Honiton gallery's garden party is a big hit

PUBLISHED: 10:14 29 May 2017 | UPDATED: 11:33 07 June 2017

Enjoying the garden party at the Thelma Hulbert Gallery. Picture: Brian Garwood

Enjoying the garden party at the Thelma Hulbert Gallery. Picture: Brian Garwood

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The garden party marked the first year of the gallery's community 'Wild Art' garden

Enjoying the garden party at the Thelma Hulbert Gallery. Picture: Brian GarwoodEnjoying the garden party at the Thelma Hulbert Gallery. Picture: Brian Garwood

More than 200 partgoers attended a bash put on Thelma Hulbert Gallery in Honiton.

The garden party, which remained dry despite the stormy weather during the day, marked the first year of the gallery’s community ‘Wild Art’ garden and was part of the celebrations for the national Museums At Night festival.

The fun-packed evening featured art activities where families crafted their own birdfeeders out of willow and made woolly pompoms to take home.

Visitors enjoyed locally-sourced food including wood-fired pizzas, crêpes and gourmet burgers while listening to popular American bluegrass duo ‘The Lowest Pair’ from Minneapolis.

Enjoying the garden party at the Thelma Hulbert Gallery. Picture: Brian GarwoodEnjoying the garden party at the Thelma Hulbert Gallery. Picture: Brian Garwood

The gallery’s exhibition Blooming Marvellous, featuring a spectacular life-size knitted garden proved a huge hit as families went on a treasure trail to find.

Angela Blackwell, the gallery’s curator said: “We were so lucky with the weather.

“It was great to see the different generations enjoying family activities together. The knitted garden is such a hit.

“It’s not often you get an exhibition where the children are squealing with delight.

Enjoying the garden party at the Thelma Hulbert Gallery. Picture: Brian GarwoodEnjoying the garden party at the Thelma Hulbert Gallery. Picture: Brian Garwood

“We’re really looking forward to our next event for Halloween in October!”

One visitor added: “The party was excellent, we loved the knitted veg, birds, insects and fruit.

“It all seemed a lovely evening to my close friend and me; we really enjoyed ourselves, and I was shown how to make the willow bird-feeder, which I will now hang on my tree.”

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