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Oxfordshire Artweeks in Great Coxwell
Artweeks has become an annual tradition in Great Coxwell, a tradition that involves the whole community in welcoming visitors. Villagers cook and bake to provide for morning coffees, light lunches and delicious afternoon teas. And in the Reading Room cafe children from the village will be displaying their own artwork. The village has produced an Art trail map covering the Artweeks sites. It also includes the National Trust’s magnificent monastic Great Barn and the 12th-century church of St Giles, which will be beautifully decorated with floral arrangements.
In all, there are five Artweeks venues across the village, in which 16 local artistsare both exhibiting their work and on hand to talk about it. The work includes painting, jewellery, wood working, bookbinding, blacksmithing, ceramics and photography.
Among those taking part is photographer Trish Wickstead who is inspired by both texture and form and seeks to find something unusual in the everyday. Pictured here is her Bluebells and Shadows, which captures perfectly the tranquillity and sheer beauty of English woodland in late spring.
Karen Vogt, a sculptor who takes inspiration from the natural world as well as the human body, works in clay and stone to produce eminently tactile pieces. And Gill Palmer uses clay to create lively ceramic pieces by the application of interesting textures and strong colours.
Bookbinder Annabelle Zinovieff will be demonstrating how she uses beautiful, often handmade, papers and clothes to bind and create notebooks, photograph albums and other pieces.
Julie Smith takes as a starting point quietness and intimacy through which she explores and demonstrates the extraordinary within the ordinary. On show will be her I call them begin series of handmade notebooks, sketchbooks, journals, book marks and cards, the majority of which use silk screen images. Her work also includes photography and installation.
Grove Wood, wood workers, are also showing their work. They are committed to the environment and to taking a sensitive and sustainable approach to harvesting the timber for what they make. They are based in a beautiful Oxfordshire wood where they employ traditional methods and much of their work is made using a traditional pole lathe. With so much on offer a visit to Great Coxwell must surely provide a near perfect day out. The village is looking forward to welcoming visitors this Saturday and Sunday between 11am and 5.30pm and at the same times the following weekend.