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Caught unawares on camera at Buxworth Canal festival

The Art Boat in April…The first few weeks

Making Plans for The Art Tour.

Getting ready to leave on the Art Boat  seemed to take for ever, so I can’t believe that we are already 4 weeks into the Art Tour.  This is the art boat’s first year of having to work out it’s own itinerary .  Last year we were totally spoilt by being part of the artists on the canal tour organised by Magda and Berth on Wanderlust.  Although it has taken a while to work out a do-able tour (Some of the festivals I wanted to do would have involved The Art Boat growing wings in order to get there in time!) it has been fun trying to decide where to go.  Some festivals I would have liked to attend were booked up before we got chance, and others just fell into our laps.  Now is the best bit…actually doing it.

So Far

So Far I have managed to experience a lovely family funday at Buxworth,  a solo pop-up, and two pop ups with other traders, the first time with a Pirate  (…Aaar)  and a HomeBrew Boat (…aar..hic!…aaar), and the second time with The Oat Cake Boat and  Flavours afloat  (yummmmm).  I have managed to put my brand new shelter up and take it  down on my own. (easy peasy),  and had the heavens kindly provide the usual  variety of April weather in order to help test the shelter. And,  I am pleased to say Barry, it is holding up magnificently.  On land I have had work  hanging in Audlem Mill as part of the Guild of Waterways Artists exhibition.

The Draw

The draw to mark my new website and online shop took place on 1st of April. I was really pleased with the amount of people that subscribed to The Art Boat blog and entered. Tony Binns was the winner, and chose a hand finished print of View through a Bridge as his prize. You can see the video of the draw HERE.  I have just sent out emails with  the discount coupons to those that subscribed in March , so  if that’s you,  keep an eye on your inbox.

View through Bridge

And Coming up…

For the next few weeks you will find the Art boat at:

April 23-24 Great Haywood

April 29th -May 2nd  Alvecote Floating Market

May 7th-8th  Stoke Bruerne

May 14th-15th  Apsley

May 21st-22nd  Rickmansworth Canal Fastival

Later in the year I will be at:  Middlewich Folk and Boat Festival in June….REALLY looking forward to that one, and you will be able to see me alongside other artists in The Guild of waterways Artists tent at Braunston, (also in June)


I am hoping to see quite a few of you soon.  We are covering quite a few miles this year, so it figures that at some point we won’t be too far away.  You have no excuse, come and say hello!

Until next time…Jan x



    • Jan Vallance says:

      I hope so Magda. I will be passing Fradley several times, but haven’t really enough time to get to Mercia Marina and back in May. Wondering if we could manage it in July after Chester….we could perhaps come and do a weekend pop-up there on our way to Blisworth?

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