Celebrating the artists who have exhibited at Meadows Art Gallery

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“An archipelago of artists”.
A made-up mass noun by organiser Pat Thomas.
Missed the group discussion, but pleased to take photos of many of the participants.
Higher res photos available.

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Lilian Greenwood MP joined the organisers, Pat and Bel, for a discussion about local issues in The Meadows.

Peace in 1919 exhibition

20140206-195341.jpgThe latest exhibition at the Meadows Art Gallery is about peace, picking on the years of 1919, 1938 and today.
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20140206-195804.jpgIn that final year waiting to be de-mobbed, soldiers filled their time in many ways, including drawing. The curator’s Dad collected a lot of drawings from friends in his book, an example of which is shown.
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Magazines from 1939 were on display, including an advert that has not grown in stature with time. As the exhibition was on, local office workers brought in a pamphlet from WWI that they’d found whilst tidying up.
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One of the cartoons from the pamphlet –
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NEMTRA Cttee meeting

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Working hard and in a lot of detail to get things done.
Pleased with Meadows in Bloom inspection.
Visitors to Meadows Art Gallery has picked up.
Decommissioning of stacked maisonettes had been going well but some things to pick up on.
Outing to Skegness planned.
Hopes for new running of Portland Leisure Centre discussed.
Nearly all had attended Armed Forces Day and enjoyed it.

puppet exhibition in the pavilion

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Pat Thomas of Meadows Art Gallery writes –

There is a puppet exhibition in the Queens Walk Park Pavilion.
About 40 puppets, scenery and scripts are on display.
Each has a purpose: fruits of my puppeteering over 15 years gathered there.
Good King Wenceslas, the Boot family, King Charles, the Qweenies, Greythorn the dragon as well as a basket of puppets for children to play with.
I’m happy to tell stories or answer questions about puppet making or shows, but if you bring a group, please let me know.

Usual opening times – Tuesday, Thursday, from 1pm till 4 pm and Saturday 11am till 1pm.
Photo shows the Boot family.

Meadows Trees Project launch

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Parade behind shire horse called Beau.

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Mary opens the project.

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A project established to use the wood from the trees lost to the tram works.
Pat Thomas writes –

The Meadows Tree Project had a successful launch.
Despite windy, wet weather the shire horse led a procession of children and adults around the park to the story circle where his owner told the horse’s story.
The children took it in turns to stroke the horse before we retired to the pavilion for more stories and refreshments.
Two children from Greenfields school told their stories before Mary Daly cut the ribbon around some planks of our lime trees.
The children departed, most cuddling their own disc of lime wood as did many other Meadows residents.