The coffee morning was a busy and happy event. It is one of the many ways, a small group of stalwart members of the local community, work so hard behind the scene to raise funds for this church, and other good causes.
Mawgan church is now just £26,500 short of their target of £364,000 for their restoration project. A major grant towards this came from Cornwall Historic Churches Trust , so it was fitting that Simon Coy from the Trust, performed the unveiling of the painting ‘Mawgan Village, Cornwall’.
When I made this painting I particularly left the faces of the bride & her male companion turned away, so as not to interfere with our own interpretations or memories . Today a number of local people explained to me how they connected with the narrative in the painting , or recognised local figures in the composition, others related to me their own interpretation of the angel, hovering above. All of which was very gratifying for me .
I left Vyvyan Coach House, feeling that the people of Mawgan had already taken ownership of the painting , making it theirs , because for some, in a small and personal way, it marks an aspect of their life story, lived out in this lovely Cornish village community .
This painting will now remain on site and can be seen during public functions and public events at The Vyvyan Coach House, Mawgan Church.