12 Mar Hare today – and all Summer!
If you are out and about in Winchcombe this summer, and see a 5ft brightly decorated hare, your eyes are not deceiving your!
They are part of the 2017 Cotswold Hare Trail, an open-air art gallery of 80 decorated hares across 28 towns and villages throughout the Cotswolds.
The initiative, now in its second year, raises money for the National Star College and local museums and raises the profile of many local artists who give up their time and materials to decorate the hares.
Two Hares will be seen throughout Winchcombe town centre, both decorated by talented local artists: ‘All the Fun of the Hare’ is decorated by Katie B Morgan, and ‘Good Hare Day’ is decorated by Lee Crew. See how many you can find…!
Katie B Morgan is a decorative painter, restorer and Illustrator specialising in traditional paint finishes and British Folk Art. Since the mid 1980s she has been resident artist at Sudeley Castle, painting rooms and exhibitions for Lady Ashcombe.
Katie, who has been based in the Cotswolds for fourteen years, is well known for her versatility, working on diverse projects such as murals and Trompe L’oeil in private homes, the restoration of full-sized fairground rides and the decorating of steam engines.
Toddington based Lee Crew is an established and professional artist whose work is owned by private and corporate collectors throughout the world. He graduated from Cheltenham and Gloucester College of Higher Education in 1991 with a Degree in Fine Art and works mainly to commission with acrylic on canvas and screen printing. His paintings and limited-edition prints use landscape as a starting point, often inspired by a particular location, the season, the weather, or a feeling of a place.
The Winchcombe Hares have been funded jointly by Winchcombe Town Council and key local retailers. The two Hares were unveiled this week at a preview held at Barnbury Home’s Champagne Garden.
Jim Davies, Chairman of Winchcombe Town Council Leisure and Tourism Committee, said: “This is a fantastic initiative and we are really pleased Winchcombe is taking part. The hares look magnificent and we hope that people will enjoy seeing them and interacting with them. Both Katie Morgan and Lee Crew are widely respected local artists and we were delighted they both agreed to be involved.”
All the Fun of the Hare and Good Hare Day will be moving around the town throughout the summer, so look out for them as they are a great photo opportunity! All 80 Hares will be auctioned off in October with net profits going to charity. For more information on the hare trail visit: www.cirencestermarchharefestival.org.uk
Details of the whereabouts of the Winchcombe Hares over the summer, and the artists involved can be found at the Winchcombe Tourist Information Centre, or facebook.com/DiscoverWinchcombe.