Long wait for painting over

Alison Englefield's painting goes on show at the Holy Trinity Church, Long Melford.
Alison Englefield's painting goes on show at the Holy Trinity Church, Long Melford.

A CHURCH painting which took two years to get the go-ahead and to find the right design was unveiled at the Holy Trinity Church in Long Melford on Sunday.

The Way Through, by Lavenham artist Alison Englefield was unveiled by the Revd Ian Friars.

Clare Calder-Marshall, who is Alison’s business partner at The Crooked Gallery in Lavenham said: “Ever since Alison moved to Lavenham from Cornwall 10 years ago, she has been fascinated by the old stained glass in Holy Trinity Church and the peace and architecture of the Lady Chapel. “She was asked to submit ideas for the space behind the altar, which had been covered by a silk cloth. It took about two years to get the go-ahead and find the right design.”

The work is in four pieces and forms an arched window shape with the small gap between the panels forming a cross.

She added: “The panels are partly pasted with fabric and textures to give an illusion of age and to create layers, both literally and suggesting history of place and time. Alison feels it is such an honour to contribute to, and thus become part of this historic building.”

Rev Friars added: “ Many of us have greatly admired Alison Englefield’s work for many years especially as she find the Lady Chapel so inspiring. We feel greatly honoured to be receiving such a major piece from her and are indebted to the Friends of Long Melford Church and their Chairman, Patrick Kohler for funding this exciting project. “

Alison is holding an exhibition of her painting of her work inspired by medieval churches entitled Sanctuary at the Crooked House Gallery until Tuesday.