On the trail of art in the Severn Vale as popular event returns for 12th year

March 28 2017
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MORE than 60 artists will have their work on show in this year’s Severn Vale Art Trail, with exhibitions and open studios featuring in the increasingly popular event.

MORE than 60 artists will have their work on show in this year’s Severn Vale Art Trail, with exhibitions and open studios featuring in the increasingly popular event.

The trail is part of Thornbury Arts Festival and will run from April 28-May 7, using venues in the town and surrounding areas.

As well as regular locations that have been used in previous trails, there will also be new settings for 2017, including St Mary’s Church in Berkeley exhibiting paintings by Jenny Smith, Gloria Jones and Gill Moules.

Thornbury itself will welcome a display by prestigious portrait artist Trish Claridge in the Castle School’s Octagon Visual Arts Centre.

Shirley Sharp, an established charcoal and paint artist from the town, will also be part of the trail, with her pictures at the CLaSH Artspace in Grovesend Road joining those by four artists who paint, print and create installations.

Jewellers Rosemary Millar and enamel artist Gill Harkness are among others to have signed up for the event, along with Charfield’s stitching duo of Mitra McQuilton and Karen Schwamm, ceramicist Liz Armstrong and photographer Sarah Martin.

Woodturner George King, painters Ronald Swanwick and Robert Hirstwood and glass artist Sarah Davis make a welcome return to the trail, with brochures detailing all the venues now available from Thornbury Town Hall.

Information is also on the website www.thornburyartsfestival.com/arttrail and a number of South Gloucestershire and Gloucestershire outlets will have stocks of the guide.

The 2017 event is the 12th to be organised, growing from a trail featuring just 20 local artists and craft workers in 2006 to the 63 involved this year.

Organiser Jane Parfitt said: “As well as the exhibition venues, visitors will also be able to meet artists in their studios, chat to them about their work and buy high quality art at affordable prices.

“The event features artworks in oil, watercolour and pastels, prints and drawings, jewellery and wood, photography, glass and textiles, with the trail starting in Olveston village and stretching north through Thornbury to Berkeley and Dursley.” 

This year’s trail runs ahead of the main arts festival, which will feature an exhibition of work by some members of the art trail group from May 5-13 in Thornbury Town Hall.