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Alan Caine Paintings and Drawings November 2016

LEAVES / GRASS


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For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow;

For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim;

Fresh-firecoal, chestnut-falls, finches wings;

Landscape plotted and pieced–fold, fallow, and plough;

And all trades, their gear and tackle and trim.

All things counter, original, spare strange;

Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?)

With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim;

He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change:

           Praise him.

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In our climate, leaves present themselves almost anywhere. Their life cycles pass from tiny buds to full-grown presences. They can turn into strange shapes, colourful and curled. Seasons pass, and they change. So, too with grasses, but they tend to be more subtle as they grow and wither. If we ignore the tended lawn, tall sword-like clusters can appear. A whole field of grass – or weeds – growing or dying, changes colours and passes from stage to stage.

Drawings or paintings are not  ‘snapshots’ of things which nature ‘does’. They are meant to release to the viewer, like music, sensations of energy, delight or even piety. They do not need to be named. To draw them again and again, sometimes like dancers, sometimes sober or silent presences, sometimes as almost chaotic carriers of visceral energy can become a preoccupation for weeks or months. Their spirit, I hope, has been ‘digested’ rather than copied.

My childhood took place in North Dakota, a state with a flat topography – where often nothing except perhaps a water tower can be seen on the horizon. We played in nearby fields among tall grasses – and could hide in them. Perhaps that is one of the sources of my delight at their shapes. And leaves? Scarce or plentiful they speak of birth and life and often of elegant disintegration. Gerard Manley Hopkins points to this sort of beauty in the poem above.

 

Alan Caine

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Christchurch Art Group Exhibition

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Christchurch Art Group Exhibition 

3rd – 17th September 2016

10am – 4pm on weekdays
11am – 3pm on Saturdays

Meet the artists from Christchurch Art Group and watch them work
Thursday 8th and 15th September from 10 am – 12 noon

Please scroll down for more information about the exhibition and joining the art group 

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Creative Retreat and Exhibition by Jaime Poole

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ART EXHIBITION BY JAIME POOLE – 7th – 20th March 2015

Paintings inspired by the British landscape together with intricate colleges formed of poetry sit side by side in this visually stunning and thought provoking exhibition.

CREATIVE RETREAT  – Saturday 7th March from 1.30 – 5pm 

An afternoon of reflection and time to grow closer to God through art and poetry. The retreat will include times of quiet contemplation, creative worship and practical creative activities including making 3-D poem pieces.

There is no charge for the retreat – we will simply put out a bowl for contributions towards materials (suggested £1 – £3) if people feel they would like to pop something in it.

Please contact Ruth at info@artatthechapel.com or call the Bishop Street Church office on 0116 255 4111 for details on joining us for this creative retreat day. 

See more of Jaime Poole’s work on his website here: www.jamie-poole.com

Retreat Leaflet

 

 


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Weaving Women’s Wisdom

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WE ARE LOOKING FOR WOMEN INTERESTED IN . . .

           Sharing stories from our different faith traditions.

           Spending time together, building friendships.

           Remembering Wise Women who have influenced us.

           Designing and making a woven carpet rug.

           Being part of a national project and touring exhibition.

 

CREATIVE FRIENDSHIP BUILDING PROJECT:

This is a creative national project  to encourage new and existing groups of women from different faith communities to join together in weaving rugs. These will eventually be gathered together to make a travelling exhibition, “Weaving Women’s Wisdom”. Whilst they weave, groups are encouraged to have conversations around wisdom, remember wise women that have influenced their lives and faith, share important stories from tradition and scriptures and to reflect on the wisdom that they have both experienced and shared. The purpose of this project is to enable women and girls to have safe space to share their stories and to form honest and joyful interfaith friendships. The project runs from Sept 2014 to end of March 2015.

The national project is co-ordinated by The Touchstone Centre in Bradford. Touchstone, a centre for Methodist interfaith work is a ‘listening community’ with the vision of making safe places of hospitality where people of different backgrounds can listen to and talk with each other. Art at the Chapel is facilitating a Leicester group to be part of this exciting project.

TIMES AND VENUES: 

You are welcome to join us for any of the sessions below. It is fine to ‘pop in’ and help during any of these times even if you can only spare half an hour!

WED 28th Jan 2015: 1pm  – 3pm Bishop Street Methodist Church. An introduction to the project and chance to meet each other.

Wed 4th Feb 2015: 12:00 – 4pm Bishop Street Methodist Church: Starting to create our rug

SAT 7th Feb 2015: 11:00am – 2pm Bishop Street Methodist Church: Working together on our weaving.

WED 11th Feb 2015: 10.30 – 11.30 am Sharma Women’s Center, 39-45 Sparkenhoe Street, Leicester,  LE2 0TD, 0116 251474

WED 18th Feb 2015: 12:00 – 4pm Bishop Street Methodist Church: Trying to complete our rug

WHO CAN GET INVOLVED:  Women of all ages from all faith traditions.

GET IN TOUCH: If you would like to get involved or simply want to find out more.

Please contact Ruth at info@artatthechapel.com  Tel: 0116 255 4111