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- World Animal Day – Our Love of Animals and their Impact on Art
October 4th is World Animal Day. It dates as far back as 1925 when Heinrich Zimmermann organised the first celebration in Berlin, the mission of which is to unite the animal welfare movement and raise standards around the globe, giving a voice to those who can't speak for themselves....The date was specifically chosen as it is the feast day of Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals, beloved among Catholics and recognised for his remarkable way with animals and all living things....All around the world, animals have a strong impact on culture, and this is especially so in art. The treatment of the animal kingdom has long been raised through the arts.
- Create a ‘Relaxing Retreat’ in your Own Garden
If this Summer's flower shows, like the RHS Flower Festival at Hampton Court Palace last month, have inspired you to get green fingered, why not go a step further and create your own little piece of paradise in your own back yard?
A well placed sculpture can create an air of intrigue and romanticism in an outdoor space - complementing your planting and inviting you and guests to spend more time in the outdoors.
- Father's Day - Art, Accessories and Gift Ideas
With Father's Day (Sunday 20th June) just around the corner, now is the ideal time to start looking for that perfect present for Dad.
It wasn't until the early 1900s that Father's Day became an official holiday – with the US leading the way as one of the first nations to do so. However, it is possible that the annual celebration of fatherhood could have begun even earlier. Evidence can be traced back to 1508 and a Saint Joseph's Day marked in Catholic Europe.
- What are Sculptures Made of?
If you have ever spent any time staring admiringly at an intricately formed statue or sculpture you may have found yourself asking “what are statues made of?” or indeed “how are sculptures made?”.
- Art for March - Mad March Hares
March is the month synonymous with the excitable and unpredictable behaviour of hares, who gather together for courtship in the Springtime, becoming far less elusive than usual.