ARTWAVE: Brought visitors to Malling last weekend, when the Dairy Studio at Old Malling Farm and South Malling Church exhibited paintings from Dairy Studio artists. At the Dairy Studio, the entrance lobby shows the work of Pauline Crook and Sylvia Hassell textiles, paintings and prints with some 3D objects, cards and postcards, some showing local views and copies of the pictures. All are for sale. The main room shows a set of paintings by Susie Monnington, who runs the Studio and larger pictures in oils, produced on observation and project work by current students. In the past Susie has painted distinctive, smaller pictures of young people, from her own family. This year she has a set of oil paintings of trees, similar in size but showing different times of the year and beautifully done. In a small outside hut, there is a group of more abstract landscapes mostly well known beauty spots, and again, beautifully done. At South Malling Church, artists from the same Studio, Roger Adams, Gillian Davis, Joanna Farrow and Margaret Fetty, are showing a range of oil paintings, large and small some in sets, with landscapes, water and seascapes, and figurative work. The church has been cleared of chairs except a few, for visitors; its own simple beauty and stillness set off the paintings and it becomes an excellent gallery for a couple of weeks. The two venues are open this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, from 12 noon to 5pm. Also, opening for the first time this weekend, Gabrielle Lord of 10 The Lynchetts, (off Mill Road), is showing charcoal life drawing and acrylic paintings. Do take advantage of the way that Artwave opens up opportunities for local people to gain fresh glimpses of their home surroundings and appreciate a tiny sliver of the creativity of this lovely place, with its incredibly talented and creative people.

SOUTH MALLING CHURCH: Is seeing the benefits of its flexible space (and recent refurbishment) by worshipping in a building doing two different things at once, as an Art Gallery and a worship space. Last Sunday, the Cafe Service format made it possible, by setting out tables and chairs, for the congregation to sit around them, with access to refreshments, while the service proceeded. The music and prayers were chosen specifically to reflect the beauty of creation. Rev Dick Field, spoke about the authority of Jesus and asked the congregation to consider how we recognise authority. The format allowed people to discuss their own ideas around their tables, children joining in. This coming week, different again, all the chairs will be out (no tables) for a more formal Communion Service and put away again for the final session of Artwave this Sunday afternoon. The service begins at 9.30am and all are welcome. Artwave starts at noon.

SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL: Hopes that all the children and staff have enjoyed a very well deserved summer holiday and looks forward to another exciting school year which starts today, Friday, for the children.

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