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Harleston and Waveney Art Trail ready to spring in to view next month

The Harleston and Waveney Art Trail is ready to make its return, showcasing the rich and varied works of local artists.

The free event will feature 19 artists, including three who are new to the group.

The artists will open their studio doors to visitors across the weekends of May 20 and 21 and May 27, 28 and 29.

The annual event features a range of artwork, including contemporary and traditional paintings, abstract work, batik, mixed media, lino prints, drawings, collage, textiles and wire sculptures, plus greetings cards and prints made from the artists’ original artwork.

Sara Johnson will be one of the artists showcasing her work on the trail. Picture: William Johnson
Sara Johnson will be one of the artists showcasing her work on the trail. Picture: William Johnson

Trail chairman Malcolm Cudmore said: “This year, we’re very pleased to welcome three new members to the trail for the first time. They bring with them a distinctive approach to figurative and abstract painting and exquisite book-binding.

“They are a terrific addition to the wide range of high-quality art and sculpture that will be on show, and for sale, direct from the artists’ studios.

“Across the trail, visitors can expect to see traditional and contemporary landscape and other subjects in a variety of media, abstract painting, prints, wire sculpture, textile art and more.

Kath Wallace in her studio. Picture: Mark Bullimore
Kath Wallace in her studio. Picture: Mark Bullimore

“Members love to show and talk about their work and visitors always enjoy chatting in the very place the work was made.

“Of course, the work is for sale – but greetings cards and other smaller items are usually also available as souvenirs of a visit. The whole trail is accessible by cycle, with clusters of studios within walking distance.

“We welcome all visitors – regulars and first-timers – to join us to see art, talk about art and buy art direct from the maker.”

The artists participating are Kath Wallace, Lisa Henshall, Caryl Challis (pictured), Rachel Wiles, Caroline Moulton, Barbara Bernard, Noelle Francis, Sara Johnson, Rosie Andersen, John Ogden, Liz Taunt, Paul Zawadzki, Malcolm Cudmore, Lin Patterson, Ingrid Duffy, Nell Close, Rhonda Whitehead, Nicci Dedman and Chris Mound.

The group and the event is sponsored by Durrants Estate Agents and supported by The Imperial Wine Company and The Old Kings Head in Brockdish.

Malcolm Cudmore said: “We’re very pleased to continue our association with Durrants.

“Copies of the trail brochure will be available from a variety of locations around the region from early April and full information is on our website.

“The website includes a detailed Google map, which enables anyone with a smartphone to obtain directions between any of the studios at any time.”

The brochure will also be available from branches of Durrants in Harleston and Diss.

All studios are open across the two weekends between 10am and 5pm.

For more information, go online to www.hwat.org.uk.

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