Friday’s one day special

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Simple and sometimes nostalgic scenes portrayed in eye-catching colours with a unique technique
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This will be the artist’s first exhibition in Rye

This Friday the Old Grain Store on the Strand, known as a shop selling desirable homeware and gifts where you can also enjoy light refreshments, features an art exhibition for charity showcasing the work of Djibo, an artist whose visually striking hand-painted works combine batik and oil painting using recycled material. Doors become tables, remnants are fashioned into dazzling tablecloths, and old tree trunks are turned into beautifully crafted pieces of art. Self-described as exotic and stimulating ethnic styled art, his pieces are designed to emphasise the organic spirit of wherever they are displayed.

Djibo’s show will run between 7.00pm and 10pm on Friday. As well as art this emporium of aesthetic delights sells crockery, cushions, candles and kitchenware and is a suitably stylish setting for Djibo’s colourful ethnic art. Proceeds from the exhibition will go to a children’s charity.

Proprietor Anthony Bailey was formerly the head chef at the River Haven hotel so it is no surprise that in addition to items for the home the Old Grain Store sells light snacks, refreshments and delicious cakes – allowing you to relax in mid-shop when you’re browsing or buying. Anthony’s wife Martine, who selects the shop’s stock, certainly has an eye for choice items as evidenced by the wares for sale, and Karen Burnett who assists with the running of the shop puts her many years of retail experience to good use to make sure that shopping in the store is always an enjoyable experience.

There will be free Buck’s Fizz to savour as you take in the visually striking art on display. So kick off the weekend in style and join Anthony, Martine and Karen at Djibo’s inaugural show at what promises to be an exhilarating evening.

To see more of Djibo’s work visit: www.djiboart.com.

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Assistant Max Ife with Karen amid the Old Grain Store’s merchandise