Cranleigh Arts Centre
West Surrey Area
Museums & Art Galleries
Art in Action at Waterperry Gardens, Oxford
16 July 2009
proof were needed of the popularity of Art in Action, then it was in the lengthy
traffic queues waiting to park. However, it was universally agreed that the
wait was worth it.
What skill, what talent and what inspiration we saw
wherever we turned. Hand-made wallpaper using the original Pugin blocks, wood
carving of exceptional quality, beautiful ceramics, stunning sculpture on
various scales, paintings in every genre, unbelievable creations in glass,
textiles - the list is endless. And all this being produced before our very
eyes by the most communicative artists and craftsmen most of us had ever
encountered. That having been said the art of Raku remains something of a
mystery to some of us!
There were music workshops and recitals as well
as numerous informal musical performances and dance. Lectures took place in the
Waterperry House ballroom as well as tours of their recently completed frescoes.
People were free to wander at will through the gardens which were first laid
out when Waterperry was a horticultural college for ladies.
outlets were found to be first class and there were numerous retail therapy
opportunities in the market marquee.
Thanks must go to Marilyn Fanya
and Judy Bennett for organising this event for us and a special mention must be
made of our accommodating coach driver from Bicknalls who gave us an extra hour
there at the end of the day.
In the Amphitheatre
Just one of many wonderful pieces
Hand printing wallpaper
Art in the making