This weekend sees the first collaboration between Pakenham Water Mill and local artists for the Art at The Mill exhibition.
The two-day exhibition on Saturday April 30 and Sunday May 1 will be an indoor and outdoor arts fair featuring paintings and sculptures, with live music, too.
The event is the brainchild of the mill’s catering manager, Anna Voynovíc. She has wanted to organise an exhibition of this sort since she first came to England from Gdansk in 2004 and she hopes it will become an annual event at the Mill. She is a qualified sculptor and florist.
She says: ‘You have to feed people – and not just with cake. Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.’
The artists involved in Art at the Mill include Adrian Rumbles, who paints in mixed mediums and runs art workshops.
Local sculptor Peter Rudderham works mainly in steel and his sculptures will be displayed in the grounds of the mill, around the mill pond at the rear of the Mill.
Another artist working in metal is Kev Colbear who creates work for the bedroom, dining room and garden.
Diana Chapman will show her work in oils, pastels, acrylic and lino-cut prints. She seeks to bring out the patterns and colours of nature.
Watercolours will be shown by David Morley while Sarah Brown Fleming works in oils and inks to study shapes and relationships in figures and still life.
Billie-Jean Croll’s pictures seek to focus on the seasons and cycles of nature and of our own lives. She explores our connection to each other and our world, using flowing lines and bright colours.
Some of the most unusual exhibits are by Mandy Jaggard, a cast-glass artist who makes pieces in a kiln using plaster moulds and lead-crystal glass. Pieces such as paperweights and small bowls test out her ideas, but she also works to commission and sometimes incorporates lighting into her work.
Music during the weekend exhibition will be performed by Daisy Windsor, solo on the Saturday and with the Floozies, her band, on the Sunday. Daniel Pezaro will also be singing and playing guitar on the Sunday.
Art at the Mill will be each day from 1.30pm –4pm. There will be an admission fee for adults, but children get in free.
The Mill, in Mill Road, will also be open to the public on both days for guided tours of the water mill until 5pm, and the tea shop will be open at the same time.
It is the last working water mill in Suffolk and still produces flour every week. Details of Pakenham Water Mill can be found at www.pakenhamwatermill.co.uk