Sunday, 17 December 2017

Painting presented to mark twinning anniversary

A PAINTING to mark the 40th anniversary of Henley?s partnership with Falaise has been handed to the twinning association

A PAINTING to mark the 40th anniversary of Henley?s partnership with Falaise has been handed to the twinning association.

The artwork, named the Mad HATter after the Henley Arts Trail, was organised by the Henley Arts and Crafts Guild.

Members set up a blank blue canvas at locations around the town and invited people to paint anything that represented life in Henley.

More than 100 people added their touches to the piece, which was rotated regularly to give it an abstract feel.

The finished work includes the River Thames, boats, Henley Bridge and St Mary?s Church as well as flowers, hearts and suns.

It was presented to the Henley and Falaise Town Twinning Association during its annual social event at the King?s Arms Barn. The 50 diners included Mayor Stefan Gawrysiak and members of the twinning associations for Henley?s other twin towns of Leichlingen in Germany and Bled in Slovenia.

Members of the Falaise association will give the painting to their French counterparts when they visit the Normandy town in May.

Judith Fletcher, secretary of the guild, said: ?We thought we would need to tidy it up before it was ready but the finished piece was really nice.

?Although it was full of these little symbols, words and messages, we thought they added character.

?We decided we should not edit it but allow it to speak for itself. It is such fun and it represents what people wanted to put on it.?

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