ArtQuartet News – Summer 2023

Summer 2023 by Sally Parker


The naming of the ‘Fairy Bear’ (Fundraising for the Stars Appeal), Fairy Festival

Fairy Festival Competition
Briar Rose – Fairy Festival

A competition was held at the Fairy Festival, Burley last weekend (12th/13th August). Names were selected from the magical basket to discover the correct name for the Fairy Bear (see photo above). Drum roll…..! The name of the Fairy Bear is Briar Rose! Thank you to those who helped raise funds for the Salisbury District Hospital’s Stars Appeal’.

In next season’s blog I will feature highlights of the Fairy Festival!

Countdown to the New Forest Fairy Festival

The New Forest Fairy Festival 2023 opens at Burley Park next weekend: Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th August! To avoid disappointment, make sure that you book your tickets online as there will be limited availability on the day New Forest Fairy Festival 2023

Come along and find me – ArtQuartet, Sally Parker – (a clue for you – I will be near the ‘Dragon Chateau’) where you will be able to see my original paintings, limited and open edition giclee prints, cards as well as signed copies of my book ‘Four Noble Ladies of the River Garden.’ There will also be a few fairy competitions such as ‘Name the Fairy Bear’, ‘Look into the Portal’ and ‘Which Noble Lady has a message for you behind the Fairy Door’. Come along and join in the festival vibes and enter the New Forest Fairy Kingdom – an adventure awaits you!

New Forest Fairy Festival 2023
New Forest Fairy Festival 2023

““Faeries, come take me out of this dull world,
For I would ride with you upon the wind,
Run on the top of the dishevelled tide,
And dance upon the mountains like a flame.”

― William Butler Yeats, The Land of Heart’s Desire (Play written 1894)

Full Moons of Summer
Detail from Harvest Moon, watercolour & acrylic inks on paper, Sally Parker, ArtQuartet

Summer Solstice and the Full Moon

Welcome to my summer blog! June is the month of the Summer Solstice when the sun (yang energy) reaches its highest point in the sky producing the longest day of the year. Happy Summer Solstice to you all!

As the moon is associated with feminine energy (yin), it is often featured in my artworks and in my book ‘Four Noble Ladies of the River Garden.’ Look out for the full Buck Supermoon on Monday 3rd July. It is called the Buck Moon as the antlers of male deer have reached their full development at this time. A supermoon is a moon that is at the nearest point to Earth, making it appear larger.

I have always been interested in the various names of the full moons as they give an insight into the folklore and traditions of the cultures that created them. Other names for the Buck Moon are Feather Moulting Moon, Salmon Moon, Berry Moon, Raspberry Moon, Lotus Moon and an apt title for our weather for the last few weeks, ‘Thunder Moon’.

In August there will be two full moons, both supermoons. The first will be a Sturgeon Moon on 1st August. Its name refers to the time of year when the fish called sturgeon were harvested, although now sturgeon are on the critical list of extinction. Other names for this moon are; Flying Up Moon, Ricing Moon, Black Cherries Moon, Mountain Shadow Moon and Orchid Moon. When you have two moons in a month, the second moon is referred to as a ‘Blue Moon’ and this is the case for the full moon on August 30th.

New Forest Fairy Festival August 2023

ArtQuartet, Fairy Festival 2023, New Forest
Preparing for the Fairy Festival 2023, ArtQuartet, Sally Parker

The New Forest Fairy Festival 2023 takes place in Burley, New Forest on Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th August. The themes for the weekend are; ‘Fairy Kings & Queens’ on Saturday and ‘Flower Fairies & Elves’ on Sunday. Come along and find me – ArtQuartet, Sally Parker – my original paintings, limited and open edition giclee prints, and cards will be for sale as well as signed copies of my book ‘Four Noble Ladies of the River Garden.’ There will also be a few fairy competitions! Tickets for the event are on sale now – New Forest Fairy Festival 2023


ArtQuartet - Fairy Festival, New Forest 2023
ArtQuartet – Limited edition giclee prints and cards by Sally Parker

Further details will follow next month!

I hope to see you there!

In the meantime, I wish you all a very happy summer 2023!