Village’s artistic talent goes on show

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The residents of North Aston are pulling together to create an ‘Art Show of All the Talents.

The small community just south of Deddington, has pooled its resources to uncover the work of every willing and talented artist in the village, and the results will be on public display for 10 days this May.

The Exhibition, entitled ‘The Spirit of North Aston’, will be staged in the Parish Church of St Mary’s between Saturday, May 18 and 27 as part of the Oxfordshire Artweeks festival.

Artists have come forward with works in a wide variety of mediums, from oil and watercolour, through sculpture and woodwork, to the latest digital techniques.

Organiser and parish chairman Kildare Borrowes said: “We wanted to see what talent and imagination was out there in the community.

“We took part in Artweeks for the first time about five or six years ago, and the event was enthusiastically supported. I believe we have tapped into another wealth of talent.

“Who knows, we may even have a great artist living here, and that would be really exciting to discover!”

“Most of the work is not for sale, and that’s deliberate; we want people to show the world what they have under the hood, enjoy it and be recognised, without commercial constraint. If later they start earning money from their creations, that’s all to the good.”

Visitors will be able to vote for their favourite three pieces of work, with prizes for the winning artists.

Concurrent with the Art Exhibition a Scarecrow Show will be held next to the Church, and households have been invited to prepare the scariest and most amusing exhibit they can.

Entrance to the Exhibition is free and is open between midday and 6pm.