Join Caversham Arts Trail this weekendBy Paul Cassell
May 11, 2012
Artists will be opening up their studios and exhibiting their work over two weekends when Caversham Arts Trail begins tomorrow.
Now in its third year, the event will feature the works of more than 30 talented artists while raising money for charity.
Exhibits will include oils, watercolours, stained glass, decoupage, jewellery, pottery, sculpture, ceramics, wood crafts, stone and metalwork, photography, prints and textiles.
The trail will include 13 venues where visitors will have the opportunity to peruse, buy and commission work.
There will also be a number of workshops where people can read their own poetry, take part in a drumming session, make a glass pendant or watch ceramic and silversmith demonstrations.
Self-taught artist Mary Phelan, from St Peter’s Avenue, has been exhibiting since the trail began and will be displaying her collection of life drawings, houses and portraits.
She said: “I personally enjoy going around arts trails myself and seeing what people are doing and I’m always very surprised at the high standard and the talent out there and the enthusiasm for it.
“It is really nice to do something in the community and to have a lot of people come round and appreciate your work.”
Veryan Parker, from Balmore Drive, Caversham, will be making her trail debut with her collection of jewellery inspired by the Cornish coastline, called Beady Pool.
The mum-of-two said: “I’ve always had an interest in being creative and the bug has really got me.
“I am trying as much as I can to build a business and the trail is a great opportunity to be around and get inspired by like-minded people making quality products and work.
“I am really looking forward to meeting some of the other artists and visitors and explaining how pieces were made and the inspiration behind them, which adds something more.”
Lou Jessop, a textile artist who uses recycled knitwear and woollen stitching to create richly textured images, will be opening her studio and also hosting exhibits by stained glass artist Nicola Kantorowicz and jewellery maker Marc Juon. Tea and cakes will be available in the garden.
This year’s trail will be supporting Team Hannah, a fundraiser set up by the family of 16-year-old Highdown pupil Hannah Wright, from Managua Close, who has battled leukaemia for eight years.
A number of artists will be offering a percentage from any sales to the cause and people will also be able to make donations at several of the venues or through the sale of plants and refreshments.
Trail organiser Louise Spiers, who will be exhibiting her upcycled vintage furniture called Kitsch-En-Sync, said: “We will be welcoming a lot of new artists to Caversham this year.
“They have all been carefully chosen so we have a nice variation of work and we are very excited about the displays they will be exhibiting. Our hope is that the trial will encourage and inspire the public to get creative and also appreciate and embrace the talent that is on their doorstep.”
The trail runs this Saturday and Sunday, and will also run from Friday, May 18, to Sunday, May 20, from 11am to 5pm on both weekends.Visit www.cavershamartstrail.co.uk.