The Bear Steps Gallery in the centre of Shrewsbury Town holds many art exhibitions. Located in a beautiful part of the town next to St Alkmunds Church amongst the cobbled streets of Butcher Row and Fish Street. I’ve often watched people walk straight past the gallery and Ive wanted to stop them in their tracks and direct them in, but today’s artist had a lovely big colourful banner outside with the message “psst its not paint its paper” which enticed me and my eldest daughter in to view the magical world of collage, created by the very talented Lyn Evans.
I don’t want to spoil whats inside the exhibition but the images this lady can create in torn up bits of paper from glossy magazines are captivating…a Fellow wearing a beautiful Christmas Hat with Bell and a November 11th Remembrance piece not to mention a Wine Bottle Label are 3 new pieces worth visiting the exhibition to route out. You cant miss the Shrewsbury Morris Dancers and my favourite..The Ty Coch Inn as you walk in. All of Lyn’s creations can be recreated onto coasters, cushions, place-mats you name it, even mugs that when you add hot water the image appears as if by magic..which image would you choose? animal, camper-van, Shropshire scene or maybe a commission of your own. This lovely show of works is on until November 12th, so If you planning on visiting Shropshire soon, do put the Bear Steps Gallery on your list.
On leaving the exhibition it was raining, and although the Bear Steps Cafe looked inviting nestled by the church I had already decided on where we were popping for lunch. Shrewsbury is blessed with many independent cafes we are truly spoilt for choice, one of my favourites is the Birds Nest in our fabulous Indoor Market Hall but I had already eaten there with my younger daughter and son last week, so it was due to some fun on twitter this morning that I chose Stop Cafe situated in the Shrewsbury Museum at the back of the square. The cafe was full so we were lucky to get a seat. Having read through the menu we placed our order up at the counter and that’s where you get teased by their gorgeous selection of cakes, the carrot cake squares were enormous. While waiting for our falafel burger and grilled cheese toast my daughter and I partook in a little spot of people watching in the cafe – young families, students and retired couples as well as watching the gigantic population counter steadily increase over our stay which is in their funky spacious outside courtyard. I liked how the waitress didnt make me feel stupid when I couldnt remember what went into a falafal and she explained how everything was made fresh and there was a ton of chick peas in the back.
I was too tight to pay the £4.50 and £3.60 Student charge to enter the upstairs exhibition rooms in the Shrewsbury Museum today, but we did enjoy the FREE Roman exhibition room which is located inside the cafe showing off great artifacts from Wroxeter including glassware, pottery, tools and coins.