Friday, 14 December 2018

A present from Henley... painted by many

MORE than 100 people added their own touches to a painting that represents Henley.

MORE than 100 people added their own touches to a painting that represents Henley.

The artwork will be presented to a delegation from Falaise in Normandy to mark the 40th anniversary of the two towns being twinned.

The canvas is called the Mad HATter after the Henley Arts Trail, which begins next month.

On Saturday, shoppers and passers-by in Henley market place were able to use a paint brush to make their own contributions. Sarah Pye, a member of the organising committee, said: “We’re encouraging as many people as possible to make a mark of some sort on the canvas.

“At the end of the arts trail it will be pulled together by a couple of artists. We won’t touch people’s marks but the painting will be framed and presented to Falaise as a gift from Henley.”

The collaborative piece includes the river, boats and St Mary’s Church on a blue background.

Ms Pye, of Wargrave Road, Henley, said: “Some people made tiny marks and others made very big additions. In the end we hope there will be a few hundred marks.

“Little bits of blue peek through because is Henley is river-based. Everyone has a different idea. Two people felt compelled to add some sunshine because of the nice weather. Our youngest contributor was 18 months old and the oldest was very senior.”

The canvas is now on show at the Old Fire Station gallery, where it is available for further additions before being presented to the French visitors over the May bank holiday weekend.

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