AN amazing range of exhibitions, art events and activities around the theme of 'Earth' marked the four days of Appledore Visual Arts Festival.These ranged from learning how to throw a clay pot to working with cob and stone wall artists to create a beautiful boat beside the Richmond Dock. Children and families took part in a range workshops, painting with earth pigments and colours, making people from earth and creating their own fairy wings and wild things.Evenings saw a selection of film shorts, followed by artists talks and film documentaries. Sunday afternoon's festival finale was a vibrant and colourful parade with a samba band beating out a rhythm for an African 'Earth' dance. Many of the structures created during the festival were part of the parade.Spokeswoman Fiona Fraser-Smith said: "The festival was a great success this year. Thousands of people visited, they explored the winding and picturesque streets of Appledore, viewing open gardens, an artists' trail, contemporary crafts, artists at work and some fantastic exhibitions.