The Bear Steps is the curious name for the stone steps that lead to the Bear Steps Gallery and Cafe...until you know that they were probably named after a pub called 'The Bear Inn' that sadly no longer exists! Accessed through charming cobbled street called Fish Street, apparently one of the most photographed streets in Shrewsbury. It is not hard to see why Shrewsbury is such a great tourist attraction and we feel very lucky to be borrowing the Bear Steps Art Gallery for the two weeks leading up to Christmas. With only 8 days to go until we leave this lovely town, we would like to share some fascinating Shrewsbury facts with you!
The Battle Of Shrewsbury
One of the bloodiest battles in English history took place just north of the town. This was, ‘The Battle of Shrewsbury’, in 1403, it saw the death of over 6000 soldiers over a period of just three hours. Sadly bodies were strewn over a three mile area. Shakespeare immortalised the events in his Henry IV plays.
mmm didn't know that!
In 1809 Charles Darwin was born in the town and was educated at Shrewsbury School before moving on to University.
oooooh didn't know that either!!
“Shrows-bury” or Shroos-bury”. Both variations seem to have equal merit amongst the townsfolk, so prepare for a good debate if you choose to discuss the subject with a group of locals!
We debate this often in the gallery so be prepared if you visit!
Shrewsbury is the home of the WORLDS!!! First Skyscraper!
The first iron-framed building in the World was built, with the construction of the Ditherington Flax Mill in 1797. At a whopping 5 storeys high (tall in those days!) it paved the way for modern skyscrapers to be built around the world!
Had no idea!
Home to daredevil steeplejacks!
Shrewsbury's St Mary's Church has the third tallest spire in England. In 1739 the church was at the centre of a dare devil feat! Local steeplejack flier Robert Cadman was well known for his daredevil feats, but came to an unfortunate end attempting to cross the River Severn from a rope suspended from the spire of St Mary's Church.
Well thank you Shropshire Tourism and the lovely stewards at The Bear Steps Art Gallery for making our day so educationally rich!
We will leave you with some comments from some lovely visitors to the exhibition today!
"Great range of unique pieces! Loved the animal work and can't believe the beatroots weren't real! Lovely cards for sale too! Topped up my stock!"
"Really enjoyed the exhibition today, in the beautiful Bear Steps gallery. Nice touch to offer mulled wine and mince pies, particularly on a cold December day. Loved the paintings and prints, will be calling again on our next visit to Shrewsbury."
Amazing place for a great day out (....and that's just about our exhibition!)
With Karen in charge today there was always going to be some festive spirit (literally) in the form of wine....mulled and decanted into a very trendy flask! We are led to believe that she is being assisted by a very nice lady called Mary and whoever dares to come through the door! So do feel free to pop in in your lunch hour for a spot of free refreshment and a leisurely stroll around the gallery. Handmade Christmas cards are the order of the day #christmasspirit
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Happy Christmas to you all! :D
Alison, Karen and Jenny from Print Pastel & Paint!
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Due to open on the exhibition on the 10th we watched the forecast on the TV and worried....a lot! Not only was the thick band of snow creeping down the country going to make it difficult for us to get to the Gallery to set up, it was also going to scupper any plans for a glitzy opening! No one would be able to get there! We made a call to deliver our paintings to the gallery on Saturday and cancel the opening until Monday, thereby giving the roads a chance to clear and locals time to dig their way out!
So along came Monday morning, after a record snowfall across Shropshire and off we went! Determination and reckless wilfulness fuelling the journey we all arrived at the gallery Monday morning and started frantically hammering nails and hanging paintings. We eventually left at 6pm and were very pleased with our efforts. The Bear Steps Art Gallery is such a lovely building with real atmosphere, and run entirely by a team of volunteers, all ready to impart the history of the building and its neighbours. With a gorgeous cafe next door, happy to deliver refreshments, we will be open for business right up until the 23rd December. Forget the perfume, scarves, socks and booze this Christmas and give a piece of original art. You will not only delight the recipient, but you will be supporting local artists as well. We hope to see you soon!
Alison, Karen and Jenny
We are three artists and more importantly, friends that have shared many laughs, outings, drunken nights and cultural visits in each others company. We began painting together after attending a local artists workshops, and decided that after the 6 week course it would be a shame to put all that new found knowledge to waste. Ten years later and countless Wednesdays gathered around the kitchen table, fuelled by wine and cake we are ready to meet our public! And for you to meet us and see what a mutual love of art and wine can do for you!
We are all passionate about art, and the making of, and eat, sleep and dream about the next painting, print or pastel piece.
We are so excited to be holding our very first (and certainly not the last) exhibition and art sale in Shrewsbury, at the lovely Bear Steps Gallery. Shrewsbury is Karen's home town and she works from her studio at home making use of her printing press. Specialising in lino cuts, her graphic birds are a delight and look best when bought as a set of four.
Jenny is our monoprinter and also does some wonderfully sensitive figurative work in acrylics....and then there is me, Alison! The hyper active animal artist! Based in Cheshire my work reflects the rural life and I love to experiment with acrylics and oils fused with my passion of colour!
Do come and meet us in our three week visit to Shrewsbury. We are dying to meet you and share our stash of mince pies and mulled wine!
We have cards, affordable prints and originals which would make the perfect gift for Christmas!
We are also happy to talk about commissions and will have gift vouchers for those that would prefer to give the gift of art and allow the benefactor to choose their subject.
So come on down! We are opening the doors for a Preview on the 10th December! look forward to meeting you :) x
We are three artists and more importantly friends that share a love of art, wine and cake! Gathering for weekly art making sessions over the last 10 years, and even when one of us moved counties, we are bound together through a common thread whose tapestry of life, laughter and art come together in our first exhibition!