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Getting to the art of the matter on the annual Ilkley trail
Eric Moss building a raku ceramic sculpture in his studio for his Ilkley Art Trail exhibition at U Dentistry
Art around every corner is promised when Ilkley Art Trail opens in a few weeks time, with the whole town being turned into an art gallery.
The third Ilkley Art Trail will see more than 40 artists displaying their work at a range of different venues from October 9-13.
While some artists will be opening their homes and studios to the public, others will be showing their work in spaces as diverse as the dentist’s, solicitors, osteopath’s and architect’s offices.
A group of sculptors will be exhibiting from a shed and other artists will be displaying their paintings, ceramics, photos, prints and other artworks in shops, churches, galleries and hotels.
Three local artists will be turning a visit to the dentist into a pleasure when they unveil their paintings and ceramics at U-dentistry on Valley Drive. Judith Levin will be showing her oil paintings of Yorkshire moorlands and misty landscapes, along with an exclusive collection of original still-life paintings.
Ruth Wightman will be showing her paintings of mythical animals taken from her children’s stories, with hints of Alice in Wonderland. Ceramicist Eric Moss will have a display of his colourful pieces, inspired by the natural forms found in nature, such as seedpods and the scales on a reptile.
Mr Moss said: “In the past, I’ve exhibited in a whiffy cattle pen, a ruined abbey, a derelict mill and a restored tithe barn, so I’m used to displaying my ceramics in unusual places. For Ilkley Art Trail I’ll be at Ben Rhydding sharing U-Dentistry’s reception area with artists Judith Levine and Ruth Wightman – it’s a first for us, a fantastic light space and I’m sure our work will have something to bring a smile to visitors’ faces.”
Sculptor Terence Hammill, will be showing a selection of his work in his shed. More of a workshop than a garden shed, the Shed Gallery at Sedbergh Park will display the work of a small group of sculptors.
He said: “I will be showing the work of twenty artists who have been invited to make a small sculpture in response to a treasured or favourite object found on their own shelves at home. The object and the sculpture of each artist will be displayed on a long shelf in the Shed Gallery, in an exhibition entitled ‘Shelf Life’.”
Art-lovers will be offered a creative sanctuary when they head to Christchurch on the Grove. The church’s Sanctuary will display the work of three artists. Gwyneth Downham will have a collection of jewellery, Cheryl Woods will be showing her prints and textile designs and Fran Elliot will be showing a collection of prints and patterns.
Fran Elliot said: “The Sanctuary, Christchurch, is a spectacular space, with its vaulted ceiling and peaceful atmosphere. Its central location means I will display art and prints at different sizes, catering for all budgets. I am expecting many passers-by, drawn by the chance to visit the venue and browse landscape paintings and animal art, homeware, gifts and greeting cards.”
The Craiglands Hotel is once again offering space to the Trail. A total of five artists will be showing their work at the Ilkley hotel.There will be paintings by Anne Marwick, oil paintings and treescapes by Catherine O’Hare, prints inspired by the Yorkshire Dales from Anna Tosney, silkscreen prints by Sarah Harris and ballet-inspired paintings by Lisa Hinds.
The Craiglands will be offering light refreshments to Art Trail visitors. A spokeswoman for the hotel said: “We feel very lucky to be the venue exhibiting the art work of so many fantastic local artists.”
Art Trail Co-Organiser Luci Smith added: “This year we are building on the experience of previous years and finding even more great spaces to show art – for five days in October Ilkley will feel like a huge, unique gallery. There will be a great deal of exciting, original art to see – literally art around every corner!”