1215: Runnymede Revisited

1215: Runnymede revisited AT ST PETER'S CHURCH, OARE

No. 10 on the East Kent Open Houses - Faversham Trail - 2015
As part of the Canterbury Festival.

Work of international and local artists in media that would have been available in the 13th century, evoking the spirit of Runnymede.

17, 18, 24, 25, 31 Oct 2015
1 Nov 2015
11:00am - 4:00pm
(Canterbury Festival weekends only,
including 1 Nov)

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01795 531684

Faversham Trail Maps and leaflets will be available from the Fleur de Lis Tourist Information Centre in Preston Street, The Library and Creek Creative.
For further information contact Anne MacLaren on 01795 535515 


St. Peter's Church

In Celebration of the signing of the Magna Carta, St Peter’s, Oare (now in the newly established Parish of Kingsdown and Creekside) will be holding it’s third art exhibit. Many may remember the Divine Dimensions Installations of 2009 and 2010, events made possible not only by the Heritage Lottery Fund but by means of the help of many people in the Faversham community.

As before, St Peter’s will have the show coincide with the East Kent Open Houses tour of the three-week Canterbury Festival, adding to the two other houses on Church Road in Oare that will be opening their doors each weekend from October 17th until November 1st. This year the Oare village hall on Church Road will be open as well, not only for tea and home-made cakes but for a view of ‘Matisse in Oare’, a show of colourful cutouts relating to the signing of the Great Charter, work done by children from local primary schools.

Feast - Liz Pyle

Feast - Liz Pyle

The exhibition at St Peter’s, ‘1215: Runnymede Revisited’, features several international artists as well as distinguished local contributors. As the Magna Carta had an influence on the Constitution of the United States of America, it is fitting that there should be some U.S. artists showing their work. Liz Pyle‘s great grandfather was Howard Pyle, known as the Father of American Illustration. Liz herself, a graduate of Philadelphia School of Art and the Royal College of Art is a well-known artist and illustrator who works in powder pigment. She is joined by Tom Lulevitch, whose illustration work can be seen in such publications as the New Yorker. In this show, however, he will display ethereal work in egg tempera with oil glazes. Four iconographers from the 2009 show will also present work, but it will be work in quite different styles. There will be examples of icons done in bronze and examples of medieval illumination. The show will include several members of the faculty of the Prince’s School of Traditional Art whose expertise will be obvious, and a winner of the Sunday Telegraph Watercolour Competition. Finally, Cas Holmes, well known for her work with stitchery, and Paul Fowler, whose watercolours on gesso were much praised at The Alexander Centre, and John Corley’s stained glass from Deal will make up the 12 artists whose work forms the show. The materials and basic methods of the art on display were known to the medievals, and that detail is expected to further unify the exhibit.

The show seeks to ask the question, if we were writing a new Magna Carta what would we add? For many of the artists the answer is a more harmonious world, a world where the honeybee stills hides within the lilies of the field.

The dates of the Artist’s Open Houses are October 17th and 18th, 24th and 25th, October 31st and November 1st. Opening hours for the Church and Village Hall are 11am – 4 pm . The church also plans other events on weekdays during the period of the exhibit. On Wednesday, October 21st at 7:15 pm, there will be an illustrated talk by the Lithuanian sculptor Aleksandras Alekjevas on the Bronze icons of the persecuted Old Believers, and on Thursday, October 29th at 7:30 pm, Bill Lewis the Medway poet and storyteller will read from his work with musical interludes from members of the Oare String Orchestra. A portion of the proceeds from these events will go to Amnesty International.

Landscape Painting Classes.

Throughout August Paul will be leading a series of landscape painting workshops at Creek Creative Studios in Faversham. This four day course, spread over four weeks aims to take a small, informal group on a journey through the many different approaches to the art of landscape painting.

 Following on from an introduction to materials and techniques Paul will be be covering the basic elements of landscape painting, using his own work and that of others as reference. Using water based media the classes will cater for both novices and more confident students alike. Through practical demonstrations and exercises the aim will be to explore the versatility of various media, using conventional methods but also more experimental techniques. Hopefully the students will take inspiration from our local environment - creek and coast, woodland and marshland - and sketchbook work/home research where possible will bring a useful contribution to the sessions. The overall aim, along with producing and presenting finished paintings, will be to have a relaxed and enjoyable learning experience, where people can work at their own pace whilst building confidence with a  more experimental approach.

You can view a number of Paul's various landscape painting via both the PAUL FOWLER and the Home links above. (Different paintings via each link, images on Home page are clickable).

If you are interested in attending please contact via hello@paulfowler.uk.com for further details and a list of materials/equipment you might find useful to bring. Some Materials Are Included. Bookings can also be made through the Creek Creative website.
Creek Creative has a wonderful cafe which serves delicious homemade food every day, and is an ideal (and convenient!) destination for lunch...

Source: http://creek-creative.org/courses/

Art In The Church - Summer Exhibition

I have four pieces of work in the 'Art in the Church' exhibition at St. Mary's Church in the Marsh, Higham as part of Medway Open Studios. The works on display are a mixture of both my drawings and paintings, of the Marshes around the church. You can read about their origins in the Mudlark.

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Earlier in the year I was invited by the Medway Swale Estuary Partnership to contribute a piece for Mudlark, their newly formatted and now annual publication.
I wrote 'Walking to work'; about a day sketching and painting along the Saxon Shore Way on a Dawn to Dusk walk.

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Along the Way

'Along the Way' is an exhibition of new work inspired by a series of circular walks along the Saxon Shore Way on the coast of North Kent. From Higham marshes by the Thames to the banks of the Medway at Hoo St Werburgh and Lower Halstow, this new body of work explores the skyline and strandline of these estuary edgelands.

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'Mudlark' is the bi-annual publication of the Medway Swale Estuary Partnership, an organisation dedicated to the understanding, conservation and promotion of the estuary's natural and historical environments. I'm very happy to say that one of my paintings of Harty Ferry on the Swale estuary is on the front cover of the latest Spring/Summer 2014 edition.

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Recent works of land and sea, tracing the coast along the Saxon Shore Way.

The Saxon Shore Way long distance footpath runs from Gravesend in Kent to Hastings in East Sussex - it follows the original fortified boundary of Roman Britain's southern coast, crossing overland from Reculver to Richborough, marking the original Wantsum channel which separated the Isle of Thanet from the mainland.

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After a chance meeting one Sunday at Paul's exhibition 'From Creek to Coast', he received an invite to exhibit at LV21's exhibition 'Tides of Change' as part of Kent's Coastal Week 2013. A Kent County Council event promoting the Kent Coast. The many free and subsidised offerings explore the dynamic nature of Kent's coastline, past, present and future. This year's theme, 'Changing Coast'.

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The paintings in the exhibition came about as the result of walking the path which links the creeks of Faversham and Oare and also the marshes beyond. Lots of walking, exploring, photographing and sketching play a part in my work but ultimately all the pieces here were begun on site and then finished in the studio.

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