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PUBLISHED: 10:53 21 April 2009 | UPDATED: 15:57 20 February 2013

Marion Deacon

Marion Deacon

This month more than 100 artists will be exhibiting their work in diverse venues from Bix to Twyford as part of the Henley Arts Trail from May 23-25. All you have to do is pick up a leaflet and take part

In barns and cottages, in galleries and museums and in shops and halls throughout Berkshire and South Oxfordshire you'll find hundreds of works of art this month as dozens of artists showcase their work as part of the Henley Arts Trail. Last year more than 3,000 people took the trail, discovering painters, jewellery-makers, sculptors, weavers and others craftsmen and women en route in some delightful venues.
This year even more artists will be taking part in twenty venues ranging from the River & Rowing Museum at Henley to a private house in Twyford. At Bix manor, you'll find the Bix Six, who'll be showing their collection of ceramins, paintings, wood, textiles and photography. Dick Budden will be displaying his tactile sculpture at Coltman's Farm, Waltham St Lawrence, while Henley Arts & Crafts Guild will be putting on a mixed show at the Old Fire Station Gallery in Henley.
At Barn Acre Gallery in Wargrave, owner Kirsten Jones will be throwing up her beautiful riverside galleries to 50 artists. It's the perfect place to stop for a coffee or even picnic on the rolling lawns. (Kirsten is also running an exhibition starting on May 2 prior to the trail.) Now in its ninth year, the aim of the trail is to provide a platform for the area's artistic community, both well-established and budding. Some venues will be staging demonstrations and many will offer refreshments. The event is supported by Oxfordshire Artists' Artweeks Festival which runs from May 2-25. Donations will be given to the Thames Valley & Chilterns Air Ambulance Trust.

1. Jayne Ward 's work was selected for the RA Summer Exhibition in 2008. Much of her current work involves the repeated image - jugs, chairs or beach huts - using vintage fabrics and machine embroidery to depict
colour and texture. Venue 8, Old Smithy House, Culham Lane, near Wargrave RG10 8NR.

2. Dan Dunne's current work
features nudes, abstraction and deconstruction. He also puts his skills to use as builder specialising in period restoration and traditional methods. Venue 8, Old Smithy House, Culham Lane, near Wargrave RG10 8NR.

3. In addition to showing in the Henley Arts Trail for a number of years, Charlotte Martin has shown in London, Cookham and several
other local venues. Venue 8,
Old Smithy House, Culham Lane, Near Wargrave RG10 8NR.

4. Allan Henderson is the
adopted Artist of Regatta Radio following the sculling sculpture he made of Beijing Olympic Gold medallist Mark Hunter.
Allan studied 3D design at The Central School of Art and at Leicester, and Fine Art at Amersham. Venue 8, Old Smithy House, Culham Lane, near Wargrave RG10 8NR.

5. Cate Stuart trained as a teacher
of art and design originally but has since retrained as an interior designer. Meeting other artists
has also kindled her interest in sculpture. Venue 8, Old Smithy House, Culham Lane, Near
Wargrave RG10 8NR.

6. Natural forms and their texture and surface have always been a source of inspiration to Ruth McNabb. She is intrigued by each individual piece; the amazing construction of a shell, the shapes and forms, the contrasts in surface texture and patterns and design. Venue 7, River and Rowing Museum, Henley-on-Thames, RG9 1BF.

7. Sarah Pye creates bespoke wall art and gardening for a living. She loves to observe nature; the sky, clouds, landscapes and flowers, all that surround her. See her work: Venue 6, Brilliant Café, 50 Bell Street, Henley- on-Thames, RG9 2BG.

8. Jenny Buratta trained at Goldsmiths College and went on to illustrate greetings cards. She is currently working on a series of book illustrations. Venue 17, Buratta's at the Royal Oak, Ruscombe Lane, RG10 9JN.

9. Sculptor Roger Smalley has been working with stone and
other media for about a decade, exhibiting at various local galleries. Venue 8, Old Smithy House, Culham Lane, RG10 8NR.

10. Celeste Kelley studied fine art at Amersham Art College betweeN 1976-79, after which she went on to work for Joseph Nuttgens, the stained glass artist. She mainly works in oils and pastels. Venue 14, 144 Wargrave Road, Twyford, RG10 9PN.

11. Steve Batty has drawn life for many years, mainly using pastel pencils. Venue 17, Buratta's at the Royal Oak, Ruscombe Lane, RG10 9JN.

12. Judith Fletcher studied graphic design before a career in the British Council. Venue 7, The River and Rowing Museum, Henley-on-Thames, RG9 1BF.

13. Jo Sinclair has a degree in textiles and surface decoration, and
a diploma in children's book illustration. She is also about to embark on her first commissioned children's book illustration.
Venue 13, 21 Langhams Way, Wargrave, RG10 8AX and Venue 12, Barn Acre Gallery, Loddon Drive, Wargrave RG10 8HN.

14. Wendy Penrose's handmade silver jewellery captures the richness of form and texture found in nature. Venue 10, Rose Cottage, Orchard Close, Shiplake Cross, RG9 4BU.
15. Kirsten Jones works on paper using washes of acrylic paint, often
over layered and collaged surfaces, using fragments of maps, stamps, text and patterns to create a subtle narrative.
She works in her studio at Barn Acre Gallery in Wargrave, where she shows her new paintings and limited edition prints. Venue 12, Barn Acre Gallery, Loddon Drive, Wargrave RG10 8HN.

16. Alison Lynch creates a wide range of decorative and functional textile pieces - anything from fabric chickens and lavender bags, to cushions, clothes and commissioned pieces. Alison is also manager of Barn Acre Gallery. Venue 12, Barn Acre Gallery, Loddon Drive, Wargrave RG10 8HN.

17. Terri Jones creates portraits of pets and people on a commission basis, working in pencil, pastel, acrylics or oils.Venue 12, Barn Acre Gallery, Loddon Drive, Wargrave RG10 8HN and Venue 19, (Terri's home studio).

For contact details of all the
artists featured go to
www.berkshire-life.co.uk/What's_ON

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