On behalf of the artists taking part in the Cranbrook Art Show the Committee would like to thank the Cranbrook Businesses for their tremendous support for our advertising. This is a small sample - take a look around town
Help us Stop Ebola
Save the Children is doing everything in its power to give the best possible support to those suffering from
this terrible virus and prevent it from continuing to spread, putting even more children’s lives at risk.
Not only are children in danger from the Ebola virus, they risk losing their parents or caregivers to the virus, leaving them vulnerable and without support.
Even if they and their loved ones avoid infection, the growing crisis increases the likelihood of children missing out on the healthcare, education and protection they need to survive and fulfil their potential. This crisis is bringing already fragile countries to the brink of collapse.
We must act now to stop this epidemic spreading before it destroys the futures of an entire generation of West Africa's children.
Save the Children has been on the ground in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia since the crisis began.
Their priority is to stop the spread of the disease and bring Ebola under control by running mass prevention and awareness campaigns.
They are also setting up and managing health centres where Ebola sufferers can be isolated and treated.
So far, they have reached more than 265,000 people through their response. But there are 2.5 million children under five in the risk areas: we must do more to protect them.
"We do just need people to GIVE and are hugely grateful to those who already have. After all, an epidemic like this could hit anywhere in the world. It’s hard for us to imagine the fear and anxiety and suffering going on in those countries and we need to get people to stop and think about what it would be like, here in Kent…."
Save the Children is hugely grateful for the support of Cranbrook Art Show this year and in many previous years. Thank you for making a difference to children’s lives here in the UK and all over the world.
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Save the Children is extremely grateful for the donation of prizes from all of the following supporters of this year’s Art Show raffle; please do return their kindness by supporting their businesses, visiting their websites and trying their produce or booking in with them or buying vouchers from them to give as Christmas presents for your family this year!
Young artist George Morgan from Hawkhurst is used to people looking at his work and saying "I've never seen anything like that before." In fact it's so unusual he was invited to Hangzhou, China last year to take part in an international Creative Pattern competition and finished in the last eight despite fierce competition from all over the world.
To "weave" his intricate work he uses medium density fibreboard and then creates a 3-D effect with a veneer made out of hemlock wood which is first soaked to make it malleable, and then shaped and glued to the base before painting. To achieve these final patterns he first works it out on cardboard. When he is satisfied with the final outline, he then draws the shapes onto the fibreboard and achieves his layering effect with a laser cutting machine.
What influences his work? Well George, who is 23, says he has always been fascinated in building up layers . He has always enjoyed playing the old Tetris game creating shapes made up of four blocks, and another influence is Russian constructivism art, which is similar to early 1900's modernism. Certainly the Worshipful Company of Weavers were so intrigued and impressed by his work at a New Designer Fair in London's World Business Centre that they gave him a financial award and invited him to lunch.
His work is already gaining acclaim, one piece has been valued at £1,000 and another was sold for £500. At present George is taking a cabinet making course at Scotney Castle after leaving Central St. Martins University in London with a BA Honours Degree in textiles. His tutor was so impressed she told him she was certain he could build a business out of his work. His present course runs until next April and he hopes he can incorporate some of his work into the furniture for the final exhibition.
The Cranbrook Art Show committee were also so impressed by his work that they awarded him a special bursary entry into this years event in the town's Vestry Hall. The show runs from the 6th to the 8th of November, and George - who will be exhibiting six examples of his unusual and original work - is looking forward to viewers reactions.
The Committee would like to thank Ingenue Magazine for publishing this feature.
Painter JOHN HANSON was one of the 'originals' who took part in the first Cranbrook Art Shows over twenty years ago.
We are very sorry to announce that John passed away unexpectedly at home on Sunday the 29th October.
John spent his working life as an Architect, specialising in detailed perspective 'Artist Impressions'. A major injury to his 'painting hand' in 1984 forced his retirement and was the start of his second career, as a watercolour artist and defined the style of his artwork which he described as painting in a 'free style'.
He also took up painting in Pastels as a second string to his bow.
When I first got to know him he was already retired and an accomplished and prolific watercolour painter however he was always willing to challenge and stretch himself as an artist and enjoyed learning new hints and tips while on painting holidays especially those spent with Barry Watkin who became a close friend. He also enjoyed many happy shared painting excursions with his fellow artist and friend David Aspinall.
John was an extremely generous and friendly man with a sunny character and a permanent smile on his face, he always had time for a chat. He will be greatly missed by his family and all of us who knew him.
Change someones life forever
The Cranbrook Art Show choose two charities each year which will benefit from Raffle donations made during the event at the Vestry Hall in Cranbrook.
We are proud to be supporting Hospice in the Weald. Their representatives will also be selling tea and cakes throughout the event.
Guide Dogs for the Blind will be our second chosen Charity for 2013.
Donated money will help Sponsor a Puppy through its training – from those tentative first days with a puppy walker through to more advanced training at guide dog school and eventually matching them with the right owner. This means that donations will play a vital part in giving independence and freedom and 'change someones life forever'.
Every hour, another person in the UK goes blind. We feel that this is a relevant and worthy cause for us as artists to be supporting.
On Thursday 7th November representatives of Guide Dogs for the Blind will be present at the Art Show with a Guide Dog, please join us and meet our canine visitor!
We would like to thank:
Earlier this year Elly Rutherford, Year 13 student from the High Weald Academy in Cranbrook asked her art teacher if she knew any artist who might let her shadow for a few days. The teacher showed her a copy of the Open Studios brochure featuring all their 300 plus members throughout Kent and East Sussex. From this Elly chose Louisa Crispin who - although it was a busy time for her - agreed to her request.
"I was quite flattered to have been chosen from so many good artists and I certainly didn't regret it" said Louisa. She said Elly was a pleasure to have around. She was so pro-active she was able to do things independently without having to be watched over all the time. Because of this Louisa says she didn't realise until later what a challenge she must have put Elly through.
However after tuition from Louisa, Elly was thrilled to have produced a silver necklace and pendants and five etchings which she treasures equally.
Full of plans, Elly wants to be a professional photographer and has achieved AS-Level success in photography. After completing her A’Levels she plans to spend time with Art Foundation in Canterbury before going to University. She says for her the perfect job would be to work for National Geographic.
Elly found her experience so useful that she has volunteered her time to help at the Cranbrook Art Show, for which Louisa is a committee member. The exhibition runs from 7-9th November in the Vestry Hall in Cranbrook. This popular and well respected exhibition of 24 selected professional artists will be maintaining the eclectic mix of disciplines and high standard for which it has become recognised over the last twenty years.
Highlights for this year include sculpture by Bill Prickett, an established wildlife artist and winner, in 2012, of the David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year - Wildlife in 3D. Also, Saatchi Gallery promoted artist Pete Cernis - 'painter of quiet moments'.
The Cranbrook Art Show is proud to be supporting Hospice in the Weald and Guide Dogs for the Blind.
By John Bird