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Art in action

Posted on June 27 2013 at 2:25:44 0 comments

Art in action

Hopwood-based artist Paula Hamilton describes two local(ish) artistic attractions.

I recently took part in a small-scale, open-air art exhibition where 24 artists and craftsmen showed their work and demonstrated their skills.

It was a really enjoyable event – perhaps largely due to the beautiful sunny weather – with painters painting, potters potting and others drinking tea in the sunshine. 

On a much larger scale, and an event not to be missed this summer if the arts are of interest to you, is Art in Action. Since 1977 this festival of the arts has been taking place in the grounds of Waterperry House and Gardens near Oxford.

The event is inspired by the simple principle that people are fascinated when artists and craftsmen openly demonstrate their skills and discuss their work.

These artists come from many disciplines including painting, sculpture, printmaking, ceramics, calligraphy, illustration, glass, metalwork, jewellery, textiles, woodwork and more.

Every July hundreds of them, plus musicians, teachers and performers, come together for four days to create a unique atmosphere.  There is a whole range of things to see and do and art for all ages and all levels of skill.

You will see art being created and be inspired by what you see, and may take ideas back with you to try yourself when you get home. 

In the Craft Marquee, 100 craftsmen have different types of work for sale and there is a shop where those of us inclined can buy anything from paints and embroidery silk to chalk pastels and brushes; 20 leading art suppliers have stalls here!

And when you need a break you can visit the open air theatre and listen to music from different cultures, visit the ballroom inside Waterperry House for some classical music and take a tour of the wonderful, newly completed murals. And there’s dancing too!

You can also enjoy the stunning gardens which are part of the package when you visit Art in Action. There are quiet corners and seats to rest your tired feet and restaurants for delicious lunches and teas or, if you last until sundown, Pimm’s at sunset.

OK, so it’s not on our doorstep but it is only just over an hour away by car and if you feel like planning a great day out for yourself, a group or with children this would be an unforgettable day. 

Art in Action runs from July 18 to 21, open 10am-5.30pm daily.

All the fun of the Fair and Show

Something that is on our doorstep that we can look forward to is Tardebigge Fair & Show on Saturday September 14 from 1.30pm.

This is the real thing – a proper, traditional Fair and Show as they used to be but bigger, better and with more exciting events going on.

Tardebigge Fair has been held in and around Tardebigge Church for many years. To begin with it was a relatively small event but it has grown to be really large, an event that involves the whole community, where people plan and work together and rope in anyone who is willing to be roped in. 

For the youngest visitors the Childrens’ Corner is the place to be, with a bouncy castle and other activities. For others, traditional games such as the coconut shy, skittles and such like are good fun.

There is a great tombola with quality prizes, a popular cake stall, bric-a-brac and books where you can find a bargain and some really good produce and garden plants for sale.

Plus, there is plenty to entertain and look at, such as the Classic Car and Motorbike collection, a photographic exhibition, a display of Appalachian dancing and much, much more. By the way, I have also taken a stall at the Fair and will have some paintings, prints and greetings cards to show. I hope some of you will come and talk to me!

The ‘Show’ part of this event is held in St Bartholomew’s Church. Anyone can enter flowers, vegetables, wine, preserves, baking and photographs, whatever your standard. There are lots of different categories to enter and the emphasis is on having a go and having fun.

And of course there are awards to be won! All the produce from the Show is auctioned at the end of the event and all money raised goes towards the church and the good work that it does.

I haven’t yet mentioned the food!  There is a wonderful pig roast - you will smell the delicious aroma so just follow your nose. And of course teas and cakes and much else are all available; you’ll need a food break to keep up your strength for more gaming, viewing, chatting and spending.

In an age when individuals can become isolated, a great Fair such as this encourages a whole community to come out, get involved, give their time and spend their money for a good cause. Hope to see you there!

Please get in touch if you would like me to write about an art event near you. Contact me via The Village or at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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