Showcasing talent behind village doors

Chris Brown's painting of the railway embankment in Newton
Chris Brown's painting of the railway embankment in Newton

Villagers in Newton are celebrating the abundance of talent in the village by holding an art exhibition next month.

The village hall and the Church of the Good Shepherd will stage the event on Saturday September 19 from 10.30am to 4pm. Admission will be free of charge.

Artist Chris Brown, who is helping organise the exhibition, said: “A group of people in Newton were chatting one day about hobbies and jobs that people in the village did.

We realised that in our small community we had some very talented people, painters, photographers, potters, metal workers, needle workers, carpenters – the list went on. We decided to celebrate the many talents hiding behind closed doors, and to show off their work, which may otherwise never seen in public.”

Rugby Mayor Cllr Richard Dodd will be opening the event, which will feature paintings and drawings from artists including Bob Wildig, Rosemary Hill, Mike Derville, Devika Gill, Nicole Bone, Paul Ashby, Mike Charles and Jeanette Braizer.

There will also be ceramics by Ginny Dowe Edwards and woodwork by Bob Cable, while youngsters in the village are being encouraged to share their creations. Ice creams and assorted refreshments will be on sale.

And as further evidence of the creativity of Newtonians, a monthly craft group has been set up. It meets on the second Tuesday of the month. Chris added: “There are many members now, too numerous to mention, mostly needle workers, sewing, knitting and crocheting, but it is open to other crafts.”

Jane Morgan and Liz Ingram enabled the group to get started and have encouraged them with various projects, including quilting. Email derek.chris.brown@btinternet.com for more information.