We really can’t wait for our upcoming Devon Petfest at Redlake Trading Estate, Ivybride on 6th May from 10:00 til 17:00.
We’ve got an amazing line up, which includes a gallery of super talented local artists, Lucy D, Simon Hart, Bobbie Blackler and Anna Ventura, who have all kindly agreed to donate a percentage of their profits from the day to our chosen charities, Gables Farm, Ponderosa Centre and K9 Focus.
We asked our artists to provide us with some information about who they are and what they do to whet your appetite ahead of the big event. We hope you enjoy learning a little more about them and we look forward to seeing you next Saturday!
Lucy D Photography is all about capturing your pet’s personality for you to treasure forever. There are no cloth backdrops or studio lights, just the beautiful backdrop of the Devon countryside. Whether it’s venturing out to the coastal beaches, on the rolling hills of the countryside, exploring in the woods or even chilling in your own back garden.
Photoshoots are fun for your furry friend, filled with favourite toys, yummy natural treats, from running to swimming, digging to fetching, anything that lets them do what they love and enjoy the most.
Lucy’s inspiration to photograph our furry friends started out when Milo, a 2 year old springer spaniel, joined her family. Together they ventured out, trying out techniques and exploring places she never knew were on her backdoor.
Something that is important and close to her heart is helping out voluntarily at her local animal shelter, by using her creative skills to help the animals who are waiting for their second chance to live that life they deserve and find their forever home.
Simon Hart is the creator of ‘Pawtraits’ Dog Illustrations.
These quirky dog illustrations are created with collage using vintage papers, sheet music, old maps and tweed fabrics. They really capture the personality and features of many of our much loved dog breeds. A small selection of the original artworks will be available as well as cards, prints , mugs, coasters, compacts and purses with images of many more breeds of dog.
Simon Hart is widely recognised for the unique collage style that gives his work such a strong identity. Since graduating from the Royal College of Art over 20 years ago he’s exhibited in many galleries throughout the UK and become best known for his bright and colourful seascapes focusing on the fishing villages and harbours of Cornwall and Devon. Posters , limited editions and greetings cards of his work have been published and sold worldwide, featuring in major stores such as ‘Ikea’ and ‘Habitat’. Eager to explore new directions and techniques his illustrations have also been used in children’s books, on wallpaper, textiles, rugs, magazine covers and stage sets. If this was not enough, over the last 10 years, together with his wife Theresa, they have established a successful art gallery and a publishing business in Dartmouth, Devon.Bobbie Blackler had a career in Yacht Broking before enjoying fifteen years as Managing Director of the largest marina in the Southwest. They were very happy and exciting years so it was unexpected to find how passionate she became about painting, which she took up after retiring.
Bobbie’s paintings hang in homes and businesses all around the UK, Australia, New Zealand, France, Thailand and Dubai. She is a member of South Hams Arts Forum, The Yealm Art Society and Plymouth Watercolour Society.
Inspiration hits her every time she wanders the cliffs and beaches around her home in Wembury.
She use pastels, acrylic, water colour, oils, and sometimes a mixture of each. Another interest is collecting driftwood from the beach to use as a canvas. Sometimes Bobbie is lucky enough to find unique pieces of driftwood which resemble something enough to be able to pick it out with acrylics.
Bobbie makes cards from all her paintings, and her work is for sale in The Gallery Project at Avon Mill, Churchwood Estate, Wild Goose in Modbury, as well as other local shops, and she is also happy to take commissions.Anna Ventura studied Fine Arts and graphic design at the University of Barcelona and carried out her final project in Illustration at The University of Plymouth.
She is well skilled in most classic art media and also has a deep understanding of print design; reaching a professional knowledge that combines a unique mix of artistic flare and digital language and enables her to apply her creative skills to different ranges of modern art and computer projects.
In this exhibition, a collection of her pet sketches will be on display and available to buy.
The coming summer season is going to see an interesting influx of guests to Dartmoor National Park and surrounding Gateway Towns. 100 Moor Otters which will be colourfully kitted out in all sorts of shades and mediums. Before you start to think about being overrun by these little guys worry not, they are 3 foot tall sculptures and have been painted by artists from around the region and indeed around the country.
They will all contribute and give input to make a very interesting and interactive Otter Trail which will officially start on 1st June and run through to 15th September 2017. The objectives behind the project are twofold, firstly as a fundraiser for the DNP it will generate income which will enable specific identified conservation projects to be undertaken around the Park. Secondly, it will drive tourists, visitors and local residents around the route as they follow the Trail. It is hoped that people will visit villages and towns that they would not as a rule have reason to drop in on.
The Moor Otters will be located in venues such as Visitor Centres, Hotels, Resturants, Gastro Pubs, Art Galleries, Museums and any public accessible locations.
Miss Ivy Moor Otter and a couple of her friends will be making their debut at Devon PetFest. Come along and meet Miss Ivy Otter and her artist Chris Thorn at Devon PetFest, Saturday May 6th 10.00 – 5.00 at The Clay Factory, Redlake Trading Estate, Ivybridge, PL21 0EZ.
Otter Trail booklets showing images of all the Otters will be produced and made available at host locations and tourist information points. Anybody who finds and lists the unique reference codes of 20 Moor Otters, will be entered into a draw to win a range of spot prizes. If visitors see an Otter that they really like, they can make an online bid for the Otter and if they are successful they will take ownership of it at the end of the event.
30 Golden Otters will be selected to go forward to a live auction at Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood, in Exeter on 30th September 2017. The online auction will close the following week.
The project is ideally suited for groups of tourists and families who are looking for things to do during the summer holidays. Following the Otter Trail and finding the pieces of art on their plinths will be enjoyable and rewarding. Having the ability to introduce young and older people to fine art in relaxed everyday locations is another objective of the project.
If you would like to find out more about the project please contact:
Moor Otters – Project Manager,
Dartmoor National Park, Parke, Bovey Tracey, Newton Abbot, Devon,TQ13 9JQ.
email: [email protected]
I keep getting asked how on earth I have gone from running Vintage and Wedding Shows to now focusing on ‘Pet Shows’ so I thought what a great blog post!
My ‘doggy’ journey started this time last year, growing up we had always had 2 – 3 dogs, cats, chickens, horses, goats and the list goes on so I was very used to animals! Leaving home, working full-time it was always on my ‘retired’ thing to do but not practical when you are always out at meetings (and have a bit of a commitment phobia!!)
My partner and I had loosely discussed maybe one day we would get one, but looking after his 2 on occasional weekends and doggy sitting when friends went on holiday seemed to satisfy our ‘doggy’ emotions!
We were driving back from friends one weekend last March and Mark (my partner) who had obviously been perusing the rescue homes suggested we pop into the Gables Farm as there was a collie he quite liked the look of. I agreed what harm could it do, I was simply not going to be mesmerised by any little doggy eyes or wet noses. In we go fill out forms and ask to see said collie to be told she has just been reserved – not meant to be and we go to leave. Lady behind counter starts whispering to another lady and one of them says ‘well we do have some 14 week old puppies who are not in the kennels and we are looking for owners with collie experience – would you like to see them?’ Why not I said to Mark and off we trot and out comes Major Tom – he sits and looks at us trots over to both of us gives us a little lick and then sits again just giving us those puppy dog eyes. That was it he had captured our heart with 1 lick and we reserved him there and then and the task in hand was now to make the garden ‘dog proof’ £1000.00 later this was achieved and a week later our little bundle came home!
I had been told all the horror stories – no sleep, your house destroyed, shoes chewed how bad could this be! I think my friends were convinced it wouldn’t last a week as I do like a nice, clean tidy house and need my sleep! I was ready for that first sleepless night, waiting for the whimpers and barking but none came he slept in his crate until 8:00 – oh my goodness a dog after my own heart..
We did have one episode with a laptop charger and that was it, I think we just got really lucky! I read every book going on vaccinations, feeding, training etc etc. So many different views, research, opinions it was all very confusing and I just wanted the best for him so he lives a healthy life.
It was at that point I realised there was no big Pet Shows in the South West, they were all further up country so off I went to investigate how they did it and was actually a bit disappointed! I sat down one night and wrote what I wanted to offer at my Shows and the list consisted off supporting local charities and pets like Max, sourcing well respected speakers to do talks on food, vaccinations, obedience, rescue dogs and lots more and educating children at a young age on how to care and respect for animals.
I started meeting amazing local pet service providers and speakers and the end of last year our first Festive Pet Show happened in Tavistock. Over 1000 people attended and everyone was so happy and so many doggies attended it was such a great day, I at this point knew I wanted to make a difference to pet owners in the South West and the PetFest’s were officially born! We now have 5 in the calendar with one of them being totally in aid of Woodside Sanctuary. Check out the dates on www.missivyevents.co.uk
I want to raise a glass to my amazing Max who I adore and who has changed my life in more ways than one…..
We are excited to announce that we will be holding a workshop day for our lovely exhibitors on Monday 13th March at Mount Edgcumbe Country Park, Cremyl. The workshop will cover that very important subject ‘selling’ that we all find hard to do! Martin from the’ Reluctant Sales is with us for the day and will be showing us an alternative to the ‘smoke and mirrors’ of traditional selling with an approach that is just as effective.
This December sees the 5th year of Miss Ivy events, with a special anniversary celebration being held at The Imperial Hotel, Torquay on 4th December. The venue has a special place in our hearts as it was the birthplace of the wonderful journey that we have taken over the past 5 years.
Last week, in preparation for our first ever pet event, the Festive Pet Show at Tavistock Town Hall on Sunday 6th November, myself, Dotty King from the amazing Dot-Teas, Lola, Primrose and the face of Miss Ivy’s new pet shows, Max, visited the Bedford Hotel for afternoon tea that featured some delicious doggy cupcakes made by Dotty herself.
Welcome to Miss Ivy’s brand spanking new website! But don’t worry, the site still features all the great information and resources the old site did, only with an improved design, a ticket buying function and all the latest, up-to-date news for customers and exhibitors alike.