Later this month, Wokingham artists will team up to show their works. Here, Lynda Bowyer catches up with a ceramic specialist
ARTISTS from across Wokingham are busy putting the finishing touches on everything from canvasses, sculptures and jewellery as they prepare to turn their homes into pop-up art galleries.
The Wokingham Arts Trail is returning to the town over the weekend of September 15 and 16, and sees 40 artists exhibit their creative creations in 16 venues across the district.
Artists taking part include Christine Morgan, who creates sculptural ceramics, fused glass and mixed media work. Her work will be on show at 4 Purslane, Wokingham, where she is exhibiting with Caroline Marriott, who specialises in textiles and jewellery.
Christine has been a Christian since childhood and remembers being brought to Sunday worship as a young girl.
A member of the Wokingham Methodist Church in Rose Street for 18 years, Christine is a lay preacher and takes an active part in making its worship services more user friendly
and openly welcome.
Christine is anything but ordinary; some years ago she spent a couple of years in America and, on finding herself unable to teach, she attended watercolour classes to develop a skill. Returning to the UK, she attended various courses and workshops to gain a wider repertoire in her skill-set. Now Christine works in a variety of mixed media from painting, ceramics and glasswork.
Christine’s work has been showcased in various exhibitions and displays around the area in recent years. In addition to her display as part of this month’s Arts Trail, Christine will be giving a demonstration of her skills at 4 Purslane, Wokingham, on Tuesday, September 11.
Two pieces created by Christine take pride of place in the town centre church. A particularly eye-catching piece is a four panelled glass composition which stands in a first floor atrium. The vividity of colour and texture is stunning and Christine says that she finds the way light reflects through her glasswork inspiring and pleasing.
Scripture and colour are two things that the artists says can inspire her.
“I feel very blessed”, Christine explains. “I’ve had a happy life and have such a wonderful family.
“In my work, I wish to express the joy that I have in my life. I express that joy through the use of colour and see it as a way of giving people an opportunity to see things through my eyes.”
Christine’s use of colour is evident once more in the church’s Prayer Room where a framed piece of her work uses hues of blues, purples and lilacs to create a soothing piece which encapsulates part of Psalm 46:10 “Be still, and know that I am God.”
Christine speaks candidly about the work she has done in the church, and how she is pleased to be part of the changes taking place which make the church more outward facing and more inclusive.
One way of encompassing the younger generation is Jigsaw Praise, held every six weeks. It sees the children and younger end of the congregation worshipping in different parts of the church building and through different media and then collectively sharing together.
And as part of this, the next service, held on Sunday, September 30, will see Roly The Clown pay a visit.
For more details, visit www.wokinghammethodist.org.uk.
For images of Christine’s work, visit www.brandywineart.co.uk.
For details of the trail, visit www.wokinghamartstrail.co.uk.