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 Artists in the Countryside

Artists gather every June for an annual fundraiser in the small village of Newton Purcell to raise money for the beautiful church of St Michaels and All Angels. The event begins with the now famous Asparagus BBQ courtesy of Elms Farm and the Markham family who have organised this event for the past 4 years. The old school hall, now the village hall, hosts a select collection of great local artists and their works of art that promises to be a real jewel in this years event calendar. During the weekend there's morning coffee and afternoon tea, lovingly produced by the villagers for visitors to enjoy whilst they browse the paintings, cards and works of art.

Read on for more information about the artists exhibiting this year    


 St Michaels and All angels Church, Newton PurcellArchitectural evidence suggests that the Church of England parish church of Saint Michael and All Angels was a Norman church built in the middle of the 12th century. The earliest documentary evidence of the church's existence is slightly later, when Ralph Purcel granted the church to the Augustinian Bicester Priory in 1200. Of this original church little survives except a 12th-century Norman doorway and a 13th-century piscina. In 1813 the church was repaired and most of its original features were destroyed. In 1875, the architect C.N. Beazley restored the building and added the vestry, bell-turret and south porch. St. Michael's rectory was built in 1844. St. Michael's parish is now part of the Shelswell benefice.



The Exhibitors at Artists in the Countryside 2019


Miranda Markham

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Miranda began the charity event Artists in the Countryside 3 years ago having discovered the joy of drawing and painting at Buckingham Art School. She now produces work in a variety of mediums inspired by her inspired by the natural landscape of England and the South of France. She says "Painting is a daily joy and a guilty pleasure, I cannot imagine life without it"

Telephone 07768 404529


Penny German ARBSAsquare prints

Penny GermanPenny German is an artist from Northamptonshire who paints, from life, in oils. Having spent eight years painting a small still-life oil sketch on a daily basis, she continues to examine the effects of light on objects albeit more often now in larger still life works and also in plein-air work.
A full member of Northampton Town and County Art Society and an associate member of the RBSA, she also exhibits regularly with the Royal Institute of Oil Painters at the Mall Galleries and Chelsea Art Society at Chelsea Town Hall.

Graham Perryman

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 MG 55813xGraham is a professional picture framer and founder of Dragonfly Framing in Bicester. He started his career within the horticultural industry over 35 years ago where he developed his passion for nature photography. The natural world of plants, insects and wildlife plays big part in Graham's photography in particular dragonflies and birds of prey. This year he presents his photography influenced by his love of nature and the countryside with a series of images taken in and around Oxfordshire of owls, dragonflies and their habitats.

Telephone: 07889 971629



Isobel Rymer

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I have always loved art. I did a’level art and then did not do any more until 12 years ago when I joined Buckingham Art School. The mixed media class on a Friday morning has really pushed me into doing things that I never dreamt of doing. I started with painting pictures of my family, animals and holiday scenes and have progress from there.

I enjoy all types of medium; watercolour, oils, acrylic, charcoal and quite a lot of my work has been done with anything but a paintbrush!  Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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Maureen is a visual artist who is driven to paint things that instantly capture her eye; in most cases the inspiration comes from either Land or Seascapes.  She has exhibited at various galleries and exhibitions in and around the Cotswolds, Ireland and Jersey.

Maureen also manages a community artists gallery and provides creative art workshops at the local Health Centre. She loves to walk with Billie and Aggie her faithful but oh so cheeky Jack Russell’s. She also gets enormous pleasure spending time in her studio in Oxford, listening to music and producing work from photographs and sketches she has made on her numerous treks through the countryside and coastal walks, painting the lush countryside and wild flowers, or the coastal scenes, this is what she loves and drives her on.

These daily walks with Billie and Aggie get her into the mood to return to her studio and paint, draw and simply create!

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W: www.artbymaureengillespie.co.uk

T: 07918 186207


Josianne Cross

 After suffering from a stroke at the age of 34, and in hospital rehab Josianne learnt art therapy which helped with ways to cope and adjust through a difficult Jo Cross - St Michaels Mounttransitional period in her life. Not only did it help in dealing with pain she was experiencing via a distraction and taking her mind away from what felt like utter chaos, but it also helped regain some use of her affected arm. Josianne began painting very basic pictures just of types of movement and it very quickly became apparent she had gained something quite wonderful. Her eyesight was affected from stroke, but the way she saw colour, which at first seemed a curse, with overload of senses is actually a huge blessing. Josianne set up a blog called 'Stroke of a Brush' and the name came from her aphasia. Trying to say brush stroke one day and it came out wrong but then the for the blog was born. Her blog is about raising positive awareness of her recovery and strokes in general all via her artwork. Josianne sells her artwork for great causes allowing her to donate to various stroke charities including 'Different Strokes Charity' who have played a huge role in her recovery, as well for the unit where she had her rehabilitation treatment.

Francesca Darby

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Over the last couple of years I have come to admire the British landscape tradition, particularly the concept of the 'Spirit of Place'. Artists and writers have long attempted to capture the essence of special landscapes both well known and those that are intensely personal. I have found such places in the countryside around where I live in Oxfordshire and locations I travel to, particularly the Western Cape, South Africa. It is something I hope to explore more and more in my art in the years to come. I work principally in acrylics but have begun to experiment in oil and mixed media - a journey I look forward to.



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John HonsingerVineworks is a range of unique hand-made decorative products that takes the natural shapes of grape vine wood, to create fashionable yet functional items of furniture. John says "Owning an item of furniture like this is an expression of individuality and will become a statement piece in any home. It is unique and timeless - both old yet new, with a natural beauty that is enhanced through its design.” www.vineworks.co.uk




Hannah Clarke

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thetap716aA freelance illustrator, product designer and artist based in Witney. The outdoors, nature and food inspires her.  

Hannah graduated from Middlesex University in 2010 with a degree in illustration and has been a freelance illustrator for 10 years..

Clients include Slimming World Magazine, Jamie Magazine, Landscape Magazine, Tigerprint/Hallmark Cards. I'm also featured in the 'They Draw and Cook Cookbook'.

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Nic Vikery BrownNic Vickery Brown Pheasant Dreams

Nic VickeryI am an artist based in rural Oxfordshire, and specialise in drawing all creatures great and small, where I create both conventional portraits or my more 'Quirky Animals'
I welcome commissions, and also have cards, prints, and cushion covers and now English Bone China mugs taken from my originals for sale.





Barry Miller

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I left school at 16 and went to art college where I completed a BTech Diploma in Visual Communication that covered illustration, graphic design, photography and exhibition design. I soon found that my particular love was illustration so I concentrated on that in my second year. However, it wasn’t easy finding work out in the real world and I took on a succession of jobs, ending up in the working for the past 24 years in the EPOS/IT industry. However, the art bug never went away and, about eight years ago, I started to draw again as a form of relaxation. I played around with a variety of styles and media before discovering pastels. I adore the pastel medium and love seeing how far I can push the chalks by experimenting with techniques, unusual papers and boards and different grades of hard/softness. I don’t particularly focus on any one subject but portraits and form do seem to bring out the best in me.



Celine Beaugrand - Arty Kiddy

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I launched Arty Kiddy in autumn 2018; I am French and moved to Oxfordshire in the early '90s. My love for art comes from an early age through the creativity of my talented mum. I am self-taught and get my inspiration from my two adventurous daughters. My aim is to make people, and particularly children, feel part of my artwork so they can create their own stories. I work in a variety of mediums (acrylic, oil, collage) and love to develop themes where children find themselves in magical situations. My style: bold colours and touches of surrealism, a sense of humour and discovery.

www.artykiddy.com - Bicester, M: 07866 022680

Karen Joy

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I started training and then working as a picture restorer, and then went on to art college where I gained a fine art degree, mainly in printing. Having then got married I continued with my restoration as a way to earn some money. Once my children grew up I started painting for myself, firstly in watercolour, but having discovered acrylic and the freedom and therefore creativity it gave me, I started painting with a complete passion and have a wonderful studio space at home, where I work very prolifically, and am always happy to take on COMMISSIONS

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Sha McKeon

ShaDescribed as an enriching artist who creates touching pieces to ground the soul, YSMM, better known as ‘Sha’, uses meditation to channel her gratitude, love, childlike awe of life, decades of mischievous alchemy and achieved techniques to create her authentic, weightless style.
YSMM started her artist career as an illustrator & draftsman. Then, with much fear, a lot of hard work and a little bravery, she took the leap to carve out her artist lifestyle, full of imagination, freedom and uses her love of family and nature as her muse.

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