With a week to go until the first ever Combe Down Art Trail, we're moving onto venues 9 and 10, just off Combe Road on Summer Lane and opposite another of our local sponsors, Bath Crockhire. You can't miss venue 9: Malvern Cottage, with its bright yellow doors. Here you'll find the compelling studio of Combe Down Art Trail founder, Jeni Wood. Jeni works primary in 3D and relief work, using many different materials from paper to stone. Alongside Jeni is printmaker, Leila Wishart. Leila has developed an interest in mixed media paintings of flowers.
A little further down Summer Lane is number five where you'll find venue 10 and an exciting group of sculptors, working predominantly in stone. Willing to share their expertise, this will be a fascinating venue.
As you continue along the Trail, don't forget to keep your eyes peeled for the children's anagram competition as well as stories and poems in windows, such as the large window of another of our sponsors on Combe Road, Tynings Estate Agents. Tynings also happen to be opposite the next venue on the Trail: Venue 8, The Ralph Allen Cornerstone. The 'Combe Down Stone Legacy Trust', who run the Cornerstone, have kindly donated this space to seven of our artists.
Printmaker Kate Peters will be exhibiting her detailed peacock etchings while Helen Knill will have wonderful portrait sculptures for sale. Emma's Rose's stunning semi-abstract paintings add texture to the mix and Costas Mikellides' imaginative artwork add a nuance of experimentation. Vibrant colour from Mary Liddell's paintings of flowers convey a sense of spontaneity. And to complete this venue's eclectic styles of artwork, Linda O'Gorman's paintings of far-flung places and Sara Studd's prints of landscapes contribute to making the Cornerstone a fascinating and inspiring stop on the Trail.
On Sunday, the Cornerstone museum will be open alongside the artists and their work, so why not take a browse at the story of stone mining in Combe Down at the same time. Disabled access and facilities are available here.
Continuing down Combe Road to the junction with Rock Hall Lane, is the recently refurbished historic King William IV pub: venue 7 on the Art Trail. We're grateful to Jerry, the manager, for giving over two of the pub rooms for no fewer than five artists to showcase their work. The pub will be offering refreshments and this venue has disabled access.
First up, Catherine Beale. Catherine's watercolours combine fluid application with refined detail to create exceptional portraits and landscapes. Penny Richards mixes media and subject matter to create expressionistic paintings, from landscape to figurative. Richard Gardiner creates impressionistic paintings of landscapes and street scenes in oils or acrylic. Shuya Cheng is inspired by both Western and Eastern culture. She combines form with embroidery to create geometric patterns and shapes. And finally, Valerie Rutley-Paine will be exhibiting her mix of styles from etchings to oil paintings to felt-work.
Opposite venue 5 on Combe Road, is venue 6: RT Framing. Run by Kevin Richardson (who is one of our sponsors) Kevin has no doubt been responsible for most of the framing on the Trail! He has kindly given over his workshop to two artists: Paul Wilkins and Sally Muir.
Paul Wilkins helps Kevin create the frames for RT Framing. For the 2017 Art Trail, Paul will be exhibiting his softly-coloured prints - from relief printing to screen-printing to engraving. Sally Muir is a prolific painter of dogs, conveying a sense of their personalities and varied shapes with swift painterly strokes, predominantly in oil. She'll also be exhibiting landscape paintings, often depicting rural scenes.
From Greendown Place, retrace your steps along North Road toward Barclays Bank and turn here into Combe Road. The first venue on Combe Road is just opposite the dentists, house number 5 - which is also conveniently marked as venue 5! Four artists are exhibiting here with paintings, ceramics and collage. Firstly, Sally Jefferies. Sally will be exhibiting her colourful paintings, from seascapes to still life, as well as her beautiful glass paintings and handmade cards.
Her daughter, Ele Nash, will be showing her latest collage paintings of Bath as well as drawings from around Combe Down village. Sally Gardiner's stunning ceramic animals will be for sale too - from hares, to hens, to foxes, her crackled glazed pieces capture personality as well as form. And Rachel Ward will be exhibiting her stunning paintings of seascapes and landscapes. With such a vibrant mixture of artwork, venue 5 is a must-see.
Continuing with our Trail highlights, we head to venues 3 and 4 on the Map. Following on from Richard Ford at venue 2, head along North Road toward the Forester ad Flower pub and you'll come to Greendown Place. Humphrey Hallward will be exhibiting his artwork at Venue 3 (10 Greendown Place). Humphrey is an award winning artist who studied at the Royal Academy. His work encompasses many styles and subjects, from portraits to still life, drawings to oil paintings. Further into Greendown Place is Venue 4. Two artists will be exhibiting their artwork at 12 Greendown Place: Rosemary Simmons and Olive Webb.
Rosemary trained at Chelsea School of Art. She ran Curwen Gallery and Studio and has written extensively on all forms of printmaking. Over the Trail weekend, she'll be exhibiting her watercolour paintings. Olive's work combines various printing techniques with drawing and collage to create layered pictures in often vibrant colours. Also on Greendown Place, the Jewish Burial Ground is a fascinating place to visit. Open on Sunday, you may want to pop in on your way round the Trail.
With only a month to go until the 2017 Combe Down Art Trail, we're going to take a closer look at the Trail venues. First up, venue 1: Just across the road from the Firs Field, 7 Stonehouse Lane will be home to Mike Arnold. Working mostly in oil on board, Mike's abstract paintings use vibrant colours to express place.
Follow the Trail around the corner to venue 2 to 21 North Road where Richard Ford will be exhibiting his exciting black and white photography.
Our featured artist is founder of the Combe Down Art Trail, Jeni Wood! Jeni developed the trail by gathering artists from the community and creating a vision of the event that's sure to be as eclectic and stimulating as her own work. Jeni is a versatile artist, working in many types of media from paper to stone. Her fascinating studio (at Malvern Cottage on Summer Lane) will be open to the public for this year's trail on the 9th and 10th September. Click here for more information on Jeni.