Open House Arts Trail
The Open House Arts Trail is within easy walking distance of the High Street.
Some of the town’s historic houses, dating back to the 17th century, will be participating, including former schools, forge and rectory.
Houses range from the bijou to the grand, all with distinctive characters.
Working mainly in sterling silver and 22ct gold vermeil with limited editions also available in gold and platinum, each piece within the collection has been etched to reveal an enchanting image upon the surface.
BRIDGNORTH ARTS SOCIETY
The Bridgnorth & District Art Society was formed in 1985 by a group of artists from in and around the town.
Almost 40 years later, the society has become the leading art group for Bridgnorth and surrounding area which works to promote and encourage involvement and appreciation in arts of all types, using a wide range of media. Our society is not-for-profit and open to artists of all levels and abilities.
Jean Jenkins is known for her statement vessels inspired by nature.
Her work is predominately hand built using slabs and coils refined to produce flowing forms.
Jean works from her studio overlooking the Shropshire countryside producing sculptural vessels and planters for the garden and functional bowls and bottles for the home.
Working with both traditional & modern techniques, Stephanie is a Jewellery designer & Goldsmith with a strong focus on sustainability.
‘Responsibly Sourced, Responsibly Made’, Stephanie works with ethically sourced Gemstones & uses Recycled and Fairmined Metals to create her Ready-To-Wear range of Luxury Fashion & Fine Jewellery.
Stephanie specialises in custom design and Heirloom remodelling.
Tim Hebbard is a painter working mostly in oils and gouache, based at his studio in Bewdley.
His works are influenced by the historic towns and inspiring landscapes of Worcestershire and Shropshire in particular.
He also has a great interest in the Black Country area.
Annette works from her Garden Room in Low Town Bridgnorth where she enjoys creating art pieces using the ancient art of weave in addition to painting in oils and acrylics.
Meditative nature walks provide inspiration and her aim is always to catch a sense of place through her narratives.
A landscape and portrait painter, living and working in Oswestry, Shropshire.
His work attempts to capture the spirit and energy of the subject as too, a way of recording and communicating the world around him.
He is inspired by elemental forces and forms of nature, and attempt to portray an essence or feeling for the subject beyond language or time.
Elizabeth Anne Hartill is showing a retrospective display of 60 creative years as a textile designer.
Producing contemporary artworks and guides a weekly creative group who collaborate to produce large artworks for the Bridgnorth community.
Her works to be shown on the Arts Trail includes embroidery, collage, millinery, knitting, crochet and patchwork.
Specialising in ceramics / glazed raku and stoneware animals and craft pottery items.
Hand-thrown terracotta pottery, suitable for domestic use.
Her aim is to make pottery that people can enjoy using, and is at a price people can afford !
He was born in Birmingham where He studied art and design at Bournville School Of Art gaining a national diploma.
He went on to study a higher Diploma in Technical Illustration at the University of Central England.
Also learnt the art of picture framing between my studies and opened Stoneway Gallery in 2002.
In his paintings He endeavours to capture light, colour and the ambiance of the landscape.
Many of His paintings have been commissioned by people locally and abroad.
He’s exhibited in the RBSA and BWS exhibitions and is a society member.
It has been four years now, since He set up his workshop in the Shropshire countryside – most of his days are spent working with metal, and these are some examples of the things that He makes…..
SCHOOL OF MASTER JEWELLERS
The School of Master Jewellers is based in the heart of Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter and provides tuition in gold smithing and silver jewellery design.
On show at the Bridgnorth Open House Arts Trail will be the work of a selection of SoMJ designers from Shropshire and the West Midlands.
Capturing a splinter of space and time in a photographic image allows us to study and reveal the detail, the shape and form, the patterns and connections that occur in everyday objects and events that otherwise we may have been oblivious to.
JULIA FOGGIN (MIST JEWELLERY)
At the Maws Craft Centre, she designs and makes her distinctive hammered silver jewellery, from tiny ear studs to intricately constructed statement pieces.
As well as producing readymade pieces, she welcomes commissions, so you can choose your own colours and styles.
She also oﬀers a wedding service making bespoke jewellery for brides and bridesmaids.
Jenny is a textile artist and tutor living and working in Oswestry.
Her work is inspired by the landscape of Shropshire.
She works predominately in batik(hot wax resist) on tissue paper and on fabric, often combining it with machine embroidery adding a drawn element to her work.
Jenny offers talks, courses and workshops in Shropshire and around the UK.
She is a member of The Shropshire Guild of Contemporary Crafts and The Batik Guild.
His glass vessels are hand-blown n reflecting sunsets.
The ceramic platters are designed to imitate the seashore after the tide has ebbed.
Bridgnorth based printmaker, Julia Timmins, creates highly detailed and intricate prints.
Specialising in wood engraving, a fine form of relief printmaking, Julia also enjoys making linocuts and drypoint prints.
Julia is an elected member of the Society of Wood Engravers and exhibits her prints throughout the UK.
I came to live in Bridgnorth roughly 3 years ago following a serious Brain Aneurysm; I formerly painted scenes in the Lake District.
I fell in love with Bridgnorth and have spent my recovery documenting the surrounding area.
I have Original paintings, limited edition prints and greetings Cards that show the local area.
I’m also very interested in creating sculptures from recycled products please, when you’re got a minute take a look at my Facebook site.
I am a printmaker and professional illustrator based in the Ironbridge Gorge, Shropshire.
I create artworks in lino print and mixed media as a series of art cards, limited edition prints and as surface pattern on a range of handmade paper lanterns.
My art is inspired by wildlife and landscape heritage – I enjoy creating work that connects people with nature, wildlife and a sense of place.
I work with hand painted silk and fused glass, where possible I combine the two very opposing mediums to create unique pieces.
These can be decorative items for the home, special gifts, or Just for You, all hand made and quite different.
Zoe Oakley is an artist that uses an extensive range of mediums, including acrylics, oils and pastels, for a colourful and defined approach for self-expression.
Zoe works in a variety of styles which is often figurative incorporating dreams and otherworldly themes.
She has originals and prints for sale and is happy to take on commissions.
Debbie Williams creates individual pieces of enamel Jewellery and mixed media artwork.
She explores the creative opportunities within a range of materials using a variety of mixed media techniques to communicate feelings.
Colour is her number one inspiration. She uses it unashamedly in her enamel jewellery designs, watercolour and acrylic paintings.
The tones and shades created within her work are endless evoking mood, memories and connections.
Debbie’s art and jewellery are primarily linked to the landscape and natural world.
With every landscape painting , portrait or cityscape I try to capture elements of character or feeling.
I try to absorb the light or mood of a place, this dictates how I go onto paint /draw it.
These can be small intimate pieces to larger epic scenes where the brushes get bigger and the movement quicker.
I exhibit throughout the country and won the 2017 Peoples choice award at the Lichfield Art Prize for a portrait. I complete a lot of portrait and memorial pieces aside from my landscape work.
My work involves both 2 dimensional and 3 dimensional pieces using found objects , painting, assemblage and drawing .
I have a particular interest in Surrealism and symbolism.
I’m probably best known for drawing other people’s dogs and cats, which I produce in either pastels, coloured pencils or watercolours.
When I’m not working on pet commissions my art tends to reflect the natural world and is predominantly wildlife and seascapes.
Being born and raised in Cornwall, I have a strong affinity with the sea and, although it’s an incredibly challenging subject, I am in my element when painting it.
Unlike much of my animal art, I almost always paint seascapes in acrylics on canvas.
Painting in oils, acrylic, inks and fine pen, enjoy painting sparrows and finches.
Since graduating in Fine Art, Jessica has always been inspired by nature and her surroundings.
She is most recently exploring Printmaking as her chosen medium, but previously her work was primarily ink drawings.
Limited Edition prints are available to buy, Jessica also accepts commissions.
We are a group of friends who meet weekly.
We work mainly in clay, but also in wood, stone and plaster.
We are of mixed ability, with some who went to Art College or university, and some who have learned their skills on the job.
We call ourselves ClayPlayers, to emphasise a joy in our work, rather than taking ourselves seriously.
Self taught artist working in oils, watercolour and acrylics.
Painting since 2010, I have had solo exhibitions in Telford, Shifnal, Shrewsbury and Market Drayton and I have had paintings exhibited in Church Stretton and Bishops Castle (Shropshire).
Some of my paintings have found new homes in the UK, Malta. Germany,South Africa, Portugal and The Czech Republic.
Mixed media works including print, drawing and painting investigating the dynamics of power, climate and diversity through votive imagery.
I produce animal portraits in acrylic. Both farm animals and pets.
I love capturing the animal’s character and individual personality.
My work explores the genres of landscape, still life and portraiture.
With portraiture I normally work to commission.
I work in acrylic paint on board or card building images over a period of time.
I use photographic sources, either taken at face-to-face sittings or through the sharing of images.
Some of these images come from social media sources.
These are always images that speak to me in some way. I use colour, line, composition and mark to evoke an emotion or develop the narrative within an image.
My portraiture often makes reference to art history, literature.
My work is heavily influenced by, and aims to capture emotional experiences within landscape of both rural Shropshire & travels further afield.
Semi abstract, textural painting forms the basis of work and layers are built mostly in paint but often with the addition of textiles.
Many works are reproduced as giclee prints and greeting cards.
Small items of mixed media jewellery are produced, each one being a small original painting in itself to be worn and treasured.
My studio in Jackfield is both my workspace and my gallery.
Visitors are welcome to visit, see what’s on the easel or workbench and view a wider selection of my work.
My artwork is mainly inspired by walks in nature and travel.
I make sketches and doodles of the places I visit such as the Temples of Angkor in Cambodia, the streets of Barcelona or more recently the Shropshire hills.
Sometimes I am inspired by the overall landscape and sense of place but sometimes I like the smaller details – a shell on the beach, an intricately carved doorway or an interesting texture.
I develop my sketchbook work into larger scale pieces using a variety of media and processes including free machine embroidery, printing, collage, batik, drawing and painting.
I have been designing and creating jewellery for over 40 years, I work in silver, gold ,precious stones and diamonds and am happy to take commissions for engagement rings and wedding rings.
I can also recycle your unloved gold and stones and create them into something more contemporary.
My jewellery is quite organic one of my current collection is based on Morphology which is the study of the shape and form of organisms, the holes in this collection are perfect for embroidering gemstone beads on to the jewellery.
Paintings and drawings, using, oil and acrylic paints, ink and pencil.
The majority of the work being being portrait figurative based.
Painting and printmaking are my preferred media and I use both to create layers and depth in my work.
The subject matter is my response to the environment, more abstract than representational and can be landscape, building, floral or abstract.
Colour and design are strong elements in the work.
Working from her home studio in Shropshire, Laura creates sterling silver jewellery inspired by the ever changing views around her.
Textured pieces are her signature style, often combining mixed metals and gemstones.