There were original paintings in the garden room at St Ethelwolds,
and sculptures, prints and cards in the garden.
From 16th-19th July, Caroline Ritson, Marion Owen and Bruce Bignold are exhibiting their work.
Bruce has some fun watercolours of buildings in Abingdon.
Caroline has a passion for seascapes.
Marion paints landscapes in a variety of styles.
The garden was a pleasant place to be on such a lovely morning.
The flowers looked spectacular in the sun.
Carol says ‘a wooden structure / sculpture has appeared on the roundabout at the junction of Caldecott Road and Drayton Road – any information on who designed it and why it is there?‘
I have no information. But I have started looking at the evidence.
The Oxford Wood Recycling workshop and warehouse is off that roundabout. They have a large number of crates in their carpark waiting to have the nails removed. I did suspect them at first. I wondered if this was a way to advertise their presence. But then I thought they would have made a pyramid of pallet wood.
I did wonder if it could be the work of the famous Abingdon artist, River Banksy, who carves animals out of wood at Abingdon Lock. But this is too abstract and too far from the River Thames.
This structure look like the wigwams to be found in woodland areas. This wigwam of branches is well made, it looks good from all sides and has some colourful flags made from net bags to attract attention. As we are nearing the end of the academic year it could be the final project of somebody doing an arts course.
250 covid-secure venues and 500 virtual exhibitions and studios are open for the 2021 Oxfordshire Artweeks festival from May 1st – May 23rd. (Last year there were only virtual exhibitons).
In Abingdon the festival will run from Saturday, May 15th to Sunday, May 23rd in venues across the town, including the County Hall Museum, St Nicolas Church, St Ethelwold’s House, 30 Abbot Road, and the Peachcroft Farm Barn (flier pictured above).
Check out https://www.artweeks.org/festival/map for opening times. Brochures were also posted through doors so you might also check your letter tray.
Thankyou to Caroline for these pictures from Peachcroft Barn as they finished setting up the exhibition.