciting new assisted living development for retirees in Somerton. Located in Pesters Lane, just a short
walk from the town centre, Somerview will consist of 33 apartments, 10 one-bedroom and 23 two-bedroom.