Wednesday, 29 September 2021

More than 150 show talents at arts trail

THOUSANDS of people visited events over the bank holiday weekend as part of the 10th Henley

THOUSANDS of people visited events over the bank holiday weekend as part of the 10th Henley Arts Trail.

This was despite concerns from some artists that traffic from the Tough Mudder event, held at the Culden Faw estate in Fawley, prevented people attending some of the venues.

The three-day extravaganza comprised 25 venues including artists’ studios, private homes, village halls and galleries.

More than 150 award-winning and up-and-coming artists were exhibiting, with pieces on show including sculpture, ceramics, glass, jewellery, photography, fine arts and woodwork.

Organiser Jo Keiller told the Henley Standard: “I’m absolutely blown away by the positive feedback we have had from all the artists taking part and the public.

“I’m really happy with it and feel pretty inspired by how it’s all gone.”

Henley’s River and Rowing Museum hosted a collection of painting, iPad prints, ceramics, photography and sculpture from artists Diana Sieldl, Judith Fletcher and friends. Higgs Group employee and Henley Standard photographer Martin Cook also displayed his photographs.

Cate Stuart, who chairs  the Henley Arts and Crafts Guild which founded the event in 2006, hosted an exhibition at her Old Smithy Studio, in Upper Culham Lane, consisting of paintings, prints, photographs and sculpture, compiled by 10 artists.

French-American artist Nacera Guerin held an exhibition at the d:two centre, one of the new venues for this year’s event, in Market Place, Henley.

She hosted other artists’ work, including that of cartoonist Steve Allender, painter Emma Bruce, ceramic artist Robert Brain, and artists Doug Hawk and Clinton Morgan.

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.

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