Art & Craft Guild Spring Exhibition Opens

Paintings, sculptures, jewellery, cards and ceramics are all part of the excellent Henley Art & Craft Guild Spring exhibition which opened on Friday and runs until 8 May at the Old Fire Station Gallery.

The Guild now has over 200 members, with 163 members exhibiting an amazing array of art and craft at prices to suit all purses and for the first time they can take card payments.  The exhibition is also Venue 1 on the Henley Arts Trail which is taking place this weekend.

New member Keith Appleby (pictured above) with his beautiful wooden sculpture has submitted this and some of his other stunning natural wooden bowls.  Keith said, “I only joined the Guild 9 months ago after moving from Cornwall to Sonning Common to be nearer my family. I’ve been teaching and lecturing photography in Cornwall and started this as hobby. Moving to 3D from photography was totally alien to start with.  It’s like a drug now – I’m totally hooked!  Keith has also taken up the role of Craft Exhibition Organiser on the Guild committee. Talking about this work he said, “I like to explore the natural forms and patterns found in different types of wood looking all the time for the distorted and unusual and have also started to incorporate metal and fused glass to my work.  Some of my smaller pieces are available to buy at the Tiny Gallery in Hart Street too.”

Visitors to the exhibition can vote for their best exhibit and also learn about the Guild and the many activities and workshops it runs.

Chair of the Guild, Ann Spicer said, “We had a great first night launch on Friday, selling over £1300 worth of artwork.”