Following the trail of art around the Severn Vale

April 28 2017

ONE of the most popular events of the year is now underway in and around Thornbury with the opening of the Severn Vale Art Trail.

ONE of the most popular events of the year is now underway in and around Thornbury with the opening of the Severn Vale Art Trail.

Organisers hope the success of the trail will continue this year, with the work of more than 60 artists on show in studios and exhibition sites from April 28.

Thornbury hosts the biggest number of venues but those following the trail can also travel down to Alveston and Olveston in one direction and up to Dursley, North Nibley and Berkeley in the other to see a wide range of displays.

Among the locations in Thornbury is the town museum in Chapel Street, which features three artists throughout the event and is staying open for longer to allow as many people as possible to see the work and chat to whichever artists are present.

Claire Alway creates glass engravings; Rosemary Millar’s hand-crafted silver and gold jewellery with semi-precious stones has proved a big hit in previous years, while painter and printmaker Robert Hirstwood makes up the trio.

A group exhibition is running at The Elms in Earthcott, Alveston, featuring woodturning, painting, glassware and textiles, and visitors to Olveston can call into St Mary’s Church - one of two venues in the village - where three artists have combined to display their work.

The trail runs until May 7 as part of Thornbury Arts Festival, with information on all the locations and opening tines on the festival website. Brochures giving full details are also available from Thornbury Town Hall and other outlets.

Anyone unable to follow the trail will be able to see an exhibition of work by some members of the art trail group from May 5-13 in the town hall.