Lexden Arts Festival – half way through

By Sally Pudney on 5th May 2016

Yesterday – Wednesday – half way through the Festival! The day got off to a great start as I sold Rob Wheeler’s biggest pot, and more of Caroline Sullivan’s designer knitwear within 15 minutes of opening up in the morning!

The whole day was good, but our evening event was brilliant! James Russell came from Bristol to give a lecture called ‘Eric Ravilious and Edward Bawden: An Artistic Friendship’ – and the church was full. It was a fascinating talk, which everyone enjoyed, and some of the illustrations I had never seen before. It was lovely to see some of our current exhibiting artists there – Anne Townshend, Tracey Saunders and Penny Bhadresa – and also some artist friends from previous years – printmaker Elizabeth Morris and potter Richard Baxter.

Amazingly we sold £800 of art work in the half hour interval, and James’ publisher, Tim Mainstone of The Mainstone Press also sold lots of James’ books on Ravilious. I was delighted, at the end of the evening, to be given a beautiful book on Ravilious’ wood engravings by Tim!

I heard so many comments in the interval about how interesting the talk was, what a good speaker he is, and how much people were enjoying themselves, that we have already suggested to James Russell that a return visit to next year’s Festival would be a Good Idea!

Here are a few photos of the Art Exhibition to finish with.

Helen Howes' beautiful textile work

Helen Howes’ beautiful textile work

Some of Dawn Hall's stunning paintings

Some of Dawn Hall’s stunning paintings

Exotic and magical wood turning by Dennis Hales

Exotic and magical wood turning by Dennis Hales

Penny Bhadresa's colourful lino prints

Penny Bhadresa’s colourful lino prints

We are looking forward to Hugh Lupton’s storytelling evening tomorrow for ‘The Dreaming of Place’ – this will be Hugh’s third visit to the Festival – and, of course, to another good day today! The sun is shining and the sky is cloudless – that’s a good start.

If you are in the locality, do drop by and see us – St Leonard’s Church, Lexden Road, Lexden CO3 4BL. The café is open all day, so you could combine your browsing in the exhibition with coffee and home-made cake, or have a delicious lunch, with a glass of wine – or a pint of beer! – before your viewing. Don’t forget to say hello! – I’m on the Reception desk all day 🙂



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