November 10 – November 24
Exhibiting in the main hallway at Victoria Hall are talented artists Glenda and Terry.
Glenda specialises in animal portraits and captures the characteristics that make a pet unique.
Terry specialises in beautiful gardens, landscapes and plants, creating a lively view on everyday scenery.
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
12.00pm – Penny Lloyd and John Collins, painting
2.00pm – Keith Wisbey, Sculpture
3.00pm – Hazel Williams, performing monologues
1.00pm – Frank Reeves, painting
2.00pm – Hazel Williams, performing monologues
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Somer Centre, Midsomer Norton on Saturday 12th July
12pm – 4.30pm
The OBA will be exhibiting in the Somer Centre hall during the town fayre. Easels and boards will be set up with an array of artwork that people in the cafe can view / buy at their own leisure.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
Art lovers have helped Radstock’s Old Bakery Artists raise £240 for Help for Heroes.
The money was donated by visitors who bought refreshments at venues on the art trail, which was held over four days in May.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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 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.
A group of Radstock artists are holding a silent auction of members’ work in Frome.
The Old Bakery Artists will raise money for Cancer Research UK through the project.
About two dozen small block canvases in a variety of media will be sold in the auction during a Christmas Show at Frome’s Rook Lane Chapel.
Ranging from abstract to landscape, from still life to figurative works, the paintings will be displayed from November 27 to December 11.
Written bids, starting at £20, will be put into a folder until the closing time of 9pm on December 11, when the names of artists and winning bids will be revealed.
Old Bakery Artists (OBA) are once again returning to their geographical roots with an exhibition of new works in the upper gallery of Radstock Museum.
After a highly successful show two years ago, OBA have been asked to return with a variety of contrasting artworks.
The 2D works range from abstract oils to figurative pastels to atmospheric photographs.
Each artist has, his or her, own particular style, medium and choice of subject matter, from local scenes to flowers and portraiture.
The exhibition is on from Tuesday, September 14 until Tuesday, November 30 and is open on Tuesdays to Fridays and Sundays from 2pm to 5pm and Saturdays 11 to 5pm.
This group consists of more than 25 local artists, who are well-established in the Midsomer Norton / Radstock area.
They meet once a month at the Fromeway Inn to meet and plan exhibitions and events.
They take part in workshops and community projects in the Radstock area such as the ten day festival of creativity with free workshops organised by NESA (North East Somerset Arts) beginning on September 18.
To see the show there is an entry fee to the museum (five years and under and diabled people and their helpers go free), which is full of fascinating permanent displays celebrating the lifestyle of the Somerset coalminer and illustrates the vibrant, social, commercial and industrial past of the last 200 years in this area.
The museum has been described as the “jewel in the West Country’s crown” and is manned by a group of dedicated and knowledgeable volunteers.
There is a free car park in nearby Waterloo Road and a cafe in the museum.
Old Bakery Artists are once again returning to their geographical roots with an exhibition of new works in the upper gallery of Radstock Museum.
After a highly successful show two years ago, the group, which features many mid-Somerset artists, has been asked to return with a variety of contrasting artworks.
The 2D works range from abstract oils to figurative pastels to atmospheric photographs.
Each artist has his or her own particular style, medium and choice of subject matter, from local scenes to flowers and portraiture.
The exhibition is on from this Tuesday until November 30 and is open on Tuesdays to Fridays and Sundays from 2pm to 5pm and Saturdays from 11am to 5pm.
To see the show there is an entry fee to the museum (five years and under and helpers for the disabled go free), which is full of fascinating permanent displays celebrating the lifestyle of the Somerset coal miner and illustrates the vibrant, social, commercial and industrial past of the past 200 years in this area.
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.”
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.
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.
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.”
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 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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
Radstock’s Old Bakery Artists group has opened an exhibition at Radstock Museum.
The Rendezvous at Radstock Museum show will run until Sunday, November 30, opening from 2pm to 5pm Sunday and Tuesday to Friday, and from 10am to 5pm on Saturdays.
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.