A large drawing of the River Severn by Newnham artist, Carolyn Black, is to be sold in a sealed-bid auction to raise funds for the St Peter’s Bells Restoration Appeal. This original work of art captures the view as you stand by the cliff edge in the Newnham churchyard looking north.
Cam Dickie, who chairs the appeal, says the drawing is a remarkable achievement. “Wide, panoramic views are notoriously difficult to capture on canvas, but I think Carolyn has found a way to meet the challenge. Because the drawing is so wide, we have to turn our heads to take it in. From the church on the left, our eyes follow the row of houses that sweep down Church Road to the river, then across the wide-open water to the Old Passage Inn on the opposite bank. It really does capture the mood of the estuary at Newnham.”
One of a series of large-scale charcoal drawings that explore the Severn, the Newnham picture is the biggest by far, measuring two metres across. It came about because of some voluntary work that Carolyn did for the bells appeal. “I offered to help set up their website and took some panoramic shots for the front page. Visit the appeal website at http://www.newnhambells.wordpress.com, and you’ll discover the original shot which inspired me to undertake this drawing. I want to support the bells appeal and donating the work feels like the right way for me to help.”You can view Carolyn’s drawing in the window of the Quaker Library on Newnham High Street from Friday 8th June until Friday 22nd June. Bids should be placed in a sealed envelope along with your name, telephone number and email address and delivered by midnight on Friday 22nd June. Address them to Art Auction, Quaker Library, 26 High Street, Newnham, GL14 1BB. The envelopes will be opened and the winner with the highest bid announced at the Riverside Rock concert and picnic on the evening of Saturday 23rd June. The full amount of the successful bid will go towards the bells appeal. There will also be limited edition prints available for those whose bids are unsuccessful.
Tickets for the Riverside Rock concert, also a bell appeal fundraiser, are on sale at Newnham Post Office in the village shop. For further information contact Cam Dickie on 07886829960 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The St Peter’s Bells Restoration Appeal was launched in January 2016. So far nearly £120,000 has been raised, much if it from local fundraising. The total budget is over £150,000. The project will replace or refurbish damaged and worn out parts of the installation, as well as taking steps to overcome structural issues linked to the oversized bells that were installed in 1894. Three bells will be recast and, in a bid to make ringing easier, a new ringing platform will be built nearly twelve foot above the current floor with access from the back of the nave.
Carolyn Black studied Fine Art to degree level at Bristol UWE and gained an MA in Fine art (with distinction) from Cardiff UWIC. As well as making her own art, she commissions and delivers art projects in unusual locations under the banner of Flow Contemporary Arts. http://www.flowprojects.org.uk and http://www.carolynblackarts.com