Art Fair in the Oxford Town Hall

The star of this show was the building itself.  As one visitor to the recent Oxford International Art Fair put it; “you don’t need the art!”  Lovers of minimalism would gag at the ornamentation, but whatever your personal taste you’ve got to love the exuberance of the Victorians who threw everything at this building –…

Digbys & Digbys

It was a fellow artist who first suggested in 2009 that I look at Jane Digby’s work.  Always curious, my interest was further piqued by sharing the same surname.  And the other artist was right – it was indeed worth looking.  I contacted Jane right away and told her I was shortly due to be…

A Sparkling Success

There was a definite buzz in the air at the gallery on Saturday.  We had in the last of our guest Artists in Residence for a Day and, appropriate for the time of year, it was the turn of silver jeweller, Sue Chadwick.  Previous purchasers and fans of her work came to meet her and…

Mary Stewart

Mary’s Tree

Many people have a tree or shrub planted in their memory.  Unusually, Mary Stewart planted her own before she died.  One of a pair of sycamores grown from seed by Mary and her husband Grant, they planted the two trees in our field when we first bought Fillingdon Farm in the winter of 1992, before…

glass angels

Angels in Flight

It appears that even the flight of angels can be hampered by a postal strike.  But these darlings have beaten the SA postal dispute and have finally landed in time for Christmas.  Fashioned from green, brown, blue and clear sea-washed glass, each is an individual sparkling beauty, destined to bring the light of Africa to…

Gordon sells Again

Carved sculptures by the lovely Robyn Gordon really strike a chord.  She involves her mind, body and soul when she embarks on creating a sculpture and leaves a little piece of herself in every work.  Hence the polarisation of her art.   For a few observers, the carvings remain silent.  But for the vast majority…

Creme de la Creme

Like most artistic people, Tana Knyvett has more than one string to her bow.  Not only can she paint like a dream but, along with her family, she runs Le Cafe Creme, a mobile French Creperie.   Their classic Citreon H van has been lovingly restored and converted to serve scumptious sweet and savoury crepes,…

All Hail Halloween

Amongst the many local attractions for visitors in this area, one of the more unusual is the Hell-Fire Caves.  Local landlord, Sir Francis Dashwood, set about extending the existing open-cast quarry in West Wycombe to relieve the serious local unemployment caused by three successive harvest failures between 1748 and 1750, as well as to provide…