Scotter: Second arts festival is hailed a great success

A large wall hanging was the centrepiece of the second Scotter Arts Festival
A large wall hanging was the centrepiece of the second Scotter Arts Festival

The second Scotter Art Festival was held at the Methodist Chapel school room .

This event continues to grow and provide a real community day out in the heart of Scotter with a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.

The amount of creativity that goes on in Scotter was evident at this local event.

The exhibition included artwork by members of the Scotter Art Group and a wide variety of textile and needlecraft from the Scotter Textile Group.

The main feature, was a magnificent wall hanging which was a real community work of art.

Members of the textile group and of the wider community had created their own individual interpretations of poppies to create a thought provoking triptych which commemorated the centenary of the start of World War I.

In the centre was a tapestry depicting a WWI soldier and the panels were interspersed throughout by poppies created by local school children.

All were mounted against a background of trench, hill and sky.

A letter written home by a local soldier and information of those from the area who fought in the war interlinked with the panel to provide a sobering and thoughtful artwork.

The exhibition, which spread over two rooms in the chapel, showed a wide variety of techniques and styles.

Acrylics, watercolours, pencil, pastels, oils were all apparent and a diverse range of subjects from portraits of people and animals to landscape, botanical to buildings were all there.

Professional local artist Peter Robyn-Hill had some of his paintings on view and, in keeping with the theme of WWI, artist Adrian Crow had a series of atmospheric paintings featuring soldiers and battlefields as part of the displays.

Sylvia Ashley’s artworks of memorials and cemeteries, based on her visits to the war graves, also provided chance to reflect.

The textile group had a large display, with beautiful handmade garments for children and adults, toys, wall hangings, cushions, bags, blankets and pictures.

Many different styles of textile creativity were on show with tapestry, cross stitch, knitting, crochet, patchwork, applique, machine embroidery and hand embroidery.

Many of the items on display in the exhibition were for sale, giving the ideal opportunity for local people to buy a unique artwork.

Alongside the exhibition, were several stalls, including handmade textile and knitting, bespoke handmade hats, cards and a fused glass stall.