THE Henley Arts Trail returns this weekend for its 10th year.
It comprises 25 venues including artists? studios, private homes, village halls and galleries.
More than 150 award-winning and up-and-coming artists will be exhibiting from tomorrow (Saturday) to Monday.
Pieces on show will include sculpture, ceramics, glass, jewellery, photography, fine arts and woodwork.
Cate Stuart, who chairs the Henley Arts and Crafts Guild which founded the event in 2006, says it will be the best yet.
She said: ?It has been going 10 years now which seems incredible now and has gone from strength to strength.
?We get thousands of people visiting ? it?s not just a few hundred, it really does bring the people to Henley.?
She added: ?I think the trail gets better every year with more interesting exhibitions and better displays.?
Cate, who lives in Upper Culham, will also host an exhibition at her Old Smithy Studio, consisting of paintings, prints, photographs and sculpture, compiled by 10 artists.
French-American artist Nacera Guerin is holding an exhibition at the d:two centre in Market Place, Henley.
She will host about 10 artists? work, including that of cartoonist Steve Allender, painter Emma Bruce, ceramic artist Robert Brain, and artists Doug Hawk and Clinton Morgan.
Nacera said: ?We are using art to bring the community together. It doesn?t matter what age, colour or social status ? it is not a political thing.
?We create and celebrate and we go further because we share ideas. There is a lot of talent here in Henley.?
At the same venue, author Amanda Jennings will give a talk from 4pm tomorrow about writing fiction and at 8pm Kat Amara Korba, a producer and filmmaker, will introduce her documentary Zelal. On Sunday there will be poetry recitals from 8pm and from 7.30pm on Monday various musicians from Henley will perform.
Former Henley MP Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, officially opened the first arts trail in May 1996, when it consisted of 16 venues showcasing artists and craftsmen from the area.
Sarah Pye, an artist from Sonning Common, has exhibited every year.
She said: ?It all started because it was incredibly difficult for artists, both professional and up-and-coming, to get their work out to the public.
?Galleries can be a bit intimidating for people who might feel they have to buy something rather than just having the pleasure of looking. The arts trail is all about the experience.
?With the trail you can get to ask questions of the artists, have a conversation and find out what inspires, so the experience is more personal. With entry being free it is also affordable. It?s a fun weekend for everybody.?
This year?s Henley Arts and Crafts Guild Spring exhibition took place on Friday last week.
About 60 supporters and artists attended the reception at the Old Fire Station Gallery in Market Place, which also launched the start of the arts trail.
Jenny Law, of Remenham, received the guild?s Mollie Staley award, from Deputy Mayor Jeni Wood for her work Port at Whitstable, a mixed media collage featuring photographs and drawing.
There was also a commemorative cake marking the 10th anniversary of the trail.
Jo Keiller, who is organising this year?s event, said: It is a very special year with the 10th anniversary. The trail helps bring the community together and brings more culture to Henley.?
The venues for this year are:
Henley Art and Crafts Guild;
Nacera Guerin and friends;
The Bix Six and friends;
Old Smithy studio;
Diana Seidl, Judith Fletcher and friends;
The Garden Studio;
Lady Sew and Sew;
Artists at Shiplake;
Wendy Penrose Jewellery;
Shiplake Arts and Crafts;
Stitches and silver;
The Big Plant Nusery;
The Most Beautiful House in the World;
Sally Castle and Christine Brewster;
Buratta?s at the Royal Oak;
West Forest Potters;
Catherine Ingleby and friends.
For more information and to download a map, visit www.henleyartstrail.com