Arts & Crafts

Anatomy of a Masterpiece – ‘Les Demoiselles d’Avignon’ by Pablo Picasso

In the second in his series of six articles, our art critic, Malcolm Storer, examines and dissects another supreme masterpiece of western art, scrutinising the artist and why, when and where it was created.     Nowadays the term ‘changed the course of western art’ is an overused, hackneyed expression. But in this case, there is […]

‘Beyond the Now’ – The Visual Jukebox of Natalie Curtis

If art is about one thing, it is about essence. Capturing a mood, a feeling, requires great skill and sensitivity, writes our art critic, Malcolm Storer. One such artist, Macclesfield-born conceptual photographer, Natalie Curtis — daughter of legendary Joy Division frontman, Ian Curtis — manages to do just that. Her work embodies the freedom and […]

Anatomy of a Masterpiece

In an exclusive series of six, monthly, articles on painting, our art critic Malcolm Storer examines and dissects some of the supreme masterpieces of Western Art, scrutinising the artists who painted them, and why, when and where they were created.     ========================================================================= I want to begin the series with a work by a painter I […]

The Genius of Leonardo

  In addition to his interest in art, Malcolm Storer is a published author and accomplished ghost writer. ================================================================================= On May 02, 1519 the great artist and polymath Leonardo da Vinci passed away in Amboise, central France. To commemorate this seismic event, the Louvre Museum in Paris has opened its doors to what has to […]

The Rickitt’s BIG Reveal

So, it’s here…time for the big reveal! In truth, this is probably the worst kept secret in Knutsford, but I am honoured to say that Katy and I are now the proud owners of the amazing Dexter and Jones, writes Adam Rickitt. For those that don’t know this Knutsford icon, Dexter and Jones is a […]

North West in Bloom awards success for gardening volunteers

Gardening volunteers from mid-Cheshire are celebrating after achieving success in the ‘North West in Bloom’ awards which were held in Southport at the beginning of November. The Butterfly Garden and Cheshire Buddleia Collection, based at the Lion Salt Works, was entered in to the ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ category as part of the town’s overall entry […]

Marketing Cheshire Annual Awards 2019 – The Winners!

The winners of the 15th Marketing Cheshire Annual Tourism Awards have been announced at a glittering awards ceremony at The Mere Golf Resort & Spa in Knutsford, hosted by TV presenter, Lucy Nicholls. The Awards, attended by 300 guests, recognise excellence and outstanding achievement by local businesses and individuals working in Cheshire’s visitor economy, now […]

White wash

There’s nothing that says ‘Great British Summer’ quite like Wimbledon (on screen at the time of writing) and if, like me, you’ve been glued to your screens for the past few weeks watching some of the most talented players in the game (not to mention celeb and outfit spotting) you’ll have a renewed appreciation for all things white… […]

The Art of Bonsai

The ancient Japanese art of bonsai has been practiced for thousands of years. Its goal is to produce small, perfectly formed trees that mimic the shape and scale of their full-size relatives, writes our art critic Malcolm Storer. On a bright sunny day in Mobberley recently I went along to meet one of the latest […]

Valerie is write up there!

Actor and writer, Valerie Bundy from Altrincham, has won a national screenwriting competition with Grazia magazine. Grazia teamed up with BAFTA to find an exciting new talent in screenwriting and after a nationwide search, and hundreds of entries Valerie was picked as the winner. The competition, which sought to find someone with the potential to be the next […]

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