Charmaine Maw, administrator at St Thomas and All Saints Church, Ellesmere Port is an artist who appeared on the television programme 'Joe Lycett: Summer Exhibitionist', after one of her pieces of art was shortlisted for the Royal Academy exhibition.
The exhibition is a highly prestigious event that has been held in London every year since 1769. It displays works in a variety of mediums and genres by emerging and established artists and the competition to be accepted into the exhibition is exceedingly high. This year there were 15,000 entries. Charmaine's sculpture 'Cloud Burst' was shortlisted into the final 1,000, which is great accolade in itself.
'Cloud Burst', which is made of glass and metal, represents global warming. It was made by first melting glass in a kiln and allowing it to fall through a series of holes in a piece of sheet metal. Once cooled, the piece was inverted 180 degrees to complete the desired effect.
The TV programme featured a number of artists as they created their art pieces in preparation for the exhibition. After appearing on the programme Charmaine was inspired to share her work and the work of other local artists in an exhibition. And what better venue than the church where she works.
Charmaine talks about her work in the video below.