Visitors were treated to a real feast for the eyes at the Art+Craft Fair at Trafalgar Road Baptist Church on Saturday and Sunday. It featured work by local artists and makers of all ages and abilities. There was a buzz of relaxed conversation as people chatted over tea, scones and homemade cakes after viewing the variety of paintings, tapestries, handcrafted wooden furniture, superb quilts, crocheted items, greetings cards and photos. Children were helped to make wooden swords and appropriately ‘knighted’, whilst others tried their hand at painting and colouring. The fair also included exhibits by professional artists John Thompson and Rosalyn Mina.
An optional shared time of reflection focused on the diverse gifts of creativity each of us has and uses in our daily life. Later, some of the church members gave 10-minute illustrated talks linking their art and their Christian faith. Visitors had the opportunity to spend time on their own in an upper room in 6 quiet areas with simple creative activities which helped to focus the mind and spirit.
One of the organisers Sue Elliott said, “We wanted to celebrate and share the God-given creativity within our community. We were delighted to have so many people join us over the weekend both as exhibitors and as visitors and would like to thank them for making it such an enjoyable and inspiring time.”
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