A TONY JOHN­SON pic­ture spe­cial from the Wok­ing­ham Arts Trail

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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.

Tak­ing part

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.

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