Love Local Arts Shop Now on the Menu at The Chocolate Café

Local artist and one of the founders of Henley Arts Trail, Kirsten Jones, has formed a new partnership with The Chocolate Café on Thameside and created a Love Local Arts gallery and shop within the riverside café.

Kirsten first exhibited her work in the café three years ago after passing the window and seeing café owner Vivienne Lee taking the artwork off the walls and asked if she would be interested in exhibiting her work.  Kirsten said, “We’ve developed the partnership and last year we agreed to renovate the café with my new design and colours to reflect the riverside location and the flow of the river as a starting point with bright blue feature walls and curved wave tables.  All of the café staff helped with the painting along with myself and a couple of local professional workman.  We wanted to give it a fresh new feel that would be embraced by all our customers both local and visitors.”

Kirsten’s Henley signature artwork is inspired by her love of living in the town.  All of her collections are inspired by stories with vibrant colours and added intricate detailing using a collage of text, vintage details, musical scores or maps.

“A café is the perfect place to relax and look at art.  It’s like looking at art in your own home. People have more time to look and love to find more things within the narrative” added Kirsten.

As well as Kirsten’s original artwork, limited prints and cards, she’s hand selected a beautiful range of things from jewellery to ceramics,  cushions to cute fluffy Noodolls, candles to sustainable products and lots more from local artists, such as HoT Creative, Alison Pink, Sophie Smith to name a few.

The café menu also has some new additions coming soon and the wine and champagne list have been added to after the café was proving a popular place to celebrate that special occasion or just to enjoy a glass or two with friends by the river.

Kirsten and Vivienne would really love the café to be part of the community and would like to offer the space to community groups, for private events, parties etc and they’ve installed a community board for local events to be promoted on.  Kirsten plans to launch her new work at the café, run workshops and organise children’s art competitions with great chocolate prizes!

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