The 12th Henley Arts Trail was bigger and better than ever before with 32 venues full of amazing local talent over the Bank Holiday weekend.
We visited three of the new venues in Henley this year – The Henley Art School in Hart Street, Singers Lane Artists Studios and Studio 4 on the Newton Estate.
At Henley Art School were James Ort Sculpture, Rock & Stone Jewellery, Hannah Wilson Ceramics, Sally Fisher Painter and Boo Dillon Illustration. We particularly liked James’ monkey in cage with a banana. At Studio 4, our cartoonist Steve Allender showed off more of his hilarious cartoons and was joined by Emma Bruce, Geri Spencer, Louise Shaw and Diana Bruce who was exhibiting her beautiful fascinators. Louise creates superb portraits of your dogs using charcoal. Singers Lane Artists Studios is a delightful courtyard of small units which have been converted from stables where Camilla Dowse (painter) Genevieve French (painter), Jane Wilson (painter and potter), Jane Gray (printmaker), Sarah Thomson-Krause (printmaker & mixed media) have their studios. Sarah was demonstrating her mono-type printing techniques over the weekend and children visiting could decorate the courtyard with chalk drawings.
Jo Keiller, Henley Arts Trail Coordinator said, “The Henley Arts Trail had another excellent year with 32 venues reporting visitors who were both new and returning suggesting there is a great deal of interest in all varieties of Art in Henley and the surrounding areas! We had over 200 Artists taking part in the trail this year and that is testament to how much local talent there is around this area. The trail is not only hugely inspiring to visit but it is always a wonderful event to take part in for our Artists as they come away having formed new friendships and connections. We have had fantastic feedback from the public and the Artists involved and the trail just keeps going from strength to strength each year!”
Jo Harris from Henley Art School said, “We were delighted to be supporting the Henley Arts Trail this year by being a sponsor, but more than that, we were extremely excited to be taking part as a venue for the first time! I’d taken part before in my capacity as an illustrator, but never before as a venue – it was a thrilling ride! I’m so proud to have had the artists we had – it was the perfect mixture and we all had a lot of fun – all our artists sold well and all our visitors were almost as enthusiastic as we were! It was a fantastic weekend, I’m just sad it’s over already, roll on Henley Arts Trail 2018!”