6:25pm Sunday 18th August 2013
By Ruth Halkon
An art festival transformed a village green into a riot of colour and sound.
Braving the grey skies, more than 60 artists, designers, craftspeople and photographers converged on Winchmore Hill to show off the fruits of their labours.
Organised by the N21 festival team, the Summer Festival was part of their work to bring life back to the village green.
Organiser Ann Humphry said: “Being an artist can be lonely and the festival has been a great way of getting artists together to share ideas and show the public their work.
“We’ve had a great response so far, despite the holiday season, and our cashier has been very busy selling pictures.
“I can’t draw anything more than matchstick men, but it’s lovely seeing all the work here and choosing pieces for my home.”
The organisers took no commission from sales and there was no selection process, meaning there was something for every taste.
The oldest artist at the festival, 96-year-old Cyril Jones, started painting in his sixties as a shared hobby with his former wife.
The former teacher and country dance enthusiast exhibited a range of landscapes painted in oils.
The Uplands Way resident said: “It’s very good that so many people have come to look around and take part.
“I enjoy looking at the work of other artists and appreciate what they are doing like this.”
The youngest artist, 22-year-old Harriet Stansall, has just graduated from art college.
Her prints, which come from her final year exhibition, take inspiration from vintage British posters, American beer bottle labels and the bright neon signs of New York’s streets.
She said: “I’ve just got back from Falmouth and I only decided to take part two days ago.
“I live in Compton Road and it’s very nice being on The Green again, it’s been a fun day.
“I’ve already sold a couple of prints. I’m hoping to become a freelance artist and shows like this are a good way of getting some exposure for my work.”
Visitors of all ages browsed the artworks, accompanied by live music from local bands.
The Kings Head Pub was also transformed, becoming a site for craftsmen and women, sculptors and jewellers to display their wares.
Local shops and cafés also joined in, hosting their own exhibitions or having themed menus.
Steve Hurst, who lives just off the village green, bought a picture with his house in it.
He said: “It’s lovely here seeing so many people using the pub and green.
“Winchmore Hill really is a village in the midst of London and events like this help bring together people in the area.”
Rosalina, nine, had been given a prize for her drawing of the Friends’ Meeting House, one of the oldest buildings in Winchmore Hill.
She said: “It’s exciting to win.”
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