Hark @ Whitby 1: Alternative Yule: Decadent Drawing & Eolith Designs

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Over the festive period, to be found, at both Stuart Duckett Design Store, Bar, Gallery and Record Lounge and Rusty Shears in Whitby, is a rather fine assemblage of dark seasonal art on exhibit. Over the next few days (Yuletide festivities withstanding) we will showcase some of the marvelous artists on show. But go see the work for yourself, both venues do great coffee and Rusty Shears has gin & cakes and Stuart Duckett has vinyl and also a glam rock art exhibition on show too. ☺

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Involved in both the curation and exhibiting her own damn fine fine art is Elaine Edmunds of Decadent Drawing

After a long career as a senior practitioner in NHS mental health Elaine relocated to Whitby at the end of 2010 to focus on developing arts practice.

Her interest in themes relating to Folk Horror started in early life with a happy childhood experience of Hammer House of Horror, Pan and Fontana books, and Tales of Mystery and Imagination.

Her enlightened parents also allowed her to read Man Myth and Magic as a comic. As a social psychiatrist she has always been interested in social anthropology and comparative folklore.

Decadent Drawing was started by Elaine and  husband Laurence Mitchell in 2013.

Decadent Drawing bring an alternative approach to the experience of art. Formed at the beginning of 2013 partly as a response to the limitations of art education. They started with monthly themed life drawing sessions which quickly developed into multi-media events including music, film, drama, photography and creative writing but still with a focus on presenting opportunities to draw.
Since February 2015 they have been concentrating on larger events such as Whitby Krampus Run and the Dark Arts series of exhibitions.
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Also exhibiting is Eolith Designs. Though perhaps most noted for sculptural work, Eoilth is exhibiting and selling 3d prints at Whitby this season.

Eolith: from the Greek eos, meaning dawn, and lithos, meaning stone.

Eolith Designs’ sculptures take their inspiration from the dawn and dusk of civilisations; from real and imagined histories, and the world of myth and legend. Bringing together things that were, things that could have been, and things that may be …

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Rusty Shears: 4 Silver St, Whitby YO21 3BU

Stuart Duckett Design Studio, Bar & Gallery: 1 Mulgrave Pl, Whitby YO21 3EU

 

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Run Krampus Run!!

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Once again Krampus will appear in Whitby for Whitby Krampus Run III.
Taking place on 2nd December the costumed parade led by St Nicholas
will wend it’s way down Church Street collecting for Whitby Wildlife Sanctuary.
Our own particular interpretation and take on the age old European tradition weaves in local folklore,
history and wintry figures alongside our Krampus, Perchten and St. Nicholas.
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This is a celebration of an alternative Yule bringing the wonder and excitement of the season
back to the ideal setting of Whitby’s quaint and cobbled streets turning the East side into Krampus Town.
The parade finishes with a finale letting you decide who will be crowned ‘ The Thing of The North ‘.
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This year Whitby Krampus Run is now a public event with approval of the necessary authorities and support from Tourism.
We’ve got a street collection licence for Whitby Wildlife Sanctuary as this event is a fundraiser for one of our favourite local charities.
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There’s evening entertainment with the usual activities such as raffles associated with fundraisers.
Sponsored visits can be arranged. 
There’s t shirts, flags art and merchandise to help fund the event and a Yule art show from 9th December at Stuart Ducketts shop on Skinner Street.
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The Krampus tradition originates from Austria and other parts of Europe when on the eve of the Feast of St Nicholas
December 5th the Saint visits homes and gives gifts to good children.
He is accompanied by his dark counterpart the Krampus who teases and punishes naughty children.
Krampus festivals or runs are popular across Europe and now in the United States
but until recently have not been held in the UK, with the very first Whitby Krampus Run being held in 2015
which was very well received ( even by naughty children ).
People from a variety of backgrounds have taken part in previous years including family groups and their children.
The interpretation of the event has been planned taking into account a UK audience unfamiliar with the story.
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Although potentially a scary figure children do encounter him comfortably with support of parents.
Never forget St. Nicholas is always in charge of the Wild Things.
Similar themes run through fairytales, legends and stories loved by families.
Parental discretion is advised for attendance at the event which will be taking place
from 3.30pm until 6.00pm although costumed characters may be in the area before and after the parade.
For more information visit