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Old Bakery Artists new Gallery for Radstock

We are now open

The Old Bakery Artists  gallery is now open  in the heart of the town where we started, INSIDE the Radstock Co-operative Store at 3 Wells Road.
entry is free

Come and see us

to be open 10am-5pm every day from 4th November up to Christmas.  In an innovative and exciting move the two have cooperated to bring unique and desirable art work to suit all tastes, needs and pockets right to the doorstep of the consumer.

The space provided by RADCO has everything you would expect from a professional gallery, excellent lighting, storage, shelving to enable the group to present their work to its best advantage and help the buyer imagine it within their own home or indeed that of a friend.  Dedicated to specifically showing the work of The Old Bakery Artists, this eclectic group can show pieces ranging from watercolour, acrylic, oil painting, mixed media and more.  Covering such diverse subjects as wildlife, landscapes, realism, surrealism, abstracts, fantasy, something they hope for everyone.  Alongside practical, decorative ceramics and textiles.

As well as higher priced items, although often the work is more achievably priced than you might think, the group will be selling prints, mounted works, smaller items and original art cards.  The Gallery will be manned by the artists themselves so there will always be an opportunity to meet a working artist.

RADCO will be taking a small commission on sales but half of this will be donated to helping local charities.  This is going to be such a positive move for all and just in time for Christmas.

Bradford on Avon 2019

Photos from the west barn

We had  1141 visitors  in three days
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Every member selling something

Frome Round Tower

Old Bakery Artists Competition

We asked visitors to vote for their favourite item at our exhibition at the Frome Round Tower:

Here are the results:

The votes for the favourite piece were as follows:

Terry In Greyfield Woods 3 6
Afternoon Stroll 1
Rock of Ages 2
Diana Otter 1 2
Long Tailed Tit 1
Neale All 1 1
Karen Rock Pools Beckon 1 3
Coastal Stroll 2
Richard Night & Morning 2 2
Roger Silver Birch 1 1
Below some of the items
And one visitor commented “So wonderful all of them I am unable to choose. Blessings thank you for the art – wow!”


Abstract and Close Up

Victoria Hall, Radstock, BA3 3QG
Friday 4th September – Thursday 1st October

Keith Wisbey is exhibiting his latest photographic images based on a selection of close up images with an abstract twist.

Digital photography workshops will run at this venue during the exhibition:
Thursday 12th September: 3pm-5pm
Thursday 17th September: 7pm-9pm
Thursday 24th September: 10.30am-12.30pm

For more details email or call 01761 433027 / 07753 216352.

Fundraising for Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance

Old Bakery Artists presented a cheque for £515 to the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance after raising money during their bi-annual art trail. Wooden Ducks were sponsored by local businesses and decorated by local groups and artists alike, leading up to the event the Ducks were displayed in windows of shops around the Midsomer Norton and Radstock area.

We would like to thank everyone involved in the trail, both community groups and artists worked very hard to make this a success.

With special thanks to: Jessica Rogers for developing the idea, arranging the Ducks and organising 50% of the sponsors, Diana Connor for raising the highest amount for her beautifully decorated Ducks and Andrew Eddleston for organising community groups and looking after the Ducks before the re-homing took place.

The Duck Migration

Local art group, Old Bakery Artists, present their latest art project, The Duck Migration, which is on show leading up to their bi-annual Art Trail taking place over the weekend of the Saturday, May 10 and Sunday, May 11.

A colourful array of ducks sponsored by local businesses and decorated by artists and local community groups will be nesting in the shops of Midsomer Norton and Radstock.

During the art trail the ten art venues will then play host to the flock of ducks, where they will be auctioned in aid of the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance.

A children’s colouring competition is running throughout the Art Trail.

Colouring sheets will be available from shops displaying the Ducks and each Art Trail venue.

Entries will be judged by OBA committee members after the trail.

Cam Valley Arts Trail 2014

The Cellar, Paulton on Saturday 1st – Sunday 2nd November
11.00am – 5.00pm

Exhibiting at this venue are Old Bakery Artist members:

  • Penny Lloyd
  • Frank Reeves
  • Keith Wisbey
  • John Collins
  • Josie Meaking
  • Allayne Treadway
  • Richard Prentice
  • John Ogden

Saturday Demonstrations
12.00pm – Penny Lloyd and John Collins, painting
2.00pm – Keith Wisbey, Sculpture
3.00pm – Hazel Williams, performing monologues
Sunday Demonstrations
1.00pm – Frank Reeves, painting
2.00pm – Hazel Williams, performing monologues

Cam Valley Brochure

Variety Of Art On Show At Exhibition – Somerset Guardian

Demonstrations of stone carving and painting are just some of the things visitors to an art exhibition can expect to see.

The Old Bakery Artists are holding a summer exhibition next week in Paulton.

The free event is being staged in the cellar beneath Paulton Methodist Church and opens on Friday, June 27, at 10am.

Chairman of the Old Bakery Artists, Keith Wisbey, normally known for photography, will be demonstrating stone carving outside the exhibition.

His work will be displayed along with that of John Collins who will also demonstrate acrylic painting alongside his work. Abstract landscape artist Karen George will be showing her landscapes and seascapes in mixed media while experimental artist Richard Prentice will also have work on show.

The exhibition is open on Friday, June 27, from 10am to 4pm, on Saturday, June 28, from 10am to 4pm, and on Sunday, June 29, from 2pm to 5pm.

OBA Summer Exhibition

The Cellar, Paulton on Friday 27th – Sunday 29th June
Friday / Saturday 10.00am – 4.00pm, Sunday 2.00pm – 5.00pm

Artwork displayed by Old Bakery Artists and are available to purchase by the public, cards and Giclee prints also available.

Refreshments are available for visitors.

11.00am – Penny Lloyd, painting
2.00pm – Keith Wisbey, sculpture
3.00pm – John Collins, watercolour painting

Art Centre Hosts Exhibition – Somerset Guardian

Artists Catherine Beale and Keith Wisbey will showcase their work in the new community arts centre, Victoria Hall in Radstock.

Throughout April a combination of their large scale paintings and photographs will line the gallery space for visitors to enjoy.

Catherine has painted portraits to commission for nearly 20 years, drawing inspiration from the play of light over faces.

Among her paintings will hang an oil of local councillor Sarah Bevan and a tender watercolour of her son. Her work has been chosen for regional and national exhibitions and she opened her Bath studio 18 months ago in Widcombe Parade.

Keith has been a photographer for many years. He lives locally and is a member and current chair of the Old Bakery Artists group.

This exhibition of his photographs will display atmospheric landscapes, close up and movement images. Keith is also a keen stone carver and has been developing his work locally with stonemason Kate Semple.

Keith and Catherine both enjoy running workshops from their own studios for adults and are about to similarly inspire local schools.

The exhibition takes place at The Gallery – Victoria Hall Arts Centre, Church Street, Radstock, from Friday, April 4 until Friday, May 2.

Rook Lane Energy & Movement Exhibition

Saturday 20th October – Saturday 3rd November
10am – 4pm daily except Sunday and Mondays

This popular, locally based group have had several successful shows in Rook Lane Chapel in the past few years. The group have risen to the challenge with an eclectic mix of 2D and 3D work in a variety of mediums. There will be a large grid of canvases on one wall with an interpretation from each member expressing the theme.

Public Invited To Artists Work At Weekend Trail – Somerset Guardian

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

The old bakery artists art trail will see painters, potters, printers and photographers coming together to showcase their work at 11 different venues across Radstock, Midsomer Norton and Paulton.

The group has 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,’ encouraging more people to give it a go for themselves.

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 to 5pm from tomorrow to Sunday 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.”

Painter Wendy McCleave said the event would be a particularly poignant one as Midsomer Norton artist David Fisher, a member of the group, recently lost a battle with cancer. “He will be greatly missed,” she said.

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

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.

National Award For Painting – Somerset Guardian

Paulton artist Carl Johnson has won a national art award for a life painting.

The Old Bakery Artists group member won his award in an online exhibition held by the Elderly Accommodation Council charity for his painting, Eve.

The former teacher is now a full-time painter and printer. His portrait of Eve shows a woman in her late 70s, who is the third generation of her family to pose for Mr Johnson.

He said: “I first painted her daughter at a life class, then painted her daughter when she was pregnant and then with her baby. Eve was in her late 70s when I first painted her and have painted her several times since.”

Mr Johnson received his £125 prize at a reception at the House of Lords.

His work will feature alongside other members in this year’s Old Bakery Artists art trail around Radstock, Midsomer Norton and Paulton between Friday, May 10, and Sunday, May 12.

Midsomer Norton Artist David Fisher Dies Age 66 – Somerset Guardian

Celebrated Midsomer Norton artist David Fisher has died at the age of 66.

Mr Fisher lived in the town all his life making an enormous contribution to Midsomer Norton through his skill as an artist and involvement in local organisations.

He was an apprentice signwriter and decorator for F Speed and Sons before becoming an artist and designer, completing 386 pictorial pub signs for Courage and Butcombe breweries.

A commission from Trusthouse Forte resulted in 13 100ft murals for motorway services across the UK.

Mr Fisher turned away from corporate work to concentrate on his love of fine art and to paint subjects of his own choice as well as commissions in both oil and watercolours.

In 2003 his painting of a much-loved family pet, titled Friend or Foe, was a finalist in the Daily Mail Not the Turner Prize competition competing against 10,000 other entries.

He was also a regular winner of the Royal Bath and West most popular picture but it was his 2008 Holbourne Portrait Prize for Dead Man Posing that he felt brought him recognition.

His portrait of fellow artist Philip Ledbury, who had been diagnosed with leukaemia, won acclaim from the judges.

Mr Fisher’s wife Brenda said: “When he won he said that he had been recognised as an artist.”

Following the win he was given the chance to paint a notable figure as part of the museum’s Local Heroes exhibition. Mr Fisher chose actress Stephanie Cole and his painting was unveiled in April last year.

Trains were his inspiration and joy and he dug into childhood memories of catching the trains to produce his work.

Mr Fisher was a member of the Midsomer Norton Society, Wells Railway Fraternity, Somerset and Dorset Heritage Trust, Bristol Industrial Archaeological Society and the Old Bakery Artists. He was also an honorary member of the Worshipful Company of Painters and associated with Radstock Museum and the Somerset Coal Canal.

Mr Fisher was diagnosed with cancer in 2009 and did not paint for two years while he fought his illness.

One of his last commissions was to design the Midsomer Norton Town Council logo.

Mrs Fisher said: “The logo will appear throughout the town and this will be a lovely and lasting memory of him.”

Midsomer Norton mayor Paul Myers said: “David made an enormous contribution to not just Midsomer Norton but the whole area and he will be greatly missed.

“Whilst his primary focus was painting it was his passion for local history which almost single handedly inspired the founders of the Midsomer Norton Society to come together and go on to achieve so much. A very visual part of his lasting legacy will be his design of the Midsomer Norton Town Council logo.”

He leaves his wife Brenda, children Amy and Mark and six grandchildren.

There will be a service of thanksgiving at St John’s Church on Friday, April 5, at 3pm.

Wells Artist Glenda Maynard Exhibits New And Exciting Work – Wells Journal

Wells artist Glenda Maynard will be exhibiting some new and exciting work alongside her artgroup The Old Bakery Artists at Wells Town Hall on Good Friday and Saturday from 10am to 5pm.

Glenda’s latest project is a “40×30” canvas montage of Wells, this will be on show alongside some contemporary art with watercolours and oils of Wells, Glastonbury and Burrow Mump.

Glenda describes herself as a compulsive traditional/contemporary artist who is self taught and works from home part time to complete commissions, the latest being from the Mayor of Wells.

She works with oils, watercolour, acrylics, pastels, charcoal and pen and ink and is inspired by the atmospheric and colourful works of JMW Turner, Rolf Harris and David Shepherd.

On Display – Somerset Guardian

The Old Bakery Artists, the popular art group based around Midsomer Norton, is back at Rook Lane Chapel, Frome, for its annual exhibition.

Running until November, 3 the theme of the exhibition is Energy and Movement.

The group has risen to the challenge with an eclectic mix of 2D and 3D work in a variety of mediums.

There will be a large grid of canvases on one wall with an interpretation from each member expressing the theme.

OBA member, Catherine Beale, is well-known as a portrait painter and has experimented with some different techniques using her two energetic sons as models.

She adds paint effects to free-flowing hues to describe the boys as they propel themselves through the air.

View Energy and Movement between Monday and Saturday, from 10am to 5pm.

Giving Anyone A Go At Scuplting – Wells Journal

A prize-winning Wells artist is challenging anyone who wants to sculpt, to have a go.

Glenda Maynard is a member of the Radstock-based Old Bakery Artists and a familiar face at Swan Stationers in Wells.

Earlier this month her carefully executed painting of an Afghan hound was winner of the Open Painting class at the Mid-Somerset Show in Shepton Mallet.

For the last twelve months Glenda has been offering a popular Painting for the Terrified art class designed for people who had liked art at school but had been put off by thinking they couldn’t do it.

“Some of my painting students told me they would also love to have a go at sculpture, but thought it would be too difficult or too expensive,” said Glenda.

“A few years ago I watched a Dutch artist create sculpture from recycled fabric. The artist treated the fabric with a special glue so it became rock hard and weather proof. When painted, the end result was a beautiful sculpture.”, said Glenda.

“I realised that I could teach my students this technique as it is beginner-proof and much cheaper than sculpting with most traditional raw materials.”

The Sculpture for the Terrified classes are designed for complete beginners with no knowledge of art or sculpture. Glenda will assist all students to make a weatherproof sculpture, which will be suitable for display outside or inside.

The pay-as you go classes will be held at Wookey Hole Community Hall, bottom of School Hill, Wookey Hole, BA5 1BA on Tuesday mornings from 10.30am till 1pm.

Cost for adults is £15 per session with step-by-step guidance and all materials needed included in the fee.

Prize Painting On Show – Somerset Guardian

A painting which scooped a top prize at the Bath and West Show is now on display in Midsomer Norton.

Artist David Fisher won the prize for the most popular exhibit in the art section for the ninth time.

His painting, First Things First, features the days of steam engines.

Mr Fisher said: “Railway engine drivers and firemen need a combined work effort to gain the greatest potential from these mighty machines and I hope this painting shows that close working bond.”

The painting is on display at The Swan Artworks, 10 High Street, as part of The Old Bakery Artists Summer Exhibition until Saturday, June 30.

Art In Garden Brings Colour To Summer – Somerset Guardian

An open garden weekend combined with Art in the Garden in Lower Peasedown provided a colourful opportunity for visitors to take in the colour of summer.

Members of the Radstock – based Old Bakery Artists created the art including paintings, ceramics and photography.

Visitors to Firgrove House, where Art in the Garden was based, were invited to try throwing pots while Bath-based sculptor Jean Farrell was a special guest.

During the weekend four gardens on each day were open to visitors.

Donations were invited for refreshments which resulted in £350 being collected for Dorothy House.

View Art In Gardens For Hospice Funds – Somerset Guardian

Artists and gardeners are joining forces in Lower Peasedown this weekend to help raise money for Dorothy House Hospice.

People have the chance to view a selection of artwork created by members of the Old Bakery Artists while enjoying gardens preened to perfection by Carlingcott Gardening Club.

Goldsmiths, photographers, ceramicists, painters, sculptors and more will be exhibiting their work at Firgrove House, which will be open from 11am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Gardens along the same road will also be open with refreshments being sold in aid of the hospice.

Artist Unveils First Painting For Two Years At Museum – Somerset Guardian

A celebrated artist from Midsomer Norton has unveiled his latest painting at Bath’s Holburne Museum.

David Fisher, who won the 2008 Holburne Portrait Prize with his picture of Philip Ledbury, was given the chance to paint a notable local figure as part of the museum’s Local Heroes exhibition which celebrates the wealth of talent in the South West.

Mr Fisher, who selected actress Stephanie Cole as his subject, and Bath artist Sally Muir, who chose to paint Bill Bailey, will see their artwork displayed, along with the other prize commissions since 2002, at the exhibition which runs until Sunday, June 24.

Mr Fisher, who is a member of the Old Bakery Artists, chose to paint Cole backstage at the Bath Theatre Royal because he wanted to capture her as though she were rehearsing a play.

The 66-year-old, who has fought his way back to health after being diagnosed with cancer two years ago, said: “I wanted to paint a woman because no one has so in the competition so far.

“I came up with a list of about 13 names and so did the museum and Stephanie Cole was on the top of both our lists.

“I met with her to find out what makes her tick and straight away I could tell she lives and breathes theatre.

“She is a very busy woman and was in Cornwall working on Doc Martin at the time but we met in the Theatre Royal where I did preliminary drawings and took pictures.”

Mr Fisher has been a successful freelance artist and designer for almost 40 years. After completing four years at the West of England College of Art in 1970 he started his business working from home.

During the next two decades he picked up a lengthy list of national and international customers including a commission from Trusthouse Forte, resulting in some of his most well seen pieces of art – his creation of 14 murals, all more than 60 feet long, for Welcome Break motorway service stations across the UK.

After 30 years working in the corporate field Mr Fisher now paints subjects of his own choice and commissions. In 2003 his painting Friend or Foe was a finalist from among 10,000 entries in the Daily Mail’s Not the Turner Prize competition.

He has also won the award for the most popular picture in show eight times at the Bath and West art show.

The painting of Cole is the first painting Mr Fisher has completed in two years.

He added: “I didn’t paint for two years while I was fighting cancer but now I am painting with a vengeance.

“I see life through different eyes now. At the time it was life threatening but thanks to the NHS I am much better.”

Hospital Welcome For Artists From Home And Abroad – Bath Chronicle

Two new exhibitions can be seen at the Royal United Hospital, Bath, until February 1.

Popular West Country group the Old Bakery Artists will be presenting their New Beginnings exhibition and Reed Contemporary Books will present a series of contemporary Chinese woodcuts from a small town in China.

The Old Bakery Artists is a group of 28 artists who meet on a monthly basis in Radstock. This winter they are back to Art at the Heart of the RUH with a ten-week show that is a colourful exhibition with something for everyone – from abstract and contemporary to figurative and traditional works.

Josie Reed, founder of Reed Contemporary Books and formerly of Chapel Row Gallery in Bath, is presenting a selection of exquisite and ambitious prints by eight contemporary printmakers from PuErh (known sometimes as Simao) in China. Reduction woodblock printing involves a single block of wood being cut and printed up to 20 times with 20 different colours. The exhibition includes prints by He Kun who has works in the Collections of the British Museum and British Library.

All works in both exhibitions will be for sale, with 25 per cent going directly to Art at the Heart of the RUH, helping to improve the healing environment for all in the hospital.

The exhibitions take place along the main corridor galleries of the Royal United Hospital Bath NHS Trust, Combe Park, Bath. As with all exhibitions at the RUH, entry is free and access to the main corridors is available 8am-8pm, seven days a week, making it one of the most accessible galleries in the country.

Show Me The Monet – This Is Somerset

Caroline Thatcher, a new member of the Old Bakery Artists Group, who lives in Radstock, can be seen with her painting Growing Pains on the BBC 2 reality art show Show Me The Monet, starting on Monday.

The oil on canvas, is a self-portrait from when she was three years old, and was one of only 35, chosen for the final exhibition, from hundreds of artworks which were submitted from all over the UK.

The programme, shown each week night for two weeks, shows the selection process of artworks which included paintings, drawings, photographs, ceramics and sculptures.

Caroline’s painting was exhibited at the Royal College of London with 300 invited guests, including gallery owners, the media and potential buyers.

A silent auction took place so all finalists had a chance to sell their work.

More of Caroline’s work can be seen at St John’s Church Hall, Midsomer Norton, as part of the OBA’s Art Trail, May 12-15.

Old Bakery Artists Art Trail – This Is Somerset

Every two years, the Old Bakery Artists create an art trail on their ‘home turf’ in the Midsomer Norton, Paulton and Radstock area.

OBA members have created new works for this event, which takes place from Thursday, May 12 to Sunday May 15 between 10.30am and 5pm.

There will be a range of artworks to see using a variety of media and styles from the traditional to the contemporary.

Reopened Pub Aims To Be Centre Of Village Life – This Is Somerset

A refurbished 15th-century pub in Litton was treated to a celebrity reopening this week.

Local business man Findlay Hobbs didn’t have to look far to find a man fit for the job when he invited his neighbour Christopher Booker, journalist and founder of political satire magazine Private Eye, to cut the ribbon at The Kings Arms.

Former Midsomer Norton and Radstock Rotary Club president Mr Hobbs and his wife Jackie, who has owned Midsomer Norton hairdressing salon Pierre Hair Technicians for almost 40 years, have teamed up with former Babington House manager Luis Duarte and his wife Monica to recreate the traditional pub atmosphere focusing on local, organic but reasonably priced food.

Artistic talent from the local area is also recognised at the pub with a wide selection of pictures and painting from members of the Old Bakery Artists including Midsomer Norton’s David Fisher.

Mr Hobbs said he was pleased that so many people had turned up for the opening and he hoped to make the pub the centre of village and community life.

Artist’s Make Grand Charity Donation – This Is Somerset

Members of the locally based Old Bakery Artists group (OBA) have presented a cheque for £1,260 to Kevin Wright of Cancer Research UK.

In return the group has been given a framed certificate of appreciation from the charity.

The money was raised by members of the OBA producing and donating 27 pictures on small block canvases, from abstract, to landscape, to still life and figurative in a variety of mediums.

These were on display at the OBA’s Christmas exhibition at Rook Lane Chapel in December and sold by a silent auction which took place throughout the show.

The picture which attracted the highest bid of £275, was an oil painting of Dartmouth Harbour created by David Fisher, a well-known and popular Midsomer Norton artist, who is at the moment undergoing treatment for cancer.

Keith Wisbey, chairman of the OBA, said: “We are grateful to everyone who came to our exhibition and bid on the pictures, enabling us to donate more than £1,000 to Cancer Research UK. It is a charity that is close to our hearts, especially when the group’s thoughts are currently with David, who is a vital part of the OBA.”

Artist’s Paintings Raise Cancer Funds – This Is Somerset

Members of the Old Bakery Artists group have been using their artistic talents to raise funds for Cancer Research UK.

The group, which holds monthly meetings at The Fromeway Inn, in Radstock, raised £1,260 for the charity through a silent auction at its successful Christmas Exhibition held at Rook Lane Chapel, in Frome, in December.

Members of the Old Bakery Artists produced and donated 27 pictures on small block canvases from abstract, to landscape, still life and figurative in a variety of mediums.

The work was on display anonymously with a silent auction taking place throughout the exhibition.

Summer Sun, Dartmouth, an oil painting by David Fisher, an artist from Midsomer Norton who is undergoing treatment for cancer, attracted the highest bid of £275.

Chairman of the Old Bakery Artists, Keith Wisbey, said the group were grateful to everyone who attended the exhibition and bid on the pictures enabling them to make a large donation.

He said: “It is a charity close to our hearts, especially when our thoughts are with David who is a vital member of Old Bakery Artists.”

Mayor Opens First Art Show At Home – This Is Somerset

Mayor of Wells, Tony Robbins, donned his chain of office and a sturdy pair of work boots to open the first Fletcher House Art Exhibition.

Mr Robbins braved snow and ice to make it on time and to present volunteer art teacher and organiser, Glenda Maynard with a large bouquet of flowers.

“We were so thrilled that the Mayor turned up as scheduled, we really thought he would have to cancel”, said Carol Mohide, Manager of Fletcher House.

Run by Somerset Care, Fletcher House provides 24-hour residential care for 58, mostly elderly, men and women.

Earlier this year, Glenda, who is a member of Radstock-based ‘Old Bakery Artists’ and a familiar face at local retailer, Swan Stationers in Wells, volunteered to organise art classes for residents.

“The classes have been very popular, and have really enhanced the lives of residents. Glenda and the staff at Fletcher House were so impressed by the standard of the paintings produced that we felt we had to have an exhibition to show relatives what our residents had achieved.

Many of our residents had not picked up a paint brush since they were at school and had very little confidence that painting was something they could still do”, said Deputy Manager, Pippa James.

Although Glenda provides her time free of charge, several sponsors had helped defray the costs of the exhibition.

St Cuthbert’s Mill in Wookey Hole supplied high quality art paper for the classes, Pricelis Art in Holcombe provided mounts for the paintings and St Andrew’s Press in Wells printed invitations for the exhibition.

Somerset Care Chief Executive Andrew Larpent OBE was so impressed with the work when he visited the exhibition that he now wants to offer art classes in other Somerset Care homes too.