ARTS TRAIL PICTURE SPECIAL
A TONY JOHNSON picture special from the Wokingham Arts Trail
AS summer passes into autumn and memories of long hot days fade, just before the geese start their migration south, the Wokingham Arts Trail returns to celebrate artists who live and work locally.
Now in its eighth year, Arts Trail organisers confirmed that 2018’s visitor numbers were up on those of 2017, despite the damp and chilly weather last weekend.
New participants, new works
Of the 30-plus artists taking part in the 2018 event, around a third hadn’t taken part previously, but whether or not the faces were familiar, there was a wide range of paintings, ceramics, fabrics and photographs on display.
Effectively an art gallery spread over 11 venues in and around Wokingham, entry was free and everyone was welcome to just go round and look at all the works on display. While some works weren’t for sale, those that were ranged from a few pounds to a few hundred.
As well as live demonstrations, there were two venues where you could take part – Karen Wones’ mosaics studio and Hazel Ryder’s and Terry Donaldson’s InStitches unit, allowing you to try things out before deciding if this particular activity was for you.
With all this going on, it meant that visitors could discuss the creative process with the artists whilst they were working, getting hints and tips into the bargain.
The Last Word
As you can see from the photos we’re featuring in The Wokingham Paper this week, it wasn’t just the visitors who enjoyed themselves – the artists did too.
With ‘Sunset Wave’ and ‘Woodland Glade’, artist Helena Ross demonstrates the range of bold and subtle colours that can go into the making of a modern glass bowl. Jill Chadwick’s glass creations emulate english meadows, with glass flowers and grasses, each laid and fused to a coloured glass base.
Mosaics designer and teacher, Karen Wones shows visitor Caroline Peters where the next tessera should be placed on the ‘Wokingham Arts Trail 2018’ mosaic.
Photographer Andy Emptage is shown here with his ‘London Brutalist’ collection of six sets of photographic prints.
Machi de Waard’s ‘Resist’ (inset) and ’Resist 2’ are both substantial brooches in oxidised silver with gold plating. They represent protest against Donald Trump’s actions
Live painting is always welcome at any art event and David Cotton’s work in acrylics on board is as yet untitled.
Michael Garaway’s ‘Tower’ is modelled on the Thames Tower outside Reading Station and is an acrylic and watercolour mixture on paper.
Ooh … New Shoes’ a needlework on canvas illustration by Elaine Izod.
Caroline Gatfield’s ‘Coral Spheres’ in crank clay stoneware with ‘temperamental’ glazes for texture
Appearing to be an impressionist painting of a wood in winter, Karen Findlay’s ‘White Beeches’ in Sulham Woods Tilehurst is a fine example of hand dyed textiles on a felt backing.
With an unusual combination of watercolour on canvas, ‘Going South’ is Liz Chaderton’s reminder that we are entering autumn.