ARTWAVE: Artwave began last Saturday on the outskirts of Malling at King’s Church, opposite Homebase. A group of church members who meet on Thursdays to paint, draw and work on other forms of art, exhibited a range of their work from Saturday, finishing on Tuesday. There was a good, wide range of different kinds of art, including oils and watercolour, miniatures and photographs, from traditional landscapes and miniatures to portraits, flowers and animals. There was also a range of styles from conventional landscapes to abstract and pointillist, showing a wide range of interests and skills. This coming week for the next two weekends including Bank Holiday Monday, Artwave opens at South Malling Parish Church at the far end of Church Lane, and the Dairy Studio at Old Malling Farm, entrance via the path off Old Malling Way. In the church, Roger Adams and Joanna Farrow, who exhibited last year, have been joined by Gillian Davis and Margaret Fetty, showing a range of seascapes, landscapes and figure painting, mostly in oils with some water colours. The Dairy Studio will be exhibiting paintings of trees and landscapes in oils by Susie Monnington, and textiles, paintings and prints by Pauline Crook, with Sylvia Hassell showing paintings and prints. The two venues are working in partnership, as they have done since 2011, giving local people an extra reason visit some of the more historic and long-settled parts of Malling, where they don’t often go and sometimes don’t know. Both venues will offer refreshments and both are also open the following weekend on the 5th and 6th of September. Joint opening times are noon to 5pm. Also on the following week, Gabrielle Lord will be exhibiting at 10 The Lynchetts, from 11am to 5pm.

SOUTH MALLING CHURCH: The church will be holding a cafe style service of Morning Praise this coming Sunday. One of the benefits of exchanging pews for comfortable chairs in the 1990s is the opportunity for the church to be transformed into an art gallery for Artwave, and on Sunday it will be set out with tables and chairs in a cafe style with coffee and biscuits available. The refurbishment last year has made this an even more attractive gallery venue, and as a church, the relatively informal worship helps to create a different experience of Sunday churchgoing. The service will be led by Ken Bridger and Reverend Dick Field will be speaking. After the service, the chairs will be put away, leaving the church as a gallery again, ready to meet guests coming for Artwave in the afternoon.

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