Putting art on show at fes­ti­val

An an­nual arts fes­ti­val is set to re­turn to show­case the area’s cre­ative flair. Laura Mowat spoke to the or­gan­iser of the Amer­sham Arts Fes­ti­val to find out what is lined up this year Do you want to ad­ver­tise in this sup­ple­ment? Email james.king-sharp@t

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THE 36th Amer­sham Fes­ti­val of Art will take place in the first week of Au­gust in the town coun­cil build­ings at Flint Barn Court in Old Amer­sham. Fes­ti­val or­gan­is­ers are keen for any artists, am­a­teurs to pro­fes­sion­als, to ex­hibit their work at the fes­ti­val.

Or­gan­iser David Evans said: “It will be much the same as last year. We hope for a bet­ter turnout. There is nor­mally a mix­ture of artists from the lo­cal area.”

At the fes­ti­val of art last year, more than £1,700 was raised for var­i­ous lo­cal char­i­ties. There were around 100 ex­hibitors, 300 pic­tures ex­hib­ited and 40 paint­ings sold. These in­cluded paint­ings from Jo Dolle­more, Lyn Couzens and Jay Nolan-Latch­ford.

Mr Evans added: “There is a lot of in­ter­est in art around Amer­sham at the mo­ment, Bucks Open Stu­dios was heav­ily sub­scribed to this year.

“The fes­ti­val is an op­por­tu­nity for peo­ple to ex­hibit and sell their work. It is mainly peo­ple’s paint­ings that we have at the fes­ti­val, but we welcome sculp­tures and dif­fer­ent types of art too.”

The or­gan­is­ers have sent out en­try forms for the fes­ti­val to art groups and any­one else is in­vited to get in con­tact to ex­hibit their art there.

Artist Ce­cile Gal­lina ex­hibits her work at the fes­ti­val each year. She said: “The fes­ti­val is about rais­ing money for good causes within the com­mu­nity. It is a lo­cal event pro­mot­ing artists in the area. It is nor­mally well at­tended and a nice event.”

Amer­sham Town Coun­cil’s sum­mer news­let­ter said: “One of the most pop­u­lar art ex­hi­bi­tions in the area – the an­nual fes­ti­val of art - at­tracts visi­tors from far and wide. Each year we hang around 300 paint­ings from the cream of lo­cal artists.

“There is al­ways an eclec­tic mix of medi­ums and paint­ing styles. The artists also fea­ture packs of cards taken from their paint­ings.”

Then fes­ti­val will be from Satur­day, ay, Au­gust 1 un­til Sun­day, Au­gust 9 in Flint Barn Court, Old Amer­sham from 10am un­til 6pm each day.

A week prior to the fes­ti­val, there will be an arts and craft fair in the mar­ket hall in Old Amer­sham.

There is free ad­mis­sion and it is from mid­day un­til 4.30pm.

To get in­volved and to find out more, see www.amer­sham­fes­ti­val ofart.co.uk.

Ce­cile Gal­lina is among the artists who will be ex­hibit­ing at the fes­ti­val, right. some of the work on show last year and be­low, Flint Barn Court where the ex­hi­bi­tion takes place

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