With Christmas drawing nearer, now is the perfect time to visit local exhibitions to find the perfect unique Christmas gift! Two of the artists who both exhibited their work at Venue 5 (5 Combe Road) have work on show at The Pound Arts Centre in Corsham. Sally Gardiner has one of her larger ceramic hares for sale (who wouldn't want to unwrap "Herbert"?!) while Ele Nash has one of her collage paintings of Bath, entitled "The Laundry Arch", which depicts the old plumbing system for the Roman Baths spanning York Street. The Pound Arts Centre is celebrating its tenth open exhibition this year, giving emerging and established artists a chance to have their work shown and sold at this beautiful venue. Admission is free and there is a café at the centre. The exhibition runs Monday - Saturday 10am - 4pm from now until December 23rd.
A step or two out of venue 13 takes you to The Firs Field where, on Saturday only, you'll find artist Sharon Keenan on hand to talk about her own work as well as helping direct any lost visitors to the Trail. She'll also take details of any of you who've been inspired to take part in next year's Art Trail. Best of all, you can join in the general fun and games at the Firs Field Summer Event! Starting at 2pm, the event is a Combe Down treat. Grab something to eat and drink from one of the many stalls.
Sharon specialises in portraiture and has exhibited in the Royal Academy and was prize winner with the Society of Portrait Sculptors. Her public commissions include City of London, Territorial Army and Gibraltar Heritage Trust. She also enjoys painting non-humans. As we are now in a field, it's appropriate to thank Hugh and Celia from Newton Farm Foods for sponsoring us even though they don't live in the village. You will always see Hugh's cheery face delivering his farm produce to the residents of Combe Down.
The Information stand (venue 14) and Sharon will only be there on Saturday from 2pm as part of the Firs Field Summer Event
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.
Our featured artist is prolific painter, Mary Liddell. Mary likes to work 'alla prima', meaning 'at once' where each paint-stroke is applied and ideally left untouched. It gives her work a loose and instant appeal and keeps the vibrant colours she uses pure. Mary will be exhibiting her paintings - from landscapes to still life - at The Cornerstone on Combe Road on the 9th and 10th of September as part of the 2017 Combe Down Art Trail. To find out more about Mary, click here.
Our 'featured artist' this time is fine water-colourist, Julia Trickey. Julia is an award winning botanical artist. She is particularly drawn to specimens that are less than perfect, especially autumn leaves, seed heads and fading flowers. You can see Julia's glowing paintings and select prints on the trail at 6 The Firs as one of 30 artists involved in the first ever Combe Down Art Trail on the 9th and 10th September 2017. To find out a little more about Julia, click here.
Our 'featured artist' this time is ceramacist, Sally Gardiner. Sally Individually hand-makes farm, wild and domestic animals in stoneware clay, capturing both the beauty of the materials and the characteristics of the animals. You can see Sally's beautiful work on the trail at 5 Combe Road as one of 30 artists involved in the first ever Combe Down Art Trail on the 9th and 10th September 2017. Until then, please click here learn more about Sally.
In the lead up to the first ever Combe Down Art Trail (9th-10th September) we're whetting your appetite with sneak peaks at some of the artists taking part. This week it's Bridget Baker.
Bridget's ability to capture not only all sorts of animals' anatomy in a few simple lines, but also their character, is truly remarkable. Bridget will be exhibiting some of these charming wire animals on the trail. To see more of her work, click here.
In the lead up to the Combe Down Art Trail on September 9th and 10th, we'll be posting a feature on one of the artists each week to whet your appetite! The first artist is... Mike Arnold! Mike lives in Combe Down and is excited to be taking part in the first ever trail in his home village. Mike's oil paintings are highly expressive, mixing abstract shapes with often vibrant colour. To find out more about Mike, click on the painting.