A visual and sensory feast
Tomorrow sees the beginnings of a wonderful few weeks celebrating our very local, talented artists. Firstly the 10 Parishes Festival which celebrates a feast of arts and crafts within our 10 Parishes. Visit exhibitions, take part yourself! The 10 Parishes Festival runs every second year to offer you the visitor a rich variety of art throughout our 10 Parishes area (Wiveliscombe and its surrounding parishes).
Over 100 events, covering paintings, photographs, drawing, sculpture, jewellery, pottery, poetry, theatre, music, film, circus and much more. There are plenty of opportunities to have a go, or just appreciate other people’s talent and creativity. Everyone is very welcome to come along and join in. Most events are free.
Just down from here in the hamlet of Bathealton a magic wand has transformed it into an enchanted place inhabited by magical and fantastic creatures. Wend your way through their enchanted wood, by car or on foot. Whilst in Bathealton you can visit a wonderful exhibition by one of my favourite aritists, Tilly Willis as well as checking out the Village Hall Arts and Crafts whilst enjoying a cuppa and some refreshments. http://10parishesfestival.org.uk/about-the-10-parishes-festival
Quickly following on it's heels is Somerset Art Weeks 23 September - 8 October. SOMERSET ART WEEKS is the unique celebration of visual arts in Somerset.
Alternating between Open Studios and Festival years, Somerset Art Weeks is now firmly established as one of the biggest showcases celebrating the visual arts in the South West. With over 350 artists in 120 venues for 16 days of this autumn’s Festival, many venues have embraced the theme ‘Prospect’ in their shows and events. To view their guide click on the link http://somersetartworks.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/SAW_GUIDE_2017-email.pdf
Michael Eavis sums the feelings of many of the locals extemely well - “What a fantastic creative county we all live in!” Check it out yourselves!
(Photos from top left - 10parishesfestival guide cover - guides available in The Cottage Beyond, "A Teddy Bears Picnic", one of the installations in Bathealton, the other two are paintings by Tilly Willis - and I'm thrilled to be able to tell you the beautiful country lane scene will be adorning TCB's walls at the end of the exhibition.)