Trailblazing Art at Henley Art Trail

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Over the weekend the Henley Art Trail opened its doors at 24 venues in Henley and surrounding villages. This was the 9th event and the venues we visited in Henley saw a steady stream of visitors. There were over 150 professional and up-and-coming artists displaying more than a thousand artworks covering a wide range of media.

At Lady Sew and Sew, who were sponsors of the event, there were over 100 quilts on display. Many of them were from local quilters who attend the Monday group at Lady Sew and Sew. There were also quilts from the famous Kaffe Fassett workshop which took place the week before. The detail on some of the quilts was exquisite – one in particular made by Sigrid Ferguson was started from a painting she had done and had taken a few years to complete. Visitors were asked to choose their favourite and the winning one was by Annelize Littlefair, “Tonight it Rains”.  Annelize said she was inspired paintings she saw by S Sidorov.

The River & Rowing Museum had an intriguing range of work including sculpture, ceramics, photography, paintings and some unusual artwork by Judith Fletcher who uses stones and pebbles in her collages. Our favourite here was the Dolly Mixture one pictured above.

The hidden gem was the Arts & Craft Centre in Singers Lane. These studios also opened their doors alongside the Henley Arts Trail. There are three studio units which are home to Jane Wilson, Emma Bruce and Jo Miles of Miles of Frames.

Jane makes a beautiful array of sculptures, ceramics and pottery. She hand rolls all her ceramic bowls and her stunning garden sculptures would make a perfect centrepiece for any garden. More details and photos can be found at www.janewilson.biz.

Emma paints fantastic ‘movement’ pictures in acrylic and oil. Her ‘Mother Tiger’ and ‘Blues’, guitar playing paintings were our favourites we saw over the weekend. Emma runs life drawing classes at Remenham Hall on Thursday evenings with Jo Harris a local illustrator. Look up Emma at https://www.facebook.com/SingersStudio2

Jo who runs Miles of Frames offers bespoke picture framing and mirrors. She provides a great mobile service to customers, taking sample frames to peoples’ homes. For more details go to www.mobileframing.com

Artist, Nacera Guerin from Dunsden was also sharing Emma’s studio to show off her artwork. Nacera’s paintings were fascinating as she starts off by adding ink, tea or coffee and dyes to a canvas randomly and then leaves them dry. She then ‘discovers’ her picture by looking closely at the formations and then adds details with charcoal.

The Art Trail is organised by the Henley Arts and Craft Guild who also run a series of exhibitions, talks, workshops and programmes throughout the year. To find out more go to https://www.henley-art-crafts-guild.org/

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