Artists Return For Latest Varied Exhibition Of Pieces – This Is Somerset

Following their successful exhibition last year, Old Bakery Artists are returning to the Wells and Mendip Museum on Cathedral Green in the city.

An exciting, diverse range of 2D and 3D artworks in a variety of media will be on show and for sale from this Saturday to Tuesday, August 31.

The Old Bakery Artists have been in existence as a group for several years and is well-established in the Midsomer Norton / Radstock area.

They have exhibited together as a group on many occasions. The group provides an ideal platform for artists to meet and plan exhibitions, talks and workshops.

Old Bakery Artists meet at the Fromeway Inn, Radstock on the last Thursday of each month excluding December.

Among the members are Catherine Beale, who paints from her cottage studio near Bath. She specialises in portraits of animals, people and homes.

John Collins studied at the Royal West of England College of Art and worked for many years as a graphic designer and illustrator for various printing companies. He became self-employed in 1985 as an illustrator and the necessary self-discipline enabled him to progress into painting full-time – enjoying working in all media as well as illustrating children’s books.

John Dryburgh, a printer by trade, has always enjoyed painting. A keen ornithologist, John paints accurate and sensitive bird studies informed by careful drawing and study from life. More recently, he has been experimenting with landscape.

David Fisher has been a freelance artist and designer for more than 36 years, working from his home and studio at The Hole in The Wall in Church Square, Midsomer Norton. In 2003, David’s painting Friend Or Foe was one of the 20 winners, out of 10,000 entries, in the Daily Mail Not the Turner Prize competition. Further success for him was the award of The Most Popular Picture In The Show at the Royal Bath and West of England Society’s annual show in 2006 with an oil painting The Grand Turk – the eighth time David has won this award.

Philip Ledbury started painting in the 1990s. In 2004 he was diagnosed with leukaemia and given three to five years to live. Since then he has painted more than 200 paintings and had his first exhibition at the Poacher’s Pocket, in Doulting.

Helen Thompson’s creative journey began with textiles but has progressed into colourful mixed media collages, paintings and sculptures. She likes to create work that cannot be completely comprehended at a glance – the more you look into them the more you see. She includes layers of texture and recycles old letters and papers, giving a new lease of life to everyday ephemera.

Admission to the exhibition is free and it will be open daily from 11am 4pm.

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