Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Touring Round 8 Exhibitions on the 175 Art Trail

Caroline Day put together a lovely route around the Old Town part of the Art Trail, including securing afternoon tea served as lunch at 12 noon at the Marriott Hotel with a discount if we showed our brochures. Here's a copy of the poster advertising the group tour:
It was a lovely idea, and worked really well, because there was a timetable which we tried to adhere to, people were able to join us for some or all of the tour.
I will certainly be visiting the Marriott again, what a gem, here's the lunch, beautifully displayed as you can see:
 Ken and Jan White were opposite me at the table, perfectly situated for a photo:
And here's the lunch group, including Maggie Brunger who can't walk far having had a foot operation, but borrowed a motorised wheelchair and came along in that
 On the walls around the Marriott were a selection of Ken's work, beautifully presented and hung, there were a mixture of linocuts and original artworks, many inspired by his time at the GWR works.





Fortified by lunch, we were ready to walk the short distance to David Bent's studio in Marlborough Lane where he showed us the originals of the 'Movement 2000', an impressive series of paintings created in response to the crisis in the Balkans
 Sections of the work are being displayed at Swindon Dance, Regent Circus, SN1 1QF, in support of Swindon 175 and Refugee Week.
 The painting below is not part of Movement 2000, but caught my attention
 Here's one of the Movement 2000 paintings
 people looking at them
 with David giving an explanation of himself and his paintings
 and below here's the inside view of a fascinating maquette designed to show how the whole of the Movement 2000 paintings could be displayed together. If you look at the photo above, it's beside David.
From the lovely warm welcome at the Bent Studios, we walked to the Co-op where Tim Carroll's fabulous 100 Views of Swindon are displayed together on the long wall beside the cafe:
 From there we went to The Core where Bev Greig has an exhibition of The Plaum's Pit series of paintings, in response to the seasonal changes in the lake at Cheney Manor.
 Below here's Bev being photographed in front of her paintings

 and a couple more of her paintings, they've been cropped and now look too small
 General photos of people chatting

from there we went to Swindon Museum and Art Gallery they have an exhibition showing 'Swindon in 175 Images'
from there we went to the Community Centre @ Christ Church where Dona Bradley and David Robinson had coloured in some of their pictures from Colouring-In Swindon:
Above the Town Gardens Bandstand coloured in by Dona
Below Maggie looking at one of the pictures in the exhibition space

Above 'Fleming Way, coloured in and drawn by David Robinson
.From Christ Church, we went to look at Caroline Day's exhibition at The Hop Inn. As well as Town Gardens images, Caroline was also showing a number of pictures designed exclusively for English Heritage. Below seen with Deb Battaglia and a selection of her cards
From there we went to our last visit, in the Beehive
where Susan Carr and Terry Humphries have a fabulous exhibition of en plein air paintings of the Town Gardens and other views of Swindon:
There are two walls of paintings, but as you can see, I only took a photograph of one wall, and no close ups; those venues at the beginning of the tour were more enthusiastically photographed. By the time we go tot the Beehive, we'd been on the trail for over 4 hours!
It was a brilliant idea to do a tour round the venues, thank you Caroline, and of course a big thank you to David Robinson and mark Worrall who came up with the idea in the first place.
I'm keen to look at the rest of the exhibitions soon.





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