January 2019

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This publication is no stranger to art. Quite the contrary, in fact. As diamonds are to girls, striking, two-dimensional creations by local residents are a community magazine editor's best friend, providing visually appealing – and geographically relevant – content. It's little wonder, therefore, that artists account for a significant number of article bylines in the history of the Wanstead Village Directory, which thrives on its community-contributed content. Each of those bylines represents a different set of inspirations, a different display of ideas and a different portfolio of talent.

As the blank canvas of 2019 awaits the brushstrokes of a colourful year ahead (a colour palette that includes the women's football World Cup, the men's cricket and rugby World Cups and, of course, that small issue of the United Kingdom's exit from the European Union), local artists are contemplating their entries for what will be the area's 10th annual art trail. And just as our High Street's shops and surrounding community venues will enthusiastically hand over their window and wall space to the artistry of our neighbours, we too stand by with pages waiting to be filled by more of our two-dimensional friends.

Aristotle said the aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things but their inward significance. And perhaps that applies not just to art but to the art trail phenomenon itself. There is an obvious, outward beauty as creations of two, three and four dimensions take pride of place in a place filled with pride, but as Aristotle suggests, there is also a greater, inner significance, one that permeates the entire community. And whether life imitates art or art imitates life, this publication for one is happy to imitate that very community.