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Abingdon Artists Autumn Exhibition

Abingdon Artists Autumn Exhibition
The Abingdon Artists Autumn Exhibition has been on this week and will continue during Saturday at Christ Church barn on Northcourt Road. One of the artists was painting a still life when I visited.
Abingdon Artists Autumn Exhibition
There is a raffle to win a picture of St Helen’s Wharf, Abingdon donated by Dougie Simpson.
Abingdon Artists Autumn Exhibition
The Abingdon Artists’ 2019-20 programme includes two exhibitions, two outings,  Tuesday afternoon art group, Friday quick on the draw in Abingdon town centre, and a series of talks. The next talk costs £4 for non members and is free for members, and is called ‘Towards Abstraction‘. That includes includes coffee and biscuits.
Abingdon Artists Autumn Exhibition
More information is at http://abingdonartists.org.uk/.

1 Comment November 1, 2019

Litter Pick – Reynolds Way and Gainsborough Green

Litter and art
Helen has organised a litter pick at the weekend at Reynolds Way and Gainsborough Green.
Litter and art
This is what a Gainsborough picture looks like when spoiled with litter.
Litter and art
Here is one by Joshua Reynolds.

3 Comments September 23, 2019

A very recognisable corner of the Market Place

Phone Box
Diana asks if anybody can identify the artist, or maybe even the couple, in this painting of a very recognisable corner of the Market Place. It is the corner where the phone boxes were removed last week! Diana picked it up in a charity shop in town recently and says “sadly this is just a reproduction that has been trimmed to fit it into the frame so no signature or other identifier.” She is curious to know if it was by a local artist. She has checked with the museum but they have drawn a blank.
Phone Box
Here is what the telephone boxes looked like.

According to the GuardianAt their peak there were 92,000 payphones across the UK, and queues in the street were a familiar sight at the busiest ones.“. In 2019 they are almost obsolete.

5 Comments August 22, 2019

Aspects of Abingdon – art and photographs

Aspects of Abingdon
There is a new temporary exhibition in the County Hall Museum showing photographs and paintings of Abingdon – thanks to the Abingdon Museum Friends.
Aspects of Abingdon
The Abingdon Museum Friends helped to pay for some of the exhibition including a copy of Turner’s painting The Thames at Abingdon from 1805. There are also some stunning large reproductions of Francis Frith photographs.
Aspects of Abingdon
A lot of visiting artists came to Abingdon and portrayed well known views of Abingdon’s historic buildings and the River Thames , in their own way. There are more intimate pictures by Oswald Couldrey who knew the town well. He painted the cattle market shown above. Couldrey left Abingdon to establish an art school in India. Deafness forced him back to Abingdon where he read, wrote, painted, and played a soundless piano.
Aspects of Abingdon
There are also lots of paintings and photographs from the museum’s own collection playing on a loop on the monitor. It took about twenty minutes to view them all and many I had never seen before. In the cabinet below are picture by Harry Lucy who, after retiring from working for Amey in Abingdon, became involved with Abingdon Artists.
Aspects of Abingdon
There are also pictures by Fetherstone Robson who travelled the country in the 1920s and painted many popular scenes which were mass produced as prints. His output included several paintings of Abingdon.

This makes a very interesting exhibition, and a good way to pass a half hour.

3 Comments August 15, 2019

Underpass mural has been cleaned

Underpass mural
Earlier this year there was graffiti on the Abingdon underpass mural which has now all been cleaned away or touched up.

Behind Henry VIII is Thomas Pentecost, the last Abbot of Abingdon, who with his twenty-four monks received pensions after surrendering the Abbey to the King. Unlike the Abbot of Reading who was imprisoned and executed for not being so obliging – who became a martyr.
Underpass mural
Facing them through the tunnel is the cleaned up St Edmund of Abingdon, and a picture of The Egyptian Vase coming to this town. I cannot remember what that story was all about.
Underpass mural
The mural starts with pre-history, runs down one wall, and then back along the other.

It end in modern times with mummers, morris dancing, and town crying.

3 Comments August 2, 2019

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