One of the many things that I learnt about in Jules’ Print Shed (see earlier Blog entry) was that both Jules Rumsey and Lis England regularly exhibit their work at the Windsor Emporium. The Emporium is run by Jackie Couzens and is held on the first Sunday of the month from March to December upstairs in the Guildhall in Windsor. It’s an ‘emporium of art, crafts and objects of the extraordinary’ with a Vintage Tea Room selling fabulous cakes.
I had not come across this before and agreed with Cath that we would go and visit Lis at the event in August to find out more. Cath had a ‘surprise’ weekend in Dublin sprung on her so I headed along on my own to find out what it was all about.
The Guildhall is a very grand building up by the castle on the High Street (opposite Cath Kidston / TK Maxx) and you have to ascend an impressive stone staircase to gain access to the Emporium. The room at the top of the stairs, on this Sunday, held an impressive display of vintage treasure which was a delight to look through.
The main room houses some fine art and chandeliers which set the thirty or so table/ stalls off the great effect. There was a range of art and crafts on show – along with antiques and more vintage wares. Lis’ table was in the smaller side room which was also home to the Vintage Tea Room (how she managed to resist all of the cakes and goodies I have no idea). The stained glass windows in this room are stunning. It was great to see more of Lis’ lovely pictures painted on old book covers – and to see the finished version of ‘To the Lighthouse’ that we saw at Jules’.
Lis had kindly shared my website with Jackie and said that I may be interested in taking part in the future. We shared a pot of tea with Jackie who told me more about the Emporium and said she thought my work would compliment the Emporium and would be happy to add my name to the ‘art’ waiting list – how exciting!
There are some lovely photos of the Emporium's facebbok page in the August Album on their – especially look out for Lis’ picture of her darling little Scottie dog.