Jan Burgess (Mill Pottery)
Concert - If Music Be The Food Of Love
Katie Edwards at Gallery H
Fettles (Sarah Hampson)
David Henry Webb
Jan Huntley Peace
Lancaster Steiner School
Lancs and Lakes Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers
Heather Marlow Stephenson
Silver Sapling Guide Campsite
Silverdale Art Group
Silverdale Upholstery Group
St John's Church
Storth Painting Group
Tracey & Audrey
Vintage & Country
Wyn AbbotWyn is a Sculptor & Ceramic Artist working and selling from The Wolfhouse Gallery in Silverdale. Her work is inspired by Ancient Cultures and the mythologies which she story weaves into her work.
Her highly detailed Raku fired figures and stoneware pieces have become collectors items and she has won several awards for her work including national awards.
Wyn creates and sells across the UK and has large & increasing following in the USA. Her work is captivating and unique.
Adrian AlmondI photograph a diverse range of subjects, but my main interest has always been in landscape and travel photography. For many years I was involved with film photography and printed from my own darkroom. Going digital in 2001 was an amazing transformation and I love both the creative challenge of capturing the image in camera and the joy of post processing. My goal, for the majority of my work, is to render the scene in as realistic a manner as possible - as my eyes saw it. Sometimes I do also enjoy embracing the software and creating a piece of digital art.
As a teacher of Geography, I was used to teaching outdoors on numerous field trips for GCSE and A Level students. Upon taking early retirement, I started up a Photography Business and for 8 years now I have been taking people out to the Lake District for Landscape photography Workshops. Mostly, these have been 1 to 1 bespoke experiences, but I also take small groups. Teaching photography outdoors has been a real thrill, as I missed my teaching activities.
Away from this my wife and I are enjoying a series of bucket list trips, such as New Zealand and Iceland, and these have offered me amazing photographic opportunities.
I still love to return to the shores of the Kent estuary for winter sunset and twilight photography - magic!
John BaldwinMy main concerns are the act of painting and the materials used. I have worked principally in acrylic for the past 25 years, but have recently started to work in oil paint. This will be evident in the paintings here.
William BaronWilliam is 13yrs old and a very keen photographer. He has made a stunning collection of cards and canvases for you to enjoy. His photographs capture the beauty and humor of wildlife and animals.
Ben BirkbeckI turn most of my bowls from storm damaged trees, or trees I have felled myself from the local area. I like to keep the form of my bowls simple and use unusual pieces of timber with knots and spalting for beauty. I also make silver opal jewellery from stones I have mined in Australia and cut and polished myself.
Ann BondAnn Bond is a well-known professional musician and the author of an acclaimed book on the harpsichord. She plays a copy of a Flemish instrument of 1608 (Russell Collection, Edinburgh), specialising in the musical style of the baroque period.
Joan BousteadI create names and objects out of old books and cards with a difference
Lynda brathwaiteBorn in Keswick, the home of Cumberland pencils, I was naturally "drawn" to explore and use this fantastic medium. I am self-taught, never having the opportunity to go to Art College and, over the years my personal style has developed in a quirky way, and when the company developed the Inktense range, it was perfect for me. Fantasy art and buses may seem strange bedfellows, but, these subjects are my inspiration. I have completed over 80 cartoons about bus driving, and was asked by Stagecoach to do a calendar for 2015, which was sold in aid of local charities, and was very successful. I have done several commissioned works of vintage and modern vehicles for presentations, retirements, etc. The fantasy work is based around horse-type figures and astronomical phenomena. I am also inspired by ethnic and tribal designs, especially those of the Native American and Canadian First peoples, China and Japan, and Aboriginal Art.
Trevor BrownI spent many years as an industrial Environment Advisor so it was a natural progression for me to turn to capturing images of the environment I had helped to protect. I had always been a keen photographer with amateur work doing well in local and national competitions and exhibitions, so I now produce professional imagery for publications, home, office, hotels and other outlets.
Jan Burgess (Mill Pottery)Functional stoneware pots and individual pieces with rich glazes. The discipline of throwing tableware is complemented by exploring new ideas with familiar materials.
John CalverJohn has been making stoneware pottery in his Yealand Redmayne workshop for forty years. The firing process, involving high temperatures and a smokey/reducing atmosphere in the kiln, gives rich colours and exciting unpredictable effects on the pots. Most of the pots are classically simple functional shapes, thrown on the wheel. John occasionally alters the freshly thrown pots to produce one of the signature forms for which he is well known.
From 1989 onwards he has regularly exhibited and given workshops in Europe, North America, Australia, New Zealand and throughout the UK.
In 1990 John was elected a fellow of the Craft Potter's Association of Great Britain.
Jill ColquhounJill studied Textiles and painting at Lancaster and Cleveland Schools of Art, and Goldsmiths College, London.
Her most recent paintings have been inspired by the plant species, rich hay meadows of the Yorkshire Dales, and the windswept coastal landscapes of south Cumbria and north Lancashire, where she lives and works.
The main emphasis of Jill’s work is vibrancy and movement in nature. To achieve this, she has developed a method of combining wax resist batik techniques with acrylic paint. The resulting paintings are unique in style and rich in colour. Jill also uses mixed media techniques, layering watercolour with other mediums such as, oil pastel, pastel and inks to produce interesting texture and colour in her work.
Jill is happy to work to commission.
Concert - If Music Be The Food Of LoveThe Music Concert held during the Art & Craft Trail has been a very popular feature of the weekend. The Concert is held in St John's Church, Silverdale, starting at 7.30pm on Saturday 25th June. There will be an interval with refreshments.
Our aim is to showcase as much of the musical talent that exists in Arnside and Silverdale to complement the other Art and Craft exhibitions. There will be a rich variety of music, this year loosely based on the topical Shakespeare quotation: "If music be the food of love, play on."
The Concert will feature some familiar faces from last year such as the group of harpists, and local violinist Wendy Cann, as well as the Silverdale Choir, the children from St John's Primary School, Silverdale, as well as organ, vocal and piano solos and the Songbirds trio. The range of music will be extended this year to include, among others, ukelele and harmonium players, and there will be good opportunities for audience participation. A really enjoyable evening for all is in prospect.
Debbie CopleyDebbie's work had developed over the years she has been exhibiting on the Trail and now includes larger sculptures that capture the movement and character of the waders found on the Bay.
She embellishes her striking forms with hand-painted detail and colour. All executed using traditional stained glass techniques and materials, she finishes her birds by mounting them naturally on driftwood. Sometimes singly but often in groups. Wire is adding a further dimension to her work, creating shadows and silhouettes in the background. Debbie is self employed and works full time at her craft from her small studio at home in Silverdale. She welcomes visitors and commissions. Her signature style also lends itself well to getting that personally commissioned piece for a special occasion.
You can take a look at her blog for latest news and artwork.
Jo DixI started making jewellery 17 years ago, and started my jewellery business 11 years ago after moving to Cumbria. I am delighted to say that jewellery making is still my passion, my career and my hobby!
In this age of mass production, my pieces are handcrafted, with time and care taken to ensure each design can be worn and cherished for years to come.
I work predominantly in sterling silver, but I am always on the look out for innovative materials and fell in love with metal clay when it first arrived on the jewellery scene eleven years ago. One of the first metal clay instructors in the North West, I teach people how to make their own fine silver jewellery. My workshops cover a variety of topics, and are tailored to the participants’ needs.
Although I develop “off the shelf” items, I enjoy the challenge of commission work. There have been some really unusual requests and it is a great feeling to bring a client’s idea or design to life! Commissions are a fantastic way of learning new skills and trying new approaches in order to achieve the best result.
I am extremely fortunate to do something l love as a “job” and look forward to many more years of designing and making in my shop, "Silver Forge", located near the traffic lights in Milnthorpe.
To find out more about Silver Forge, jewellery making courses or to request a commission, please get in touch.
Adam DonaldsonEver since I remember, I had a fascination with cameras and photography but it was not until I moved to Arnside that I truly wanted to capture the beauty of the natural landscape around me. My aim, to reflect those magical moments that we are so lucky to experience living in our AONB.
Many of my images are used by the Arnside and Silverdale AONB for their Website and in their various publications.
Pictures and Greeting cards of my images can be seen and purchased from The Little Shop Arnside.
Simon DonaldsonI recently moved to Silverdale to get easier access to the Lake District, my spiritual home and to find inspiration for my landscape painting. I am a new exhibitor at the Art Trail; I paint landscapes in watercolour but I also use mixed media to add excitement and drama to my work. My work is mostly inspired by the local landscape and the Lake District.
Charles DormanI started with kits about ten years ago when I completed a kit which my wife had started. The cross stitching technique, rendering a painting in wool, fascinated me but after having done a few kits I realised that I was more interested in my own designs than someone else’s.
Having selected my design I first block it in one centimetre squares and photocopy. The blocking is then transferred to the canvas usually with one inch squares, the photocopy giving the content of each square. The columns and rows are also lettered and numbered to help in confirming the content though I don’t always slavishly follow the original. I do not mark any shapes or colours onto the canvas as you find on kits. I work solely from the blocked photocopy usually but not always starting in a top right-hand corner and working from right to left.
My first self-composed tapestry design was of reflections in a Venetian canal. Water and the patterns formed by water itself and its surroundings are always fascinating and I have done several others – the Severn bore, Torbay, the Stroud canal and the Wave Jump.
Katie Edwards at Gallery HKatie’s screen-printed illustrations and fabrics reflect her enjoyment for the natural world, evoking thoughtfulness and humour.
Katie designs and creates her original silkscreen prints from her studio located at the foot of Lake Windermere in the Lake District. Katie’s most popular designs are developed as a limited print run. Each one being a unique, hand- crafted piece of art, individually printed, signed and numbered by the artist.
Achieving a first class honours in Graphic Arts and Design at Leeds Metropolitan University, Katie then relocated to London and Canada working on commissions for clients such as The Observer; The Telegraph; Economist; Psychology Magazines; Converse Shoes; National Australia Bank; Arla Dairy and Delta Airlines. Returning to where Katie grew up in the Lake District in 2014 now stocking her artwork in Galleries and Gift shops across the United Kingdom and exhibiting in exhibitions as far as Japan. Winner of the Bridgeman Studio Award 2014, for the illustration ‘Joy’. More recently Katie has undertaken for E.H.Booths Ltd a piece of art in the form of a triptych for the new store in Milnthorpe, Cumbria.
Priscilla EdwardsPriscilla has been producing contemporary mixed media pieces in 2D and 3D since completing her degree in Embroidery at Manchester Metropolitan University in 1997. Her work focuses on the use of found materials creating pieces that evoke personal memories of her childhood and love of sewing. Constantly inspired by her environment Priscilla lives by the sea on the Northwest Coast of England and working from her studio she reflects the faded beauty of her surroundings. Her work describes the soft tones and textures of nostalgic imagery from a bygone era. Priscilla’s pieces are sold and exhibited across the UK, Europe and USA, with many pieces held in public and private collections.
Priscilla has taught in FE, HE and Adult education and currently tutors for the BA Textile Programme at the Open College of the Arts. She also runs workshops for schools, colleges and independent galleries.
Award for Excellence - British Craft Trade Fair Harrogate
Best Product - Flair Belfast
Best Stand - Art Market Holmfirth
Judith FavretI hand make plant fibre papers. Each piece of paper is unique obtaining its texture and colour from the original plant. I also utilise many natural dyes.
Using these papers I create a variety of pieces including picture collages, hanging ornaments, bunting, coasters, jewellery and much more.
I specialise in making lampshades using my papers and fabrics. These are drum shaped shades that can be either pendant or for use with a lamp base. I am able to make bespoke shades to suit your design choice.
I am passionate about papermaking and therefore I will be demonstrating how to make your own unique piece of paper over the weekend.
Fettles (Sarah Hampson)‘Fettles’, an old Lancashire word for sewing and cloth, is the foundation of my design work and creations. Inspired by local textile history, the beautiful landscape and nature’s wonderful spectrum of colours and structures; I use a variety of screen printing and sewing techniques to make unique pieces of textile craft with a traditional feel.
Julia FogginJulia works from her home studio in Lancaster under the name MIST Jewellery. She creates her distinctive designs by hammering sterling silver wire into organic shapes such as stylised daisies and simplified butterflies. She often combines these with freshwater pearls using the irregular characteristics of the stones to compliment her unique style.
Julia also exhibits at local galleries & enjoys commissions, particularly for the bridal market that is always looking for something original and very personal.
Anna FranceI am an independent jeweller who started studying silversmithing at local evening classes and then went on to study and experiment on my own with added short courses on some of the more technical and abstract parts of my trade.
The limited edition, seasonal collections are handmade from the highest quality, hallmarked solid silver and 9ct gold and I take great pride and care to design pieces that have a great attention to detail so that you will have pieces of jewellery that will be treasured for years to come.
Many of my designs can be personalised incorporating something that belongs to the owner, turning a precious memento into a wearable piece of jewellery. Original and timeless, I use reticulation, forming, hammering and chain mail techniques to illustrate the different textures and styles that can be wrought from a piece of metal.
Ian GarsonLandscape has generally created the inspiration and formed the subject matter for Ian's paintings. Pictures on canvas have been completed in oil paint, whilst work on paper has been in a variety of water-based media, pastel and crayon. Images within paintings vary, from those of English countryside and Spanish seascapes to those of lake and forest in Finland.
Ian studied painting at:
- Liverpool Regional College of Art
- The Slade School of Fine Art, London
- Ateneum Art School, Helsinki (Finnish Government Painting Scholarship)
Paintings are represented in the following art collections:
- Department of the Environment, London
- Embassy of Finland, London
- Nordea Bank, London - Lady Sainsbury, private collection
- Camden Libraries, London
- West Riding Schools Art Collection
Paintings are represented in private collections in the following countries:
- New Zealand
Paintings have been exhibited in:
Richard GoodsonThe English Lake District famous throughout the world for its stunning beauty has been lovingly caught and interpreted by me in my Lakeland photography over many years, a love affair that is as rich now as when I picked up a camera for the first time. I love to capture the essence of the landscape in my Lake District photography, be it rain, hail, snow or warm summer days, the list of inspiring times seems timeless.
Sue GreenwoodFollowing early retirement and a number of art based courses within Adult Education, I decided to undertake my degree in Fine Art. This gave me a wonderful insight into a wide range of artistic approaches eg ceramics, printmaking, sculpture, computer art, figure drawing etc. The theoretical part of the course was fascinating and involved visiting a number of European galleries to get close and personal with striking examples of art through the ages that has shaped the approaches and concepts we see today.
My current work veers heavily towards capturing our wonderful natural world, largely in acrylics, though I also enjoy painting buildings, people and animals. My commissioned work relies heavily on these latter categories.
I exhibit locally, largely in group venues, and occasionally enter art competitions. I hope you enjoy my work.
David Henry WebbThe work on display has evolved from a long interest in wood woodworking and walking along the foreshore of the Furness peninsular. The unending variety of shapes, form & textures replenished by every tide are a rich treasure trove. They have been made into clocks and lamps and make a transition from shorelines, assuming a new identity and promoting the observer to reappraise their viewpoint.
Denise HeywoodI am inspired by human activity, the lakes and mountains, the ever-changing estuary, and sunlight and shadows. I use most mediums – watercolour, acrylic, oils, pastels, pen, ink and pencil dependent on how I wish to portray the subject matter.
Annabel HumberGrowing up in the Lake District instilled in me a love of nature that is reflected in the jewellery I create.
Originally I studied graphic design but after a couple of jewellery making classes I got hooked.
I pierce my designs into silver sheet with intricate detail using traditional techniques.
Amanda HunterWelcome to my work, in which I strive to reflect the natural environment through the medium of precious metals. This year, I have looked more closely at the detail of how industry and nature co-exist. My jewellery collections for this year are "Marginal", which features the contrasts between agricultural debris and weeds, and "Tide Mark" which reveals how the natural world responds to erosion. I also thought Tide Mark might be an amusing title for a necklace, so please come and have a look!
Jan Huntley PeaceArt to Wear, Porcelain and Print
Jan started her career with Zandra Rhodes , Jean Muir, David and Elizabeth Emanuel and also in an international capacity for the Queens dressmaker Norman Hartnell. Jan has a degree in Sculpture and Fine Art and it is this interface between creative inspiration, innovative techniques and exquisite detailing which make her work truly unique.
Vintage textiles are my inspiration, printing them into silver and fine porcelain to create beautiful unique jewellery, porcelain tableware and small sculptures.
Simon HutchinsonJunkPunk creates unusual, experimental and alternative fantasy artwork using locally found items, natural materials and discarded junk.
Simon designs, builds, sculpts and paints strange beings and magical characters aimed to capture the spirit of the wild and diverse habitats of the local area; Curious goblins that comb the shores for washed up treasure, twisted root spirits from the woods and delicate faeries inspired by the abundance of butterflies.
Some of the creations are inspired by the rich local folklore and mythology, whilst others are inspired by medieval gargoyles and carvings, classical book illustrations, ancient maps, cult films and other places our imagination has been let loose!
Wendy JohnsonI love to explore and experiment, and my making involves investigating new processes and linking in traditional methods.
I love being outside, travelling and linking people. My designing and making reflects the inspirations to create three dimensional pieces in ceramics, glass and metal.
John KingstonI make conceptual Landscape paintings.
These are conceived around various issues/areas of research, non realism, memory of landscape and buildings within it, lost structures, Modernist architecture, heritage and nostalgia, historical reinvention.
I am exhibiting images from a series I an working on of lost modernist structures around Morecambe Bay.
Jayne LancasterHaving recently graduated from the University of Cumbria with a Foundation Degree in Drawing, Jayne is now putting her skills into practice, currently specialising in drawings and illustrations detailing agricultural and rural wildlife. Sketching from life and observation of the animals in their natural environment is essential to her work and this is combined with larger scale studio creations where she uses a variety of media, predominantly pen and ink with pastel, charcoal and watercolour. Jayne spent her childhood on a Cumbrian dairy farm and now finds her inspiration within the farming and countryside environment. The use of bold, flowing lines, capturing the essence of the subject is the hallmark of her work. Whether sketching pedigree livestock or native wildlife, simplicity, motion and energy are portrayed in her unique and impressionistic style.
Lancaster Steiner SchoolLancaster Steiner School’s pupils from the age of 3 to 11. Children from age 3 learn to paint and do handwork through imitation and doing, this quickly starts to feature in their imaginative play. In Lower School children take a wide variety of artistic and practical activities including traditional crafts of knitting, painting, woodwork, music, drawing and handwork. Core curriculum subjects are taught in the Main Lessons reading, writing, numeracy, mathematics, geography, history, the sciences, farming and the natural world, legends, stories and mythology. Art and music form part of our natural rhythms of teaching. The Class teacher presents the curriculum in such a way that it fires the imagination and enthusiasm in each child creating a genuine love of learning. Even their science and maths work is beautiful. During the Art & Craft Trail our School Community's work will be displayed, including handmade toys and other crafted items. We will be hosting creative workshops so both children and parents can learn through doing, simple crafts that you can replicate at home, using natural materials. As well as bringing the well renowned delights from our School Café. Definitely a child friendly venue.
Lancs and Lakes Guild of Weavers, Spinners and DyersThe Lancs and Lakes Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers formed in 1953 and became affiliated to the national organisation in 1962. We have been based in various locations in Lancashire and Cumbria but now hold our monthly meetings in Yealand Redmayne Village Hall.
We aim to educate and inspire our members and others in the heritage arts of weaving, spinning and dyeing as well as many other textile-related crafts. Our meetings include talks by visiting speakers, practical demonstrations and workshops to enable our members to learn new skills from each other or from professionals.
We welcome beginners and experienced weavers, spinners and dyers. If you have an interest in any of these crafts you are welcome to visit us.
We exhibited at the Art Trail in 2015 for the first time and thoroughly enjoyed the event. This year, we are returning with a smaller exhibition but with more demonstrations and workshops - as well as setting ourselves a “Fleece to Fabric” challenge!
We will prepare a fleece (one which we've already washed!) for spinning, dyeing and weaving, and by the end of Sunday - with a fair wind and a bit of luck - have produced a scarf which we will present as a raffle prize to Art Trail visitors.
Watch the website for scheduled events.
Demonstrations and hands on weaving and spinning throughout Saturday and Sunday.
We are open Friday from 5-8pm, Saturday and Sunday from 10:30am to 5.30pm
Landscape TrustThe theme of this exhibition at Arnside Cemetery Chapel is ancient landscapes of the Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Janet Brady and Sarah Golightly will explore sites such as, the Fairy Steps, Arnside Knott and the Silverdale Coast, through different art forms and their work will be set in geographical context through old postcards and maps.
Cally LawsonCally works from her studio at Deerslet Farm, Burton in Kendal. Set on the farm with stunning views of the surrounding countryside, it provides plenty of inspiration for Cally's artwork.
She is a member of Green Door Artists and exhibits regularly throughout the South Lakes. Last Summer she held her first solo exhibition at Low Sizergh Barn.
She is inspired by her rural surroundings and particularly enjoys painting farm animals, local scenery and wildlife. She prefers a loose wet-in-wet style and likes to experiment in a variety of media. With a loose and expressive style, her most recent works have become progressively more abstract.
She welcomes visitors to her home studio to discuss her work and accepts commissions (mostly of gun-dogs and horses).
Phillippa LeeI make fused glass jewellery and glass gifts which include angels, wish sticks, chakra sun catchers and beautiful tea-light holders finished with pearls.
I lived near Silverdale for a number of years and found myself inspired by the sense of mystery especially among the park trails with the limestone pavements and yew tree walks. I try and bring some of that mystery into my glass work.
Tracy LevineTracy is an award winning artist with an extensive list of solo exhibitions in recent years. Her contemporary landscape paintings and original prints are widely exhibited throughout the UK.
On sale in the studio are a large selection of originals, limited edition reproduction prints and greeting cards. The studio in Arnside is open at other times by mutual arrangement.
Christine LileyChris is inspired and strongly influenced by the beauty of mountains, lakes, rivers, and sea. She also enjoys recreating dynamic moments of adventurous activities and works in acrylics with brush or pallet knife.
Shelagh LindI love all textiles and enjoy upcycling vintage and unloved textiles, giving them new lives in the 21st century. Colour and texture are my passion.
Graham LoweGraham Lowe trained as an illustrator before taking a degree in Fine Art. His latest body of work comprises 20 British bird paintings, which are already garnering praise from gallery owners and fans alike.
“Bird art is a perennial favorite with both artists and art-lovers,” Graham said. “Birds are so diverse in shape, colouring, markings and expression. As an artist I love the challenge that each bird presents. While I’ve spent much of my artistic career painting abstract and figurative landscapes, almost exclusively of the North, recently I felt pulled back to illustration.”
He has over 20 years experience as a practicing artist. Graham has had solo exhibitions in galleries both commercial and public throughout the North of England. His work has featured widely in the regional press as well as in Lancashire Life and in ‘Facing North’, a book and exhibition project featuring 50 professional artists from across the North of England.
Graham lives and works in Lancaster and as well as a practicing artist he is also an art tutor.
Carolyn LucasI am a self taught felt artist living in rural Lancashire. My passion for wool began many years ago. I have always loved the textures of pure wool, its sweet smell and all the amazing colours that come from such an incredibly versatile fibre. I began knitting but then went on to buying my own fleeces, spinning, then wet felting and now needle felting. I use a single needle that has small barbs on it to sculpt the wool fibre. The barbs on the needle catch the scales on the fibre and push them through the layers of wool, tangling them and binding them together. Eventually, the wool can be sculpted into different shapes, a process which can be quite time consuming but enjoyable!
I love taking the earthy fleece, various wool fibres and other threads and turning them into 3D characters, wool pictures and wall hangings. Each item I make is unique and I like to think ..... sprinkled with a little magic.
Jane MallinsonFelt is an ancient art brought back by Cumbria's Mary Burkett who encouraged textile artists to develop the old techniques so that now there are no boundaries to the art. New ways and methods of design are constantly evolving to produce objects of all shapes, sizes, all of which combine art and craft.
Heather Marlow StephensonHow does an image make you feel? When I choose what to present for exhibition or sale this is a question I ask myself. In general, one wants to feel good so 'peaceful' 'contemplative' and just 'happy' are some of the senses I get from the images in the long term project 'Time and Tide'. However, in January this year, on what I call a 2 jacket day, I shot a series of images which I feel deserves the subtitle 'Frenzy' and though I do not want to feel frenzied, the stunning, high speed, formation flying of so many waders will always make me wonder what on earth it feels like to be up there. The largest formation I ever flew in was 9 jets (RAF days) and here were thousands of tiny aeronauts wheeling, diving and kiting, sensing the strong, cold wind currents. So when I edit these particular images it will be the sense of 'wonder' that drives my choice.
I am continuing to produce the aluminium dibond prints as their immediacy really suits my recent images but if anyone would prefer high quality professional prints please ask - it can be done.
I am becoming slightly 'wadercentric', I think that would be something to do with the wonderful Morecambe Bay, but there will be a wide selection of images to choose from or just come and chat about your own work or ideas - a big part of the Art Trail I think.
Clare MartinMy photographs try to capture light and shadow in close up, looking at abstract forms that we find in Nature. I am currently looking at printing on a range of different surfaces, and these are produced as prints,cards - where possible I use recycled materials.
The opportunities are unlimited living in the AONB, with coast,woodland,limestone and interesting history all providing a feast of visual images.
This year’s theme is ‘shore, stones and sylvan settings’.
Janice McGloineSince moving to the area 9 years ago, I have developed a unique quirky style which is based on happy memories of my childhood, my love of architecture and this beautiful part of the country. Working mainly in acrylic, my paintings reflect a simple, idyllic world.
Penny McLeodMy artwork is inspired by the many beautiful scenes and encounters with nature, which I have had both at home and on my travels. I work with many mediums but love to use watercolour and acrylics. My subjects include flowers, animals, people and scenery and range from greetings cards, through framed paintings to full wall canvases.
Annie McNaughtonAfter a year’s absence from the trail I will be exhibiting my latest mosaic work in my new first floor mosaic workroom. I like to give new life to cast-off items and Silverdale beach finds. I experiment with shoes, mannequins, teapots, mirrors, clocks .... Everything has potential!
I also work in clay, using Indian printing blocks and fabrics to create texture. I hand-build stoneware frostproof items for the garden - fairy doors, green men, plaques and all manner of creatures....
My brightly coloured glazed earthenware ceramics include plant pots, buttons, jewellery and decorative items.
We will be serving coffee and cakes (weather-permitting in the garden) and can offer WC facilities and very limited parking on the drive.
Delcia McNeilMy paintings are inspired by metaphysical and human themes, such as healing, relationships, the interface of energy and matter, cosmology, spirituality, and the unconscious mind. I am a qualified psychotherapist & energy healer as well as an artist and so my work with people influences my painting themes. In my artwork I experiment with a range of paints and materials, and also use photography & digital technology as a tool.
I also have a love of nature and landscape, especially trees. I like to draw human faces, and have a deep interest in the relationship between the mind and the physical body. Whilst wanting my work to be enjoyed by the general public, I also aim to support the healing process and enhance healing environments. My work can be used as a focus for meditation, or help access the unconscious mind. I like people to feel free to make their own interpretations of the images.
I have sketched and painted throughout my life and have attended many classes and workshops. In 2004 I gained an Edexcel BTEC National Diploma in Foundation Studies Art & Design, and NCFE Intermediate & Advanced Certificates in Creative Craft in Drawing and Painting. I continue to develop my skills.
I first exhibited in 1996 in my own therapeutic space and began selling artwork. I continue to exhibit in my therapeutic spaces in Storth, Cumbria and Muswell Hill, North London, and, as well as taking part in several Open studios trails, I have exhibited in a number of public places including:
Heron Theatre, Beetham, Cumbria; The Gallery, Yew Tree Barn, Low Newton, Cumbria; Spindrift Gallery, Arnside, Cumbria; Silverdale Art & Craft Trail, Lancashire; Milnthorpe Art Exhibition, Cumbria; Cumbria Open exhibition, Up-front gallery, Penrith; StudioArt gallery, Warrington, Cheshire; Dickie Doodles music & arts venue, Kendal, Cumbria; Koukan Gallery, Muswell Hill, North London; Gatefoot gallery, Staveley, Cumbria; Farfield Mill Arts & Heritage Centre, Sedbergh; Cumbria, Lakes Artists Society, Grasmere, Cumbria; Garstang Community Arts Centre, Lancashire, Open Up North, Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal. and with the Green Door Studio Artists at:
The Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal, Cumbria; Alexandra Gallery, University of Lancaster; Farfield Mill Arts & Heritage Centre, Sedbergh, Cumbria; Kendal Museum, Castle Dairy restaurant and gallery, Kendal.
Sue MilliganWelcome to Sue Milligan Photography, please feel free to view my galleries and I hope you enjoy.
Imogen MoulsdaleI am a 20 year old artist who grew up in Silverdale. I work in acrylics and I love to capture the vibrant colours of sunsets. I have recently been working in pencils to create animal portraits.
National TrustJoin the National Trust Rangers to create your own works of art using natural materials and lots of imagination.
Mary NicholsonMary Nicholson is a native of Kendal, and trained at Manchester College of Art under such artists as Norman Adams and Ted Roocroft. She has twice received painting awards from Northern Arts and has both carvings and paintings in private collections throughout Britain. For many years she was a tutor at the Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal, and has lived in Warton for about fifteen years.
Claire OrangeI enjoy making ceramics and adding upcycled materials/objects to produce fun, unique sculptures for the home or garden.
Eric PyeWhilst I admire the grand view, I also enjoy the small details; coloured lichen patterning rocks, a waterfall or the patchwork of light on a hillside. With my camera, I try to reflect what the landscape is about.
Reveal PrintmakersReveal Printmakers are a group of eleven artists from the North West based at Hot Bed Press Studio, Salford. The group has been working together for the last two years with each member developing their own interests and skills, specialising in particular printmaking processes. A wide variety of printing techniques are used including etching, collagraph, waterless lithography, linocut and screenprint to create an exiting and diverse range of work. The group held an exhibition at Farfield Mill, Sedbergh from November 2015 to January 2016 and at The Kosmonaut, Manchester in April 2016.
Steve RipleySilverdale and the Lakes - the only two places I have lived in since 1980 - have inspired me from a landscape point of view. I will be featuring landscapes from these areas in my exhibition and contrasting them with the savage beauty of East Greenland, a place I work in each year. In this way, I hope to introduce viewers to a reconsideration of what beauty is. Landscapes touch us all in some way and I am lucky to have touched these beautiful landscapes.
Helen RobinsonHelen creates jewellery from various materials e.g silver and textiles.
Christine RooneyAfter living in Africa for many years I have a passion for colour and design. The big bold shapes and vibrant colours of African textile designs excites me and I find that this has influenced all of my work in the various media that I use.
I have had an exciting year this year after being selected as a Wildcard Artist for Sky TV Landscape Artist of the Year 2015 and although I didn’t get selected for the finals it was fantastic to be painting in Lyme Park with so many other talented artists. This experience has inspired me to experiment more with different media and my latest experiments with resin have proved very successful.
I paint in oil, watercolour, acrylic and acrylic ink, mixed media and lately with glass paints. My subject matter is mostly inspired by my surroundings, such as the little villages and towns that we pass through regularly, village life and harbour scenes but I also paint still life and flowers.
Kate SchofieldStraight 'from farm to yarn'! Our wool comes from the conservation grazer sheep you can see in the fields in Arnside/Silverdale AONB. I work closely with the farmers and from their top quality fleeces produce a range of goods which I hope shows the versatility of wool. Handspun handknits and handwoven throws and cushions. I also work collaboratively with an upholsterer to recover upcycled stools, a bodger to turn locally gathered driftwood into buttons and other skilled artisans in the area. I handspin, knit and weave and have some fleeces millspun into handknitting wool. This is a special area where wildlife is important and I embellish my work with sea glass, driftwood, shells, flowers, tiny butterflies and bees and of course sheep! Most of these decorations come from junk shops and charity shops and are given a new lease of life!
Elizabeth ShorrockI am a mixed media artist specialising in the creation of handmade books. Some of these are intended for practical use as notebooks and sketchbooks. Many, however, come into the category of artists' books.
I enjoy experimenting with different folding methods and book structures to create artwork that the viewer can interact with and explore.
Much of my work uses recycled materials; old books, maps, sheet music etc. These materials are turned into miniature books which can still be read in a fragmentary way. I enjoy the glimpses of text and hope the viewer does too.
Other work is inspired by the landscape and I use my own photographs and prints sometimes in combination with the recycled materials to create both artists' books and wall pieces.
In 2015 I was selected as one of the five finalists in the designer/maker category of the inaugural Cumbria Life Culture Awards.
I exhibit regularly with:
I also regularly attend Craft Events and Artist Book Fairs.
Keith ShorrockI make furniture and boxes mostly from local wood. The items I make are mostly to my own design. I also work to commission and take great pride and care in making exactly what the client wants.
Silver Sapling Guide CampsiteThe Art of Survival....come and learn the skills to be creative in the wilds without electricity using only natural resources to survive. Step back in time in the old canvas tent and enjoy refreshments cooked on the open fire.
Learn how to lash and make a gadget
Learn knots (and how to tie up your pals!)
Learn how to make a fire
Learn how to cook on an open fire.
The emphasis will be on fun, fun, fun.
Fun for kids of all ages....
On Friday evening we will be hosting a campfire and sing song from 8pm til’ late. Hotdogs and refreshments will be available.
Park and ride available plus Trail Bus stop
Camping available upon request.
Silverdale Art GroupSilverdale Art Group has been in existence for over forty years, in order to cater for those people in the local community, who are interested in drawing and painting, and other artistic activities. The group members range from complete beginners and 'improvers' to experienced professional artists. We meet on a weekly basis from September to June and enjoy regular demonstrations and workshops, as well as extra 'work days' which enable artists to work uninterrupted by other commitments for several hours. We have over forty members who together form an active and lively social group.
The group objectives are to engage with, and promote all aspects of the visual arts in our local community, and to assist in the personal improvement, art education and recreation of members.
This is our ninth year exhibiting as part of the Art Trail and we really enjoy the experience. We are fortunate to be able to stage our exhibition in the Gaskell Hall, which is the village hall located in the centre of the village. We believe that our exhibition gets better every year, and last year, was in terms of sales of paintings, our best to date! You will find a large and diverse display which covers all aspects of painting, and showcases the talents of many of our members.
We are open at 10am each day - including Friday, other venues are open from 10.30am, so we are an ideal starting point from the trail. Why not come in, and sample our homemade fayre while you browse through your Art Trail catalogue, and plan your day. We are an excellent source of information about the different venues and all aspects of the trail. If you have time, come back and see us later in the day. We never sell out of cakes!
Opening times are: ALL DAY Friday from 10am to 8pm. Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 5.30pm.
We look forward to meeting you.
Silverdale Upholstery GroupSilverdale upholstery group meet on Thursdays at the Parish Room, St John's Church Silverdale. They renovate and upholster their own furniture under the tuition of Rhonda Fraser. They work at their own pace with individual tuition using professional tools and equipment, and learn the skills in a friendly environment.
Gilli SlaterI have lived in Arnside for 35 years and have been busy as a parent and teacher. Recently I have retired and now find time to follow a more artistic path.
Forty years ago I gained a degree from Southampton University in Textile Art and Education. Lying dormant has been an idea to create trees from textiles and colour them using paint crystals. Each of my pictures is created from its own piece of dye-friendly fabric, then the colour is applied when wet. I never know exactly what the fabric or dye will do, which makes each of my pictures completely individual.
My work is inspired by the beautiful landscape of the Arnside and Silverdale area. I find the gnarled trees that grow on the limestone particularly interesting.
Jacqueline SmithJacqueline studied textiles at Winchester School of Art and following her degree she has exhibited her work in galleries nationally and previously in New York, Barcelona, Florence and Milan. A strong love of colour and fun is evident in her hand painted illustrations, which she produces on a variety of themes such as floral, coastal, architectural, cats, birds, camper vans and landscape, to name a few. Her often quirky images start from her sketchbook and are drawn onto either cotton, canvas or handmade paper and handpainted with layers of inks. The rich surfaces are then built up with collage and finally stitched bringing in the detail into the piece. Sometimes her illustrations incorporate music, words, clocks and manuscript and more recently photos of places she has visited. Often the work is finished with handstitching, adding beads, shine and lustre to the pieces.
Her studio /workshop is based at Barrowford, Lancashire where she also works extensively running specialist workshops in schools and colleges. She produces large scale textile pieces for new buildings, entrances, reception areas and foyers working with children and groups.
She produces a range of hand finished limited edition prints and cards of her work, alongside her framed original pieces.
Annie SouthwardSeascapes, especially Iona. Just love the special light and colours and sense of space there. The timelessness. Acrylic on canvas.
Laura Sowerby"My woodblock prints have been made using the Japanese technique of printmaking, an ancient and inherently beautiful process that I find captivating for the subtle range of expression it affords." Distinct from the Western tradition where oil-based ink is applied with a roller and printed onto the paper's surface often with the help of a press , the Japanese tradition by contrast , uses waterbased ink which is applied with a brush and printed by hand so deeply into the absorbent Japanese paper that the print can appear clearly on the reverse. Cutting is done with the help of several knifes and gouges. The outlines are cut with the line knife, the hangi-to. This knife is held in the fist and allows the artist to cut with the highest degree of accuracy.
Laura Sowerby works with relief printmaking techniques, usually Linocut and woodcut. Always joyously detailed and coloured, her prints depict wild and garden plant subjects enlivened with birds and bugs. Many are designed to be put into repeat for wallpaper and textiles , reflecting her interest in the printed pattern in interior decoration.
"I like to hone in on the minutiae of things and it is the beauty in the detail that I try to capture in the print works. I aim to evoke an up-close experience of place - be that a hedgerow, vegetable patch or garden wall clad with climbers. As William Blake wrote, ‘Nature and Art in this together suit What is Most Grand is always most Minute’" I enjoy taking more of a painter's approach when it comes to colour, preferring to apply several colours directly to the same block and using no more than two blocks to make a single print. I enjoy the spontaneity this method of working with colour affords and the variety of effects it creates. This also makes each print within an edition quite distinct. I print by hand and use oil based or watercolour and rice paste inks on Japanese paper.
Julie SpencerI love to sew, working with quality tweeds and sumptuous Liberty Lawn cotton. Bold prints full of butterflies, delicate floral designs, funky retro 50's fabric, cute animal designs, there is a fabric to suit everyone.
I make a range of cushion covers, beautiful handmade lampshades, wash bags and practical peg bags.
St John's ChurchSt John’s Church is open for visitors to admire the building, especially the stone carvings, stained glass windows and the recently installed tower screen. There will also be displays of vestments and of artwork by members of the congregation.
The Silverdale Upholstery Group will have a display of their work in the base of the tower.
Concert on the Saturday evening.
Exhibition closed Sunday Morning for Church Service
Storth Painting GroupA group of approx. 40 members meeting Tuesdays and Thursdays. Members are from Lancashire and south Lakeland and meet in a relaxed and social atmosphere. Fees £26 for twenty weeks.
Julia SwarbrickJulia Swarbrick finds inspiration in the landscapes of Lancashire. Found elements from the natural world combined with mental biography are the rich source for the images she creates; using painting and printmaking as mediums that complement and inform one another her work explores landscapes in both her external and immediate environment alongside the internal world of imagination and personal narrative from books and diaries.
Julia has exhibited across the UK and abroad. Galleries include The Bluecoat, Liverpool; the Spectrum Gallery in Perth, Australia and in a solo show at Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery where she has been working as Artist in Residence.
Stuart SykesI have been a professional cabinetmaker and woodturner for over 35 years. Many organisations have bought and sold my work including The National Trust, English Heritage, The Forestry Commision and many more.
I spent 10 years as resident woodturner at Brockhole National Park Centre. I now spend my time making wooden folk art from recycled wood which I then hand paint, or leave in it's natural state to create individual pieces of art.
Geoff TaylorAfter 40 years of illustrating books and book covers my artwork had fallen into 3 very different art styles. Firstly, Fantasy book covers, pen and ink illustrations for fiction books. Secondly, the "Games Workshop" art for fantasy role-playing games. Finally, painting what I want! which is wildlife and more recently painting views of the Lake District fells.
On display will be some of those older Fantasy and Sci-Fi book cover original artworks and illustrations, also wildlife prints, bookmarks & cards.
Edward ThomasLove of nature, and particularly the Lake District, is my motivation. Working exclusively in oils I try to be true to the chosen subject. I am largely self-taught, leaving any tuition behind at school, and learning through observation and practice.
Jenni ThornleyThis is my third year at the Silverdale Art Trail. I work in pastel which I find an intimate, vibrant and atmospheric medium.
Most of my work is small scale landscapes with a theme this year of Winter and Water.
Caren ThrelfallI studied Fashion design at the University of Salford and worked in industry as a designer of Ladies’ and Childrens’ wear for well known high street stores.
A career break to have a family enabled me to rediscover my love of art and I began to experiment with different forms of Textile Art.
I use wool & silk fibres in a 'painterly' way in order to create textural moody pieces that depict, landscapes, seascapes & floral designs.
As well as felt, I work in other textile media, including, Batiks, Silk Paintings, Hand Made Silk Paper pieces and also Devore.
In addition to creating and selling my own work, I teach classes and workshops for Cumbria Adult Education Service as well as privately and also teach Art in primary schools throughout the United Kingdom.
Peter ThrelfallI studied 3D Design at the University of Salford.
After qualifying I worked briefly for a company designing the interiors of pubs, clubs and hotels until setting up in business with a friend. Our business was producing artist’s impressions for architects and interior designers which still forms a small part of the business today.
I have also developed my own painting style and have been selling my work successfully over the last few years.
I paints mostly in acrylics. Subjects range from Landscapes, Seascapes, Cityscapes and also figurative paintings of Cockle Pickers and Fishermen in The Bay. All are vibrant and colourful; full of texture as well as being expressive.
Recently I have begun teaching both privately and for Cumbria Adult Education Service at a number of venues.
Tracey & AudreyAudrey & Tracey have lived in Silverdale and been friends for 30 years. Costume making for the local village players brought them together initially. Audrey has level 3 City & Guilds Upholstery and has many re-upholstered chairs to her name!
Tracey started with City & Guilds Soft Furnishings and Creative Embroidery, and achieved level 3 before joining Audrey at college for Upholstery. After ten years and several commissions later, Tracey and Audrey joined forces and have worked together for the past 4 years.
Both of us have an obsession for fabric and we therefore have an enormous selection from which our customers can choose for their piece of furniture or perhaps a roman blind or cushion.
We work incredibly well together, both having an understanding and appreciation for quality and detail. We love playing with designs and creating something beautiful.
We take a loved piece of furniture and bring it back to life using either modern materials or traditional materials including horsehair, using traditional techniques. We take great pride in our work and enjoy a great deal of satisfaction from completely renovating a chair which has been worn beyond recognition. We work closely with our customers and all of our work is generated through 'word of mouth' or the Art Trail!
We also make bespoke stools of any size and offer a selection of fabrics from stock or to order from a variety of suppliers.
Curtains with heading options are hand made using various linings and interlinings. Roman blinds of any size are increasingly popular. We are also able to offer a selection of curtain and roman blind tracks and have an installation service within the local area. We are happy to hang curtains and install blinds.
We will have a selection of beautiful cushions,throws and stools at this years Art Trail together with several chairs which have been restored with love.
We look forward to seeing you.
Sue TyldesleyThe idea of painting with beeswax is not new , but modern heated tools and equipment make the process a lot easier. Sue enjoys exploring the use of beeswax as a painting medium on various different surfaces including card, canvas and textiles. Whilst much of her work comprises greeting cards she also produces large paintings and various other objects including books, bags and key rings. Come and try a painting workshop with susiewax.
Vintage & CountryAt Vintage & Country we source, restore and re-upholster vintage and antique furniture, make bespoke lamps and will be launching our handmade jointed teddy bears for the trail. We also up-cycle items of furniture with our range of chalk paint. Whether you prefer a modern, traditional, vintage or industrial look we aim to stock a range of items to suit your home. Alongside this we sell a variety of decorative accessories, cards and gifts. We also hire vintage props for weddings and events.
Roy WhitingLocally coppiced sustainable wood allows Roy to craft beautiful bespoke furniture; children's and adult chairs, shapely stools, heart felt gates and other woodcraft fancies.
Always welcoming an interested party for a simple chat or demonstration, sharing his love for the natural world and native woodland.
Brian WhitmoreI love the rhythms, patterns and textures that calligraphy creates combined with the power of the written word. I place this passion upon an array of forms, framed pieces, handmade books, memory boxes, hand scribed furniture etc.
I am calligrapher for the famous Grasmere Gingerbread Shop.
I also facilitate workshops and demonstrations for various groups.
Angela WoodsI am looking forward to my fourth art trail. I have found a new creativity to my canvases, this year. I am going for a simple and bold approach to my work.
My second year as co-ordinator for the venue, held at the Silverdale village institute, which I was more than happy to accept. Last year was a great success, thanks to not only the exhibitors, but the public who visited us and spent time at the venue.
I hope you find time to visit the Silverdale village institute again this year. As we are aiming to make it just as successful as our first time on the art trail as a venue.
Sylvia WoodsLiving in such a beautiful area as Silverdale and Arnside is an ideal place to find inspiration to be creative. In my case I use various clays to produce pieces that I hope will give pleasure to the eye as well as being useful. What I make, I make with care and thoughtfulness. I suppose you could say I work with my heart as well as my hands.