Archives: April, 2016

Scarlet Wines Offers Platform for Local Artists

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Scarlet Wines & The Vineyard Table is now offering local artists the opportunity to showcase their work and take part in collaborations to raise their profile.

The project has been devised by Scarlet Wines staff member Iona Sanders – who is herself an artist – with the support of owner Jon Keast.

The walls of our busy café will become a rotating exhibition space featuring a different artist each month, while a local potter has been chosen to create a range of tableware to be used by Jon and the team, which will also be available to buy.

The idea is to offer artists a chance to have a solo show with high footfall. Many will not have had this opportunity before. We opened it up to everyone via social media, and have been inundated – we are booking into next Spring now!

The monthly exhibitions have been taken up by a mixture of aspiring and established artists, and work ranges from line drawings, abstract paintings, etchings, photography and ceramics.

During May, visitors will be able to enjoy the work of Ann Kelley; Anne is a novelist, poet and photographer – she will be showing photographic work alongside her new book ‘The Light at St Ives’.

Upcoming shows include botanical photographer Sarah Frost, detailed line drawings by Kim Lynch and Dan Bassett’s painterly seascapes.

Each artist has the chance to invite friends and family for a private view on an opening night, with the added benefit that we will take a smaller commission than a gallery would normally require – so more of the proceeds stay with the artist.

It’s a great place for local artists to showcase their work, and to get in front of a wide audience. We’re also really looking forward to having something new to look at every month!

In a further attempt to tap into local artistic talent, Jon has engaged the help of local potter Lloyd Peters to create a range of tableware, starting with milk jugs.

Lloyd, who is based at Halsetown just a few miles from Scarlet Wines, works in high-fired stoneware with traditional glazes, and describes his style as simple and spontaneous.

We are enjoying using Lloyd’s ergonomic creations, which are on sale for £20 (small) or £60 (large); the tableware range will expand gradually over the coming months.

Kick back with a good glass of wine at Newlyn Filmhouse…

The outside of the newly opened Newlyn Filmhouse. Newlyn Filmhouse opens on Good Friday. PZGM20160325C-002_C

We have been eagerly awaiting the opening of Newlyn Filmhouse this month – a brilliant and brave project to transform an old fish warehouse into an independent cinema for West Cornwall. As you can imagine, we jumped at the opportunity to get involved, but more of that shortly…

The development has been planned by joint owners Suzie Sinclair and Alistair Till for many years. It received planning permission in 2013 and has been greeted with huge enthusiasm by the local community. Not only does the project bring cinema back to Newlyn after more than 50 years, it will also act as a new and exciting hub for the arts, an events venue and a meeting place for the local community. With Newlyn Art Gallery just around the corner, and a healthy selection of great places to eat within walking distance, this historic fishing port should now be on everyone’s radar – locals and visitors alike.

The cinema promises a programme of mainstream and off-beat current films, plus archive showings and ‘event cinema’ (live streaming of, for example, opera, ballet or theatre). Film launches, festivals and theme nights are also planned – something we think will make winter in West Cornwall a whole lot more sociable!

The sensitively renovated building also features a great cafe bar serving delicious homemade cakes, soft drinks, a daily-changing menu featuring local produce and (this is where we come in) a carefully-chosen selection of wines and spirits.

Working with Suzie and Alistair, we have created a small but perfectly formed list of wines by the glass – keenly priced and dangerously easy-drinking. We are really excited to be working with the team, and are also looking forward to collaborating on events and theme nights in the near future; watch this space!

A beautifully designed setting, great food and wine, and an inspiring line-up of films; we can’t think of a better way to spend an evening and are looking forward to becoming regulars. Membership seems a good option at £30 a year (includes 2 free tickets and £1 off admission prices). For more info visit