Marlborough shops offer visitors a Window on Art

Written by Peter Davison on .

Raising a glass to the launch of Windows on Art - Wellington Arms landlady Kim Wise and artist Barry Withers with his digital print of a 1962 mini. Barry creates his pictures using a tablet and stylus from his studio in Great Bedwyn.Raising a glass to the launch of Windows on Art - Wellington Arms landlady Kim Wise and artist Barry Withers with his digital print of a 1962 mini. Barry creates his pictures using a tablet and stylus from his studio in Great Bedwyn.

Marlborough High Street was turned into a art gallery yesterday (Friday), as 41 of the town’s top artists hung their work in 34 windows as part of a month-long exhibition.

Windows on Art creates a diverse trail of paintings, illustrations, photographs, ceramics and even metalwork by a local blacksmith.

The trail - which can be followed from Friday, June 27 to Monday, July 25 - runs concurrently with OpenStudios, where local artists throw open their doors to meet art lovers and sell their work.

Open Studios will be held on Saturdays and Sundays June 28 and 29, July 5 and 6, 12 and 13, and 19 and 20.

Lisi Ashbridge with Jess Medlin of Charlotte Quest. Lisi carves letters into stone ranging in size from pebbles - popular as wedding party favours - to boulders. Her work is mainly commission-based for display in homes and gardens. Her studio is in All Cannings. Lisi Ashbridge with Jess Medlin of Charlotte Quest. Lisi carves letters into stone ranging in size from pebbles - popular as wedding party favours - to boulders. Her work is mainly commission-based for display in homes and gardens. Her studio is in All Cannings. Among the pieces on display are a letter carving on slate by Lisi Ashbridge, who explained how participation in the trail could lead to a collaborative effort between retailer and artist.

“I wanted to find something relating to Charlotte Quest, who are hosting my work,” she said. “I discovered a poem by Robert Bridges called A Passer-by, containing the line ‘Whither away, fair rover, and what thy quest?’

“I took the ‘& What Thy Quest’ element and designed a suitable font before carving in into a piece of slate using chisels and a mallet.”

Windows on Art venues are open during normal shop and office hours. A map and directory of participating shops and artists can be found at http://marlboroughopenstudios.co.uk/trails/woa

 

Photographer Mark Somerville with Edward Hall of Smiths Gore. Mark's photograph was taken at West Overton, looking towards Silbury Hill. Smiths Gore are sponsors of the Art Trail signs displayed outside of each open studio. Their office is also host to three pieces of work by blacksmith Melissa Cole.Photographer Mark Somerville with Edward Hall of Smiths Gore. Mark's photograph was taken at West Overton, looking towards Silbury Hill. Smiths Gore are sponsors of the Art Trail signs displayed outside of each open studio. Their office is also host to three pieces of work by blacksmith Melissa Cole.Jane Barne at Timeless Elegance, with her acrylic on canvas of the beech trees in the Savernake Forest at dusk. Jane Barne at Timeless Elegance, with her acrylic on canvas of the beech trees in the Savernake Forest at dusk. Gaenor Farren-Smith and her seascape in oils, with Tom Adams, assistant manager of Haine & Smith. Gaenor's Hungerford studio is open as part of the Open Studios scheme.Gaenor Farren-Smith and her seascape in oils, with Tom Adams, assistant manager of Haine & Smith. Gaenor's Hungerford studio is open as part of the Open Studios scheme.

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