A CELEBRITY visitor will be in town next week as part of the Evergreen Art Cafe’s first anniversary celebrations.
Former children’s TV presenter Timmy Mallett will arrive at the Sheaf Street cafe on Thursday to launch his first solo exhibition.
And it marks a return visit for the larger than life character who officially opened it a year ago.
Timmy will be on hand to talk about his work while champagne and plenty of giggles will be served from 7pm to 9pm.
While he is most famous for presenting Wacaday between 1985 and 1992, Timmy has become a star of the art world.
He will display a variety of his most recent work including new unseen originals and the full range of gorgeous limited editions.
Simon Williams, who runs the art cafe, said: “We had Timmy here to open the cafe and he seemed like the right person to ask when we wanted to celebrate our first year.
“I can’t believe it has been nearly a whole year since we first opened our doors. It has gone so quickly, but luckily we have gone from strength to strength in that time and long may it continue.”
The artist works with acrylics, oils and watercolours to paint landscapes based on scenes around the United Kingdom and all over the world
At the time of the cafe’s opening Timmy said: “I think it is a fantastic idea and is a very different way of looking at art.
“There are some people who might be put off going to a gallery to look at the artwork, but this is a very informal way to look at pieces.
“You can have a cup of coffee and peruse the pictures.”
While the event is designed to celebrate the first birthday, for Simon, it is also a chance to look forward to the future.
Simon added: “We are hoping to start doing evening entertainment soon and we will also have artists every single month who will be at the cafe to talk about their work.”
While the event is by invitation only, people can visit the store to register and come along to the exhibition.
Encouraging people to come along to the event, Simon said: “If you missed out on Timmy last August when he kindly opened the gallery for us then this is your chance to meet the man himself.”
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01327 878117 or visit www.evergreenart.co.uk.
Anyone unfamiliar with Timmy’s work can pop into the gallery where a small selection of his art will be on display in the run-up to the show.