Sunday, 1 February 2015

The Ashton Evenings: Music and Art at the Ashton Memorial

The Ashton Memorial
The beautiful Ashton Memorial in Williamson Park is set to host the first fabulous Ashton Evening on Friday 27 February 2015. Local artists and musicians have been quick to offer their generous support to this new venture by the Friends of Williamson Park.

Each Ashton Evening will showcase the works of both a local artist and a musician in beautiful surroundings, offering the chance to meet the artist and view works alongside musical entertainment. There will be tasty nibbles prepared by Williamson Park chef Alex Huntington and a complementary glass of wine.

Well known members of our local arts community are featured in the programme.
(Read on for the list of dates).

For this opening night of the series, popular singer and pianist Sue Parish will perform a solo set of well-loved jazz standards by George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Hoagy Carmichael and Harold Arlen. She will also include bossa nova, ballads, plus classic and current songs by Carole King, Melody Gardot and many more. A relaxed and intimate evening of memorable melodies.

Sarah Bellwood lives in Lancaster and exhibits in London and Lancaster (Bellwood and Wright Fine Art). One of her detailed watercolours was recently awarded the North of England Prize in the National Open Art Competition 2014. The evening will provide an opportunity to meet Sarah and see her original art work. In addition, Sarah has worked with the Friends of Williamson Park to develop her first ever limited edition of prints which will be sold in aid of the Friends of Williamson Park.

Organiser Liz Dean said,
“I’ve been overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and generosity of the Lancaster arts scene and we are really looking forward to the first in our series of Ashton Evenings.”

Tickets are £10 and are available:
In person from the Williamson Park shop or Lancaster Visitor Information Centre @ The Storey.
By phone: from The Storey Tel: 01524 582394 or online (click here).

All proceeds raised will go towards the work the Friends do in Williamson Park  as a registered charity. The charity's objectives are to support, assist and improve the facilities of Williamson Park in co-operation with the Park management and staff.

Programme of events:

Fri Feb 27 2015
Music - Sue Parrish
Art exhibition - Sarah Bellwood

Fri June 5 2015
Music – Paul Palmer
Art exhibition – Chas Jacobs

Fri Oct 9 2015
Music – Quay Change
Art exhibition – Patricia Haskey

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