Sunday, 29 April 2012

Colaton Raleigh's artistic commune

Judging by this website you'd be easily forgiven for thinking that Fairlynch Museum and Budleigh Salterton are the most happening places in East Devon. And by contrast you might well be wondering what people get up to in the quiet Devon villages surrounding us.

Well, take a closer look, suggests villager Laura Boyd. Her own community of Colaton Raleigh, a few miles north-east of Budleigh, is, among other things, surprisingly full of artists.

Proud artists of Colaton Raleigh

"You probably know about our most distinguished painter Alan Cotton," says Laura. He's the most eminent of a virtual commune of artists. Seven of the others, amateur and professional, including Friend of Fairlynch Rowan Turnbull, have come together to show 'Village Art', an exhibition of painting, photography and ceramics."

"The common threads of their work are a love of Devon, their need to express their reactions to this special part of the world and their wish to share it all with you," Laura explains.

And yes... a Budleigh Salterton scene is featured in the Colaton Raleigh Art Exhibition

"Colaton Raleigh is a varied, thriving village with wonderful countryside and walks, the River Otter, farms and livestock, a shop and a pub.  It also boasts a magnificent Village Hall, formerly the village school next to the church.  Here ‘Village Art’ will be on show from Friday evening 11 May till Sunday evening 13 May. Alan Cotton has very kindly agreed to open the exhibition at 6.30pm on the Friday." 

"Members of the group will be there to demonstrate their work, and delicious home- made refreshments will be available throughout. In this village cooking is another celebrated skill!" adds Laura.

So do go and see what happens in Colaton Raleigh, enjoy the work of Laura Boyd, Cynthia Boult, Penny Silverthorne, Lis McGill, Simon Bramble, Chris Ferguson and Rowan Turnbull.  Explore their village, see ‘Village Art’ and enjoy some local food.

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