Thursday, 15 July 2021

Art in the great outdoors

socially distanced in front of the stable block
© Teresa Newham

July kicked off to a great start with Childwickbury Arts Fair taking place just up the road.  This annual occasion was cancelled last year due to the pandemic, but returned this Summer - an ideal event for these times, as so much of it takes place in the fresh air.

making the best use of outdoor space 
© Teresa Newham

The organisers made use of every inch of outdoor space: every marquee had one side open to the elements, and where artists were exhibiting in the farm buildings all the doors were wide open.  Everywhere was light, airy and welcoming.

arts and crafts al fresco or as near as . . .
© Teresa Newham

I enjoyed the printmakers' section so much that I forgot to take any photos; it was great to chat to the likes of Laura Boswell, Tom Mitchell, Sandra Daniel and Vicky Oldfield.  You could tell that all the exhibitors were thoroughly enjoying the opportunity to meet the public again.

demo of raku firing by Simon Eeles
© Teresa Newham

We caught up with old friends, sampled some excellent South African street food, and basked in the sun which had unexpectedly come out despite the gloomy forecast.  We even treated ourselves to an icecream, to round off an excellent day. It was a complete delight to be attending a proper art event!

flowers and mannequins - Childwickbury at its best!
© Teresa Newham

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