There's just four weeks to go before the 2023 Combe Down Art Trail! The map of venues and list of artists is now printed, with 34 artists taking part in 22 venues, including 7 street galleries where children's posters - from nurseries, toddler groups and primary schools - will be hung on the railings around the village. This is our most inclusive art trail yet, including art at the Peggy Dodd Centre where the oldest client is 103! Artists' posters too will be hung on railings as part of the vibrant street scene.
As well as including more artists than ever, we also have the largest artwork in the history of our art trail! Noah's Rainbow, made by Rosemary Simmons, is created from recycled hot-air balloon fabric, with each panel measuring a whopping 2.7 x 1.5 metres! The artwork represents the rainbow that Noah saw after the Great Flood and which he understood to mean that better times will come. Artwork in our community reflects this optimism as well as the joy of creating all the paintings, prints, sculptures, ceramics, jewellery, textiles and photographs that you will find on the trail.
In addition, we're delighted that one of artists and hard-working team volunteers, Catherine Beale, has a book out titled "Capturing Light'. In Catherine's words: "It is my guide to creating radiant landscapes and, as part of Search Press' Innovative Artist series, taking a very personal look at how I like to push the boundaries of watercolour methods and materials. Its 500 colour illustrations include many of my recent landscapes, over 176 imaginative pages."
Published by Search Press, it is available to buy through them, as well as in bookshops, and many online retailers such as SAA, Artcoe, WHSmith, Bookshop, and Amazon. Congratulations Catherine!
"Capturing Light is a must for artists who wish to investigate the subtle qualities of light with an emphasis on creating dramatic, imaginative landscapes."
We will start hanging the street gallery artwork from Tuesday 5th September - on railings outside the schools, churches and nurseries and on walls.
The venues themselves will be open during the art trail weekend Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th September, 10am - 4pm.
Introducing this year's map and venues list, beautifully updated this year by artist, Hilary Strickland - thank you, Hils! With 22 venues, including seven street gallery venues, our 2023 art trail really captures the spirit of our creative village. Taking place on Saturday 9th - Sunday 10th September, 10am - 4pm, make a note in your diary. It's not to be missed!