Wednesday 15th July sees the launch of an Art Exhibition by Quidhampton artists. They couldn’t hold it in the village hall, so have it online. It can be seen at www.quidhamptonwiltshire.com
Wiltshire resident, Anthony Connolly RP, Hon Secretary to the Royal Society of Portrait Painters called it “The quiet enterprise of an English village. So many people expressing themselves – and in complete contrast to all the uglier forms of self expression which fill the news. There’s so much optimism here – in bleak times”
Thirteen artists, aged 15 to 97, are exhibiting their work for the enjoyment of villagers and thanks to the internet can reach the public everywhere.
Their art ranges from oil painting of portraits and landscape to drawing, watercolour and mixed media as well as a variety of crafts. A section ‘corona creativity’ collects the artists’ work done during lockdown, including inventive sewing and embroidery and the making of masks and scrubs when supplies were short.
Many of the artists haven’t exhibited in public before, so there are mixed feelings of excitement, pride and apprehension. They hope that everyone enjoys their work and that it will inspire others to find pleasure in making their own art.
Funds raised from the exhibition go to Quidhampton’s 170-year old village hall which is closed owing to the Covid-19 pandemic. Funds raised will help build the reserve to maintain this historic gem for future generation.