Last weekend, on the 23rd and 24th of June, Widcombe held their sixth Art Trail; the folded programme looked very inviting, and Widcombe is just across the road from the station, so it seemed like a good opportunity to get a few good ideas from another group putting on an open studios type event. There are amazingly 5 different art trails in Bath, the programme for the Widcombe one can be found at: www.widcombeassociation.org.uk
We started by walking to Violet Bank Farm, the furthest venue from the station, up Widcombe Hill and right down Prospect Road, as the name suggests, the views from the farm were spectacular. I particularly liked Sue Wales' landscapes and would have been very happy to own the second one on the left as I went in to her studio. The garden was splendid, with many interesting compartments to it, and open for the day raising money for Dorothy House. Not for the first time, I thought how well garden and art trails go together.
Here's a photograph of a stunning fountain in the garden:
We didn't walk the whole walk on this occasion, but dropped down the Prior Park by the back way, walked across the fine Palladian Bridge and stopped for lunch at the cafe. I'm putting in 2 photos of the bridge because I like them so much.
On the way back to the Art Trail, we passed Widcombe Manor, a rather lovely place with lions on the gateposts:
Just round the corner in the grounds of St. Thomas a Becket church was this fascinating room with a light on inside:
Sara Pearch's pottery was stunning, I bought a card from her.
Next we visited 29, Prior Park Road where Andy Kelly's stained glass was put to good effect in the bathroom window.
The White Hart was a bit cramped, I'm not sure how diners coped with people leaning over their food to look at the art on the walls.
The Print Room was very popular:
On the ground floor Penny Richards had some Giclee prints of her allotment paintings, I love them.
Julia Trickey was also at the Ring O Bells with her amazing botanical watercolours. I bought a card with a bunch of Violas on the front.
Last but not least, we visited St. Matthew's Church and Hall and got some interesting tips from Simon West who went to Florence to learn a special portrait painting technique used to great effect in the painting of the girl on the easel: