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.
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.
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.
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.