Designing and painting pebbles for the pebble border

Designing and painting pebbles for the pebble border

Lara and Nicola, two local artists are helping us in two art-based projects to celebrate Chorlton Good Neighbours 50th anniversary this year. One of these is the pebble border where we aim to have individually designed and hand painted pebbles to fill a borderat the side of the path outside the Good Neighbours office, The idea is that they should represent some aspect of what Good Neighbours means to people and more generally the theme of changing Chorlton

Today, 24th February we had our first workshop to design and draw some pebbles. Here are some photos of the event


Lara looks on as Pam and Margo desing their pebblepebbles-04 Paulette looks for inspiration

pebbles-05 Tony keep his hat on to help come up with some hot designspebbles-06 pebbles-07

pebbles-08 Pam using the hair dryer to make sure the paint dries before putting on another layerpebbles-09 Bill in deep contemplationpebbles-11 some of the final designs

rosetta02This is my design based round the time that  Sister Rosetta Tharpe –  performed at a Blues and Gospel Train concert in Manchester on 7th May 1964. It was held at a station was called ‘Chorltonville’, to make it sound like a whistle stop station in the southern USA. However, it  was actually held at Alexandra Park Station – later Wilbraham Road Station, just where Alexandra Rd meets Mauldeth Rd. It includes ‘Didn’t it Rain’ performed as you would expect – in the rain!

I was 17 at the time and a huge blues  fan. I lived just around the corner from this one-off unique event but I never knew it was on…grrrr!

Bernard Leach