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Kent Keeps Creatives Curious

Prior to living in Kent, many artists have been based a great distance from South East England and yet after relocating, their creativity continues to flourish.  Two such artists are the photographer Chelin Miller and the sculptor and artist Karen Gardner who are both now living near Tunbridge Wells, West Kent.

Chelin describes herself as a nomad having found herself at home variously in Argentina, Columbia, Beijing and now Kent. She says that her photography is particularly inspired by the landscape and coastlines of Kent.

The sculptor Karen Gardner moved to the village of Rusthall, a couple of miles west of Tunbridge Wells, from Virginia in the United States, a beachside location. She also cites Kent’s rugged coastlines as a source of inspiration for her work, and observes that the scale of the landscape is more proportionate (manageable) than that found in America. Karen will be contributing her talent to the forthcoming Rusthall Arts Festival.

Rusthall is a thriving hub of creativity and passion for the Arts boasting musicians, crocheters, and film enthusiasts with the Rusthall Film Club - recently formed in response to demand from residents.

The richness and variety of life in Kent challenges, nurtures and informs artistic and creative endeavours.

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Many thanks to this week's guest blogger: Lisa Beaumont.

"I am a professional marketer who has recently discovered the power of social media marketing I am currently working on establishing a start-up marketing consultancy which aims to offer advice and solutions to thrifty small businesses and sole traders in West Kent. I blog regularly on my current site c/o WordPress. This project is part of my journey of recovery following a life threatening cerebral haemorrhage in 2011 which has left me in a wheelchair and partially sighted - yet as resilient and resourceful as ever. I am passionate about the Arts and especially poetry. For more information please contact me by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it."


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