CrossArt – our Summer Festival with Creative Braunstone

St Peter’s hummed with life and creativity – it was our Summer Festival, this year titled “CrossArt – Creative Braunstone.”

Sponsored by the Braunstone Community Association (BCA), the festival drew on a pool of pictures by local artists, many of whose work had already been hung in De Montfort University’s recent exhibition. One striking contributor was church member Felicia Joseph – and we hadn’t even known she was an artist!


“Sea and Urn” – painting by Felicia Joseph

Other church members contributed their works, including Mary Souter, whose detailed tapestries repaid careful study.


“Millennium Sampler” by Mary Souter

The summer fair (next door in the hall) was opened by our friend Gwen Abraham, chair of BCA’s “Creative Braunstone” task group.

Photo: Gwen Abraham opens the summer fair

Gwen Abraham opens the summer fair

Soon the place was buzzing with people talking, drinking and eating, buying plants, home-made cakes or craft goods, looking at the “Friends of St Peter’s” table or having a go at the tombola.

Photo: Refreshments at the summer fair

Refreshments at the summer fair

Outside in the gazebo, our resident artist Mandeep Dhadialla helped young and old to make their own work of art, using paint or clay. Some contributed to “BigArt”, our three-panelled abstract painting – the last panel was taken over by Toni and Freddy who clearly aspire to Jackson Pollock’s mantle!

Photo: BigArt - created at the festival

BigArt – created at the festival

On the Sunday afternoon, the BigArt panels were hung in church, and Mandeep, Freddy and Toni were interviewed about their experience of the weekend. Freddy said, “I don’t usually go in for art, but this was fun. Messy, but good.”

Photo: Freddy -

Freddy – “messy, but good!”

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This entry is dated Sunday, June 29th, 2008 at 1.00pm and is filed under News.

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