Artists Create Trail To Showcase Work – Somerset Guardian

There is the chance to see local artists in action when they throw open the doors of their studios and invite the public to take a look inside.

The old bakery artists (oba) art trail will see painters, potters, printers and photographers coming together to showcase their work in eleven different venues across Radstock, Midsomer Norton and Paulton.

The group have organised the event to try to change the way people think about art. Rather than a painting being something created magically and mysteriously behind closed doors they want to ‘bring art into the community’ to encourage more people to give it a go for themselves.

This is the sixth time the art trail has taken place and there will be eight open studios where members will be showing their work either individually or with other artists as well as group shows in St. John’s Church Hall, Midsomer Norton, St. Nicholas Church Tea Rooms, Radstock and Swan Artworks, High Street, Midsomer Norton.

Most venues will be open from 10.30am till 5pm from Friday, May 10 to Sunday, May 12 with artists in attendance.

Photographer Keith Wisbey said: “They would love to meet you and talk about their work and many will have sketchbooks and working drawings on display so you can see how the work progresses from the initial thought to the finished piece. The art trail represents an ideal opportunity to talk to working artists and, perhaps, have your questions about a particular medium or style answered.”

Penny Lloyd, who is opening her home at Charlton Park, Midsomer Norton, said she hoped the event will prove enjoyable, stimulating and challenging.

Painter Wendy McCleave added: “This year will be a particularly poignant art trail for the oba as Midsomer Norton artist David Fisher, a wonderful painter and vital member of the group recently lost his battle with cancer. He will be greatly missed.”

Refreshments will be available at most venues and, in memory of David, donations will go to the “Be a Brick!” Appeal for the RUH “Space for Cancer Care” Campaign.

Although they exhibit as a group, the artists who make up the oba are all individual and produce a wide variety of work including ceramics, glass and photography as well as drawing, painting and printmaking. Artwork ranges in style from traditional to contemporary; figurative to abstract.

Leaflets for the oba art trail, which include a map, are available from sponsors, Swan Artworks, or from the Radstock tea rooms.