Friday, 4 October 2013

Solihull Art Trail 2013

Last weekend saw another successful Solihull Art Trail with 9 venues dotted across the borough and a total of 18 participating artists all members of Solihull Artists' Forum.   The Art Trail gives visitors the chance to see artists up close and personal, working in their own studios and houses, giving demos, talking about  techniques and their inspiration with the opportunity to buy artworks. 

In recent years I have been a regular visitor to the Art Trail but this year was my first as a participating artist. I shared a venue with textile designer/maker Kathryn Pettitt and painter and ceramicist Paula Hamilton with Kathryn kindly transforming her house and beautiful garden in Knowle into Venue No 7 on the Art Trail.

Kathryn's girl cave studio at the bottom of the garden

We had some lovely weather over the two days which enabled us to display our work in the garden unlike last year when rain stopped play causing the gazebo to collapse in a soggy heap. 

Molly guarding our precious artworks  

Copious quantities of tea and coffee were served to our many visitors along with home made chocolate brownies and cookies baked by Paula and myself. Kathryn's two dogs Buster and Molly, and Paula's dog Ellie moseyed about the garden charming our visitors as did Mike, Kathryn's lovely chatty husband who kept everyone entertained but who also lent a hand with the washing up and keeping the cuppas, cakes and cookies coming. (I have to say though Mike, I can still only score you 4 out of 10 for your coffee).   

Paula doing battle with her easel
All in all another successful Art Trail weekend spent with lots of visitors and generally having a great time outside in the sunshine playing with the dogs and feasting on cookies and cake. It was lots of fun and I will certainly take part in it again next year.

Paula's family of ceramic birds

Kathryn's mosaic dog (from her Sustaining the Person Within exhibition)

Kathryn's woolly cat (from Sustaining The Person Within exhibition) in front of the Lilliput House - lucky hens!

Kathryn's cat looking a bit wound up

Kathryn's textile artworks 

Paula in the Conservatory with the Dagger

Jacqui in the Dining Room with the Sewing Machine
Many thanks to all our friends and visitors who supported us by coming to see us with commendations going to those who were tenacious and dedicated enough to try and visit all 9 venues along the trail. Also many thanks to Kathryn and Mike for their hard work in setting the venue up and lending me and Paula their house and beautiful garden for the weekend.  Same time again next year then guys!

1 comment:

  1. Lovely blog Jacqui, great photos too - love the one of Molly guarding the artwork!