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!
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.
Mike's been busy creating new pieces of work, acrylic on canvas, with a view to exhibiting in the new year.
Phew! Now we're all recovered from the extraordinary weekend of the first ever Combe Down Art Trail, we can reflect on what a fantastic weekend it was. We had over 30 artists taking part at 14 venues around the village. A massive 300+ visitors completed the Trail, enjoying our lovely historic village, the Firs Field Summer Event, as well as being inspired by the vast talent on show in every venue.
Thank you to all the artists who took part, making each venue of 2017 so special, and to everybody who came to the Trail - over 300 of you - thank you!
None of this would have been possible without the huge effort of 'makerer' Jeni Wood. Jeni has worked tirelessly to get the event started and she did a truly wonderful job of creating a stylish, easy to follow Trail. Thank you, Jeni!
Now, who's ready for the 2018 Art Trail?!
The 2017 Combe Down Art Trail has begun! Check out the wonderful artwork by local artists! Meet the artists in their studios and other local venues and buy direct from them! Explore the stunning village of Combe Down and enjoy the Firs Field Summer Event which starts at 2pm!
Don't forget that samples of these stunning writers' stories, recipes and poems will be on lampposts marking the Trail around the village - including poet, writer and sculptor Esme Ellis whose husband has kindly given permission to posthumously show her work.