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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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Nature Watch For Young Patients – This Is Somerset

Young patients at the Royal United Hospital are being given the chance to study nature in a specially designed courtyard.

The unused space in the hospital grounds has been transformed into an oasis of peace, complete with sculptures.

The hospital’s artist in residence Julie Starks has created a willow deer, a bird and a shelter, which stand in the courtyard.

She was helped in transforming the area by patients from the children’s ward, who made clay creatures.

Each of the creatures was cast in a kiln and they have been used to create a wildlife trail.

RUH arts co-ordinator Hetty Dupays said: “Being able to see and access these gardens, or nature spaces, is extremely beneficial for hospital patients and staff.

“This particular courtyard garden has the added bonus of being directly accessible from the schoolroom on the children’s ward.

“As well as benefiting from a green and pleasant environment, the children will also be able to study plant and insect life and the art in the garden as part of their schooling while they’re in hospital.”

The garden was opened by city mayor Councillor Colin Barrett and children’s author Jeremy Strong, who met some of the children who created the sculptures this week.

They also attended a classical music recital in the Atrium, and viewed artwork by The Old Bakery Artists group and other local artists displayed in the hospital corridors.

Ms Dupays said: “We are very grateful to the Friends of the RUH, the People’s Mission Church and the Bath Primary Schools Arts Festival. Their generosity has made it possible to create a restorative and educational garden for everyone to enjoy.”

Catherine’s Work Is ‘Out Of This World’ – This Is Bath

The vibrant colours of the tropics have left their mark on the painting style of Catherine Beale.

For 11 years she lived and worked in Singapore and Malaysia, where her husband Phil was working as a geologist in the oil industry.

Four years after their return to the UK the vivid shades that flooded her Far Eastern scenes have resurfaced in her studies of places closer to home.

Dreamy Somerset valleys have an other-worldly atmosphere to them as the colours of grass and foliage diffuse in the early-morning mist.

A selection of her work, entitled Atmospherics, will be on show at the Fat Fowl Restaurant in Silver Street in Bradford on Avon as part of Cloth Road Art Week throughout May.

Exhibiting alongside her at the Fat Fowl will be photographer Emma Frater, with her pictures of Australia, and sculptor Gareth Leake.

Catherine will also be demonstrating painting with watercolours from 2pm on Saturdays and Sundays on May 1 and 2, and 8 and 9 at the Fat Fowl.

Many of the views in the exhibition are scenes she has discovered on her early-morning dog walks near her cottage home in Wellow.

Accompanied by her Spanish water dog Zorro, she has found countless scenes that inspire her.

Most of her paintings in the exhibition are watercolours, but there are also some large portraits in oils that reflect the direction her work has been taking more recently.

Drawing and painting have been a passion since childhood days growing up on the edge of Salisbury Plain.

In the Far East she found that her talent for capturing buildings in watercolour could be used to paint studies of old colonial buildings.

Successful exhibitions followed, and as well as grand houses set in tropical gardens, she painted windows, doorways, shop houses and bungalows.

Her work helped the rising conservation movement spread awareness of what should be saved from the bulldozers.

When she and her family returned to the UK, Catherine turned her attention to the beautiful Georgian buildings of Bath.

She exhibits regularly with the Old Bakery Artists, based in Radstock and Midsomer Norton, and gets her work seen at open studios events, at village fetes and fairs, and at art and craft events around the West Country.

Her creative skills also encompass music, and she and husband Phil play in the band Firefly, which performs regularly at events in and around Wellow.

Their two sons Robbie, 10, and eight-year-old Dominic, are pupils at the primary school in Wellow, and the whole family enjoys being involved in village life.

Old Bakery Artist’s Work Goes On Display At Theatre – This Is Somerset

Paulton-based artist Carl Johnson is currently exhibiting a selection of his oil pastels and prints at an exhibition at The Theatre Royal in Bath.

Carl, 62, is a member of Radstock’s Old Bakery Artists and has spent a lifetime working on his craft, having starting as a child before becoming an art teacher in later life.

A specialist in the human form and architectural interiors Mr Johnson has recently been focusing on building up a selection of art work depicting local buildings including Wells Cathedral and Bath’s Roman Baths.

He said: “I have really enjoyed drawing the Roman Baths as the colours in there are so unusual.

“When I looked back at my pictures I thought is it really that green?

“The floor slabs are also very unusual especially in the dark when they have a beautiful purple sheen.”

Carl has had his work exhibited at a selection of prestigious galleries across the globe including the National Print Exhibition in London, the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Sudwest LB Drunkgrafic in Germany and Cuprum Print Biennale in Poland.

The exhibition opened last week and will run until Wednesday, September 2.

Giant Badgers Give Bike Container Wild New Look – This Is Somerset

The Bath and North East Somerset Sports and Active Leisure cycle container behind St Nicholas Church Centre, in Radstock, has become part of the landscape thanks to a makeover.

A team from the Old Bakery Artists volunteered for the task and, working with paints, brushes and a beautiful design, have transformed the blue corrugated box into a lush landscape complete with larger-than-life badgers.

Artist Michael Barnard came up with the design concept and was assisted by fellow artists Frank Reeves, John Dryburgh, Josie Meaking and Allayne Treadway.

They were thanked for their work by the rector of Radstock, the Rev Sue Greatorex.

Also joining the celebrations to mark the unveiling of the mural were instigators of the scheme Caroline Green, formerly of nesa (North East Somerset Arts), Chris Revill and Eugene Kertzman, of B&NES Cycling for Leisure.

John Dryburgh talks of the experience, “The Old Bakery Artists’ Trail is getting very close. Several of us were at the Church tea rooms in Radstock to set up an exhibition of our work which will last for 2 months and will form part of the trail. The tearooms will be a starting point for the Radstock end of the trail and will have information and maps of all venues which takes place from May 10-12. While I was there this morning I took the opportunity to photograph the container which stands behind the tearooms, which was decorated by Michael B. who designed the mural, but was aided by some members of the OBA. It remains quite magnificent with all the colours looking clean and bright. Take a look next time you are in the tearooms.”

Artists Open Doors For Studio Trail – This Is Somerset

Bright yellow arrows are sprouting up on the verges around Radstock, Midsomer Norton and Paulton this May, like a new variety of spring flower.

Between Thursday, May 14 and Sunday, May 17 these markers will point out the Old Bakery Artists’ Arts Trail, featuring 14 local artists’ studios and groups.

All artists taking part are members of the Old Bakery Artists (OBA) and will be selling their original work direct to the public with no gallery commission.

Art lovers can meet and chat to them over tea and biscuits, often in their own home studios.

The OBA grew out of a North East Somerset Arts initiative to make use of the empty Old Bakery in Radstock as a possible arts centre.

Early meetings in 2002 made plans for a mix of artists’ studios and exhibition space.

Unfortunately they didn’t come to fruition but the group of artists and friends gelled.

They have attracted many new members and continue to meet monthly to arrange exhibits and swap ideas.

Allayne Treadway clearly remembers early days in the group when her painting hobby began to develop into something more.

She recalls early OBA members learning together the details of how to successfully present art for sale.

Allayne is hosting an exhibition at her home with fellow artists as part of the Arts Trail.

Peter Kirkland is another early member of the OBA. He recalls an interesting evening years ago, touring the darkened interior of the Old Bakery building.

Peter’s painting grew from his architectural drawing.

Now retired, he is part of the Somer Artists Group which will be exhibiting from Peter’s home as part of the Arts Trail.

Keith Wisbey was given his first “proper” SLR camera for his 18th birthday after a childhood spent taking photos.

It was during art A-level at Radstock College that he saw the advert calling for local artists and he became the OBA’s first chair.

Keith now juggles work at a professional printers with his photography.

Find his photographic landscapes and new abstract paintings on the arts trail.

Penny Lloyd discovered painting during a childhood illness.

Her talent for watercolours has developed ever since and her home studio of vibrant paintings can be found with many more in the OBA Art Trail.

Maps are available from St Nicholas Church Centre at the Fair Trade Tea Rooms.

Voluntary donations for refreshments available at venues will be taken in aid of the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance.

Studios are open daily, between 10.30am and 6pm, and admission is free.

Terminally Ill Artist Holds Farewell Exhibition – This Is Somerset

Terminally ill artist Philip Ledbury, special project manager at Framptons, is holding his farewell art exhibition in April.

The exhibition is called Life: Our Most Precious Gift, and features more than 30 paintings by Philip, aged 59, as well as pieces of his installation art.

Philip, who lives in Frome, was diagnosed with leukemia in 2004, and since then he has expressed his thoughts on life through his art.

He has already had several successful exhibitions, and a portrait of him, painted by artist David Fisher, won the Bath Holburne Portrait Prize in 2008.

Philip said: “Since being diagnosed with terminal cancer I have realised how precious life is, and I hope that this is reflected in the work on display at the exhibition.

“I would also like it to be a celebration of my life.

“I started painting in the early 1990s, everything I painted I gave to family and friends.

“As painting is therapeutic and involves using little energy I paint with a vengeance and have painted close to 200 pictures since diagnosis.

“I believe that you can put whatever you want on to canvas, someone wanting to hang it on their wall judges you.

“I enjoy bright colours and love large canvases.

“I’m not afraid to experiment and always have a couple of projects in my head.”

Philip is a member of the Old Bakery Artists based in Radstock.

Philip is supported by Shepton Mallet-based sculptors Jeff Body and Chris Pilmore, as well as artists David Fisher, Alce Harefield, Jane Ledbury and Pip Gilham, to name but a few.

The exhibition takes place at Rook Lane Arts in Frome from Thursday, April 9 to Saturday, April 25.

Museum Hosts The Old Bakery Artists – This Is Somerset

The Old Bakery Artists group is currently displaying some of its best recent work in Wells and Mendip Museum.

The exhibition features Glenda Maynard’s vibrant palette knife painting of Wells Market, a meticulously drawn Giclee print of an old house, with every detail of stone and slate lovingly rendered by artist David Fisher.

John Collins’ acrylic, Summer By Canal Basin, shows children running through long grass.

Sandra Brant’s Altered Elements is a dramatic mix of feathers and swirling light.

Old Bakery Artists was set up some years ago to provide a forum for practising artists from in and around the Norton Radstock area.

It includes a number of professional artists as well as semi-professionals and keen amateurs, and its catchment area is gradually extending beyond its original confines.

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

The exhibition comes to an end on Saturday and is open between 11am and 4pm.

The Old Bakery Artists brings a new and exciting art trail to the Radstock, Midsomer Norton and Paulton area from Thursday, May 14 to Sunday, May 17.

Old Bakery Cooks Up New Exhibit – This Is Somerset

The Old Bakery Artists are staging an exhibition at Wells and Mendip Museum.

Showing work in a variety of styles, there should be something for everybody.

Glenda Maynard is displaying a palette knife painting of Wells Market, so vibrant and colourful one can almost see the fabrics blowing in the wind.

In complete contrast, is a meticulously drawn Giclee print of an old house, with every detail of stone and slate lovingly rendered by artist David Fisher.

There are many others, landscapes, flowers, portraits and abstracts, and some interesting and unusual pottery figurines.

Artists Offered Practical Painting Guidance – This Is Somerset

A group of artists based in Radstock is embarking on weekly meetings to study practical painting.

Subjects for the Somer artists, who include the Whisty Art Group, include painting with coloured inks, wax painting and painting on silk.

There will also be instruction in textured abstract work, and an ‘improve your drawing’ event, when guidance will be given on ways to introduce realistic perspective into drawings.

Somer Artists membership includes all levels of ability, from beginners to more experienced painters.

The group is planning to provide a venue on the Arts Trail, organised by another local group the Old Bakery Artists, between May 14 and May 18.

Secretary Peter Kirkland said: “It is hoped to assemble a display of some 50 framed paintings and drawings, some of which will be for sale.”

The group holds its weekly meetings on Tuesdays at 7pm in the Somer Centre, Midsomer Norton. The first one will be on Tuesday.

Mr Kirkland added: “The group is always interested in attracting new members.

“If you would like to join, possibly for a trial evening, do come along.”

Artists Raise £800 For Museum – This Is Somerset

A group of local artists has raised more than £800 for Radstock Museum.

The Old Bakery Artists raised the money during their autumn exhibition, which was held at the museum.

They presented a cheque to the Radstock, Midsomer Norton and District Museum Society at their Christmas party.

The cheque was accepted on behalf of the society by its president, Dr Charles Chillcott.

Also present were Richard Maggs, chairman of Radstock Museum, Nigel Carter, manager and curator of the museum, and David Jones, chairman of the Friends of the Museum Society.

Dr Chillcott expressed his pleasure at visiting the museum during the group’s autumn exhibition.

During November, the artists transformed the museum’s upper gallery with colourful paintings, photographs and ceramics, inspired by Radstock and Midsomer Norton and beyond.

And the group is looking forward to collaborating with Radstock Museum again in the future.

Art Groups Hospital Exhibition – This Is Somerset

The Old Bakery Artists group is extending its boundaries and will be putting on a show at Bath’s Royal United Hospital in December.

The group started out eight years ago in Midsomer Norton and has grown steadily ever since. It has attracted artists from an ever-expanding area.

It therefore seems fitting that their new exhibition explores every aspect of being On The Periphery.

The work is on display at the RUH’s central ground floor corridors from Friday, December 5.

Artists Take To The Wards For Display – This Is Somerset

The Old Bakery Artists group is extending its boundaries and will be putting on a show at Bath’s Royal United Hospital in December.

The group started out eight years ago in Midsomer Norton and has grown steadily ever since.

It has attracted artists, photographers, ceramicists and sculptors from an ever-expanding area, and now has members in Wells, Frome, Street and beyond.

It therefore seems fitting that their new exhibition explores every aspect of being On The Periphery.

To mark its growth it will be putting on an exhibition of members’ work at the RUH’s central ground floor corridors from Friday, December 5.

They take their name from the Old Bakery, near the museum in Radstock, that was originally going to be their base.

Those plans fell through, but the name stuck and the artists have expanded their range of activities as the years have gone by.

Commission from the sales will go to the Hospital Arts programme which provides art experiences for hospital patients.

The OBA holds meetings on the last Thursday of every month at the Fromeway Inn, Radstock, and as well as the more formal side of its activities members enjoy the social aspect of meeting up away from their studios.

An added bonus is the inclusion of OBA David Fisher’s portrait of Philip Ledbury, which recently won the Holburne Portrait Prize 2008 and will be hung during the exhibition in the main atrium at the RUH.

Mannequin Appears At Town Museum For New Art Exhibition – This Is Somerset

Enter the sliding doors of Radstock Museum this autumn and you will be greeted by a striking gilt and silver painted mannequin.

Previously part of a Radstock’s community arts project the cast has been given a stylish new look as the face of Radstock and Midsomer Norton-based Old Bakery Artists.

The popular local artists’ group has returned to its geographical roots with an exciting new exhibition at the museum.

The museum’s upper gallery is brimming with colour, playing host to more than 100 paintings, photographs and ceramics created within the Somerset area.

Some of the works take inspiration from the area’s mining past, depicting scenes underground, whilst others show local scenes including The Bell Inn, Radstock, Paulton and, further afield, Wells Cathedral and Wellow Village.

The exhibition runs until Sunday, November 30 and is open between 11am and 5pm on Saturdays.