Annual Treve art show opens this weekend!

Mick Waterhouse Carving.

Mick Waterhouse Carving.

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The annual Treve Cottage Art Show is back for 2016, open daily from July 16-31, 11am to 6pm.

Organiser Bronwen Cunningham said: “There will be more exhibitors, more space than ever before. The tumbledown old wooden garage has morphed into a posh new workroom so what began as a small family show 15 years ago, with a memorial exhibition of my husband’s prints in his studio, has turned into a much larger and more varied show today. Cunninghams still showing their work, but lots of others too.

“There’s paintings, sculpture, prints, weaving, woodcarving, leatherwork, ceramics, drawings, jewellery and glass artworks, all spread over the house, studio, marquee and garden

Tom Barker, (trained at St Martins) and interested in the beautiful and the weird is showing his most unusual digital collages. Sheila Pearson, former head of fashion at Winchester Art College, shows enticing, vividly-patterned little purses, bags and belts out of very fine leather. Very tempting!

“Local artist Karen Grimstead brings her luminous, fused and slumped glass artworks; Isabelle Bowden shows little mirrors and still lives of favourite subjects; Mick Waterhouse will be here again chipping away and showing his wonderful woodcarvings: another favourite, Wendy Farley, shows her hand-built and burnished and smoke-fired elegant pots. Kate Boxer’s work, currently on show at Glyndebourne, is always surprising, bold and witty etchings of famous human and animal subjects. They could be Gogol or Batman, Picasso or a Dalmatian, Bessie Smith or a dachshund...

“Not forgetting the home team of Sally Cutler, a recent finalist at the nationwide John Ruskin prize, and her linocuts; Euan Cunningham’s drawings and colourful collages; and my silk scarves and cushions. Wildwood, (Jo and Alan) will be bringing their Sussex pimps and other woody things. Plus, we are lucky to show two new works by John Hitchens.”

There will be drop-in workshops at the weekends, 12-4pm, in printmaking, pottery, woodcarving and weaving; suitable for all ages; ten places free daily, on first come first served basis.

“There is plenty of space to wander, lovely views, and cover if (when!) it rains.”

Treve Cottage, River Common (via Tillington), GU28 9BH. Phone: 01798 861257. Follow the arrows; approx three miles from Petworth. www.trevefestival.weebly.com.

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