Colour sensation

Bath’s parks are at that changeover stage. The last of the spring flowering is fading and it will soon be time to put in the colourful summer beds.

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Bath’s Parade Gardens.

While you’re waiting to appreciate that riot of floral hues l suggest popping into Bath’s Victoria Art Gallery.P1170460 2

In fact – if the sky is grey overhead ( or even if it isn’t) – get yourself into the ground floor gallery for a sunshine fix.

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As someone who lived through the Psychedelic Sixties, and glorious riots of colour in the cinema like the Beatle’s ‘Yellow Submarine’ and Walt Disney’s ‘Fantasia’ – l had the shock of my life.

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Preview night for ” A Celebration of Flowers” with American artists Kaffe Fassett and Candace Bahout was like wading through the bold and intense end of a  pack of Dulux colour cards.

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Don’t be tempted to hide behind your sunglasses either as you will miss a treat – though one that might take a while getting accustomed to!

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The exhibition features some of Kaffe’s exquisite needlework and patchwork quilts –  set against colourful mosaic island gardens, exuberant mirror frames, totem cup poles and jewelled shoes by Candace Bahouth – who is based in Somerset.

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Some of Candace Bahouth’s amazing mosaic encrusted shoes.

Kaffe is an internationally renowned colour expert and fabric designer who is making a welcome return to Bath. He has been associated with the city since the 1960s when he moved to England from San Francisco. He certainly brought ‘flower power’ with him.

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It’s a spellbinding colour scheme – set off by a bit of interior redecorating by the Victoria Art Gallery team. Something Kaffe appreciated.

 

The exhibition – which runs until September – was officially opened by broadcaster Keven McCloud. He had quite an audience too.

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City of Bath Mayor-Elect, Cllr Patrick Anketell-Jones in conversation with the Head of Heritage Services, Stephen Bird.

Amongst those invited was the founder of the British pop art movement Sir Peter Blake – still seen from time to time in his old full-time home at Wellow. Where would that Sgt Pepper’s cover be without him!

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King Edward School art teacher Darren Willison in conversation with Sir Peter Blake.

Talking of pop – legendary founder of the Glastonbury Festival Michael Eavis looked very much at home too!

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Michael Eavis -The man who put the Glastonbury Festival on the map.

But back to Kevin McCloud. Forgive sound quality.

A lot of the work on show IS most definitely for sale too!

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L to R Deputy Mayoress of Bath, Amanda Appleyard; the Deputy Mayor of Bath, Cllr Rob Appleyard; Kevin McCloud and the new Chair of B&NES, Cllr Karen Walker.

The show also celebrates Kaffe’s recent book on the floral world called Bold Blooms. It is also on sale at the Victoria Gallery.

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The exhibition is open from today – Saturday, May 19. Tickets are available at £12/£11 concessions from the Victoria Gallery or Bath Box Office. Discovery cardholders get in for free.