Art fans follow the scenic trail around Wokingham
Published: 28 Sep 2013 17:300 comments
Painters, sculptors and silversmiths displayed unique creations, opening up their workshops, homes and studios to the public, who were able to buy any pieces that caught their eye.
The event ran on Saturday and Sunday, from 11-6pm, at 14 venues across Wokingham and the surrounding areas of Woodley, Charvil, Twyford, Lower Earley and Shinfield.
Wokingham artist Gemma Cumming, who produces stylised postcards of scenic locations, said: “It went very well, I think it was lovely for everyone, I think it’s wonderful for the town. I took part a couple of years ago, but not last year.”
“I sold quite a few of the postcards; I didn’t do any particular pieces for the trail but I did exhibit some local ones and ones not seen before, I had one of Kew Gardens and the Isle of Wight.”
Some 34 artists took part in the annual event, each showcasing pieces of work in their particular mediums, with about 300 visitors taking in the art over the weekend. A map had been prepared to guide visitors to the various venues.
Carol Newman, from Wokingham, an artist exhibiting work using textiles, thread and stitching, said: “We had lots of people, I think because we’re in the centre of town we were very lucky. It was lovely to see so many children, it’s great to be able to inspire young people. Some art students come in who know something about art, but it’s lovely to show them what they can do with threads.”
Mrs Newman was exhibiting work in Gipsy Lane, Wokingham, as was another local artist, Jane Bonney, who has been part of the arts trail for the past four years
Mrs Bonney said: “I’m exhausted! I’ve been coming down to earth again.
“It’s always such a good experience and it’s so interesting meeting all the people. Most who come are artists so we share stories, it’s lovely to meet them.
“The visitors said they enjoyed following the map. When they came in to our venue it was like a little emporium inside, because we were in a garage.”