Postcard Portraits are up at the Dovetail Centre!

by Roy Brophy

The self-portrait postcards are now up in the Methodist Church Linkway – near the Dovetail Café entrance. We had just enough to fill the two boards perfectly – amazing!

What a mixed bag! We have some from artists who find portraiture easy, but it’s not simple to make a portrait – and some have been very inventive. We now know that Peter not only struggles with noses, but also with apples – or is it a plum, or a pepper or avocado? – who nose?!

I have to be honest about my offering – I cheated. Of course, I would claim that I just used the tools that were available to me at the time – isn’t that what Caravaggio did in the 16th century, and plenty of others since?!

Full marks to everyone who entered – thank you very much. It takes some courage to put your work out there! But you had a go, joined in and put forward your portrait. It’s actually not about the individual pieces, it’s the whole, and you are part of it – well done! As we were leaving this morning there were a group of people around the boards in animated conversation, pointing, laughing and thoroughly enjoying the work. It made all the effort worthwhile!

Do pop along to see the two boards of self portraits, and have coffee/tea in the Dovetail Café at the same time – best (and cheapest) place in Chandlers Ford – the teacakes and crumpets are excellent.

The Dovetail Café is open to all in the mornings – Monday to Friday 9:30am to 12 noon. Saturday 10am to 12 noon. Closed on Sunday – for the congregation to use.

The display will be there for two weeks. Let us know what you think.

Community Artwork at the Nuffield Centre @Wessex_Health

You may remember a recent call to provide the Nuffield Health Wessex Hospital with artwork for their new Orthopaedic Wing. Thank you to everyone who submitted amazing work which was hung this week. This forms part of our Community Artwork venture, so that these pieces are offered for sale, and at intervals will be circulated between the hospital, around local medical surgeries, and council offices in Oakmount Road.

New picture rails have been installed in the new wing at the hospital, and more picture rails will be installed in phases when funding allows. It was not an easy job selecting pieces of the right size, colours and subject. The new Orthopaedic Ward and Consulting Rooms look very much better with the addition of the artwork!  They have been tastefully decorated in a grey emulsion and wallpaper, and really needed the splashes of colour our group has provided.

Artworks will be rotated from time to time, and new pieces will replace those sold.

Thank you to everyone who got involved with this project, and especially to Barbara Wigelsworth, our Community Artwork organiser.