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
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