Saturday had been such a great day, how could Sunday compare? It was even better! The sun shone, Combe Down was bustling with visitors, lots of artwork and cards were purchased, food and drink consumed, compliments on the Trail all-round, and just a great spirit of art appreciation. As you can see from the photos taken on Sunday, it was a fantastic end to the 2018 Combe Down Art Trail!
Thank you so much to everyone who came, the artists who took part and gave over their houses and workshops, to those who demonstrated their work, and to Jeni Wood, our tireless leader, and the hard-working team of Steve Wells, Ele Nash, and Vikki Yeates! We couldn't have asked for a better weekend - but I think we'll all need a year to recover!
What a fantastic first day we've had on the Trail! Perfect Trail weather, lots of visitors, lots of demonstrations and chat about art. Here are a some photos from just a few of the great venues on the Trail.
And today is set to be even better so if you haven't got to see it so far, all the venues are open from 10am - 5pm. What fantastic artists we have in Combe Down!
Venue 20 will be open from 2.30 - 4.30 with the brilliant Rondo Theatre Company performing rehearsals of The Lady Killers.
Raku firing at Venue 1 at 12 noon is a must-see, as are the throwing demonstrations during the rest of today and tomorrow.
There's chalk drawing outside Venue 19 for children as well as the Animal Art Trail.
A talk on printmaking at Venue 5 is at 3pm today and a talk on watercolour at Venue 5 is at 10am tomorrow.
And that's not forgetting all the many pieces of original artwork for sale. So many great things to see and do!
At the Firs Field Summer Event, we officially launched the 2018 Combe Down Art Trail! With a selection of this year's artwork on show, we handed out the map and whetted the appetite for the Trail weekend, which takes place on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th September, 10am - 5pm.
This year we have so much going on! From live demonstrations of stone carving and clay throwing, to workshops on watercolours and printmaking, to rehearsals for the Rondo Theatre Company's autumn show, The Lady Killers, to chalk drawing, to a children's fun Animal Artwork Trail - and that's not forgetting what makes Bath's art trails so special: the wonderful local artwork for sale!
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Things are progressing nicely here at Combe Down Art Trail HQ with the artists and venues now finalised, the map drawn up beautifully (by Steve Wells), the signs cleaned, the website updated, and the brochure almost ready to go off to the printers. Next on the agenda is the Firs Field Summer Event, held on 21st July at 2pm, it promises to be a fantastic family day. There'll be dog shows, boules, the pub choir, music, stalls, tea and cakes, and much more. We will also have a stall there showing samples of work from many of the artists taking part in this year's Trail as well as selling cards. Come and say hello!
Don't forget: If you're an artist who would like to take part in the Combe Down Art Trail on the 8th and 9th September, you need to have submitted your application by June 1st! Do pass it on to anyone you think might be interested.
Well firstly, Happy New Year everyone! Did you get everything you wanted over the festive period? If not, the artists who took part in the Combe Down Art Trail 2017 are still beavering away creating beautiful art and stories ready for a busy 2018, including this year's Trail.
The weather may a bit on the windy, cold and wet side, but while you're perusing the January sales, how about popping into the exhibition space 44AD on Abbey Street, Bath? There you'll find Jeni Wood's
picture: 'Five Resolutions' as part of 44AD's '48 Hours Notice' exhibition. The exhibition is on 12-5pm until January 12th. The trick with Jeni's picture is to try to guess what those five resolutions might be...
Venture into any good bookshop, and you'll discover Sally Muir's wonderful 'A Dog a Day' book crammed full of her beautiful paintings and sketches of dogs. What began as a Facebook hashtag has grown into some of the finest selection of prints of dogs around. If you don't fancy leaving the comfort of your sofa, you can buy Sally Muir's book on her website here. She'll even personalise it with a dedication!